Neighborhood Notes

Local Florist and West Bluff neighborhood resident/advocate Dan Callahan is the recipient of the 2015 West Bluff Council “Pillar of the West Bluff Award.” Callahan, who was nominated by activist and Moss-Bradley Neighborhood resident Marjorie Klise, is a long-time West…

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS BRIEFS

  Ontario first jurisdiction in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. A new rule that goes into effect July 1 will reduce 80 percent of the neonicotinoid-coated corn and soybean seeds planted in the province by 2017. Scientists have…

SHOULD I USE ASPARTAME?

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SHOULD I USE ASPARTAME? Most people like sweet foods. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame can sweeten foods without the extra calories and glucose-raising sugar. Is aspartame safe? Can it help you lose weight? Could it help you control your diabetes? Aspartame…

Is Rauner’s ‘turnaround’ fair play?

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Gov. Bruce Rauner’s turnaround agenda could seriously hurt everyday people. And it wouldn’t be a double-whammy. It would be more like a quadruple-whammy. Squared. The Republican’s proposed cuts to human services in particular could weaken everything from health care and…

Arctic Apples: What Would Granny Smith Do?

By Herman Brockman OpEd Two Arctic apple varieties have been in the news recently because of their “approval” by the USDA and FDA. “Approval” is commonly used in the media, but the reality is that the USDA “deregulated” these Arctic…

Racism and Inequality in America

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Inequality is poisoning the American dream. As economic inequality grows, expanding geographic areas of this country lose hope. Hopelessness destroys democracy and poisons faith in the judicial system. Right now, faith in the American judicial system is paper thin: Trayvon…

DISTRICT 150 SINGS

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Anyone with a brain knows the board and administration of School District 150 is dysfunctional. Too many of their decisions are so ridiculous one has to laugh. I’m still laughing after listening to a jingle produced for the school district…

Save the Monarchs

By Bonnie Cox The monarch butterfly, state of Illinois insect, is in danger of extinction. Their population is down by 90 percent in the overwintering grounds of Mexico. Some believe the monarch will share the history of the passenger pigeon.…

No Turning Back

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On a summer collecting trip in Northern Illinois, a botanist made “a most remarkable find” near Lake Calumet in Cook County. No, it wasn’t gold or platinum . . . . It was something far more rare. A diminutive flower…

Serendipity

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Fatherhood is a wonderful reality. Its rewards are many and designed to last a lifetime. Challenges are also included as children’s behaviors and attitudes can change dramatically causing concerns about parenting joys. Not every man aspires to being a father…

West Peoria News

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The West Peoria Residents’ Association is sponsoring the 18th Annual Jamboree Run Saturday, June 6 at the corner of Heading and Sterling avenues. The 4-mile run, 1-mile fitness walk, also features Children’s Fun after the race ends for children 5…

Arts Beat

MUSIC May 31-June 7: Peoria Bach Festival. [times vary.] Trinity Lutheran Church. 676-4609. June 2: Kid Ink. 7 p.m. Limelight Eventplex. 693-1234. June 3: John Mellencamp. 7:30 p.m. Peoria Civic Center Theater. 673-8900. June 5: Rob Juice and the Bad…

Flying fish fundraiser benefits Labor Temple

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  Reprinted courtesy of The Labor Paper The 2nd annual Flying Fish Festival and Bowfishing Tournament has been scheduled for Saturday July 11 at Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria. The event will include a bow-fishing tournament from 5 a.m.…