Western Avenue Upgrade to regenerate 61605

Denise Jackson

When urban planner Chuck Marohn talks about the best economic stimulus for urban communities, he advises focusing dollars on older sections of town, not the sprawling suburbs that cost more to maintain than they generate in tax revenue. Marohn proves…

PAWAC: Israel-Palestine path forward

It’s time to abandon the notion of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine and instead embrace the goal of Jewish-Palestinian equality, Peter Beinart said during a Peoria Area World Affairs Council talk via Zoom conferencing. Beinart, editor-at-large for Jewish…

The Lion’s Den | Voting Rights

All eyes are on the United States as we approach the next presidential election on Nov. 3. As we approach the election, now may be a good time to review the history of voting in this country. Initial voting rights…

Straight Talk | No more Peoria history

Our good friend Norm Kelly is gone, another victim of cancer. A few months ago, I wrote about my high school friend and his special writing accomplishments. I did it then because he told me he was not long for…

Bill Knight | Columbus statue

People aren’t stupid. We learn. Sometimes lessons are fanciful fables that reassure us; sometimes they’re difficult realizations of our past, and ourselves. Columbus statues aren’t symbols of humanity’s progress, one man’s courage or Italians’ intelligence. However, they represent racism and…

Nature Rambles | Derecho

Derecho

Monday Aug. 10 started off as a sunny, clear day with a slight chance of rain in the afternoon in Central Illinois. I happened to be at our Tawny Oaks facility, when around 2:30 p.m. the sky to the west…

Real Talk | When the message gets lost

There is no surprise that our country is in a state of unrest. From the pandemic to the riots, to questioning and challenging the mattering of Black lives to the rebuttal of all lives. From the challenge to mask or…

The Watch | Peoria council discusses cuts

“Normal” is not quite the right word. But a new reality is taking shape for local governments in 2020. On July 28, Peoria City Council mulled changes to the 2020-2021 budget in the wake of COVID-19. Staff was directed to…

Inland Art | Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman

Gyre Jello

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have been collaborating on and experimenting with visual culture for 40 years from their studios in Chicago and Milwaukee. While recognized originally for critiquing the artworld’s male-centric art institutions and subjects (a reality that still…

Art: What is it Good For? | Giving Voice

Northmoor School mural

In May of 2018, we started our 501(c)(3) Big Picture Initiative with a 1,650 square foot portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the Peoria County Courthouse. We assumed the monumental task of creating something even bigger and more powerful would be…

Labor Roundup | September 2020

Civil-rights, labor groups demand Senate pass HEROES Act. The New Poor People’s Campaign flooded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office with calls on Aug. 3, demanding he let lawmakers pass the HEROES Act to aid the poor and workers nationwide,…

West Peoria News | Township dissolving

West Peoria Township is in the legal process of discontinuing/abolishing the township with all rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations and responsibilities of the township being transferred to the City of West Peoria. This is beneficial to the citizens…

Serendipity | Lessons Learned

Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, many of my classmates were from large families. Knowing nothing about living with multiple siblings, my sister is nearly 9 years older, I thought having lots of live-in playmates would be delightful. I…

Economics 101: Racism damages Peoria’s economy

Larry Ivory

Larry Ivory knows social and economic inequality can be measured and traced throughout American history. It’s an anchor that weighs down the American capitalist economy and is a valve threatening to explode under pressure. Ivory, president and CEO of the…