Letters to the Editor

There Goes the Neighborhood By Ed Klein, Peoria, IL What do you do when you find out that two guys living down the street turn out to be homos? They’ve been living there together for five years and I never…

West Peoria News for February 2014

CityLink is having a public hearing about adding Sunday Service at West Peoria City Hall on Friday, February 28 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. The West Peoria Neighborhood Watch will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12 at City…

Newsbriefs for February 2014

ARE YOU MY TYPE? PROCTOR CENTER BLOOD DRIVE Peoria Park District’s Proctor Recreation Center and the JEMS Girls Basketball Team will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, February 22 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at Proctor Center,…

Happenings for February 2014

Feb 6 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Page Turners Book Club – “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins at the Dunlap Library. (309) 243-5716. Feb 6 – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – “Belly Dancing: You Can Do It!” Call to register:…

‘Eating wild’ is good for you

Despite centuries of cultivation and hybridization, commercially-grown produce lacks the nutritional punch of wild, edible plants growing in your backyard, according to best-selling author Jo Robinson who spoke last month in Springfield at the Acres U.S.A. conference. But it’s possible…

Thoughts on Midwest winters

Snow in the forecast is never to my liking. It’s lovely on Christmas Eve – provided all streets and driveways are clear – and perhaps some lingering snowflakes the next morning to add some holiday charm. But December 26, it…

Lawmakers Bring Pension Standoff to an End

Following years of gridlock in the state capitol, lawmakers passed a pension reform bill that has union leaders and some Democrats questioning its constitutionality. A narrow Senate vote of 32-24 and House vote of 62-53 brought an end to one…

Tweets Twitters and Onomatopoeia

Amid solitude and snow, the sound of “chick-a-dee-dee-dee,” gives voice to the winter wind. That one-of-a-kind call is so common and recognizable it gives the chickadee its unusual name. This familiar bird may be tiny but it has a very…

West Peoria News for January 2014

Remember that landscape waste pickup has ended for the season and will return in April. All streets within West Peoria are designated as emergency snow routes. It is unlawful to park any vehicles on city streets anytime within 12 hours…

Not a good year

2013 was a tough year. Losing three very close friends was devastating. Royce Elliott was like a brother. Pete Vonachen was like a father and Jonathan Winters was a joy, an absolute joy. I had known Royce since high school.…

Peoria Has Major Mental Health Needs: Analysis

When Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was injured by his 24-year-old son Gus on Nov. 19, the attack was preceded hours before by a mental-health evaluation of the younger Deeds, who was recommended for emergency custody, an order that could…