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The Future Is Coming to a School Near You Creativity has always been a core strength of our country, and in today’s ever-changing world creativity is more in demand than ever. Companies around the world list creativity and innovation as…

Labor Roundup

Clinton repeats anti-TPP stand, pledges to appoint trade prosecutor to pursue violators. Adding another specific to her economic platform, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Aug. 11 told a crowd in Warren, Mich., that she would appoint a “chief trade…

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While recently attended a birthday party, my swallowing mechanism was put to the test. During the enjoyment of the festivities and the treats, a fellow came up to me and asked, “Hey aren’t you from Peoria Heights?”  Upon rapidly chewing…

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The Devil Made Me Do It. Can We Determine Motives? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did I eat that donut?” People often want to know why they or others do something. One theory is motives are unknowable and what…

Run for Elected Office Illinois Central College is offering a class on three Monday evenings from Oct. 3 through Oct. 17 offering tips and information about becoming a candidate for public office. “Running for Elected Office: Tips for a Successful…

Elder Care Concerns

BY DAVE WEIMAN A “care plan” is essential regardless of whether the care setting is a skilled nursing home, assisted living facility or home care. The care plan is a document that should include the needed services, the health care…

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Many students graduating from high school are pretty excited to go off to college. They believe it’s finally the time that they’ll be free from their parents and life will be so much easier. What students often don’t understand is…

Harvest Supper Will Feature Local Farms

  Mika’s Bistro in Eureka and Henry’s Farm in Congerville are collaborating to host a special farm-to-table harvest supper featuring chef-prepared food from local farms. The dinner will include a five-course meal with fresh, organic ingredients from Henry’s Farm and…

Hunger, Gleaning and Clarence

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Clarence Johnson collects and weighs unsold produce at the close of the Old Capitol Farmers Market in Springfield each Saturday for Central Illinois Food Bank. The not-for-profit food bank then distributes the produce to 150 agencies in 21 counties. Volunteer Mary Ann McLean, left, helps Johnson tabulate the donations so farmers can take an enhanced tax deduction for their unsold produce. Congress approved an enhanced tax deduction in December 2015.

SPRINGFIELD – The ancient Biblical practice of gleaning fields after harvest to collect remnants of food for the hungry is spreading from fields to markets, and a newly enhanced federal tax benefit is incentivizing the practice for farmers. In the…

‘Slinkenwolf’

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Slink Rand, drummer Matthew Warren and Craig “Wolfman” Moore will perform Aug. 20 at Catalpa Grove in Toulon.

  Beyond a grassy ridge from a tree-covered bandshell, carnival rides twinkle and sparkle in the humid evening, calliope music tinkling softly. It could be almost any year in the last century. The louder music exploding from six Marshall amps…

STUNNING SETBACK

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For those who dislike, perhaps even hate, Aaron Schock and that includes the radical left wingers at the Peoria Journal, it had to be painful to accept the federal grand jury’s decision not to indict the former Congressman. Hell, the…

Hate Crime

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“Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you,” goes the children’s rhyme. In Canton, some 40 miles southwest of Peoria, it might be said, “Names will never hurt you, but fists can.” And hate. On…

Editorials

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Women, Civil Rights, Income Inequality and Abortion The recent Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt made no poetic sweeping affirmations that women have a basic human right to reproductive choice. However, the ruling did carefully calculate that…

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Chemical Farming Unnecessary and Dangerous   Editor’s note: Industrial agriculture is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after the agency issued a preliminary report reversing its earlier ruling on the safety of atrazine, an herbicide produced by Syngenta.…

Letters

Value of Robert Ingersoll Statue Roger G. Monroe’s commentary “Free Money” about “The Great Agnostic” Robert Ingersoll is itself too annoying to escape commentary. He alleges that 99 out of 100 people in Peoria have no idea who Ingersoll was.…

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Recent attacks in Nice, France, the bombings that took place across the Middle East during the holy month of Ramadan and the deaths linked to police shootings show that we as humans no longer have compassion and mercy for one…

A Tale of Two Symbis…

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The story goes that Alice Algae was a wonderful cook who had the special ability to take sunlight and whip up a wonderful meal. Alice had a hard time of it though, while she could feed an army, she wasn’t…

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Should someone ask me whether my family traveled much when I was growing up, my initial response would be “No.” There weren’t annual vacations to a fishing cabin or sightseeing trips or visits to relatives scattered across the country. But…

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The City of West Peoria and the Fourth of July parade committee thank the residents, volunteers, spectators and participants for their efforts with the annual event this year. Media sources estimated that between 8,000 and 10,000 people were in our…