Arts Beat

MUSIC May 1: Cousin Eddie. “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Art Center. 674-6822. May 1: Bradley Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band. 7:30 p.m. BU Michel Student Center. 677-2595. May 2-3: “A Few of Our Favorite Things.”…

Art. What is it Good for?

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Why Wondering Matters  What if there were a place for children to discover the world around them unlike anything they have seen before? What if kids could use real tools to build something? What if children could play and learn at…

The Magnificent Invalid

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Corn Stock closed its winter season at the end of March with “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” by the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. It was the boldest choice of material for any of our theaters this past year and was well…

Widow completes her husband’s dream:

About 50 people, many in Civil War era fashion, listened as Theo Kenyon spoke at a ceremony April 11 about her late husband’s dedication to historic preservation. She was the primary donor of funds for construction of an elevator for the Grand Army of the Republic Greenhut Memorial Hall, 416 Hamilton Boulevard. Her husband, Leslie Kenyon, is widely credited with saving the G.A.R. Hall as well as many other historic structures in Peoria.

“He was a warrior for historic preservation” Local architect Leslie H. Kenyon, founder and president of Kenyon & Associates architectural firm, was a long-time historic preservationist in Peoria. After he died in 2011 at 88, his widow Theo Kenyon worked…

Neighborhood Notes

Oakcliff frustrated with lack of action on bridge. Residents of the Oakcliff area along Knoxville Avenue north of Lake Street say they’ve been waiting for more than a year for repairs to a deteriorating bridge on Oakcliff, plus removal of…

News Brief

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Peoria Call to Action: Save the Monarchs Bonnie Cox is an enormously busy retiree, but when the Peoria Garden Club asked her to organize a committee to save monarch butterflies, Cox recognized the urgency and agreed to take on the…

Labor Roundup

Labor Roundup Building Trades’ McGarvey: ‘Politics is not a marriage. It’s a business.’ AFL-CIO Building Trades Department President Sean McGarvey told the 56th annual Michigan Building and Construction Trades legislative conference last month “the strength of the labor movement is…

Is Vitamin D The Wonder Vitamin?

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Vitamin-D deficiency is linked to a long list of problems including bone weakness (osteoporosis), heart attacks, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, falls, muscle weakness, nervous system diseases including multiple sclerosis, psychiatric problems including depression, pregnancy problems.   After reading this…

Aaron Schock: What Lay Beneath; What Lies Ahead

Aaron Schock participated in a ceremony recently at Peoria Lock and Dam on the Illinois River in Creve Coeur.                         Photo courtesy The Labor Paper

By George Hopkins Political scandals come mostly in two flavors: money and sex. Sex is more survivable than money because it’s less likely to wind up in criminal court. That’s the key to understanding the sudden downfall of Congressman Aaron…

WE DID IT AGAIN!!!!!!!

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Another scoop by “Straight Talk” and the Community Word with news that Chris Reynolds has been hired as the new Athletic Director by Bradley University. This columnist announced that Reynolds was under serious consideration over two months ago not only…

COAL: Edwards plant improves but still pollutes

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The E.D. Edwards Energy Center in Bartonville along the Illinois River reduced the amount of toxins it released in the last decade, but it continues to spew dangerous chemicals and is still burning coal. Further, according to both environmental activists…

College Adjuncts Paid Below Minimum Wage: UNIONIZE

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Colleges and universities are increasingly relying on adjuncts rather than full-time faculty. Adjuncts are part-time teaching staff who often have master’s or doctoral degrees. They are usually paid a set amount per course taught. Adjuncts don’t receive health insurance or…

My Freedom to Grow Food

By Anne Patterson This spring, I will walk out my door and become even more vigilant about what is happening on my small bio-diverse farm. I’m a little nervous about this upcoming growing year. Normally, I am not. Why can’t…

Letters

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Bad for Labor; Bad for the Environment The Trans-Pacific Partnership has rightly received some negative attention in recent months as the Obama Administration pushes for its ratification and implementation. Creating a race to the bottom, the provisions of…

NATURE RAMBLES

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Spring Cleaning… Spring has finally arrived, and there’s a flurry of activity and updates to share. So get out and enjoy everything that this season has to offer.    Fire… An ecologist once said that fire season is just like…

SERENDIPITY

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Communication Writing, Com 200, at Bradley University in the fall of 1987 included about 20 young students, our professor, the late Dr. Jack Fought, and me. I was the one with apprehension written all over my face. Old enough to be the…

West Peoria News

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April 25 is the West Peoria community’s Annual Clean Up Day. Clean Up drop off is open at 9 a.m. at the city garage on Hillside Avenue and can be accessed off Farmington Road or Sterling Hill. This is the…

The Magnificent Invalid

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This past month, Peoria audiences were able to see performances from the great powers of the past two centuries and one from the current. The Bradley theater department produced the 2010 winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play,…

Art – What is it Good For?

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Now that Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed slashing budgets and funding across the board attempting to make Illinois more solvent, the arts, always first to go, are slated for elimination from the Illinois educational system. So what that kids won’t…