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    Friday, February 15, 2019
    Illinois Businesses and Nonprofits Will Be Hurt By a $15/hr Minimum Wage  The Business PAC of Central Illinois strongly disagrees with the State of Illinois’ push to adopt a $15/hr minimum wage. While we believe any increase in the minimum wage could jeopardize the availability of jobs and opportunity for our citizens, an increase of this magnitude, would be particularly harmful. The proposed ...read more
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    Friday, February 15, 2019
    More than 1,100 Mission Partners will see pay increase $2 per hour(Peoria, IL | February 14, 2019) – As part of its commitment to social justice and to positively impact the experience and livelihood of its current and future workforce, OSF HealthCare is raising the minimum wage for its workers to $12 an hour, effective February 24, 2019. Approximately 1,142 Mission Partners will benefit from the ...read more
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    Friday, February 15, 2019
    ROYAL OAK, Mich., February 14, 2019 – Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that eleven of our attorneys have been named to Illinois Super Lawyers® and Illinois Rising Stars 2019. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Peoria, IL – Members of the Peoria Area Chamber’s Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria (YPGP) and the League of Women Voters (LWV) will hold a City Council Primary Candidate forum scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Peoria Public Library Downtown.  The following 12 candidates are scheduled to participate: Beth Akeson, Rita Ali, Andre Allen, Aaron Chess, Jr., ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Thanks to everyone who came out for the first ever Cocktails for a Cause! We had great night supporting BUILD PEORIA with live music by Matt Eckberg!  BUILD PEORIA will receive a portion of the proceeds from every drink purchased that will go directly to their current project – the Peoria Police Department Resident Officer Program. This program encourages community policing in the ...read more
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    Monday, February 11, 2019
    Lottery to Set Ballot Order for Peoria Park District Board of Trustees Seats in 2019 Consolidated Election Held PEORIA, ILLINOIS, February 8, 2019 -   At the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election, Peoria Park District residents will be given the opportunity to vote for a Park Board President and three Central District Trustees positions.  On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the Park District held a ...read more
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    Monday, February 11, 2019
    PEORIA, Ill.(February 11, 2019) – Dr. Sara Rusch, Regional Dean for the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP) since 2008, announced her intent to retire in May of 2019. Rusch leaves a legacy of campus expansion, enhancement of the medical education programs, financial stability and facility upgrades.  “It has been a great privilege for me to lead such an outstanding asset to ...read more
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    Monday, February 11, 2019
    Well-known professionals Connie Barr and Beth Jones have joined MCB Trust & Wealth Management.   “Beth and Connie have been building relationships with people in Central Illinois for years,” said Darrin Autry, President of MCB Trust.  “Both are highly-regarded for their skills in assisting their clients with long-term management of their assets.”  Connie Barr has been a Senior Private Banking ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    The Peoria City/ County Health Department will recognize local establishments as recipients of the 2018 Food Safety Excellence Award on Monday, February 25, 2019. The award ceremony will be held during the Peoria County Board of Health meeting.  Recipients of the award are asked to arrive at 5:00 pm for photographs and refreshments, with the presentation immediately following at 6:00 pm in Room ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    PEORIA, Ill. (Feb. 8, 2019) – Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, announces today the opening of its newly relocated TCC store in Peoria, located at4125 N. Sheridan Road.  TCC offers guests the ultimate experience in interactivity while shopping for wireless devices, accessories and home solutions, and is designed as a destination for guests to get hands-on ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    The Center for Prevention of Abuse Hosts 5K Run/Walk in Honor of Sexual Assault Awareness MonthLocal not-for-profit laces up in teal to raise funds and support survivors on 4/13 in East Peoria  East Peoria, IL – In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is hosting its 2nd annual 5K run/1 mile walk, I Run With Survivors, on Saturday, 4/13 at ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    Registration opens March 11 for the summer 2019 sessions of Illinois Central College’s popular College for Kids program. The summer program features fun and educational classes for students entering fourth through twelfth grades. Session 1 runs Monday –Thursday, June 10-21, and Session 2 runs Monday ─ Thursday, July 8-19.  Kids are sure to find topics to fit their interests, with classes ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    Effective February 3, 2019, CityLink buses will pick-up and drop-off passengers only at signed bus stop locations, designated CityLink benches and shelters for the routes located in Peoria, Peoria Heights and West Peoria. This change has been in progress since the latter part of 2018, and it is an effort to improve passenger safety.  All bus stops are spaced approximately 1320 feet apart, and they ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    Gimme Shelter is an event hosted by the South Side Office of Concern (SSOC) to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those without a place to call home. On Friday, February 8, community members will spend the night, from 6:00 pm in the evening until 6:00 am the next morning, in a cardboard box outside the Peoria Civic Center. As part of the event, SSOC is offering a series of educational ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    The Annual Meeting for the Partnership for a Healthy Community will be held February 12, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Countryside Banquet Facility in Washington, IL.  The Partnership for a Healthy Community is a community-driven effort to improve health and wellness in Central Illinois. Multiple organizations, sectors, and the public participate in population health planning to identify ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    Belleville, Ill. (Feb. 6, 2019) – Illinois American Water invested over $122 million in water and wastewater upgrades in 2018. The 2018 construction season included installing approximately 198,000 feet (more than 38 miles) of water main and approximately 3,700 feet of sewer main as well as lining approximately 3,200 feet of water main and about 21,100 feet of sewer main. Illinois American Water ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    (Peoria, IL) – Methodist College is once again hosting its annual Trivia Night at Kickapoo Creek Winery. This is the fifth year for the event which will be held on Friday, March 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the winery located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards.   The fun-filled evening raises money for the Methodist College Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for students. The ticket cost ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    PEORIA – Considered the definitive heavy metal band of the early 1990’s, Alice in Chains will be playing in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday, April 21 at 8:00 pm.  Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of post-Van Halen metal and the gloomy strains of post-punk, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding hard rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers. They are ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    “PEORIA TRAIN FAIR ARRIVES SOON!”Peoria & Pekin Railroad Clubs Join Forces for February 17th EventJanuary 29, 2019  The Peoria Train Fair returns to the Illinois Central College East Peoria campus, Sunday, February 17th. The Train Fair, the last until November, runs from 10AM to 3PM and is sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club. ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    PEORIA, IL  – Gospel singer and songwriter Larnelle Harris will play the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.  Harris is a five-time Grammy Award winner and has won 11 Dove Awards - three of which were for Male Vocalist of the Year, and a Stellar Award for Best Solo Performance.  He has achieved nineteen #1 radio singles and countless top 10 hits.  Songs such as "How Excellent ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    (Peoria, Ill. | February 1, 2019) - OSF HealthCare and CORE Construction have signed a Letter of Intent to formalize a partnership between the two that will help achieve new efficiencies benefitting communities served by OSF HealthCare. Pending state approval, the new joint venture, POINTCORE Construction, will launch around May 1, 2019 and be headquartered in Peoria, Ill. Over the next month, ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019
    On Saturday, February 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at North Branch, Pamela Smith Hill, editor of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography and author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life, visits Peoria to share her deep knowledge of one of the country’s most gifted and important authors in her talk “Little House on the Prairie: Is Laura Ingalls Wilder Obsolete?”. Recently the American Library ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019
    CENTRAL ILLINOIS - (January 25, 2019)—McDonald’s® Restaurants of Central Illinois and its local owner-operators will be providing support to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) from Friday, January 25, 2019 through Sunday, February 17, 2019 through the annual Give a Little Love® campaign.  To “Give a Little Love,” customers can donate $1 or more at over 90 ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019
    Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo is pleased to announce the addition of three lateral attorneys to its team. The firm welcomes J. Matthew Thompson as a partner and Matthew Warner as an associate attorney to its Peoria offices, and Betsy Wirth as an associate attorney to its Springfield offices.J. Matthew Thompson, of Morton, has more than a decade of experience in medical malpractice ...read more
    Categories: Business Brief, Press Release
    Tuesday, February 05, 2019
    Our very own Alicia Heft (Chance) is the winner of the 2019 ATMIA Educational Scholarship Program! The scholarship program is valued at $3,000 and includes a full conference pass to the 2019 ATMIA U.S. Conference at Disney’s Colorado Springs Resort in Orlando, February 19-21.  The largest ATM industry conference in the world, the ATMIA U.S. Conference includes a full day of workshops and two ...read more
    Categories: Education, Press Release
    Monday, February 04, 2019
    December 19, 2018 (PEORIA, IL) – The City of Peoria’s Downtown Peoria Historic District was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in a letter dated December 17, 2018 from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office. The newly created district contains a 17-block area in the City of Peoria’s Central Business District. Roughly bounded by North William Kumpf Boulevard, Perry ...read more
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    Monday, February 04, 2019
    To inspire lifelong learning for ALL: connecting art, history, science and achievement through collections, exhibitions and programs. For “American Decoy” & “Medical Inventions” inside the Intl. Gallery at Peoria Riverfront Museum “American Decoy: The Invention” exhibition opens Feb. 9 at Peoria Riverfront Museum The Largest Exhibition of its Kind Features 200 of the Most Significant Waterfowl ...read more
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    Monday, January 28, 2019
    United Stroke Alliance is proud to announce that 2019 marks the 15-year anniversary of Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camps! This year they have 35 camps scheduled in 21 different states. In addition to weekend retreats for stroke survivors and their care partners, United Stroke Alliance offers a variety of other programs focused on the Prevention, Awareness, and Recovery of stroke in the Peoria area ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, General News Article, Fun Facts, Human Interest, Business Brief
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    (Peoria, IL) -- CityLink recently welcomed Nick Standefer to its management team as an Assistant General Manager. Standefer joins the First Transit Inc. team that manages CityLink’s public transportation services for the greater Peoria area, including Peoria, West Peoria, Peoria Heights, East Peoria and Pekin. This is Standefer’s first position as an employee of First Transit Inc. He was ...read more
    Categories: Business Brief, Press Release
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band rocked the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Tuesday, January 22 becoming the highest grossing show in the venue’s 37-year history. The show surpassed the $1 million mark and broke the record previously set by Elton John in April of 2011. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band stopped in Peoria as part of its Roll Me Away Tour. This will be Seger’s final tour. “We ...read more
    Categories: Business Brief, Press Release
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
     NEWS FROM THEPEORIA PARK DISTRICT         Media Contact: Carley AllensworthSecretary of the Board, Peoria Park District Phone: (309) 681-2801Email address:  callensworth@peoriaparks.org  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Peoria Park District Receives High Praise from Government Finance Officers Association         PEORIA, ILLINOIS, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    The Doobie Brothers, known for their fusion of rock and blue-eyed soul, play the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 pm.  Born out of Northern California’s chaotic, late-1960s musical stew, The Doobie Brothers’ rugged, real and authentic approach to rock and roll made them biker bar stalwarts.The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    21-time award winning country star Dwight Yoakam plays the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 pm.  Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10. ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Illinois Central College will offer a spring session of its course to prepare individuals for employment as a pharmacy technician. The pharmacy technician course is 12 weeks of classroom instruction, which will give students a solid foundation in the skills necessary for employment as a pharmacy technician and will prepare students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam.  The ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Illinois Central College is encouraging students who intend to enroll for the fall 2019 semester to apply for its scholarships. The ICC Educational Foundation offers more than 600 scholarships worth more than $750,000 to students attending in the coming academic year.   Students may apply for the scholarships from January 15, 2019, until 11:59 pm on April 1, 2019, using the online application ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Rounding out another successful year, Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have become shareholders in the firm - the largest single-year class in firm history.  Named shareholders for their significant contributions to the firm are:   Daniel R. Chojnowski Jonathan W. Fountain Timothy D. Gronewold Jonathan F. KarmoAlexander M. Leonowicz Paul S. ...read more
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