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LaHood: Time to decide whether to keep Lt. Governor's office

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By State Sen. Darin LaHood and State Rep. David McSweeneydarin

In 1981, then Lieutenant Governor Dave O'Neal, famously resigned his post citing boredom as the reason. In 1994, former Lt. Governor Bob Kustra tried to resign to become a radio host but decided to keep his job because of Gov....


Winter wreaked havoc on Q1 home sales

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It came as no surprise that home sales in the Peoria area were off significantly during the first quarter, said officials from the Peoria Area Association of Realtors.

One of the wettest and coldest winters in central Illinois history, which also extended further into spring than normal, left sales...


Quinn cites need for more infrastructure work

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Much has been done toward infrastructure improvements in Illinois during the last five years, Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday. But he said the last thing the state should do now is rest on its laurels.

quinn“We have done a lot in the last five years and we want to do much more in the next five years,” said Quinn, who plans to appoint a bipartisan...


John Lewis: Peace inspires positive change

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john lewisBy Kerri Rae Hinman

John Lewis has been arrested, beaten and nearly killed in the name of peace. But the Congressman from Georgia refuses to be bitter, for that would get in the way of loving his fellow man, his preferred way of living.

Quoting his good friend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis said that “Hate is...


Event puts focus on preventing child abuse and neglect

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IMG 3773It felt more like a late fall day than early spring on Friday, with the cold wind whipping across the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza.



Koehler bill would provide tornado relief

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davekoehlerA bill that would assist cleanup efforts of those who were victims of the Nov. 17 tornado that ripped through central Illinois has passed the Illinois Senate and is now in the House.


The bill, proposed by State Sen. David Koehler, D-Peoria, would allow the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to reimbursement local...


New CEO Council director says Peoria is 'on the right path'

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Lynch HeadshotJim Lynch is excited about the direction downtown development is headed but acknowledges there are challenges to be met to realize the vision that exists today.

As the new executive director of the Peoria CEO Council, which is under the umbrella of the Greater Peoria Business Alliance, he will be the driver of that bus...


Cat maintains cash dividend rate

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600px-Caterpillar logoCaterpillar Inc. announced Wednesday it will maintain its quarterly cash dividend at 60 cents per share of common stock.

The dividend, approved...


Award-winning photojournalists visiting Peoria

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