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My Afternoon with Jim

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photoWith Jim’s passing we have lost one of the true icons of and champions for Peoria. He isn’t just a part of Peoria history; he is a chapter in this city’s story – and a very large one at that. He served his country, he served his city, he served...

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Jim Maloof dies at 93

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 Jim Maloof, who became known nationwide as "the singing mayor" but was truly Peoria's greatest ambassador, died Saturday. He was 93.

maloofMaloof generated attention for Peoria when he was mayor from 1985 to 1997, taking the position when the city was in the throes of deep recession. Through programs such as "Forward Peoria!" he...

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Peoria ranks 3rd in nation in high-tech job growth

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Peoria ranked third best in the entire nation in high-tech job growth from 2006 through 2011, according to a study released Thursday by a California-based technology advocacy group.

The study by Engine Advocacy, "Top 25 Metros for High-Tech Employment Growth  from 2010-2011," showed such jobs are no longer concentrated in the Silicon Valley.

The group also lauded the Heartland Partnership and Peoria NEXT for their efforts...

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The magic continues

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 Penguin Project to present "Disney's Little Mermaid Jr."


mermaid1Since 2004 a group of children with disabilities and special needs have been making magic, treading the boards of Eastlight Theatre and immersing themselves in iconic roles and music.

The 2013...

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'A Christmas Carol the Musical' opens Friday at Players

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Folks heading to Peoria Players Theatre this weekend for their annual Dickens fix, beware: This isn't your father's "A Christmas Carol."

But keep an open mind. "A Christmas Carol The Musical," which opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. for an eight-show run presents an unexpected yet delightful score wrapped around Charles Dickens' classic story about Scrooge and the Cratchit family, including Tiny Tim.

It does, however, beg the question:...

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Information available for potential adoptive and foster parents

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 The Center for Youth and Family Solutions is offering information, training and on-going support for families interested in adopting or becoming foster parents t children in need of safe and nurturing parents.

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Making movie magic

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The Mayo men shooting indy film in Peoria; "Heartland" is a detective story with spiritual twist 

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A Peoria man and his two sons are trying to make movie magic in and around the city, using local talent all the...

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Spanning History: The Bridges of Central Illinois

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Civic pride was high on April 11, 1909. Peoria’s massive new reinforced concrete arch bridge over the Illinois River was being dedicated. It took three years to construct at a cost of $222,088.

The old 1848 wooden bridge, nicknamed “Old Tooth Picks” for its dilapidated and frightening condition, had two sections that had been swept away in a flood. A new bridge was a necessity.

A few weeks later, the night was dark and clear....

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The Peorian now has a movie critic

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In the year-plus we've been publishing this website, we have talked about finding somebody other than myself or Kevin Kizer, our literary and culinary critic to write movie reviews.

How hard can it be, right? Go see a movie and write a story giving your opinion about it.

The thing was, we wanted to make sure it was somebody we knew; somebody who could write and be able to give a movie review without giving away the whole movie.

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Pssst! Hey molecule, come here!

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Local chemist coaxes molecules to help make many processes better

Horse whisperers, dog whisperers, ghost, pipe and wood whisperers, make room for the … Molecule Whisperer?

Terry Isbell, a research chemist at the Peoria Ag Lab, enjoys a career of figuring out how he wants a molecule to behave and then getting it to oblige. Pretty good for someone who went to college to get an accounting degree.

“I intended...

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'Next to Normal' opens Friday at Corn Stock

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Musical drama focuses on how mental illness affects family

Mental illness can affect people in many different ways, but it also can adversely affect the families of those who are ill.

The Broadway hit musical drama "Next to Normal" focuses on those effects as well as looking at the sometimes controversial treatment for mental illness.

"Next to Normal" open a five-show...

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Put on that Red Dress: Fashion Show Will Help American Heart Association

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A fashion show aimed at raising money for the American Heart Association that will also feature potential top models from central Illinois is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria.

Presented by Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, the Red Dress Fashion Show also may help local women find apparel and accessories for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball, scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Par-A-Dice...

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Inspiring, empowering women

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 Women's Lifestyle Show 2012 showcases changes

WLS-006 With a nationally known powerful woman as featured speaker, a return engagement from a real ghost whisperer and changes in resentation, the Women's Lifestyle Show for 2012 was deemed...

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Peoria Made Personal...Mary Ellen Ulrich

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Mary Ellen Ulrich is a transplant to Peoria, being a native of Quincy. But today she believes she owes her happiness — and her life — to all that is available in Peoria.

“A year ago today we weren’t sure how much longer I was going to be around,” said Ulrich during an interview a few weeks before Christmas. “If it wasn’t for the doctors and the great facilities we have here in Peoria, I don’t think I would...

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Angry men take the stage at Peoria Players

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Classic drama "Twelve Angry Men" opens Friday at Peoria Players Theatre; seven performances set

"Twelve Angry Men," the classic drama about a jury of 12 men deciding the fate of a young man accused of murdering his father, opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Peoria Players Theatre.

The play is set in the mid-1950s, when jurors were made up only of men, and tells the story of how one juror holds out on...

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‘They say that falling in love is wonderful; wonderful, so they say’ The recipe for long-term marital success starts with love but other ingredients just as important

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"To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the marriage cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
Whenever you're right, shut up."    
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'Laramie Project' festival opens Corn Stock winter season

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Plays about the hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard and the effects on a small college town are featured

"The Laramie Project" and "The Laramie Project 10 Years Later" will open Corn Stock Theatre's 2012-2013 Winter Playhouse season on Friday.

To be presented in repertoire, with four performances of each show, it tells the story and the aftermath of the 1998 murder of...

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For better or for worse…: Trends in weddings change often, from locales to attire and everything in between

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Summer is generally considered the most popular season for weddings, with more occurring in June and July than any other month.

The weather is warm, the colors are bright, the pictures sunny and magnificent.

But no wedding of any size is put together overnight, whether it’s done by the bride and her...

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Caterpillar updates 2015 financial expectations

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