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Literarea Review: Celebrating Christopher Hitchens

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In the second issue of The Peorian, I review "Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens". Hitchens is known the world over as a brilliant polemicist with verbal pyrotechnics that have made many a debate opponent crumble. 

If you don't subscribe to the print version of The Peorian, you can read my review online (on page 40):  Read more...

Cumulative voting: What's your opinion?

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I remember well the voting rights lawsuit brought against the City of Peoria in 1987, the federal suit that resulted in the cumulative voting system now in place for at-large City Council seats.

I'd only been covering City Hall a few months when the lawsuit was filed and the case made national news because it alleged that the method of electing at-large members at that time "prevented minorities from getting elected to the boards because...

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Morton continues striving for globalization

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The Village of Morton isn't content to rest on its laurels. It wants to keep growing and becoming a global village, so to speak.

That's why Morton Mayor Norm Durflinger will be joining Gov. Pat Quinn on a trade mission to China in September, a trip the village hopes will enable it to capitalize on business it already has landed from the Asian giant.

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LST-325 back in Peoria

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The LST-325, the World War II vessel that was part of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in June 1944, is back in Peoria.

The ship is docked on Peoria's riverfront, next to the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center, and will remain for public tours until next Monday.lstjumers-003

It will be a feature for those attending...

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LST-325 returning to central Illinois

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The LST-325, the World War II vessel that was part of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in June 1944, is returning to central Illinois this weekend, with plans for docking and public tours in Peoria and Henry.

The ship will be docked on Peoria's riverfront when the reunion of LST-325 crew members and those who rode the ship will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette Sept. 7 through 10.

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City prepares answers for questions about redistricting

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The city of Peoria has developed a FAQ sheet on its website to answer many of the questions about redistricting of City Council seats.

The sheet can be found at http://www.ci.peoria.il.us/redistricting.

Alma Brown, communications manager for the city, said the 2010 Census data showed population changes in the city that will cause changes to the boundaries of Peoria's five council...

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City seeks neighborhood leaders

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The City of Peoria is looking for a few neighborhood leaders. It wants to honor them for the work they do.

Nominations are being sought for the 2011 Neighborhood Leadership Awards, which will be presented at a banquet Oct. 13 at Four Points by Sheraton in downtown Peoria.

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