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Episode 4: State Politics: A conversation with Jehan Gordon

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An interview with Peoria Democrat Jehan Gordon, state representative from the 92nd District, about the current events in Illinois politics.

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You can go home again, at least for a day or two

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This is the time of year when people enjoy the changing fall colors, football games, carving pumpkins and, of course, homecoming.

Oh yeah, homecoming.

Without going into details – and hoping the threats to put my antics on YouTube don't come true – I had a great time at my 35th high school class reunion this past weekend. It was nice to take a night to lose my inhibitions – oh wait, I don't have any of those.

Anyway,...

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Feelings about 9/11 tough to put into words

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Anybody living and able to comprehend events had to have been profoundly affected by what occurred in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

Most of us know where we were or what we were doing when we heard about it; most of us, in today's mass-media dominated world, watched in horror the end result of the planes crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

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At the dojo, learning is a skill itself

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I kept waiting for the admonition of "Don't try this at home" as Joseph Walker prepared to walk on broken glass. I didn't hear it, but then with the amount of respect he commands from his students it probably wasn't necessary.

I mean, I can't imagine those students would try anything they've seen at their karate studio without Walker, the Shihan (master), teaching them how to do it without being injured.

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Shay loves her bosses. How about you?

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You can meet the neatest people and hear the best stories in the most unexpected places sometimes.

Take last Saturday, for example. My wife and I decided to go to Famous Dave's for dinner before heading to a movie and by pure chance were seated at a table being served by a waitress named Shay. (At least that's what her nametag said. I later learned it was a nickname.)

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Episode 1: The Economy with Jim McConoughey

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tv1 thumb mcconougheyThis week we interview Jim McConoughey, CEO of the Heartland Partnership and a student of economic history, about the Peoria-area economy and how it has changed over the last 30 years.

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Hey Looch, carve Nancy Brinker's face into your mountain

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Given its shear size and local connections, Peorians who pay attention to what goes on around them know about Komen for the Cure, its history and the fact it is a major player in the search for a cure for breast cancer.

Talk about keeping a promise, eh?

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