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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 be here right now." Read more...

Peoria Made Personal: Charity Neal, Dawn Silverthorn

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Works at Pettet Jewelry Deigns Ltd.; Lives in Peoria Heights

Charity has been living life in a series of full circles. Born and raised in the Peoria area, her whole family still resides here. "The family business started in what was a chicken coup on Farmington Road. Neal's Auto Parts was founded by my grandfather and uncle, perfected by my father, and then the boys took off and ran with it. Neal's...


Smooth Landing

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Gene Olson shows 'You can come home again'

When he left Augustana College in 1983 armed with a degree in political science and a minor in Spanish he really didn't want a career in politics or Spanish. But he didn't know what he was going to do, either.

It wasn't long, though, before the Peoria native found himself on a career path pursuing his greatest love, aviation. And...