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CEFCU gift to aid Cancer Research Center

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The Cancer Research Center at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is ready to expand its programs and outfit new lab space thanks to a $250,000 gift from CEFCU.

CEFCU made the pledge Thursday during a public open house at the $13 million Research Center, which opened in December and provides reseachers at the center with far more lab space.

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Cat to expand excavator plant in China

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Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday it will expand its manufacturing plant in Xuzhou, China to increase hydraulic excavator production in that country by 80 percent by 2016.

The company also announced it will begin production of wheeled excavators at that plant, Caterpillar Xuzhou Limited (CXL), in early 2014 in order to expand the range of productions it offers in China and other growth markets.

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Cat to expand research center in China

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Caterpillar Inc. plans to expand its research and development center in Wuxi, China, to develop more products tailored to the demands of Caterpillar customers in that country and other markets, the company said.

Announcement of the plans came just two years after the multifunctional research and development center at Wuxi first opened, a reflection of the growth in demand for Caterpillar products, the company said in a news release.

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Kizer: Party of Four at Kelleher's

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KPOF--KellehersIn our third Kizer: Party of Four video, Kevin and his guests visit Kelleher’s for St. Practice Day where they sample some classic (and modern) Irish fare. Kevin’s guests are Dr. Tim Cundiff (Vision Care Center), Pat Sullivan (Kelleher’s) and Jeff Tucker (Mid Illinois Insurance).

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Kizer: Party of Four at 3o9

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3o9Our second Kizer: Party of Four finds Kevin and his three guests at 3o9 where they indulge in some fantastic seasonal dishes. Kevin's guests for this episode are Gloria Phelps (Peoria Park District), Marisa Randle (Walgreens Corp.) and Phil Jordan (Peoria Journal Star).

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Magnolia's on Prospect: Fine Dining with a Southern Twist

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In the south, the magnolia is considered not just a flower, but a symbol of elegance and style.

In Peoria it's the new name and style of the former Butcher Block Steak House at Junction City, a restaurant that has undergone a transformation in recent months to become what its owners always envisioned it to be.

Magnolia's On Prospect serves a tighter, more focused menu while billing itself "Fine dining with a southern twist." It...

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Simon named president, CEO at Methodist

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Debbie Simon had the "interim" tag removed from her title on Monday.

Simon was appointed president and CEO of Methodist Medical Center after serving as interim president and CEO since July, when Michael Bryant, who was in the position for 12 years, left to take a position in Virginia. Methodist Health Services Corp., parent of Methodist Medical Center, made the announcement.

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NEXT up? Organization seeking consultants

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Peoria NEXT is turning to the public for help in developing its future. Well, as long as it is interested public with knowledge or even expertise in one of the four disciplines that the organization will focus on in its next five years.

Peoria NEXT has completed a realignment process — which we first told you about in the November/December issue of The Peorian magazine — and identified the four disciplines on which it will concentrate....

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Cat maintains dividend, reaffirms outlook

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Caterpillar Inc. will maintain its quarterly cash dividend of 46 cents a share for the fourth quarter, the company announced Wednesday after a vote buy its board of directors.

The dividend will be payable Feb. 18, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 20, 2012.

Further, the company said Wednesday it has reaffirmed its preliminary outlook for 2012, which was first stated at the end of the third quarter....

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Nominee: Glen Barton

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Local Not for Profit: Quest Charter Academy

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glen bartonRetirement? What’s that?

Glen Barton’s post-Caterpillar ‘career’...

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New forum lets elected officials connect with constituents

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When we cast our vote for one candidate or another, in one election or the other, we expect them to do the job they promised to do, right?

Unfortunately, we do not often know how those we elect into office are going about those jobs, what decisions they are making even though they supposedly are making them on our behalf, or even what they do on a daily basis.

That isn't any fault of the elected official. There simply isn't a way...

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Nominee: Jim McConoughey

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Local Not for Profit: Heart of Illinois United Way

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The Midwestern way

Jim McConoughey energized...

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Leitch presented with Tom Connor Award

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David Leitch was presented the 2011 Tom Connor Award for Volunteer Community Service on Friday.

Leitch, who is state representative from the 73rd District, was presented the award during the 36th Annual Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Thanksgiving Luncheon. More than 600 attended the event at the Embassy Suites and Riverfront Conference Center in East Peoria.

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Jim McConoughey Intro

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jim mcconougheyJim McConoughey

Jim McConoughey energized by the values he has found in his adopted community

To hear him tell it, Jim McConoughey’s move to Peoria more than a decade ago could read like a love story.

“We found each other,” he said recently when explaining how...

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Peoria NEXT names Brewen as CEO

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Peoria NEXT has taken its next step toward its future, naming Grant Brewen its new CEO, effective immediately.

Brewen comes on board as Peoria NEXT, formed 10 years ago by several organizations and business leaders to provide entrepreneurs an outlet to turn ideas into market-ready products, prepares to redefine its strategies for the next five years.

That will include concentrating its efforts in four key disciplines in which this...

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Nobody should be surprised by Cat decision

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I find it difficult to believe anybody from here to Chicago to Springfield or Galesburg really expected Caterpillar Inc. to build its new factory anywhere in Illinois. That includes Gov. Pat Quinn. For him to say he was disappointed Caterpillar chose the Athens, Ga. area for the factory and its 1,400 is one thing; to act even remotely surprised was another.

Then to say that the only reason Caterpillar made that decision was because...

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Brrrrr!!! Winter's Coming!

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Realtors say it's time to get your house ready for cold weather

Fall cleaning may have been a thing of the past, but it shouldn't be.

Taking care of your home, especially before cold weather hits, can only help protect you and your home's value, says the Peoria Area Association of Realtors.

Below are common sense precautions you can take now before the onset of...

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Ameren: Central Illinois acted on energy

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Four central Illinois cities were honored Monday by Ameren Illinois for their work toward helping area business become more energy efficient.

Ameren officials presented the ActOnEnergy Most Progressive City Award to Peoria, East Peoria, Mapleton and Pekin during a ceremony in downtown Peoria. The awards were accepted by Mayors Jim Ardis of Peoria, Dave Mingus of East Peoria, Laurie Barra of Pekin and Village President Ken Oederwaldt of...

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Kizer: Party of Four at Sky Harbor

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Sky Harbor Steakhouse

While it may look like we're in a cave, we're actually at Sky Harbor Steakhouse. It may be too dark for filming, but it's the perfect environment to enjoy some great Midwestern classics. Kevin's guests for this episode are Sandra Mitchell (Peoria Park District), Jordan Ticaric (Methodist College of Nursing)...

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Pekin manufacturer to expand, add 100 jobs

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Excel Foundry & Machine in Pekin has announced plans to expand its operations and create about 100 new jobs over the next two years.

In a news conference Tuesday that was attended by Gov. Pat Quinn and several state and federal legislators, the company said it will build a 3,373-square-foot addition to the foundry at 14463 Wagonseller Road in Pekin, an 8,600-square-foot addition to its offices and a 108,750-square-foot warehouse adjacent...

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New redevelopment agreement reached for Pere project

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Project cost lower after developer fee shifted

Gary Matthews wants so badly to take the Hotel Pere Marquette/Marriott Courtyard project to completion he agreed to something few developers would do in order to save the project.

He agreed to wait and take his fee for the project at the end, from project profits, instead of up front. Without that, he said Wednesday, it's unlikely a new redevelopment agreement with...

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