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Parks to head Methodist Foundation

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Roberta Parks, president of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, will take over leadership of the Methodist Foundation on July 1, UnityPoint Health-Methodist announced Wednesday.

Parks will replace Rebekah Bourland, who retired earlier this year, as vice president of the Methodist Foundation. Her last day with the Chamber of Commerce, for whom she has worked for 25 years -- including the last four as president -- will be June 14.

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A more secure Race for the Cure

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Komen LogoThe sea of pink wrought by the 10,000-plus participants in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Saturday won't be surprising; it's common on the day before Mother's Day.

What will seem different this year will be the presence of security as the Race kicks off for the 28th consecutive year from the Metro Centre...

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Early stage Alzheimer's support session scheduled

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Caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer's disease can receive education and emotional support by attending a new Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease Support Group, eight-week session to begin in February. The goal of the group is to educate both the person with dementia and their loved one and to help establish a support network for them.

The group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 20 through April...

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Balloon launch to commemorate birth mothers

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The skies throughout central Illinois will be filled with balloons beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday when the Center for Youth and Family Solutions commemorates the sacrifices of birthmothers who placed children in adoption.

balloon-launch3The inaugural Birthmother's Day Balloon Launch will occur simultaneously in seven...

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Angel Ball raises $3.75 million for endowment fund

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With a $2.5 million gift from the Forest Park Foundation included, the OSF Saint Francis Foundation announced its 2013 Angel Ball raised more than $3.75 million to benefit the OSF Endowment Fund.

The Forest Park donation was announced during the ball, which was at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 12, the foundation said in a new release.

Nearly 1,200 people attended the event, which featured the music of The Midtown...

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Historical operation at OSF gives Korean toddler a new life

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A little girl tasted a lollipop last Friday. It was her first taste of a treat most children take for granted.

For 2½-year-old Hannah Warren, that taste was made possible by an historical operation performed in Peoria on April 19 at the Children's Hospital of Illinois. In short, she was given a tissue-engineered, bioartificial windpipe in an operation that was the first of its kind in the world to be performed on a child.

The...

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Bundle Up and Run to Help Families

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FamilyCore's Frosty 5K scheduled for Jan. 26

Traumatic events can happen in anyone's life and often counseling is the best way for a person to move on.

As trauma happens regardless of age, the need for counseling also has no age limits. The problem is that children cannot pay for their own and often, neither can their parents or guardian, said Debbie Ryva, director of...

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Jump Trading Center open

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The new Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, a collaborative effort between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, is open.

The center, named for the Chicago investment firm at which the center's chief benefactor is managing partner, was blessed Thursday during a dedication ceremony by Bishop Daniel Jenky.

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Alzheimer's Association seeks ambassador in 17th District

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 The Alzheimer's Association is looking for a community member to represent the Central Illinois Chapter as a volunteer ambassador for the 17th Congressional District, the association said.

The ambassador must be someone interested in the disease, public policy and advocacy as well as live in the 17th District now represented by Republican Bobbt Schilling and, starting in January, by Democrat Cheri Bustos.

The 17th Congressional...

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Noble honored for Park District service

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Bonnie Noble first became involved in the Peoria Park District in 1873 when she was elected a trustee on the district's board and later the board's president. She later became its executive director, a position she has held 21 years.

For that 40 years of service to the district, overseeing the growth and improvements to the city's parks and expanding its recreational opportunies, Noble this week received a honor that will last beyond her.

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Bid on a Tree, Help a Cause

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Crittenton Center event helps protect and nurture children and families

Nothing says the holidays like helping others less fortunate and, of course, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

Crittenton Center's annual Christmas tree festival is a way the two can mix to help the center's mission of protecting and nurturing children and families.

The 4th Annual Festival of Trees is scheduled for Nov. 30 through Dec....

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Dress For Success honors clients, donors

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Congressman Aaron Schock has traveled to many countries and has seen firsthand how women are treated in those places where females have never been empowered or give equality.

That's why, the 18th District Republican said Friday, programs such as Dress For Success are so important in the American culture so that women can get the opportunities they need to be empowered and succeed in the business world.

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How the arts help

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Arts study shows economic bright picture; Leunigs named ArtsPartners of the Yearartspartners-logo                

The Peoria-area's arts and culture sector pring in more than $20...

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Selfless 10-year-old is 'Rockin' the House'

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Most ordinary 10-year-old boys spend their free time playing video games, goofing off on the Internet or watching television. They need to be told to wash their hands, or clean their rooms or quit picking on their sister. Most ordinary 10-year-old-boys can't even spell the word "selfless," let alone practice it on a daily basis.

Riley Moran is no ordinary 10-year-old boy. 

When the Ridgeview Elementary School fifth-grader...

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Alzheimer's Association Aims to Put Itself Out of Business

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The bad news is that without preventive medicine, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease will triple by the year 2050, to 16.5 million.

That's because the baby boomer generation is just now reaching the normal ages the devastating disease is diagnosed.

The good news is, many researchers believe such preventive medicine, or at least a treatment to slow the progression of Alzheimer's, will be available by 2025. Read more...

Komen Memorial Affiliate plans new event

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Komen LogoA promise between two Peoria-born sisters made decades ago led to what is now the world's leading breast cancer research organization, Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

That organization's Memorial Affiliate in Peoria will highlight that promise when it launches its inaugural Susan G. Komen Memorial Promise Run & Relay next...

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Blues Fest moved ahead of Isaac

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Blues Festival and moe. moved to Expo Gardens; previously purchased tickets will be honored 

It isn't often the effects of a hurricane are felt in central Illinois, but this weekend will likely be the exception.

Not only will the expected deluge, remnants of Hurricane Isaac, wreak havoc with basements and flood-prone creeks, it is forcing the relocation of one of the Peoria...

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Building a foundation

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bricklayingWhere once stood a pile of rocks deep in the scrubby jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula now stands a foundation and four block walls – walls that will soon become a tiny Presbyterian church that will serve a handful of Mayans in Nuevo Durango for decades to come.

Eighteen of us,...

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Remembering Now May Save Lives in the Future

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Whitney's Walk For Life aims to prevent teen suicide

When a teen-aged Brimfield girl took her own life eight years ago, the grief felt by her family and friends was nearly matched by the misunderstanding of the act itself.

They wanted other families to learn the signs of depression and possible ways to prevent them from experiencing the pain and questions that accompany teen suicide, the third highest cause...

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Crazy for a Cause

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divers-012When someone yelled, "Ready or not, here we come" at the 13th Annual Dive For Cover event at Maui Jim's on Friday, it sounded more like "Crazy or not, here we come."

With the air temperature at 34 degrees, the water temperature at 32 degrees and the wind chill probably in the low 20s, either one might have been appropriate...

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Pekin Civic Chorus to present Showtime 2012

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 For more than 50 years the Pekin Civic Chorus has been entertaining audiences with bi-annual concerts of music and song largely devoted to musical theater.

It will again this year when the chorus presents "Showtime 2012" on June 5 through 10 in the F.M. Peterson Theatre at Pekin Community High School. It promises an entertaining mix of song, dance, and dialogue with a variety of costumes.  

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