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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.


The theme of the 15th annual banquet is "Neighborhoods! Our Stars!"

The awards are meant to honor the many citizens of Peoria who are devoted to making the city a great place to live. The city is seeking nominees who have contributed time, energy and/or other resources to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The awards to be conferred are:

The Mayor's Award: To a person whose tireless efforts over several years has resulted in a positive change physically or socially in the quality of life in their neighborhood and the city.

• Ted Bannon "Brick" Award: To a person who engages civic leaders, such as the City Council, businesses and community stakeholders) in the completion of specific neighborhood improvement projects.

• Richard "Fuzzy" Lenz Award: To a quiet, behind-the-scenes person who personally assists the needs of their neighbors with no expectation of recognition or reward.

• Business Award: To a business that has demonstrated a commitment to improving the community.

• Youth Award: To a person under the age of 18 who has worked to improve their community.

• Pride in Peoria Award: To individuals, groups or organizations that have made a significant contribution to improve the Peoria environment.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 23. The should be submitted to Steve Fairbanks in the city's Planning and Growth Management Dept., 456 Fulton St., Suite 402, Peoria, IL 61602. They can be emailed to

To download a nomination form or for more information about the event go to

The banquet will include dinner, musical entertainment and a keynote address by Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich.


About the Author
Paul Gordon is the editor of The Peorian after spending 29 years of indentured servitude at the Peoria Journal Star. He’s an award-winning writer, raconteur and song-and-dance man. He also went to a high school whose team name is the Alices (that’s Vincennes Lincoln High School in Indiana; you can look it up).