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Peoria region has the arts and passion; always looking for a bigger audience

Faced with a dilemma a few short years ago, the arts community in the Peoria area did what it had done many times before: It quit relying on others and took action itself.

The Peoria Live Theatre League was born and while it is still growing it is central Illinois' leading — if not its only — place to find out not only what is...

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Peoria's Grand Hotels

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Peoria Downtown Hotels: Then & Now

With the recent headlines concerning Peoria's downtown hotels, The Peorian celebrates a few of the grand hotels of 100 years ago.

Hotel Mayer
Opened April 1907. 162 rooms Destroyed by fire February 14, 1963. Three elderly residents were killed. Now on that site at Adams Street and Hamilton Boulevard is a Caterpillar Inc. office building that is part...

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The Arts!

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Arts community will be busy this summer

When the leadership of the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild set up shop along the Riverfront 15-plus years ago, they had the vision of developing the area into an arts community.

It might not have happened as quickly as they wanted, but today those visionaries can finally congratulate each other. When the Peoria Riverfront Museum opens in October, the goal...

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Cat increases cash dividend

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Caterpillar Inc.'s board of directors on Wednesday raised the company's quarterly cash dividend by 13 percent, declaring a dividend of 52 cents a share.

The action came before the company's annual meeting of shareholders in San Antonion, Texas.

catlogoThe dividend, an increase over the previous cash quarterly dividend of 46...

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Creating History

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What's the Story Behind Peoria's Most Beautiful 113-year-old Woman?

Her name is "History" and she has graced the grounds of the Peoria County courthouse since 1899. In 1894, the Peoria Ladies Memorial Day Association contacted sculptor Frederick Triebel, a Peoria native who had his studios in Rome at the time, to design a fitting tribute to Peoria's Civil War heroes.

He...

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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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Cat: The right size... for right now

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When Caterpillar Inc. unveiled its first quarter financial report last weeks it boasted, rightfully so, that its worldwide employment was at 155,710 at the end of the quarter. That is almost 50 percent higher than it was at the start of 2010.

You may recall the start of 2010 was about the time Caterpillar had finished downsizing its workforce as part of its trough planning to get through the recession relatively unscathed. The company...

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Party On!

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Water Street parties ready to go again, with a couple new twists

It will be like an Old Quarter Street Party on Water Street between Walnut and State streets in Downtown Peoria again this spring and summer. And Kelleher's Irish Pub, the host for the street festival going into its third season, will welcome others to join in.

Not that the first two years were trashy, but the festivals will get a touch of extra...

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Peoria Ballet is ready to rock

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The rock group Queen did opera, so it's almost fitting that its music can be used in ballet. But dancing ballet to the music of James Brown? Or Led Zeppelin? The Beatles and Elvis? Van Halen?

That's the music that 40 of the students at the Peoria Ballet will be dancing to this weekend when the ballet presents "Art That Rocks" at Five Points in Washington, starting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10...

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