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Five of The Best

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To say finalists for The Peorian of the Year are worthy is an understatement

It was interesting to learn that four of the five finalists for the inaugural The Peorian of the Year Award have farming in their background.

It was encouraging to learn that for the most part, that's where the similarities ended.

Our finalists, who were chosen from among 20 nominees, are quite a diverse group, with one native...

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Hope Summers: Rifles, Pickles & Rosemary's Baby

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The Fascinating Career of a Bradley Speech Teacher

She arrived in Peoria in 1926 to become the new head of the Bradley Polytechnic Speech Department. Few could guess her career would lead her to be one of America's most sought-after character actors, appearing in hundreds of early television shows and more than 32 movies.

Hope Summers was born in Mattoon, Ill., in 1896. Her father, Dr. John Summers, was the...

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Jim McConoughey Intro

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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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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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Nominee: Bonnie Noble

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Local Not for Profit: Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

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A natural fit

Bonnie Noble’s vision for...

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Nominee: Carl Cannon

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Local Not for Profit: Peoria Public Schools Foundation

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A two-way street

Carl Cannon strives to make...

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Nominee: Dr. Jasti Rao

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Local Not for Profit: The Children's Hospital of Illinois

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Doing research to save lives

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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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Dr. Jasti Rao Intro

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Dr. Jasti Rao speaks softly but wields worldwide influence in cancer research

Dr. Jasti Rao grew up on a farm in India, an only child who learned early on what hard work was and how it was necessary to achieve success.

That ethic has stuck...

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