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What's My Stuff Worth: Stamps and Lockbox

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Dan Philips

When Jason Kassis of Peoria came across a copper plate filled with different imprints of ducks while cleaning out an old building, he wasn't sure what he had.

For all Kassis knew, the plate could have been for various special postage stamps depicting ducks and possibly quite valuable. That's why he held on to it for about 20 years, taking it with him any time he moved.

He finally got...

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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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CCT's musical "My Son Pinoccio" opens Thursday at Players

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For more than 50 years the Peoria Park District has given children ages 8 to 18 the chance to learn about theatre while keeping audiences entertained through song and dance.

They do it again this week when the Children's Community Theatre presents "Disney's My Son Pinocchio: Geppettto's Musical Tale" at Peoria Players Theatre. The show opens Thursday with a 7 p.m. curtain, followed by a 7 p.m. show on Friday, with 1:30 p.m....

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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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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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Researching to find a cure

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New cancer research center officially opens amidst fanfare at College of Medicine

Cancer research in Peoria has taken a giant leap forward with the opening of the new research center at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Not only will the new center help modernize research...

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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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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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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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