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Literarea Review: Celebrating Christopher Hitchens

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In the second issue of The Peorian, I review "Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens". Hitchens is known the world over as a brilliant polemicist with verbal pyrotechnics that have made many a debate opponent crumble. 

If you don't subscribe to the print version of The Peorian, you can read my review online (on page 40):  Read more...

What's NEXT?

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Peoria NEXT enters new phase with new director, updated approach

There are four areas where Peoria and its business community excel — medical, manufacturing/materials, clean technology and food products/safety.

It is in those areas that Peoria NEXT, which has entered its second decade, will focus its energy in its next phase of strategic planning, said Jim McConoughey,...

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Boys & Girls Club: Fill the Treasure Chest

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When Robert Ballard goes exploring off the coast of Italy in November, he may not find treasure. But he will be helping to create treasure for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria.

Dr. Katy Croff Bell, chief scientist of Ballard E/V Nautilus Exploration Program, will be the featured speaker at the Boys and Girls Clubs' annual Fill The Treasure Chest Dinner on Nov. 12 at Mt. Hawley Country Club. During the program that night,...

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Heart of Peoria

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Metro Centre, local retailers thrive in the center of the city

Life was good in Pottstown for Bob and Katie Barth. Their business, Pottstown Meat, was doing well, they could on occasion hang a 'gone fishin' sign on the door and "things were really pretty easy."

That's why he was reluctant...

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Kizer: Party of Four at Sky Harbor

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Sky Harbor Steakhouse

While it may look like we're in a cave, we're actually at Sky Harbor Steakhouse. It may be too dark for filming, but it's the perfect environment to enjoy some great Midwestern classics. Kevin's guests for this episode are Sandra Mitchell (Peoria Park District), Jordan Ticaric (Methodist College of Nursing)...

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Winter Blues

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SAD can affect anyone, but there are ways to fight it

For many Americans the winter season signals the loss of sunlight and the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder, also called SAD for short.

Misunderstood by many people, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a clinical disorder, characterized by moderate depression, pronounced fatigue, lethargy and a general sense of heaviness....

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New redevelopment agreement reached for Pere project

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Project cost lower after developer fee shifted

Gary Matthews wants so badly to take the Hotel Pere Marquette/Marriott Courtyard project to completion he agreed to something few developers would do in order to save the project.

He agreed to wait and take his fee for the project at the end, from project profits, instead of up front. Without that, he said Wednesday, it's unlikely a new redevelopment agreement with...

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Brrrrr!!! Winter's Coming!

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Realtors say it's time to get your house ready for cold weather

Fall cleaning may have been a thing of the past, but it shouldn't be.

Taking care of your home, especially before cold weather hits, can only help protect you and your home's value, says the Peoria Area Association of Realtors.

Below are common sense precautions you can take now before the onset of...

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Stuff-A-Bus campaign kicks off Friday

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The number of sponsors for the Peoria Friendship House's Stuff-A-Bus campaign is growing and organizers hope the amount of food does, as well.

FH-new-logo-pathsAfter all, said Friendship House executive director Barbara Hartnett, it does not appear the need for the food is diminishing now or will any time soon.

"We...

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