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Pere Marquette project 'moving in right direction'

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New redevelopment agreement being negotiated; vote likely in October

With the threat of his project being terminated now gone, Gary Matthews said he is anxious to move forward in redeveloping the Hotel Pere Marquette and the area surrounding...

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Online Reading, Week 2 of 6

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Park MurdersRead new chapters each week from Norman V. Kelly's novel "The Park Murders", about a sinister killer stalking the parks of Peoria.

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Cat to invest $200 million in East Peoria plant

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Caterpillar Inc. is going to spend $200 million to modernize one of its East Peoria plants, the company said Friday.

Caterpillar officials said modernizing its undercarriage components plant will position the company to meet expected demand for the components and undercarriage assemblies that are used in medium-size and large track-type tractors.

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Corn Stock presents annual awards

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Jack Duffy, a long-time member of Corn Stock Theatre and former president of the organization's board of directors, was named winner of the Gretchen Iben Award at Corn Stock's annual Reco Dinner.

Duffy was presented the award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in and for the organization, by the 2010 Iben winner, Erica Franken.

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Oberhelman interview enlightening, alarming

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One thing I have always liked about Caterpillar Inc. chief executives is that they are not afraid to speak their minds. Of course, why should they be?

Still, it was refreshing to watch Doug Oberhleman's interview Tuesday on CBS news, particularly when he said what he believes is missing in Washington is honesty and that any politician who says there will be no new taxes or budget cuts to get the economy moving forward again doesn't deserve...

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Rusch named Athena Award winner

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Dr. Sara Rusch, the first female Regional Dean in the University of Illinois College of Medicine system, was named the winner of the 2011 Athena Award presented by the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rusch was chairwoman of the college's Department of Medicine for 15 years at the College of Medicine in Peoria.

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LST-325 back in Peoria

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The LST-325, the World War II vessel that was part of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in June 1944, is back in Peoria.

The ship is docked on Peoria's riverfront, next to the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center, and will remain for public tours until next Monday.lstjumers-003

It will be a feature for those attending...

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Online Reading, Week 1 of 6

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Park MurdersRead new chapters each week from Norman V. Kelly's novel "The Park Murders", about a sinister killer stalking the parks of Peoria.

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Community shouldn't be cheated by Pere Marquette situation

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I cannot help but feel somehow cheated by what is going on with the Hotel Pere Marquette/Marriott Courtyard project. What worries me most is that the community is going to end up cheated.

From what I hear from people I've talked with, they are worried about that, too. Public perception is that this is getting uglier by the day.

Before I go further let me emphasize The Peorian is not taking an editorial stand on the project itself....

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