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Forget the bear! Pass the rolls!

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Former Jumer's Castle Lodge now a senior living center 

Take a walk through the familiar Bavarian-style building at Western and Moss avenues today and you will not find the famous black bear.

But you can still get those cinnamon rolls, if you know the right person.

The former Jumer's Castle Lodge is now Courtyard Estates of Peoria, billed as a "supportive living community" for seniors that has now...

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City prepares answers for questions about redistricting

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The city of Peoria has developed a FAQ sheet on its website to answer many of the questions about redistricting of City Council seats.

The sheet can be found at http://www.ci.peoria.il.us/redistricting.

Alma Brown, communications manager for the city, said the 2010 Census data showed population changes in the city that will cause changes to the boundaries of Peoria's five council...

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Morton continues striving for globalization

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The Village of Morton isn't content to rest on its laurels. It wants to keep growing and becoming a global village, so to speak.

That's why Morton Mayor Norm Durflinger will be joining Gov. Pat Quinn on a trade mission to China in September, a trip the village hopes will enable it to capitalize on business it already has landed from the Asian giant.

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Kizer Party of Four

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"Kizer: Party of Four" is the Peorian's take on restaurant reviews. Kevin Kizer, a columnist for The Peorian, and three other diners will visit local restaurants and, instead of ordering off the menu, will ask each chef to put together a three-course menu for the diners.

The idea is to give your restaurant the opportunity to put its best, most-creative foot forward. Along with Kevin, there may be a unifying theme behind who the other...

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Musical chairs

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Peoria Players set to open 93rd season; musicals dominate 2011-12 schedule  ppt logo

While the mission of community theatre is to entertain audiences while providing an outlet...

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Peoria's Past will be a Big Part of its Future

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Drive down Washington Street now and it's not a real pretty sight. North of the State Street intersection is currently dominated by construction of the Museum Square project; it's hard to notice much of anything else heading that direction.

South of the State Street intersection there is one old brick building after another, in varied conditions, and the streetscape is ... well, kind of ugly. With narrow and crumbling sidewalks and...

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LST-325 returning to central Illinois

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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 returning to central Illinois this weekend, with plans for docking and public tours in Peoria and Henry.

The ship will be docked on Peoria's riverfront when the reunion of LST-325 crew members and those who rode the ship will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette Sept. 7 through 10.

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Not For Profit

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For all the therapeutic work performed for clients of Easter Seals, the chances of real success would be lessened considerably without the devotion of families, the head of the local Easter Seals office said.

"One of the things we know for certain is that as important as what we do is, the real progress a child with special needs makes comes within the context of family, be it parents or grandparents or siblings. That's why we involve...

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Pere Marquette/Marriott project moves forward (4)

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Matthews says contracts shows commitment remains strong

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The developer of the Pere Marquette/Marriott Courtyard hotel project said Wednesday that Marriott International Inc. is ready to do up to a half-century of business in downtown Peoria that will bring...

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