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Peoria, IL, United States

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Past articles by Thomas:

Midstate College adds MBA degree program

PEORIA — After a years-long effort, Midstate College is beefing up its curriculum with the addition of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) → Read More

Body of Peoria man pulled from Clinton Lake on Thursday

CLINTON — The body of a 63-year-old Peoria man was pulled from Clinton Lake on Thursday, according to the DeWitt County Coroner's office.The office → Read More

Dining Out: Bearded Owl known for its beers, but who would guess top-notch paninis, too

PEORIA — Local beer drinkers rejoiced at the addition of a new brewery in the Warehouse District at the start of 2018. Apparently, local panini → Read More

Waggy tails, 'Doggie Duds' and terrific tricks expected at Sunday's Bark in the Park

PEORIA — It's the most adorable, Instagram-able contest of the year.The Marvelous Mutt Show is the centerpiece of the annual Bark in the Park event → Read More

Educators miffed at Illinois kindergarten readiness data

PEORIA — Val Ray's arm remained stationary inside the caterpillar puppet as the pre-kindergarten students in her class counted from one to 14. Once → Read More

Peoria Public Schools looking to fill 39 open teacher jobs

PEORIA — As an ongoing teacher shortage grips the state of Illinois, Peoria Public Schools is currently looking to fill 39 teaching vacancies as → Read More

Peoria Promise picks up new investor in Homefield Energy

PEORIA — Peoria Promise picked up a new investor this year as the program is celebrating its 10th anniversary.The scholarship program started in → Read More

Five acts to catch at this year's Peoria Blues and Heritage Festival

PEORIA — The 30th edition of the Peoria Blues and Heritage Festival kicks off this weekend on the Peoria riverfront with a star-studded lineup → Read More

PPS puts dent in transportation costs

PEORIA — The Peoria Public Schools transportation budget is closer to being balanced after a slew of new measures were implemented by the district → Read More

Riley's Cupcake and Coffee Lounge closes Saturday

PEORIA — Riley's Cupcake and Coffee Lounge will close Saturday, just shy of two years since it opened.The announcement was made on the Downtown → Read More

Four sent to the hospital after horrific crash caused by possible hit-and-run

PEORIA — Four people — including two infants — were transported to a local hospital Friday evening after their car wrapped → Read More

Civic Center approves a deficit budget for coming year after cash balance dips below $1 million

PEORIA — The Peoria Civic Center Authority board unanimously passed a budget for the upcoming year that projects a deficit just short of $400,000 amid some concern of the facility's cash supply after incurring a near $700,000 operating loss in the previous year.The budget vote was the primary action taken by the board at Thursday's monthly meeting following a 30-day window in which the budget… → Read More

Tianguis outdoor Hispanic market re-opens through September

PEORIA — It turns out this summer won't be devoid of Tianguis tacos.The Tianguis outdoor market, held in 2017 at the corner of Pecan and Adam streets, was cancelled on the eve of its season this year in order to accommodate renovations being made to the Casa de Arte Building.The cancellation came with a measure of disappointment for people who had enjoyed the Hispanic-centric market and were… → Read More

Week-long Junior League campaign to address food insecurity begins Saturday

PEORIA — A week-long campaign to address the poverty and hunger in the Peoria community and raise funds to combat those issues will kick off Saturday at Industry Brewing. The campaign is called the Little Black Dress initiative and is being hosted by the Junior League of Peoria. The participants in the week-long event — both men and women — will agree to wear the same black outfit every day of… → Read More

Peoria Stadium electronic signs hit strange snag with state

PEORIA — The long-gestating process of erecting new electronic signs at the entrance of Peoria Stadium ran into a minor — and likely → Read More

Franklin Primary students greeted by a cheering crowd on the first day

PEORIA — As a self-professed avid news watcher, Laricka Welch was surprised at the scene unfolding before her as she walked up to Franklin Primary School with her two daughters, Anastasia and Malaysia Taylor, in tow Wednesday morning.A playlist heavy on the Stevie Wonder boomed from a speaker. Applause and shouts of encouragement rang out in the air.And a wall of greeters on both sides of the… → Read More

PPS resource officer honored for saving child's life while on vacation

PEORIA — A Peoria Public Schools resource officer was honored at Monday night's board meeting for his heroic resuscitation of a child while on → Read More

Peoria teachers get raises as PPS board approves contract

PEORIA — Just in time for the start of the school year, the Peoria Public Schools board members approved a new teacher contract Monday night that will see the district's educators receive a raise for the second contract in a row.Teachers will receive a 3 percent pay increase each year of the two-year contract, according to the teachers union president Jeff Adkins-Dutro. The district's teachers… → Read More

Two teachers, one just retired and one just beginning, reflect on the start of the school year

When Morton students convene for the first day of school Wednesday, Jan Martin won't be there to greet a new batch of students in her classroom. She's a → Read More

74-year-old Peoria woman kicks, scares off would-be robber

PEORIA — A 74-year-old woman who was the target of an armed robbery Wednesday night realized the assailant was wielding a fake gun and kicked the → Read More