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Each July, Peoria Magazines honors “Local Legends,” those individuals who have had a lifetime of impact on the Peoria-area community. The 2018 class—featured in this issue—will be honored at the Country Club of Peoria on July 17, 2018. (Limited tickets are available to the public at This growing cohort of legendary leaders has left a collective legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Check out their stories below…

2017 Local Legends
Dr. Stephen & Patti Bash: Catalysts of Healthy Living
Royal Coulter: Business Leader with Integrity
Ken Hinton: A Caring and Compassionate Educator
Norman V. Kelly: Patriot, Storyteller, Historian
Joan Krupa: Public Servant & Health Advocate

2016 Local Legends
Byron DeHaan: Communicator of Culture
Jean Ann & Gordon Honegger: Sharing the Wealth
Mike Landwirth: A Life of Development
The Honorable David Leitch: A Tireless Workhorse
Sally Snyder: Advocate for Health and Education

2015 Local Legends
Wayne Baum: A Legacy of Servant Leadership
Bob Gilmore: “Yellow-Blooded” Philanthropist
James Polk: An Advocate for All
Dave Ransburg: Businessman and Civic Leader
George Shadid: The Principled Statesman

2014 Local Legends
John Bearce: Entrepreneur and Adventurer
Lowell "Bud" Grieves: Developer, Businessman and Conservationist
Gene & Harriett Swager: A Partnership in Service
Kathryn Timmes: Teacher and Counselor
Jay Vonachen: Businessman and Community Leader

2013 Local Legends
Glen Barton: Businessman & Visionary
Congressman Bob Michel: Distinguished Public Servant
Art & Judy Oakford: A Pair of Peoria Philanthropists
Gerald D. Stephens: Entrepreneur & Businessman
Pete Vonachen: Peoria’s Mr. Baseball iBi