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When Christmas trees spoke to us

Meet the inaugural voice behind the legendary Bergner’s Talking Christmas Tree. In the above 1977 photo, 5-year-old Jennifer Zenzen poses next

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All cheer Peoria’s glass-ceiling gladiators

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s December edition, in which we introduce some of the most influential women in central Illinois and highlight the contributions they have made and continue to, often

Christmas Macaron Tower

Christmas Macaron Tower Mary DiSomma For the holidays, I turn my famous wedding macaron tower into an edible Christmas tree. Green-colored macaron shells are filled with a creamy gingerbread buttercream.

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Everyone deserves to be led well

What does it take to be a good leader?  If you ask five people that question, you’ll likely get five different answers. Leaders share the vision and chart the course

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Surviving a Bear Market

The stock market began its current slide on Jan. 3, 2022, and was confirmed a bear market – generally defined as a drop of 20% – on June 13. The

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All Hail the Young and the Restless

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s November edition, in which we celebrate at least 40 reasons to be optimistic about the future of central Illinois.  In compiling the stories for this annual

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A Penny – Maybe More — For Your Thoughts?

Here’s a question for you.  How much thought do you give to your thoughts? I confess there was a time in my leadership journey when I never considered my thoughts. You’re

Here’s to the Dreamers and Doers

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s Infrastructure and Architecture edition, dedicated to those who first imagine, then build. Obviously, I chose a profession that allows me to construct with words as my

Mike Bailey

Here’s to the risk-takers

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s Small Business edition, dedicated to those who take the risks that drive our economy, often against formidable odds. This month we partner with Bradley University’s Turner

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The sky is the limit at Peoria Public Schools

While Peoria’s public school district was officially founded in 1855, the accompanying illustration dates back to 1821. Fast forward to 2022 and Peoria Public Schools is one of the city’s

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Common Traits Among Highly Successful People

Highly successful people learn that success is a mindset. The person who thinks they can and the one who thinks they can’t are usually both right. Success begins with the

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A few laws to live – and lead – by

Here’s something I think we all know: It’s not easy being a leader. It doesn’t matter if you’re leading your family or a Fortune 500 company. There are a million responsibilities

Mike Bailey

Lessons to Spare, and Share

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s Education edition, dedicated to those who teach, learn and use their accumulated knowledge to make their communities and the world better places. You wouldn’t think that

MB

Illuminating Our Legends, as They Lift Us All

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s Local Legends issue, dedicated to the people who have long made things go — and continue to — in our respective communities in ways large and

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