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April 2021 Issue

Incubating baby businesses

By many accounts, small businesses are the backbone of the nation’s economy. Yet despite that distinction, many entrepreneurs run into...

Maybe I’m Amazed

Welcome to autumn, a time of falling leaves, pumpkins and corn mazes. Those mazes have become an integral part of...
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A Ginger Cake to Remember

Ginger is one of the most prized spices in the world. But I hadn’t fully understood how special fresh ginger...
The Lazy Snitch Photo of a cocktail with bottles of liquor, Leaves on the side of the photo

Cocktail Class – The Lazy Snitch

October brings falling leaves, Halloween plans and, of course, pumpkin spice latte everything. The Lazy Snitch takes this ubiquitous fall...

‘An Investment in our Future’

Multiple road-and-bridge projects are in the pipeline for the Peoria area as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s multi-year...
On May 1, 1909, piers broke under the Lower Free Bridge (also known as the Franklin Street Bridge), causing much of the span to tumble into the Illinois River. Photo courtesy of the Special Collections Center, Bradley University Library

Rickety, Risky Bridges

Click on photos to enlarge Peoria is known for its good fortune in having a multitude of sturdy bridges. But...
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Stylish and Sustainable

Sustainability is defined as “the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance.”Recycling household waste, utilizing...

The Soul of a Home

From her passion for historic preservation to her thoughts about art and civic engagement, Reagan Leslie creates a vivid picture...
Ballet dancers practicing

‘Art that Moves’

Wendy Thomasson, executive director of Peoria Ballet, has a clear vision when it comes to her studio’s purpose. The ballet...
A main walking up the stairs with this text on the steps: "Reach goals, Stick to it, Get to Work, Make Plan, Set Goal."

Add the ‘EXTRA’ to Your Ordinary

We can’t blame people who choose to live an ordinary life. The average person will gravitate towards what’s comfortable, familiar,...

Havanans are Looking Up

The 133-year-old water tower that stands at Main and Pearl streets in Havana really isn’t a water tower anymore. For...

The Washington Way

When Washington residents find themselves going in circles, it’s not because they are lost or confused. In fact, they couldn’t...
A dog sitting on a bar stool in front of a bar

The Bar Dog of Bar Dogs

In Hollowayville, at this old burg’s lone watering hole, the staff’s friendliest face belongs to Izzy. Of all employees at...
Sylvia Shults holding books in front of a red brick building

One Spooky Storyteller

According to Sylvia Shults, her passion for ghost stories started when she was 9 years old and summer vacations were...

On the Scene, Central Illinois

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Business News in Brief

Business News – In Brief | October 2022

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Fred the Horse & Toon Town | October 2022

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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...
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Taking the Scenic Route

‘No one is coming.” That’s what an adjunct professor said to me and my peers during our first week of...

Peoria Pursues Its Choo-Choo to Chicago

Touting the proposed Peoria-to-Chicago rail line, Ray LaHood explained the cost. “This is not an inexpensive project,” the former U.S....