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Vol. 88 No. 13
election 2015
East Peoria Mayoral candidate profiles
Brett Fugate
Name: Brett Fugate
Age: 42
Town of
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Educational background: Master’s of science in molecular biology
(Chicago State University),
bachelor of arts in government (pre-law) (CSU),
associate of arts and science in music (Illinois
Central College), associate
of liberal studies (Morton
Occupation: Entrepreneur (owner of Fugate
Elective or appointed
offices held: (past or cur-
Candidates for
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to forum
Candidates for Mayor
of East Peoria have been
invited to participate in
a forum sponsored by
the League of Women
Voters of Greater Peoria.
It takes place at 10
a.m. Saturday at the East
Peoria Civic Plaza, 401
W. Washington St., East
The candidates are
Brett Fugate and Dave
The event is free, and
the public is invited to
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volunteer, member-directed organization committed to open, responsive and effective government brought about
by informed, involved
citizens with membership open to both men
and women in Peoria,
Tazewell, and Woodford
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Organizations of which
you are a member: International Society for the
Study of Time, Texas Music Educators Association.
Why are you running
for this position? Because
East Peoria needs to have
options in their leadership
and I want to bring my
ideas for the city directly
to the voters and the City
What can you offer that
makes you better qualified
than those running against
you? I have a different life
experience, background,
and values than the current mayor. I am not better
than him. I am different
than him.
What makes you qualified for this position? I am
over 18, I am a registered
voter, and I have no felony
What do you think are
some of the issues that
need addressed in the city?
Education, transportation
and revenue.
David W.
Town of David
residence: Mingus
East Peoria
Family: Wife, three sons,
and six grandchildren.
Educational background:
• Master’s degree in
counseling and human
development from Bradley
• Bachelor’s degree in
sociology from Eureka
• Past instructor at Illinois Central College
• Certified secondary
education teacher
• Certified reciprocal
alcohol and other drug
abuse counselor
• Licensed clinical professional counselor
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Tazwood
Center for Wellness
Elective of appointed offices held (past or present):
• Served three terms as
Commissioner on the East
Peoria City Council from
• Served two terms as
the Mayor of East Peoria
from 2007-15
• Chairman of the East
Peoria Liquor Commission
• Charter member and
past chairman of the Human Relations Commission
• Served on the East
Peoria Grade School Board
of Education
• Served on the East
Peoria High School Board
of Education
Organizations of which
you are a member: East
Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Eastlight board
member, Quality of Life
Why are you running
for this position? I am
running to be re-elected
the Mayor of East Peoria
because I love the city and
care for our citizens. I have
the philosophy that elected
officials are to serve the
public in every way they
possibly can. I believe I attempt to do that every day
to the best of my abilities.
What can you offer that
makes you better qualified
than those running against
you? I do not know my opponent so I do not know
his qualifications.
What makes you qualified for this position? During the past eight years I
have served as the Mayor, I
have established a proven
record of being an effective
See MAYOR page A3
GateHouse Media special report:
Jobs Outlook 2015
Swan: Local job
outlook steady,
growth to come
By jeanette kendall
Caterpillar Inc. is the
largest employer in East
Peoria and the area is fortunate to have the business in central Illinois, said
East Peoria Chamber of
Commerce director Rick
Even though there were
some layoffs at the large
corporation recently, Swan
said he thinks the mining
industry will rebound.
“Once that industry
comes back, Caterpillar’s
going to be very, very well
positioned for growth. As
Caterpillar grows, then
that means that a lot of
the suppliers to Caterpillar,
their business increases,”
he said.
With the announcement
of the Caterpillar’s new
world headquarters to be
constructed in downtown
Peoria, Swan said this will
create all types of construction jobs as well.
“I see some great opportunities in the building
trades, that sector,” Swan
said. “There should be jobs
for years to come.
“Once jobs are created in
industry, the domino effect
is great because there are
suppliers that supply those
jobs. When people have
jobs and money in their
East Peoria’s top-5
1. Caterpillar Inc.
• 3,200 employees
(15,600 employees in
Peoria area)
• No comment on
2. Illinois Central
• 1,744 employees but
fluctuates to up to
2,100-2,200 seasonally
• Plans to keep same
number of jobs
3. Par-A-Dice Hotel
• 723 employees
• Plans to keep same
number of jobs
4. Wal-Mart
• 300 employees
• Plans to keep same
number of jobs
5. Enercon
• 123 employees
• Plans to keep same
number of jobs
pocket, they’re going to go
out to eat. They’re going to
buy cars, they’re going to
buy boats; they’re
Analyst expects
Illinois to see
steady growth
in 2015
By Marty Hobe
GateHouse Media Illinois
the recession is in the
rearview mirror are starting to pop up across the
nation, looking at unemployment numbers, but
the economic climate in
west-central Illinois has
remained somewhat stagnant.
Nationally the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
but it’s nearly one and a
half points higher in Illinois at 6.9 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment
Security. Locally numbers
are a bit more spread out,
and offer more insight to
the labor market in westcentral Illinois.
Regional numbers
IDES divides counties
into 10 economic development regions, to better analyze and compare
unemployment data. McDonough, Warren, Knox
and Henderson counties
are in a region together.
The combined unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, tied for the lowest
rate in the state.
See OUTLOOK page A7
Western Illinois unemployment rates
Counties January 2015 January 2014
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See LOCAL page A3
Editor’s Note: GateHouse
newspapers in Galesburg, Canton, Macomb, Kewanee, Monmouth, Pekin, Pontiac, Morton, East Peoria, Chillicothe
and Washington combined
to look at whether jobs are
expected to grow in 2015 as
the economy improves. We
asked top employers in each
town their plans for the year, as
well as asking economic development officials what to expect.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
East Peoria Times-Courier
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• Easter Egg Festival
Saturday, March 28 • Franciscan Recreation Complex
• 9:30 -11:30 am • $6 R/ $8 NR
• Easter Egg Scramble
Saturday, March 28 • Peoria Zoo • 10:30 am • $3.50/M,
$6.50 NM, $9/NM Adults
• “Spring Thaw” Ice Skating Competition
Saturday, March 28 • Owens Center • All day • Free
• Northtrail Park Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 28 • Northtrail Park • 12 pm • $4
• Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival
Friday, April 3 • Proctor Center • 1-3 pm • $3
• Doggie Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, April 3 • Camp Wokanda • 1-3 pm • $5/dog,
Call 688-3667 or visit
1125 W. Lake Avenue • Peoria, IL 61614
26th Annual Easter
Egg Hunt sponsored by
the Fondulac Plaza Merchants 10 a.m. March 28
at Bethany Missionary
Church (across from Fondulac Plaza) Doughnuts
and coffee provided. Kids
bring Easter baskets and
find candy filled eggs.
Many will have prize
numbers inside. Hunt and
find matching prizes at
participating merchants
in Fondulac Plaza. Four
age groups: toddlers (12-3 years; pre-school and
kindergarten (4-5 years);
1st-3rd grades; and 4th5th grades. Rain date 10
a.m. April 4. East Side Animal Hospital will provide
inflatables and pet treats
at the event.
East Peoria Home Extension will meet at
10:45 a.m. April 2 at the
Fondulac Administration
Building on Veterans Drive
in East Peoria. Program:
Prairie Gardens by Sis
Lyons. Potluck with coffee
and tea provided. Guests
welcome. Call 699-7336
for more info.
East Peoria Rotary Club
will meet at 7:15 a.m.
March 31 at the Embassy
Suites in East Peoria.
The guest speaker will be
Joseph Stowell Jr., who
is President of Strategic
Financial Consulting Service in Peoria Heights.
He will be discussing the
first quarter sector performance of the S&P 500,
global macro shifts and
global growth outlook for
2015. Call 698-1820 for
more info.
K of C Fish Fry at St.
Monica’s Hall, 303 Campanile Drive, East Peoria,
from 5:30-7 p.m. March 27.
All-you-can-eat fish, baked
potato, lettuce salad and
rolls. Adult meals are $7.50
($3.50 for children) and
hot dog plates are $3. Proceeds will be donated to
the Msgr. E. L. Grzybowski
Community Charities. All
people in the community
are invited to come.
Peoria Poetry Club
meets at Riverview Senior
Living Community, 500
Centennial Dr., East Peoria, the second Saturday
of each month. Guests are
welcome to bring a sack
lunch at 11:30 a.m., read
a poem at the noon meeting, and attend a program
at 1 p.m. For information,
call 822-8308, or visit
Call 681-3733
Eastlight Theatre Season Tickets To renew or
order new season tickets,
visit the website at www. Call
the Box Office at 699-7469
from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays or email at [email protected] for more
information. The season
lineup is: Jesus Christ
Superstar, April 24-26
and April 29- May 2; Les
Misérables, June 19-21 and
24-27; Peter Pan, Sept.
18-20 and 23-26; TBA,
Dec. 4-6 and 9-13; Youthlight2015 presents: Big
Fish, July 31-Aug. 2 and
Aug. 5-8. A rollicking fantasy set in the American
South, Big Fish centers on
the charismatic Edward
(400 S. Richland St.)
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new library
initiative that promotes
Peoria Symphony Orchestra Matinee at the
Movies 3 p.m. April 19 Peoria Civic Center Theater;
Gustav Mahler Symphony
No. 7, 8 p.m. May 9 at Peoria Civic Center Theater;
For more info, call 671-1096
or visit peoriasymphony.
Limelight Eventplex 8102
N. University St., Peoria.
693-1234. Get tickets at
The Sound Bar at Limelight Eventplex Presents
Psychostick Revenge of
the Vengeance Tour Pt. 2
Shadows Inc., Red Poet,
Kaleido. A breath of fresh
air has come for those
who need a break from
the standard angry rock
or metal band. Doors at 6
p.m. Show at 8 p.m. April
10. Tickets are $10-$13.
Limelight Eventplex welcomes Trippin Billies.
Born in the pubs on the
north side of Chicago, reminiscent of Luther’s College, Trippin Billies took to
the “stages” of these small
rooms in the early ’90s as
an acoustic duo. Doors at
6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. April
11. Tickets: $10-$13.
Limelight Eventplex and
97.3 Nash FM welcomes
reading 1,000 books to
preschoolers before they
begin kindergarten. It’s
easy to do, and the child
gets a free paperback
book every time they read
and report 100 books. For
more information or to
register, visit the librarians
in the Children’s Department.
Knitting Club meets at
2 p.m. the first and third
Sundays of the month
September-May. Anyone
who likes to knit, crochet
or just visit over a cup of
tea is invited. Many items
made are donated to local
Peo WriMos: A Writing
Group For All is a relaxed,
supportive group for writers of all levels that meets
at 1 p.m. the second Sunday of the month Sept.May. Call 699-3917, ext.
2251 for more information.
Story Hours. All story
hour sessions are available
on a drop-in basis. Call the
library at 699-3917 to find
out which story hour is
right for your child.
Engineering is Fun Kindergartners through 2nd
graders discover engineering as they experiment
with scientific concepts
and STEM challenges
based on children’s literature at 6 p.m. on April
6 and 20. To register and
for more information, call
699-3917, ext. 1291.
Minecraft Club Come to
the library at 6:30 p.m. the
2nd Wednesdays of the
month for an hour-long
Minecraft Club. Kids ages
7 to 14 are welcome to
participate and use their
team-building skills to
complete minor to complex challenges. For more
information call 699-3917,
ext. 1291.
Fondulac Gaming Club
The library’s new Gaming
Club is a chance for gamers of all ages and experience levels to get together
and play at 6 p.m. the 4th
Wednesdays of the month.
Although open to trying all
Jason Michael Carroll.
Originally from Houston.
Carroll has been on a
major label since 2006,
after winning a talent show
in 2004. He has had five
top 40 hits since his career
started. Doors at 6 p.m.
Show at 7 p.m. April 23.
Tickets: $17.50-$22.
Kickstand Productions
presents Marilyn Manson
May 11. Doors: 7 p.m.
Show: 8 p.m. $48-$115.
Central Illinois Jazz Society April 19: Illinois Central
Jazz Train at 6 p.m., and
Derel and Ellen Monteith at
7:15 p.m. May 17: Central
Illinois Jazz Society House
Band at 6 p.m. and Carl
Anderson and His New
Orleans Jazz Band at 7:15
p.m., in the Starting Gate
Banquet Room, located
in Landmark Recreation
Center, 3225 N. Dries Lane,
Peoria. Members $5; nonmembers $7; students are
free. For more information,
call 692-5330 or visit www. or www.peoriajazz.
Jukebox Comedy Club,
3527 W. Farmington Road,
Peoria. 673-5853. Jeff
Caldwell, the return of the
“Funny and Smart” ( the
words of George Carlin)
guy. He’s made numerous
late-night appearances
kinds of games, the club
mostly plays board and
card games. Library has
a wide variety of games.
For more information, call
699-3917, ext. 2251.
Teen Advisory Board
Any high school student is
welcome to apply to the library’s new Teen Advisory
Board, including students
who need to fulfill volunteer hours for student
groups, such as Key Club
or National Honor Society,
and those who simply
have a love of the library
and would like to do more
to participate in the community. This group meets
at 4 p.m. the 1st and 3rd
Thurs. of the month. If
interested in contributing
a voice to the library community, contact Carey at
699-3917, ext. 2251 or at
[email protected]
for more information.
FDL Chess Club Grab
your board and your
pieces every Thursday
night from 6:30-8 p.m.,
and try out your chess
skills. Get some pointers on strategy, and have
some fun too. For ages 1119. Call 699-3917, ext. 2173
for more information.
Birding Basics. Birding
with kids is the perfect
way to use senses and
learn more about the
natural environment right
here in East Peoria. What
better time to learn about
wildlife and bird migration than at the first sign
of spring? Kids ages 5
to 10 are invited to join
environmental educator,
Susie Grana Ingram at 1
p.m. on March 28, for a
fun indoor kids program
and activity to learn about
the many native birds of
central Illinois. For more
information, call 699-3917,
ext. 1291.
Bookmark Bonanza Start
spring break by dropping
in and making on of a variety of bookmarks available
for your creative touches
from 1-7 p.m. on March 30.
For more information, call
699-3917, ext. 1291.
on David Letterman, Craig
Ferguson and Comedy
Central. He’s been a guest
on “The Bob and Tom
He’s toured with Jon Stewart and chatted it up with
Dennis Miller and Keith
Olberman. His CD “I’m No
Epidemiologist” can be
heard regularly on Sirius/
XM Radio. Showtimes: 8
p.m. March 26., 8 p.m. and
10:30 p.m. March 27-28.
Ticket prices for Jeff’s
shows: March 26 at 8 p.m.
and March 27-28 at 10:30
p.m. — $12; March 27-28 at
8 p.m. — $15. Rated - Very
Mild R.
Tim Meadows 8 p.m. April
2-4, 10:30 p.m. April 3-4 .
Prices are $16 for the April
2 show and $21 for the
April 3-4 shows. Meadows
is best known for his performances on “Saturday
Night Live” for 10 years and
in “Mean Girls.” All acts are
to be considered not for
general audience unless
specified otherwise.
Peoria Civic Center, 201
S.W. Jefferson Ave., Peoria.
673-8900. Jason Aldean,
7:30 p.m. March 27. Aldean
has sold over ten million
albums and has taken 13
trips to No. 1 on the Country Radio charts. Tickets
are $33.25 and $63.25
and can be purchased at
Board Meeting Fondulac
District Library’s Board of
Trustees will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. March
30, at 400 Richland St.
Mad for Science. Bring
your 4-6 year olds to
explore basic concepts
in the areas of Science,
Technology, Engineering,
and Math (STEM) from
10-10:30 a.m. April 1, 8,
15, 22 and 29, and gather
together for a fun, interactive learning experience.
Class size is limited. Visit to
register or call 699-3917,
ext. 1291.
Kidz Movie & Popcorn
Join us in the Children’s
Department from 1-3
p.m. on April 1 to watch
an Oscar winning movie
that is an adaptation of
a popular Marvel Comics
series. Seating is limited
and available on a firstcome, first-served basis.
For more information, call
699-3917, ext. 1291.
Counselor @ Your Library Fondulac District
Library partners with Tazwood Center for Wellness
from 3-4:30 p.m. on April
1, to offer free, confidential
counseling and referral services in a private
space. A licensed clinical
professional is available
to discuss emotional,
behavioral, and familial
concerns, as well as addiction, DUI, severe relationship conflicts, or difficulty
adjusting to life situations.
For more information call
699-3917, ext. 2251.
Fondulac Film Review
and Reflection Join library staff at Fondulac
District Library for a series
of movies and discussions
events. First event will be
from 6-8:30 p.m. on April
1. The event will begin
with the screening of a
movie, followed by discussion. Films may be rated
anywhere from G to R,
classics to new. For more
information, call 699-3917,
ext. 2251.
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Brett Fugate continued
What do you think are
some of the issues that
need addressed in the city
The cityscape of East
Peoria has been transformed into a strip mall.
Our culture in East Peoria
is consumption, not creation. In the long term,
retail cannot sustain retail
and I see problems with
this business model in the
But let’s look at the positive aspect of the abundance of corporate retail
stores in our city. Sure,
the mayor and council
brought in thousands of
jobs with the Levee District and the city gleans a
nominal amount of funds
in sales tax. The area attracts some people from
other areas — though I
don’t think anyone comes
here to go to Wal-Mart.
We have some unique
stores like Bass Pro and
restaurants like Palanza’s
— oh wait, that’s not in the
Levee District. So there
are some good things
about what the City Council has done.
But the truth for the
average citizen is that the
majority of those retail
jobs pay low wages, and by
the time taxes are removed
from the paychecks, they
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going to buy all types of
In East Peoria, hospitality and retail are a major
focus. It was recently announced that a new Holiday Inn Express will be
built in East Peoria near
Bass Pro Shops.
In the city’s Levee District, two 9,000-squarefoot buildings are currently
under construction. Ty Livingston, the city’s planning
and zoning director, said
in addition to a Chick-filA, some of the new businesses that will be locating
to the Levee District in the
near future are Jason’s Deli,
Aspen Dental and Moe’s
Southwest Grill.
The medical industry,
with two large hospitals in
Peoria, impacts outlying
communities with jobs, as
well, Swan said.
“Medical’s huge. That’s
a huge contributor to the
economic engine and
education when you start
looking at (Illinois Central College) and all the
schools, elementary and
high schools, Bradley and
Midstate,” Swan said.
Livingston said what other communities do have an
impact on each other. For
example, Peoria is focusing
on its Warehouse District,
and Livingston said that is
good for East Peoria’s businesses.
“Those folks that move to
the Warehouse District in
Peoria, they’re going to have
to shop somewhere. They’re
going to have to dine out
somewhere. Obviously, they
have options over there, but
we have what we feel is
a nice complement across
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equate to poverty level for
the worker. Yet at the cost
of our labor and our city’s
resources, the executives
for those large corporations continue to realize
the largest amounts of
money, and the Levee District is an example of how
the rich is getting richer
and the poor is getting
There needs to be a balance between production
and consumption. Our
cityscape is a reflection of
how we feel and behave.
With no outlet for creativity, our young men and
women are subjugated
into a corporate culture
where the only aspiration
is to work as retail clerks
and waitresses, hence
carving out a meager living. The citizens of East
Peoria then are good
citizens as long as they
There has to be some
solution to low wages and
the disposable culture. I
would like to see other industries invest in the city.
There is no simple solu-
tion to the complexity of
the world and how much
it has passed us by, and I
cannot lie, I have no definite way of solving these
problems. There has to be
a way to find some other
industries that would want
to invest here.
How will you make the
city of East Peoria a better
place to live?
1. I would like to lobby
the state to build a “super
tollway” from East Peoria
to Chicago.
2. Decriminalize marijuana within the East Peoria city limits.
3. Work with the board
of directors at ICC to
make it into an accredited
four-year university (ICU)
or find a way to bring a
public four-year school
4. Work with the school
boards to consolidate
school systems.
5. Work with the school
boards to improve the curriculum.
6. Attract higher paying
manufacturing jobs to the
the river,” Livingston said.
“Certainly some of the big
box stores you couldn’t
place in the Warehouse
District we have here.”
To draw people to an area
to help keep the economy
robust, other factors, such
as culture have a role. Livingston referred to the
planned sculpture walks in
Peoria and East Peoria.
“That’s good for the area.
If we can make a connection between the two of
them and have complementary walks where you
can come across the bridge
and see ours and vice versa,
that’s good for everybody,”
Livingston said. “It reinforces the area. You’re creating an experience. You no
longer just come here to eat
and leave or come here to
shop and leave.”
Swan said the central Illinois area also offers an
affordable cost of living,
which can attract people
that are looking for jobs.
“For a 24,000 person
town, we’re doing pretty
well,” he said. “Obviously,
our position in the urbanized area and our location
here, we take advantage
of that and maximize its
In April, the Chamber
of Commerce hosts a job
fair at East Peoria Community High School with
local businesses setting up
tables to speak with students. Swan said with the
baby boomer generation
retiring, there will be more
job opportunities for the
younger generation.
“I think you’re going to
see probably over the next
five years, at least under
10 years, the baby boomer
generation is going to be
retiring, so somebody’s got
to fill in the gaps,” he said.
A shift between jobs and
generations is not the only
change taking place over
the years. East Peoria has
witnessed a transformation
in the job market. What
was once almost an entirely
blue collar town now offers a mix of both blue and
white collar occupations.
“East Peoria has shifted
more toward white collar
slash service/hospitality
related, but that’s taking
Caterpillar out of the mix.
But when you look at (Caterpillar building) AD down
here, that’s white collar for
the most part. That’s IT,
that’s engineering and dealer-based things,” he said.
“The percentage of that
workforce that was blue
collar is less than it was
25 years ago,” Livingston
Another shift in the job
market deals with technology. Swan said due to the
computerization of many
things, fewer workers are
“For example, when I
started at Keystone, we
had over 2,000 employees.
When I retired six or seven
years ago, we were down to
about 1,000 making more
steel, more product than
ever in history with half of
the people. … I think the
skill set has to be a little
better for jobs like that,”
Swan said.
One of the biggest factors
impacting the attraction of
larger corporations to the
area, Swan said, is the image of the state of Illinois.
“Until Illinois is perceived as a place to work,
and a place to bring business, then I think we’re all
going to end up wondering
what’s going to happen,”
he said.
Livingston said Illinois makes the list on site
searches for job location in
Two 9,000-square-foot buildings are currently under construction in the Levee
District in East Peoria. The buildings will house restaurants and other small businesses. Over the years, the job market in the city has shifted more toward service
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leader who is dedicated to
serving the citizens. I have
a diverse professional and
public service background,
extending 30 years that
has prepared me to have
the unique skills and temperament to effect positive
results for our city. I have
been the chief executive of
organizations with multimillion dollar budgets that
have prospered under my
Perhaps my most significant qualification is
that I have learned to
always stay in touch with
my constituents. I realize
I am elected to serve them
and to always act in what
is in their “best interest”.
When I vote upon an issue
my decisions are based on
the goal of making our city
a better place to live work
and play. Another significant qualification is that I
give credit where credit is
due. I realize my successes
are not mine alone. I surround myself with quality
people who are experts in
areas I am not and provide
them an environment
where they can dream and
have the power to make
that dream come true.
One of my favorite sayings
is, “The sky is the limit,”
and I believe the manner
in which the city has progressed in the past eight
years is a testament of my
I will continue to listen
to my constituents in any
venue they feel comfortable and adhere to the
philosophy of doing what
is in their “best interest.” In
addition, I will build upon
the many trusted relationships I have with private,
public and labor entities
to assure East Peoria continues to be represented
and respected within the
region, state and nation.
I am grateful the citizens of East Peoria have
instilled their trust in
me during my past years
of service to them. I am
humbled by their support
in the past and I am hopeful it will continue in the
What do you think are
some of the issues that
need addressed in the
city? The biggest issue will
be to maintain a balance
between expenditures
and revenues. The city’s
primary expenditures
are personnel and capital
related. The ability to do
this is difficult due to increases regarding health
care costs, pensions and
the general cost of doing
business. In addition, we
can probably anticipate a
decrease regarding future
state funding. We must
confront this dilemma by
being vigilant regarding
“living within our means”
and apply sound business
I believe future budgets
will have to appropriate
increased funds to update
and improve the internal
infrastructure that support day-to-day operations. The city has grown
to a level that requires
increased appropriations
regarding human resources, accounting and general
clerical and support services. The city is very fortunate to have a dedicated
support staff that gets the
job done each day; however, they are reaching a
saturation point that, if
not addressed, may affect
departmental efficient operations.
How will you make the
city of East Peoria a better
place to live? My first and
foremost priority is to establish and maintain quality basic services throughout the entire city. Another
priority is to continue
cost effective and efficient
government. In addition,
my priorities include: continuing an open dialogue
in differing venues with
the residents, continuing
the philosophy of regional
economic development,
continuing to serve as a
bridge between the city
and legislators, organized
labor, and businesses to
implement a grassroots
survey identifying quality
of life issues.
a five-state area, but ultimately does not make the
short list.
Swan said even though
East Peoria and Peoria have
a great transportation system, he feels the state is
missing the boat on attracting high-tech businesses.
“You’re not going to get a
Boeing corporate to move
here or some of the bigger
operations. We’re so for-
tunate to have Caterpillar
here,” Swan said. “I think
with them announcing
what they intend to do that
can bring in future businesses. I think with the
hospitals being as good as
they are, that will bring in
things. But when you’ve got
other states making offerings and we’re so tied up in
debt. We’ve got issues with
workman’s comp, if you’re
a corporate business, you
kind of look at that. I think
the way the state of Illinois
is perceived right now is
somewhat of a hindrance.”
Overall, Swan said he
views the job outlook for
2015 as positive, but not
“I think it’s going to
be steady with growth to
come,” he said.
7. Build high-rises and
skyscrapers in the city
instead of strip malls and
retail stores.
David Mingus
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growth. Many financial professionals suggest a balanced portfolio of stocks, bonds,
mutual funds, and cash equivalents. The percentage of each will depend on your risk
tolerance, your age, your liquidity needs, and other factors. However, the notion is
fading that you should change your investment allocations and convert your entire
portfolio to fixed income securities, such as bonds or CDs, by the time you retire.
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growth even after you retire--especially since people are retiring younger and living
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Let the scramble for Schock’s seat begin
Just before Congressman Aaron Schock
detonated his own political career on March 17, we
were working on an editorial calling for a serious
primary challenge for him
a year from now, in addition to the candidate from
McLean County who’s
running on a platform of
“Washington needs the
We’d heard enough
to know that Schock’s
constituents deserved a
choice and the chance to
take matters into their
own hands, even if the
Justice Department, the
IRS, the Federal Election
Commission, etc. weren’t
compelled to begin investigations and/or potential
prosecutions of their own.
From this vantage, wholly
independent of the scandal that has since sunk
him, Schock should have
had a primary opponent in
the spring of 2014 after he
joined the extremists in his
party in late 2013 by linking the future of ObamaCare to raising the debt
ceiling, thereby courting
a government shutdown
and raising the specter
of default on the nation’s
debt obligations.
Alas, Schock’s resignation may now set off a
mad scramble for the seat,
with state Sen. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, already
announcing his intentions
to seek it. Three-time gubernatorial candidate and
state Sen. Bill Brady of
Bloomington quickly took
himself out of the mix, but
many other Republicans
from one end of the 18th
Congressional District to
the other have been mentioned as possibilities.
Even a Democrat may
have a shot in the 18th,
for a change, in a district
that, let’s face it, is drawn
not to give them much of
a prayer.
We wouldn’t worry too
much about appearances
or political timing at this
point. A special election
must be held by the end of
July, with the date to be set
by the governor within five
days of Schock’s departure.
So that leaves less than
four months to campaign,
to become known in places
some of the candidates
may not be.
This seat has long been
held by someone from the
immediate Peoria area,
and to be honest, we’d prefer that situation remain,
but in these circumstances
that’s less important to us
than getting a competitive
field and a spirited debate
about what the residents
of the 18th District deserve
from their congressman,
starting with fundamental
integrity and good judgment.
We live in an era when
it’s popular to convict
before trial, and we have
tried to avoid that trap
with Schock, who has not
even been charged with
anything, despite what
some who should know
better would have you
believe. That said, his obvious and repeated misjudgments have been profound
enough that no clones of
Schock need apply, in the
interests of sparing us
future grief. Illinois has
become so synonymous
with political corruption
both prosecuted and not,
and there’s so much of it
to go around, that the 18th
District, at least, ought
to refuse to contribute
further to that reputation
and to those ranks. Familiarity with the issues and
leadership characteristics
are always important, but
character, to the degree
that can be determined in
advance, ought to be at the
top of voters’ lists.
The only shame here
is that taxpayers have
to pony up for another
election, which in Peoria
County alone — there
are 19 counties in the
18th District — could
cost the locals upwards of
$150,000, all of it unanticipated and, therefore,
unbudgeted. Too bad
Schock’s $3.3 million campaign war chest can’t be
tapped for it.
— GateHouse Media Illinois
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East Peoria Times-Courier
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
four corners
An artesian well and Samuel Voris
A large artesian sulfur
well existed for many
years in the northwest
quarter of section 33 of
Fondulac Township just
north of the intersection
of what is now North
Main and Camp Street.
This well was so large
it created a steam of
sulfur water that flowed
along the north side of
the railroad tracks all
the way to Lake Peoria.
It was created by Samuel
Voris on his property
in 1864 after starting
another well in March
Voris resided in Peoria
and operated a successful real estate business.
Voris owned a large
tract of land, most of it
inherited from his uncle
Francis Voris, that lay
north of what is now
Camp Street and west
of Main Street and was
used primarily as a dairy
L. Sidney Eslinger in
her paper, “Site Seeing
Tour along the Caterpillar Trail”— April 1976,
stated, “This is the oldest
sulfur well in the Peoria
area and still running
(early 1940s). This well
also has the greatest volume of any sulfur well in
the area, 546 gallons a
Charles Balance, in his
1870 book, “History of
Peoria” related the following: “Our coal was
said to be inexhaustible,
when it was thought we
had but three strata of
coal; but the Messrs.
Voris & Co. have established the fact that we
have five. In 1864, they
dug an artesian well,
across the lake, in sight
of the city, in which they
found two other veins of
coal, of which we had no
From a long article
describing this well in
the Peoria Transcript of
April 25, 1864, I extract
the following: “At 120
feet, a four-foot vein of
coal was found. At 207,
salt water. At 235, another vein of coal, three
feet in thickness. At 317,
a vigorous stream of salt
water, 2 1/2 per cent
strength. At 734, another
large quantity of water,
containing sulphur, but
otherwise fresh. This
last water was found in
a porous rock, and has
increased in quantity as
the drill vent down. The
overflow has become so
great that no more drilling can be done until a
heavier set of tools can
be procured. The upward rush of water is so
great that it prevents the
400-pound drill from
descending with sufficient force to affect any-
thing. The
with a
will only
go down
about four
feet. The
water has
been carried
up in pipes sixty-five
feet above the surface
of the well. How much
higher it would go there
is no means of knowing short of getting pipe
enough to run it to the
top of the bluff. The
first artesian water was
struck at 317 feet, in a
porous rock that was 44
feet thick and in which
water was found all the
way through. The last
vein of water-rock is also
porous, and has been
penetrated forty-two
feet. The well discharges
at least 25,000 barrels of
water per day. The total
cost of the experiment,
including the loss of the
old well, is $4,325.”
This well ceases to
flow today. When I first
arrived in Peoria in the
early 1960s I was told
that R. G. Le Tourneau
was responsible for the
demise of the sulfur
wells in the area. There
were active sulfur wells
located in Glen Oak Park
in Peoria and several
other locations along
both sides of the Illinois
Le Tourneau, who con-
structed his manufacturing plant in Peoria where
the Komatsu property
is today, in seeking to
increase the output of
wells on his property, is
purported to have used
dynamite and fractured
the vein feeding the sulfur wells. Whether this
story is true or not, the
sulfur springs no longer
An interesting fact
concerning Samuel Voris
is that he was once sued
by Johnston Adams who
operated a grist mill
where Dixon Fisheries
now stands on North
Main Street. It seems
Voris insinuated, tongue
in cheek, to a number
of people that he had
tunneled under the Illinois River from the
Peoria side and removed
a sizable amount of gold
from under the property
of Adams. Adams filed
suit to recover the “stolen” gold. Needless to say
the suit was unsuccessful.
— Compiled by Frank
Borror, November 2013
The East Peoria Historical Society is located
at 324-326 Pekin Ave. It
is dedicated to the collection and preservation of
local history. If anyone
has any information or
pictures regarding East
Peoria they would share
with the community
please contact Frank
Borror at 696-9227.
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So o n
Peoria Brick Co. — a local family
business in area for over 100 years
By jim potts
Tom Carney Jr., president of Peoria Brick Co.,
represents the fourth
generation of a local
family business with
roots dating back to
1899. What started as
a brick manufacturing
company has evolved
into a company that provides brick, stone, and
landscaping supplies
for a wide range of construction projects of all
sizes to contractors and
“I was brought up
in it,” Carney said.
“My great-grandfather
started it in 1899. And
then his three sons, one
of those was my grandfather. And then my
mom was born on the
property right across the
street from here up in
the hills.”
And when Carney’s
grandfather passed away
in 1964, his parents
bought the brickyard
from his mother’s family,
the Carters. The family
works together closely to
this day.
“I’ve been coming over
here since I was a young
kid, rode on the tractors
with the guys and things
like that,” Carney said.
“And then my daughter (Kim) was born in
(1980) and she used to
come over here with me
— when she was 3 or 4
years old — all the time.”
Carney’s role has
evolved through the
years. He said Peoria
Brick Co. stopped manufacturing brick in 1982.
“Well, we manufactured brick then so it’s
totally different now …
I became a foreman out
here when we were manufacturing brick and it
stayed that way until we
quit manufacturing, and
then I got into sales after
antee with check. Everything sells AS-IS.
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Above, Peoria Brick Company’s history dates back
to 1899. The East Peoria
factory manufactured
brick until 1982. At right,
the Carney family now
operates Peoria Brick Co.
from locations in East
Peoria and Mossville.
Pictured at the Mossville
groundbreaking are, from
left, son-in-law Kevin
Reece, daughter Kim
Reece and Tom Carney Jr.
submitted photos
that. I’ve done everything: ground clay, made
brick, stacked brick, just
a lot of things that nowadays we don’t do since
we don’t manufacture
brick,” Carney said.
“This has been my only
job outside of (when)
I was a lifeguard with
the Peoria Park District
(at Lakeview Park Pool)
between my junior and
senior years in high
school,” Carney said.
Peoria Brick Co. currently supplies brick
for many large central
Illinois construction
“We do hospitals,
schools, universities,
commercial buildings,
downtown Peoria, all
the pavers that are going
down there in the Warehouse District … We’re
supplying all those,” Carney said.
Peoria Brick Co. currently employs about 20
people, Carney said.
Carney said past
projects include Proctor Hospital, Glen Oak
School, and the Peoria
County Jail complex —
a project Carney said
required approximately
one million bricks.
“So we’ve been a
strong presence around
here for 116 years,” Carney said.
A recent trend Carney
observes is increased
homeowner interest in
landscaping projects.
“There are outdoor
kitchens; that’s what
we’re highlighting up in
the north office. A few
years ago when the economy was down a little bit
people were not building
or buying new homes
but they were renovating their existing home
and that’s what started
the whole backyard phenomena. Their outdoor
living area is fantastic
See BRICK page A7
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
East Peoria Times-Courier
Support the
gan to fundraise. We are
trying to raise between
$6,000 and $8,000.
We have already raised
In my last update, I
$3,000 and we have
talked about our success
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place finish (starting
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fered a slot at the Arkan- that you are fully invested
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EPCHS Athletic
Booster Club
Dear friends, family
and alumni of East Peoria
Community High School:
The East Peoria Community High School
Booster Club spring
fundraising drive for
2015 is underway. Every
contribution, large or
small, makes a difference,
so we invite you to donate
and contribute the success of the EPCHS athletes, the school and to
East Peoria community
At East Peoria Community High School, there
are 400 student athletes,
almost 30 percent of
our student body. These
young people represent
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Meet at the library at 6 p.m.
on April 2, for a friendly duel.
Gather up your own cards,
or try out one of the library’s
demo decks of this popular trading card game. Call
699-3917, ext. 2251 for more
First Friday Flicks Free film
showing at 1 p.m. on April 3.
To learn what’s playing, call
699-3917, ext. 2251 or visit
Easter Craft. Come to the
Children’s Department from
11 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 3 to
make an EGGciting Easter
craft. Supplies are provided.
This free program is open
to preschool-5th grade. For
more information, call 6993917, ext. 1291.
Card Catalog Crash
Course Fondulac District Library has a new card catalog
system. If interested in learning how to use the new system to look up items, place
and manage holds, check
out ebooks, and manage
other account features, this
is just the course. It will take
place from 4-5 p.m. April 3
and from 7-8 p.m. April 6. For
more information, call 6993917, ext. 2251.
Science Saturday is a free
60-minute presentation with
lots of fun demonstrations
in which students can volunteer. Program is from 2-3
p.m. April 4. No registration
is required, however seating
is limited. For more information, call 699-3917, ext. 1291.
Library Closing. Fondulac
our community participating on 21 different
teams. The EPCHS Athletic Booster Club helps
ensure our athletes have
the resources needed to
practice their skills and
compete throughout
central Illinois with their
Through the generosity of donors and other
fundraising efforts, the
boosters have been able
to support the athletes
in recent years by purchasing things such as: a
football end zone camera;
football sled and burster;
two wrestling mats; a
basketball shoot-around
machine; track starting blocks and hurdles;
weight machines; a
baseball pitching machine; soccer balls; fishing equipment; girls
basketball travel gear;
softball and cheerleading
uniforms; team and MidLibrary will be closed April 5
in observance of Easter. The
library will reopen April 6 at
9 a.m.
Embracing the Seasons:
Eating Locally. Join us in
talking about seasonal eating. Lisa Powell, a seasonal
foods enthusiast, discusses
how to buy, make and preserve locally-grown produce
and fruits at 7 p.m. April 8.
See how delighting senses all
year round can help support
the local economy. For more
information call 699-3917,
ext. 2252.
Wool Workshop Kids in 6th
through 8th grades transform wool into felted animals
using needle felting techniques at 6:30 p.m. on April
9, 16, 23, and 30. Register in
the children’s department
through April 6. For more
information, call 699-3917,
ext. 1291.
Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing is offering
FREE spring yard cleanups
for veterans and widows of
veterans in the Tri-County.
Volunteers will provide 2
hours of service (raking and
picking up sticks). Dates
available are: April 4, April
11, and May 2. To schedule a
clean up or to volunteer call
309-363-3737. Fuller Center
helps Veterans with basic
home repairs; yard cleanups
and furnace safety checks.
Bachelor and Bachelorettes (BnB) Square Dance
7 p.m. March 26 in the Creve
Coeur Community Center
located at 586 Groveland
Ave., Creve Coeur. Caller will
be Curt Braffet. Single and
couples are always welcome.
Illini Conference banquet
fees; football and soccer
camp fees; T-shirts to celebrate regional and sectional success for baseball
and softball; hotel rooms
for volleyball; golf and
wrestling post-season
tournaments; meals for
all teams; and much,
much more.
A fundraising event
that includes an evening
of fun, live music, food,
drinks, and silent and
live auctions will be held
from 7-11 p.m. April 10
at the Par-A-Dice Hotel.
Tickets are $45 per person.
Any donation would
be appreciated and put
to great use. Become a
sponsor, purchase tickets
to the fundraising event,
or donate items for the
event auctions.
A sponsorship response
form, information about
the event, and more
about the EPCHS Athletic Boosters is available
on our website and on
Please mail your support today. All donations
are due by March 27. If
you have any questions
or would like to purchase
tickets to the event,
please contact me, the
athletics director’s office
of the high school (6948300) or any booster club
Thank you for investing
in our athletes.
Email: [email protected]
Laurie Whitaker, secretary EPCHS Athletic
Booster Club
easter events
in central
“The Bunny” at The
Shoppes at Grand Prairie
to welcome spring with
a celebration hosted by
Bethany Baptist Church and The
Shoppes at Grand Prairie from
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Festivities throughout the Shoppes include live music in Center Court,
children’s games and activities,
bouncy houses, eggs, balloon
animals, prizes from participating stores, and photos with “The Bunny.” Activities are available rain or
shine in the former Coldwater Creek location near
the west entrance.
Morton Villa Easter Egg Hunt will begin
at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 190 E. Queenwood
Road, Morton. The Easter egg hunt for
ages 2-5 will be at 1:30 p.m. and at 1:45
p.m., ages 6-10 will have their own hunt. The Easter
Bunny will be stopping by for photos and miniature
horses will be available to pet along with face painting, treats and more.
26th Annual Easter
Egg Hunt sponsored
by the Fondulac Plaza
Merchants 10 a.m.
March 28 at Bethany Missionary Church (across from
Fondulac Plaza). Doughnuts
and coffee provided. Kids
bring Easter baskets and
find candy filled eggs. Many
will have prize numbers inside. Hunt and find matching
prizes at participating merchants in
Fondulac Plaza. Four age groups: toddlers (1-2-3
years; pre-school and kindergarten (4-5 years);
1st-3rd grades; and 4th-5th grades. Rain date 10
a.m. April 4. East Side Animal Hospital will provide
inflatables and pet treats at the event.
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Schoch 40th anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Ray and
Phyllis Schoch of East
Peoria will celebrate their
40th anniversary on
March 29.
Mr. Schoch and the
former Phyllis Jean Shelton Hamilton were married March 29, 1975, at
their home in East Peoria. The Rev. Ken Yokum
performed the ceremony.
They are the parents
of Laura Sweeney and
Greg Hamilton, both of
Peoria, and Sandy Campbell of Barrington, Rae
Lynn (Jerry) Peplow and
Scott Hamilton, both of
Peoria, Philip Schoch
of Marquette Heights,
Vickie Waldrop of Bartonville, Ruth (Jim) Morris of Mapleton and one
daughter, Robin Pauli
They also have 16
grandchildren and 17
Mr. Schoch was employed by Caterpillar Inc.
in East Peoria.
Mrs. Schoch was employed by Caterpillar Inc.
in East Peoria.
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The region including
Livingston, Peoria, Tazewell, Fulton, Woodford
and Mason counties, had
a rate of 6.8 percent.
But compare that to the
regions worse off, such
as the Northern Stateline
region of Ogle, Boone,
Stephenson and Winnebago counties, where the
rate was 7.8 percent, and
includes the state’s third
biggest city, Rockford,
where the unemployment is 8.8 percent in
city limits.
Henry County is in
the second worst region,
which has a total unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.
Also factored into the
IDES’ numbers are the
types of jobs gained or
lost. For instance, the
Galesburg area had an
overall unemployment of
7.0 percent in January,
adding about 75 manufacturing jobs, 50 hospitality jobs and losing 125
government jobs and 125
jobs in other services.
Comparatively, in the
Pontiac area the unemployment rate dropped to
6.2 percent, the lowest it’s
been since 2008, adding
100 manufacturing jobs
but losing 75 jobs in hospitality and another 75 in
Despite falling unemployment numbers, the
actual number of jobs created went down in Knox
County from 19,845 in
January 2014, to 19,689
in January 2015.
Christopher Merrett,
director of the Institute
for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University,
said the shrinking numbers could be a sign of
workers leaving or giving
“There is some evidence that there may be
some small addition to
the labor force, but it also
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landscapers are extremely busy right now
with all this new product and everything else
they’re doing. We got
into grills, we have big
outdoor fireplaces that
are either pre-set or can
be made, just a number
of different items that
people are doing now
versus just building a
home. You drive through
some of the newer subdivisions and look in the
backyards and it’s amazing what they do versus
before. They just had a
little Weber grill, now
they have big outdoor
kitchens, they have pergolas, they have bench
suggests that the overall
size of the labor force
may be shrinking,” he
said in an email. “That
is, there is a shrinking
labor force participation
rate. Hence, if the labor
force is shrinking, a lower
unemployment may not
mean more workers are
being added. It means
discouraged workers are
no longer being counted.
I mention this because
overall, Illinois lost jobs in
areas that are more likely
to be found in downstate
such as construction and
Another factor could
be residents traveling to
other areas for work.
The most up-to-date
IDES commuter data
show that in March of
2013, 21,401 workers
lived in Knox County,
but 3,913 of those workers commuted out of the
county for their careers.
Of those commuters, 222
went to Iowa for work.
In Tazewell County it
was just the opposite.
Just 35,170 people live
in Tazewell, but 55,590
worked there.
Local possibilities
Though unemployment
is dropping, several small
towns still feel the lack of
jobs in their communities.
One way Galesburg
could fight that feeling
could come on the back of
BNSF Railway. State Rep.
Don Moffitt said to help
boost the economy, the
city is positioning itself
for expansion of the railway with the three grade
separations to allow train
and vehicle traffic to bypass each other and run
“That positions the railyard for more business,
with several tracks running in several different
directions,” Moffitt said.
With an expansion of
BNSF, supplementary
companies could arise,
like agribusiness and other industries which rely
on the railroad.
Kim Pierce, executive
director of the Macomb
Area Economic Development Corp., said the local manufacturers have
positioned themselves to
start hiring again, meaning new career opportunities in the new future.
However, there are not
enough skilled workers to
fill the available openings
in the Macomb area.
“What we have, especially in welding, is
a shortage of available
welders for the jobs that
are available
Adding different industries is similar to what
Peoria has done surrounding manufacturing
giant Caterpillar, which
has helped the city spread
out its commerce assets.
Several supplementary
businesses have started
to grow around Caterpillar, and with a larger
population of Caterpillar
workers, the demand for
services has gone up.
A good example of that
demand is the major
healthcare industry in
Peoria, with two major
centers located across the
street from one another,
driving up competition
in the area.
“Take a city that has
two major hospitals, and
that is going to raise the
salaries for employees at
the hospitals, so nurses,
doctors, techs, everybody,
they’re going to have to
compete for the best people,” said William Polley,
interim associate dean
at the College of Business and Technology at
Western Illinois University. “The same holds true
if you have two manufacturing companies in
the same area. The same
would be true if you had
multiple service oriented
companies in the area.”
Though the companies
may dislike competition,
and try to keep it away, it
helps improve the overall
economy in the area, as
workers are paid more.
seating, it’s amazing,
whatever they can
dream, it can be built.
Carney said his
daughter Kim Reece is
actively involved in the
business, and her husband Kevin Reece manages operations at the
second Peoria Brick Co.
location in Mossville,
which was established
in 2013.
“(The Mossville location) has been a great
boon because it allows
all the landscapers that
do work out in the north
end to, instead of driving back here (East
Peoria) for a half hour to
pick up a load of mulch
or rock … they just go
five, 10 minutes down to
Mossville and pick up.
It’s been a big plus for
them,” Carney said.
“Eventually those
two (Kevin and Kim
Reece) will be running
the whole thing. It’s just
natural progression —
I’ve enjoyed my tenure
here. It’s been fabulous
… all the people you
meet, the contractors
and then fortunately we
have someone following
in my footsteps” Carney
Carney said he has enjoyed his 45 years with
Peoria Brick Co. and
looks forward to more.
“I have no reason to
stop going, I enjoy what
I do so retirement’s not
in my future. My dad
worked up until two
days before he passed
away. He would come
over here. We just enjoyed having him here.
It’s a great experience
East Peoria Times-Courier
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The state rate consistently has hovered between 0.5 and 1.5 percentage points higher
than the national rate in
recent years.
Ron Payne, an IDES
labor market analyst, said
it is due to the types of
jobs available in Illinois,
notably manufacturing.
“Typically, Illinois is one
of those states because we
have a large presence in
manufacturing,” Payne
said. “Historically we
tend to go into the recessive period a little later
and come out of it a little
Payne said partially
due to the large manufacturing business in the
state, the unemployment
rate typically tends to sit
higher than the national
average, even in the better economic times.
However, he said the
outlook for 2015 is continued job growth, at the
same steady rate as in
A new administration
in the statehouse aims to
continue these upward
trends and make Illinois
a more business-friendly
Moffitt said changing
Illinois’ business climate
is atop Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda.
“He’s acknowledged
we’ve been a state that
exports jobs and we’re
viewed as a bad business
climate, an anti-business
state,” Moffitt said.
Moffitt suggested loosening business regulations, including shortening permit and licensing
procedures for industries
like the medical field, and
keeping a close eye on
what neighboring states
are doing, to help Illinois
stay competitive.
Compared to other
states, Illinois does have
one of the highest unemployment rates around.
According to data from
the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa’s rate is at 4.2
percent, Wisconsin’s 5.0,
Missouri’s and Kentucky’s
5.5, and Indiana’s 6.0.
Rauner, a Winnetka
Republican, defeated former Democratic Gov. Pat
Quinn on a campaign of
changing the status quo
in Springfield, particularly in government finances.
The new administration has maintained the
state’s income tax decrease, which dropped as
scheduled from 5 percent
to 3.75 on Jan. 1, just before Rauner took office.
The corporate income tax
fell from 7 percent to 5.25
“I think that helps make
us competitive with other
states,” Moffitt said.
In west-central Illinois,
economic leaders are optimistic about the new
governor. Pierce said her
office is “hopeful” Rauner will bring a friendlier
business climate to the
“We’re a community in
the state of Illinois, so we
can only be as proactive
as the state will allow us,”
Pierce said.
However, she understands that business
growth won’t be a task
completed overnight.
“It’s still a work in progress,” she said about the
governor’s plans. “The
governor is working on
other things at this time,
like the budget.”
A balanced budget and
clean bill of fiscal health
for Illinois may be needed
before it can offer any
incentives to attract businesses to the state.
However, Merrett said
the governor’s plans could
hurt rather than help.
“Some cuts may in fact
hurt the economic recovery,” Merrett said in an
email. “We have been losing jobs in manufacturing
and construction. Cuts to
transfers to local government could slow or halt
construction projects that
otherwise could employ
many workers and spur
manufacturing. Laying
off government employees could increase the unemployment rate, too. So,
it is not clear to me that
these specific policies will
spur economic development. The more important issue is to simply
create a stable economic
working with family,
something I wish every
family could enjoy but
it’s usually not possible,”
Carney said.
Peoria Brick Co. was
recognized as a centennial business by the Peoria Historical Society in
2013, Carney said.
Peoria Brick Co. is located at 501 Cole St. in
East Peoria and at 1720
E. Carlar Court in Mossville: its hours are 7 a.m.
Monday through Friday
and 8 a.m. until noon on
That’s what Moffitt sees
BNSF turning into, potentially overtaking Kansas City as the central hub
of the rail giant for the
“Because of its geographical location, I think
there is that potential,”
Moffitt said.
W h e re
unemployed turn?
Agencies like the IDES
and the Illinois Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity work to help unemployed residents find
work through training
Payne said several manufacturing companies often have trouble finding
qualified workers.
“We reach out to these
people to find out what
they need to do to train
this unemployed person
and dovetail them into
their shop,” Payne said.
These agencies are able
to use local community colleges to help offer
special training for such
jobs. Also, the IDES has
a Career Informations
Services page on its website, with information
for residents as young as
middle and junior high
school students, up to
mature workers and career changers.
Those looking for work
can find these resources
on the IDES webpage under the Workforce Partners tab, and click the
Career information link.
The IDES also has satellite offices in Peoria and
the Quad Cities.
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Nikki Rutledge loves
garage sales and organizing. Now she has
combined these two
things into her own business called Needle in a
The business, located
at 2438 Washington
Road, offers an eclectic
mix of home décor, furniture, jewelry, candles,
tools and more.
“I’m the one crazy
person who loves to do
garage sales and I like to
organize them and stage
them and make them
look good. My family has
always gone to auctions,”
Rutledge said.
Originally, Rutledge
thought she would do
a traveling flea market with a truck and a
trailer, but then thought
otherwise due to the
weather and the physical
demands of loading and
unloading supplies and
standing on her feet all
That’s when she got
the idea to open her own
business. Rutledge said
her father, Kent Schuck,
has been very supportive.
“He’s always encouraged me to do my own
thing and do my own
business. He has his
own business and has
for years and loves being
self-employed,” Rutledge
Rutledge said her
father helps her buy
transporting items to her
“He’ll bring me a
truckload. If I say I’m
out of something today,
he will bring me this,”
she said.
Rutledge, 33, who
recently moved to East
Peoria, said she was
looking for a spot on a
main road and saw the
location in Sunnyland.
The building, which
looks like something
from the Old West, was
not for rent when Rutledge first saw it. The
very next day a “for rent”
sign was posted and
Rutledge thought it was
meant to be, she said.
“I thought it looked
like an old saloon.
It’s very unique and I
thought, ‘That place is
going to stand out,’” Rutledge said.
Before opening Jan.
2, Rutledge said she and
her helpers did a lot of
painting and cleaning.
The three-roomed business has a main room
with a counter, a side
Above are some of the items for sale at Needle in a
Haystack. jeanette kendall/TimesNewspapers
One of the vendors at Needle in a Haystack makes
handmade jewelry. jeanette kendall/TimesNewspapers
Nikki Rutledge said she gave the outside of her business a fresh coat of paint. jeanette kendall/TimesNewspapers
room where there is a
dining room table and
other kitchen-related
items and a man cave
in the back for the guys.
Rutledge said she finds
items for her store in a
variety of places, even on
the side of the road.
“We get a lot of donations and we pick it up
on the side of the road. A
lot of people don’t want
to mess with it anymore
and they set it outside. I
never thought I would be
picking up garbage but
one person’s junk is another person’s treasure,”
she said.
Rutledge said she has
found various furniture
items that people throw
out. If the piece needs
a minor repair, her dad
fixes it. What Rutledge
said she really loves do-
ing is taking a piece and
making it look different.
“Right now the
stained look is not really in. Everybody wants
something painted, it’s
distressed, the shabby
chic, that kind of look.
It’s finding that item
and then deciding how
I want to change it up,”
Rutledge said. “I have a
lot of fun doing that.”
The name Needle in a
Haystack, Rutledge said
fits her store because it’s
where people can find
“strange, hard to find
things.” Her friend Kathy
Zehr of East Peoria came
up with the name.
“We kind of hope people can find things they
want, things that they
can use. We’ve got the
kitchenware stuff. People
moving into a new place
might need a couple of
pots and pans, or you
know, young people that
can’t afford to go out and
buy brand new things.
We kind of have a mix of
both worlds in here,” she
Swan Creek soy
candles and handmade
jewelry are also part
of the eclectic mix.
Rutledge’s 10-year-old
daughter, Adrianna Rutledge, makes jewelry,
and another vendor,
Michelle Brown, has her
handcrafted jewelry on
In the future, Rutledge
said she plans to rent
booth space to seven
“There are so many
crafty people out there
and so many people that
have great ideas,” Rutledge said.
As she proceeds with
her business, Rutledge
said she is learning what
customers want and will
change things to accommodate requests.
“Most of the guys coming in here are looking
more for collectibles and
things like that, so we
might change that up a
bit,” she said.
So far, Rutledge said
she has had customers
coming in every day;
some are repeat visitors
she is getting to know
on a first-name basis.
The people are what
Rutledge likes the most
about having her own
“I like getting to meet
new people and help
them find new things.
If they find something
they like and they want
a different color, we can
change it up for them,”
she said.
Once a month, Rutledge said she changes
the items in the store
to give it a fresh look.
She is planning a grand
opening sometime in
April or May.
“This is exciting. It’s
growing little by little.
Coming up with new
ways to grow it more,
that’s the challenging
part because you have to
step outside of the box
and do what’s not normal. I wanted to move
forward and do something not normal I guess
for me,” Rutledge said.
The store’s hours are
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday
and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 219-1346 or
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Questions? Contact Sports Editor Bryan Veginski at 686-3148 or email at [email protected]
This week’s big game:
The eighth-ranked East Peoria softball team, a sectional champion for the first time last year, travels to
Stanford on Thursday to take on Olympia in the 2015 season opener.
Can Raiders take one more step?
Last season included
girls’ first sectional title
Head coach: Denee Menzione
2014 record: 32-5, 14-0 in
Mid-Illini Conference (first)
Postseason: Lost in super-sectional to Manteno
Returning all-M-I players:
First team — So. Ashley
Emert, So. Remi Ferguson
Second team — Sr. Brooke
First game: 4:30 p.m.
Thursday at Olympia
By bryan veginski
After falling one win short of
reaching the IHSA Class 3A
state finals and tying the singleseason record for victories, the
East Peoria softball team is
eager to stay at an elite level.
The Raiders were 32-5 overall in 2014 and claimed their
third straight Mid-Illini Conference championship with a
14-0 record. They also earned
the first sectional title in program history.
Four regulars are back from
that squad that hit .358 with a
1.30 ERA, and East Peoria has
some intriguing newcomers,
along with players ready to take
on larger roles.
“This team has been quite the
surprise to me,” said EPCHS
head coach Denee Menzione,
who is just 13 wins from 100 in
her career as she begins her
fourth season.
The Raiders have received
leadership from an experienced
senior class, as well as a pair of
sophomores who played every
game a year ago.
Starting with the effort they
put forth inside before the first
outdoor practice March 16, the
girls have been dedicated in the
“They are working 10 times
harder than any team has
East Peoria sophomore Ashley Emert was one of the Mid-Illini Conference’s most prolific softball
hitters in 2014. In a first-team all-league season for the 32-5 Raiders, Emert batted .430 with
seven home runs and 28 RBIs. She will wear No. 5 this season and move to shortstop. file photo
worked,” Menzione said. “They
have a lot to prove and I think
they are ready to step up to the
As of early last week, East
Peoria has returnees Taylor Kellum (third base) and Brooke
Jacobs (first base), both seniors,
stationed at corner infield
In her third varsity season,
Kellum hit .377 with three
home runs, nine doubles and 25
RBIs. She drew 15 walks and
fanned only five times.
Jacobs was a second-team
all-league pick last season after
clubbing four home runs among
17 extra-base hits with 27 RBIs
and a .356 average.
She was named Illinois
Coaches Association Class 3A
second-team all-state.
Both middle infielders will be
new after Kali George and Ally
Watson graduated.
Sophomore Ashley Emert
could shift from catcher to
shortstop this spring.
Emert was a first-team all-MI selection after batting .430
with seven round-trippers. She
drove in 28 runs for the Raiders.
Second base was shaping up
as a rookie competition between sophomore Katelyn
Smith and junior Allison Flowers.
Sophomore Remi Ferguson
See SOFTBALL page B2
East Peoria has ingredients to compete
Defending M-I co-champ
assumes underdog role
By bryan veginski
East Peoria rode an 11-1 finish
in the 2014 Mid-Illini Conference baseball season to a co-title with Washington.
The 11-3 record in league play
gave the Raiders their third
championship in the last six
Despite losing all five of its
first- or second-team all-M-I
selections, East Peoria is not
ready to give up its place this
Flying under the radar at the
start is fine with the Raiders,
who were 17-14 overall a year
“It’s nice to be an underdog
again. I feel like winning the
league didn’t put a target on our
back this year because we lost
so much pitching,” EPCHS head
coach Matt Plummer said.
Head coach: Matt Plummer
2014 record: 17-14, 11-3 in MidIllini Conference (tie-first)
Postseason: Lost in regional
semifinal to Metamora
Next game: 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday at Illinois Valley
“I think we will be competitive again. Baseball is a funny
game. There are a lot of ways to
win and a lot of ways to lose. I
like our chances.”
In 2014, East Peoria improved
by seven victories overall and by
five in conference play from the
previous season.
There are plenty of experienced players back, plus some
newcomers capable of contributing right away, to give the
Raiders optimism for this campaign.
“I love my team. They are a
very fun group. They keep the
mood light and work very hard,”
said Plummer. “I expect that
being a tight-knit group will
help us a great deal throughout
this tough schedule.”
Juniors Zack Hogan and Tanner Kellum will be the catchers.
The scrappy tandem has shown
good receiving skills and the
ability to throw out runners.
Sophomore Noah Hornung is
back to play third base. In 13
varsity games, he hit .281.
Next to him at shortstop is
senior Jake Plummer, the
coach’s son. He drove in 12 runs
last year.
Colin Dearing, a junior, will
shift to second base after a .277
debut season in which he
cracked nine doubles and provided 12 RBIs.
Junior Braden Stewart and
sophomore Brock Crippen both
will draw starting assignments
at first base.
Max Kapusta, a junior, is the
backup when any of the infield-
Express 12-U takes second at Earlie Birdie
The East Peoria Express 12-and-under softball team placed second out of 17 entrants in its first tournament of the season, the National Softball Association Earlie Birdie at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin.
The championship game was against the Mattoon Pride. Members of the squad are, in front, from left:
Saylor Marchand, Sondra Gnehm, Peyton Dearing, Belle Rakestraw and Macey Whisker; second row:
Emma Hicks, Monique Hoosen, Haley Wallace, Jenna Stoecker, Hannah Yemm, Emma Lane, Lizzi Leverton and assistant coach Sara Leverton; third row: head coach Randy Marchand and assistant coach
Andy Gnehm. Not pictured are Aubrey Humphrey and assistant coach Dain Rakestraw. submitted photo
ers are on the mound.
Senior Jakob Burtis returns
to play center field. He posted a
.307 average with 20 runs last
Twin brother Hayden Burtis
is expected to play left field after
appearing in 20 games as a junior.
Junior Mason Durdel is slated
for right-field duty.
Depending on pitching arrangements, Stewart also play
in the outfield.
Senior Dom Schank and Josh
Spokely and Karson Richardson, both juniors, are outfield
candidates as well.
Schank typically will be the
designated hitter and bat leadoff to utilize his speed. As a junior reserve, he was second for
the Raiders with 11 stolen
Behind him in the order,
Jakob Burtis is a lefthanded hitter who can hit, bunt and run.
See baseBALL page B2
Colin Dearing, an East Peoria junior, figures to be a key
player for the 2015 baseball
team. Dearing is slated to
pitch and play second base,
while holding down a middle of
the order spot in the line-up.
He hit .277 with nine doubles
last spring for the 17-14 Raiders. file photo
Returning starters seek
to engineer quick rebuild
By bryan veginski
East Peoria made a threegame leap last season on the
girls soccer pitch.
Eight players with starting
experience return this spring
for the Raiders after they compiled a 7-12-1 record in 2014.
Andi Flinn, Serenah Minasian, Ashlynne McGraugh, Haleigh Schreffler and Bailey
Hammond, all seniors, juniors
Ellie Peterson and Timber
MacPhee, and sophomore Breanna Higdon all drew starting
assignments a year ago.
East Peoria took advantage of
the improved preseason
weather once March arrived.
“We’re definitely making
some progress,” said EPCHS
head coach Josh Childs. “It’s
nice to be able to get some
touches on the ball.”
Others on the roster include:
Head coach: Josh Childs
2014 record: 7-12-1, 2-5 in
Mid-Illini Conference (sixth)
Postseason: Lost in regional
semifinal to Metamora
First game: 5 p.m. Thursday at
seniors Xena Quezada and
Kiana Emtiaz; and juniors
Madeline Friend, Jourden Gore,
Bailey Nolan, Emily Moberly
and Rachel Denning.
The Raiders placed sixth in
the Mid-Illini Conference with
a 2-5 record. They likely will be
in that same territory this year,
competing with Canton and
A trio of four-year starters
departed, including two-time
second-team all-league pick
Turner MacPhee.
See sOCCER page B2
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
East Peoria Times-Courier
Shooting camp
begins April 13
The WestyDoty Spring
Shooting Camp begins
April 13 at Peoria Christian High School.
The camp is open to
both boys and girls and
occurs each Monday and
Wednesday for four
Camp 1, from 6-7:15
p.m., is for boys and girls
in third through seventh
Camp 2 from 7:15-8:30
p.m., is for boys and girls
in seventh through 11th
For more information,
go to the website www.
com, or contact Chuck
Westendorf at 264-0905
or Steve Doty at
Peoria, Normal
to keep state finals
The Illinois High
School Association Board
of Directors met for its
March meeting on Satur-
day at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in
The board reviewed the
host proposals for the
IHSA boys and girls basketball state final tournaments as a part of the
agenda and unanimously
voted to renew the current state final site contracts at Illinois State
University’s Redbird
Arena in Normal (girls),
and Carver Arena in Peoria (boys), respectively,
from 2016-2020.
The IHSA received
boys basketball hosting
hander Brayden Weber,
who has pop on his fastball, was targeted for the
first action, followed by
Stewart, a lefthander who
can slow opposing running games. With command of three pitches,
Dearing is the closer.
A weekend trio could
be Jake Plummer, Crippen and Hornung. Durdel and the Burtis twins
are other possibilities.
Hagedorn also is a member of the team.
The Raiders lost both
of their first-team allconference southpaws,
Kevin Ulrich and Brock
Stewart, to graduation.
Two-time first-team
all-conference catcher
Ryan Slusher exhausted
his high school eligibility
as well.
Also gone are second
baseman Mitch Gnehm
(first team) and first baseman Derrick Runyon
(second team).
The league will be formidable, headlined by
2014 Class 3A third-place
state finisher Metamora,
which has at least four future Division-I players.
Washington returns an
ace and several key hit-
ters, plus picked up reigning Journal Star Player of
the Year Jarrod Watkins,
a transfer from Notre
Limestone’s pitching
staff, Plummer said, may
be the most complete in
the M-I.
East Peoria added an
April 4 twin bill against
Tremont and a May 9
home contest against
Edwardsville and Notre
Dame no longer are on
the Raiders’ schedule.
East Peoria gained a
season-opening sweep of
Farmington Saturday
with 5-3 and 12-2 victories at Dave Rodgers
In the opener, Schank
and Hornung had three
hits apiece, while Stewart
and Dearing both were 2
for 3. Hornung and Stewart both tripled and drove
in a combined three runs.
Schank also collected a
The third pitcher, Dearing, was the winner in relief after the Raiders
scored three times in the
bottom of the sixth inning.
East Peoria needed only
five innings to dispatch
the Farmers in game
Ste war t,
Schank, Plummer and
Kapusta all had two hits
among the Raiders’
Kapusta knocked in
three runs and Plummer
and Stewart, who rapped
a double, chipped in two
Hornung, Dearing, Kellum and Crippen all supplied RBIs as well.
Plummer, the middle
hurler, was credited with
the victory after fanning
four with no walks in his
The hosts completed
the sweep with a four-run
fifth inning.
East Peoria’s season
continues Wednesday at
Chillicothe against Illinois Valley Central.
Coaching line-up: The
Raiders’ 2015 staff is fortified.
Jeff Millard is the varsity assistant to Plummer.
Chris Frasco and Tom
Stonebock will direct the
sophomore and freshman
teams, respectively.
“I feel that we have the
best coaching staff that I
could possibly assemble,”
Plummer said.
fast and strong and adds
power to the line-up.
Flowers also is a potential outfielder, as is speedy
lefthanded slapper Caitlin McWhirter, a sophomore.
With so many capable
players, a nice problem
has been created.
“For the first time, I
don’t have a set starting
line-up,” said Menzione.
Graves and Allison
Emert are contrasting
pitchers. One could
emerge as the workhorse
or they could split time.
One or a combination
of the two will try to replace icon Sarah Finck,
who starred in the circle
and at the plate for four
years before heading to
Illinois State University
to play softball.
Graves throws hard and
hits her spots really well.
At 6-foot-1-inch, the
lefthanded hurler would
bring an intimidation factor.
Allison Emert is highlycompetitive athlete who
has a solid fastball and
excelled at the frosh/
soph level.
Playing well behind either new pitcher will be
important for East Peoria, which was ranked No.
8 in the Illinois Coaches
Association Class 3A preseason state poll.
“We’re going to have to
play some good defensive
ball behind our pitchers,”
Menzione said.
Other members of the
squad are: senior Khloe
Livingston, and juniors
Kenzie Anderson and
Kayla Utley-Benway.
“On any given day, our
line-up can change,” Menzione said. “The girls
know if you’re hitting, I
will find a spot for you.”
Washington, a 24-win
team last spring with
most of its key players
back, will be a team to
watch in the league.
No. 10 Metamora is another that will try to unseat the Raiders from the
top of the M-I after the
Redbirds made it to the
sectional final before losing on their home field to
East Peoria.
The conference, Menzi-
one said, gets better every
year. The lower-division
ballclubs seem to improve
their competitiveness.
The Raiders added a
May 1 game against
Chatham Glenwood and
also will play the weekend
before in the April 24-25
Margie Wright Showcase
in Metamora.
Lombard Montini is
off, and East Peoria left
Washington’s Panther
Classic in favor of the
Metamora event on the
same April dates.
Besides Finck, center
fielder Ciera Montgomery, second baseman
George and shortstop
Ally Watson also exhausted their eligibility.
Finck was a four-time
all-M-I honoree, including three times on the
first team. Montgomery
was recognized once on
each team her last two
seasons, and George
made second-team allleague as a junior.
The Raiders’ season
opener is Thursday at
Continued from Page B1
East Peoria senior Bailey Hammond is one of eight
girls soccer returnees with starting experience. The
Raiders, whose win total improved by three games
last season, are scheduled to begin the 2015 campaign Thursday at Galesburg. file photo
Continued from Page B1
“We lost six seniors. It
will be hard to replace
them,” Childs said. “We’re
rebuilding this year.”
Also not back out is
Kayleigh Sommer, who
nabbed first-team all-M-I
honors in each of her two
seasons for East Peoria.
The junior is training with
a Bloomington-based
team and is not permitted
to play for both.
From the standpoint of
experienced players, the
forward and center midfield slots likely will be the
Raiders’ best.
The back line will be
new, as well as the outside
McGraugh both have
served stints as the East
Peoria goalkeeper.
Minasian was listed last
week as the probable
starter for the Thursday
season opener at Galesburg.
“I hope our returners do
well for us this year,”
Childs said of his crew
that has significant game
East Peoria will join the
list of soccer programs
playing on turf once the
installation is complete.
“It will definitely be
smoother for us,” said
Childs of the upgrade at
EastSide Centre.
The Raiders added a
second tournament to
their slate. They are hosting an April 3-4 event in
which Galesburg, Riverton and Lincoln are expected to participate.
Olympia and Richwoods
are off the schedule, which
features only three home
dates after the East Peoria
The second Raiders
contest against Limestone
on May 8 will be a nonleague affair at Bradley
University’s Shea Stadium
as part of Kickin’ Out Cancer.
Metamora last season
ended Morton’s 12-year
reign atop the conference.
The Redbirds and sectional finalist Dunlap both
are loaded with high-level
The Potters, while
nicked by graduation, still
have some components
back from last year’s
league runner-up.
Pekin appears to be capable of taking another
step forward and getting
back to the M-I’s upper
East Peoria’s conference
opener is April 7, a week
later than most. It will
have double league action
the following week with
games on April 13 at
Limestone and April 15
against Pekin.
See the April 1 edition for more
East Peoria Community High
School spring sports previews,
plus early-season results from
other Raiders teams.
Dearing’s hot-swinging
bat should place him in
the No. 3 spot, ahead of
emerging clean-up hitter
Offseason weight-room
efforts should make
Hayden Burtis and Plummer factors in the No. 5
and 6 slots.
Durdel and Crippen are
young players East Peoria
hopes will grow into their
lower-order roles.
Stewart aims to be the
squad’s second lead-off
hitter in the ninth position.
Veteran Raiders baseball fans will remember
2004, when the team
used the pitching trio of
Ryan Driskill, Alyx Donaldson and Craig Culp to
earn a share of the conference baseball title and
a berth in the Class AA
Canton Sectional final.
East Peoria plans to
employ a similar rotation
of hurlers each game.
“We have a number of
guys that will try to fill
the void on the mound
this year,” said Plummer.
Continued from Page B1
was projected to go from
designated hitter to behind the plate after a
first-team all-conference
debut campaign.
Ferguson torched opposing pitching in her
freshman year, posting a
.405 average with 52
RBIs. Of her 20 extrabase hits, 11 were homers.
Junior Allison Emert,
who was vying with sophomore Alyssa Graves for
the ace pitcher position,
is a possible third-base
candidate as well.
Senior Whitney Adams’
increased aggressiveness
likely will make her the
choice in center field after
she largely patrolled left a
year ago.
Appearing in 27 contests as a junior, Adams
produced a .324 average,
while knocking in 11
Madison Bambrick, a
freshman, is a probable
corner outfielder who is
proposals from the University of Illinois to host
at the State Farm Center
in Champaign, and for
the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates to host the
Class 3A and 4A weekend of the tournament.
Bradley University’s
Renaissance Coliseum in
Peoria was the only other
proposal for the girls basketball state final.
Redbird Arena has
hosted the girls tournament since 1992, while
the first boys state finals
were contested in Peoria
four years later.
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92 percent
Did you know that watermelon is approximately 92 percent water?
Or that the world has more than 1,200 cultivars of the fruit? We
think of watermelon as being primarily pink, but some of these
other types have yellow, red or white flesh. — More Content Now
Watermelon offers
healthy benefits
Whether you’re trying
to achieve wellness goals
or just looking for simple
ways to add more nutrient-rich food sources into
your family’s diet, now is
the time to dust off that
blender or juicer. Naturally sweet and nutritious,
watermelon is a great
addition to drinks that
nourish and replenish the
Packed with arginine
and citrulline, watermelon
may help improve blood
flow. The watermelon’s
high water and potassium
level may also help the
body flush out unwanted
Plus, watermelon is
said to have a diuretic
effect, which helps the
body beat bloating.
The cocktail recipe
below features this star
ingredient, which along
with other healthful
ingredients, offers natural
solutions for common
When incorporating
these type of drinks into
your family’s diet, use a
strong blender when you
can. This will help retain
essential phytonutrients
and antioxidants within
the blended mixture.
Many conventional juicers
require you to throw away
the pulp, which means
throwing out these bonus
health benefits.
For more refreshing
ways to add nutrients
to your diet, visit
— Family Features
By the editors of Relish Magazine
ade popular by fast-food restaurants, honey-mustard sauce
combines a touch of sweetness
with a load of zing. It’s perfect as a spread for
sandwiches or as a dipping sauce for chicken
tenders, fried or otherwise. It also comes in
super handy as basting sauce for succulent
boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The sauce is
spread over the chicken and allowed to seep
into the meat as the chicken bakes. It pumps
loads of great taste into the surrounding red
potatoes as well. All around, it’s a win-win.
n 2 cups watermelon
n 1/3 large lemon, peeled
n 1 1 /2 tablespoons
peeled fresh ginger
n 2 medium carrots
Juice all ingredients in
conventional juicer.
In blender, place
watermelon first then
remaining ingredients.
Turn blender on low until
watermelon is liquefied,
then gradually increase
speed. Blend 2 minutes.
Honey Mustard Chicken
n 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless
chicken thighs
n 1/2 teaspoon salt
n Freshly ground black pepper
n 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
n 2 tablespoons honey
n 1 minced shallot
n 1 tablespoon minced fresh
thyme leaves or ½ teaspoon dried
n 1 pound small red potatoes, cut
into halves
n Olive oil cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Sprinkle chicken thighs with 1/4
teaspoon salt and pepper. Place in
a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Combine
mustard, honey, shallot and thyme
in a small bowl to form a paste.
Spread over thighs, covering them
Add potatoes to the pan and
spritz with olive oil spray. Sprinkle
potatoes with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Bake about 50 minutes, stirring
potatoes once, until potatoes and
chicken are tender. Serves 4.
Recipe by Greg Patent, a food
writer in Missoula, Montana.
— Family Features
Which country is the top
producer of watermelon?
A. China
B. United States
C. Chile
D. Turkey
Answer at bottom of rail.
Yuzu: The yuzu is a tart,
aromatic East Asian
citrus fruit that looks a
bit like a miniature yellow
or green grapefruit with
uneven skin. The yuzu is
native to China but is now
widely cultivated in Japan
as well as California. Yuzu
kosho is a spicy Japanese
sauce made from the zest
of yellow or green yuzu,
chile peppers and salt.
— Cookthink
A. China is the leading
watermelon producer.
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Bacon takes center stage in these recipes
or years, my niece
and I have enjoyed
getting together to
be creative in the kitchen.
Marcella loves to cook and
is good at it. Just because
we haven’t been able to get
together recently doesn’t
mean we don’t continue to
share recipes.
Recently, I found a
recipe she sent me several
months ago. I knew I was
going to like it because it
had so many of my favorite
flavors in it. Who doesn’t
like loaded potatoes and
Buffalo chicken? This
recipe includes both, and
everyone knows a loaded
potato needs cheese, green
onions and crisp bacon.
All of these are in the special topping.
I actually found two
versions of this recipe.
One called for red potatoes
and the other uses Yukon
gold potatoes. Either does
well in this recipe. I like
the gold potatoes because
they have a buttery flavor.
When I made this casserole, I reduced the amount
of hot sauce to one tablespoon because I was afraid
two would be a little too
hot for my palate. I think,
perhaps, I will use the 2
tablespoons next time.
The original recipe
was rather involved, with
several cooking steps.
Marcella worked on the
recipe and make it much
simpler. I used her version,
and it was great.
It never ceases to
amaze me when I see how
creative cooks are using
bacon. What really surprises me is that it is now
being used in desserts.
However, once you
taste this new treat, it just
might become a favorite
The Candied Bacon
Bites recipe is from
“Southern Living Community Cookbook” by Sheri
Loaded Potatoes
and Buffalo Chicken
n 1 pound boneless chicken
breasts, cubed into 1-inch
n 6 to 8 medium red or gold
potatoes, skin on, cubed in
1-inch pieces
n 1/3 cup olive oil
n 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
n 1 teaspoon black pepper
n 1 tablespoon paprika
n 2 tablespoons garlic
n 2 tablespoons of hot
sauce (more, if you like it
n 2 cups shredded Fiesta
blend cheese
n 1 cup crumbled crisp-fried
n 1 cup diced green onions
Candied Bacon Bites
Preheat oven to 325
Line a rimmed baking
sheet with parchment paper
or aluminum foil. Separate
bacon into slices and let
stand at room temperature
5 minutes. Stir together
sugar and pepper.
Lightly and evenly coat
bacon slices in brown sugar
mixture. Arrange slices on
baking sheet in single layer.
Sprinkle any remaining
sugar mixture over bacon.
Bake at 325 degrees in
center of oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown
and firm.
Let stand 1 minute, transfer to plate in single layer to
cool. (Do not let bacon cool
on baking sheet or it will
stick fast). Bacon continues to crisp as it cools. Cut
slices into bite-size pieces, if
n 1 pound thick-cut bacon
n 1/2 cup firmly-packed dark
brown sugar
n 1 tablespoon freshly
cracked black pepper
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at [email protected]
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Preheat oven to 400
degrees. Spray a 9-by-13
dish well.
Mix olive oil, salt, pepper,
paprika, garlic powder and
hot sauce. Mix well. Add
potatoes and chicken. Stir to
coat well.
Spoon carefully into casserole dish.
Bake 55 to 60 minutes,
stirring every 20 minutes.
When chicken and potatoes
are tender, top with cheese,
bacon and onions. Bake 5
minutes or until cheese is
melted. Serve warm.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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She worked in the restaurant, hotel,
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EAST PEORIA — O. Charlene “Char” throughout her life. She previously
Misener, 79, of East Peoria died at 5:29 owned and operated Yesterdays on S.W.
p.m. March 15, 2015, at OSF Richard L. Washington Street in Peoria and Char’s
Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Diner in Bartonville. She last worked at
Born on May 21, 1935, to Charles and Town & Country Healthcare in Eureka
Vivian Taylor McGrew in Flora, she was and Brass Key Lounge in East Peoria.
previously married to Clarence Rabe,
She was also a member of Happy
Roy Rennau and Richard Cox. She mar- Hallow Lake Association and a former
ried Alan H. Misener on Aug. 18, 1979, member of Heart of Illinois Liquor Asin Peoria. He survives.
Also surviving are her children, MiMemorial contributions may be made
chael (Pam) Rabe of Glasford, Patrick
to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice
Rabe of Bartonville, Douglas (Nancy
Home in Peoria.
Whitehurst) Rabe of Bartonville, Patsy
She was a member of Faith Church
Greuter of East Peoria, Jay (Kathy
in Washington where a funeral service
Whittles) Rennau of Creve Coeur, and
was March 20. The Rev. Rick Brisbin
Tina (Joe) Propst of East Peoria; stepofficiated. A visitation was March 19 at
sons, Tod (Cindy) Misener of Oglesby
Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory
and Derek Misener of Carbondale; 22
in Washington. An additional visitation
grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; was held an hour prior to the service
one brother, Marion “Bud” (Lois)
Friday at the church. Interment will be
McGrew of Mackinaw; and one sister,
at Swan Lake Cemetery in Peoria.
Sandi (Jim) Purtscher of Edwards.
A memorial website is available at
She was preceded in death by her, where
daughter-in-law, Candy Rabe; and
online condolences may also be sent to
three grandchildren.
the family.
PEORIA — Helen Ruth Van Hoesen,
99, of Peoria, formerly of East Peoria,
died at 10:47 p.m. Thursday, March 12,
2015, in Peoria.
Born Jan. 26, 1916, in Schenectady,
New York, to Henry and Jessie
(Stirling) Schroeder, she married John
William Van Hoesen, on April 26, 1941.
He preceded her in death in 2007.
She is survived by five children: John
Van Hoesen of Anchorage, Alaska; William (Janette) Van Hoesen of Bethalto,
Illinois; Robert (Dana) Van Hoesen of
Gays Mills, Wisconsin; Gary (Donna)
Van Hoesen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
and Susan (Ron) Hatfield of Loves
Park, Illinois; seven grandchildren and
13 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her
only sibling, Jesse (Clif ) Sipley.
She graduated from Scotia High
She worked at a Scotia-area landscape
She was an active member of The
Salvation Army church, attending the
Peoria Citadel Corps with their family
while in the Peoria area. She enjoyed
singing in the church, both in the choir
and as a frequent soloist.
Visitation was March 17, at Deiters
Funeral Home & Crematory in East
Peoria. A service followed at the funeral
home. Majors Gary and Donna Van
Hoesen of The Salvation Army officiated. Burial will be in the Fondulac
In lieu of flowers, contributions may
be made to The Salvation Army Kings
Lake Camp, P.O. Box 200387, Anchorage, Alaska 99520.
A memorial website is available at, where
condolences may also be sent to the
Greater Peoria Honor Flight
In just two years of
existence, the Greater
Peoria Honor Flight hub
has flown five trips to
Washington, D.C., and
provided over 350 World
War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans with their
trips of honor. Donations
from corporate sponsors,
numerous fundraiser and
contributions from the
general public have enabled these heroes to visit
the memorials dedicated
to honor their service and
With continued support from the Peoria
community and surrounding area, they are
pleased to announce their
schedule for the 2015
Honor Flight season.
Mark calendars for May
5, June 9 and Sept. 22 as
their flight dates and plan
to attend the Welcome
Eysal’s to
host coffee
with heroes
Greater Peoria Honor
Flight has announced
“Coffee with Heroes”
from 8-11 a.m. April 1
at Eysal’s Coffee, 400
E. Washington St., East
Do you know a Veteran of World War
II, the Korea War or
Vietnam Conflict? All
Home celebration on
each of those nights at the
General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International
Organizers are still
seeking those World War
II Veterans who have yet
to participate in the Honor Flight experience. If
previous Honor Flight
veterans are welcome
to attend and share
their stories. They deserve their day of honor
in Washington, D.C., to
see the memorials built
to honor their service
and sacrifice. Veterans
who attend this event
can sign up.
Every veteran receives a complimentary
cup of coffee.
anyone knows of a World
War II Veteran who is
willing and able to make
the trip, they encourage people to help them
apply. Applications and
other information may be
found at
POLICE arrests
East Peoria
Timothy J. Strickfaden, 42,
429 Chicago, criminal sexual
assault, March 1
Marjorie A. Wageman, 53,
224 Pershing Place, possession of controlled substance,
March 5
Lakeisha D. Stewart, 20, of
Peoria, driving with a suspended license, March 2
Earl E. Flatt, 68, of Peoria,
driving with a suspended
license, Feb. 26
Nanette L. Lebeck,
34, 350 Chicago, Fulton
County warrant, Feb. 26
Gwensheka S. Jones, 43, of
Peoria, no driver’s license,
Feb. 27
Kendra E. Ulrich, 19, of Bartonville, possession of drug
equipment, Tazewell County
warrant, Feb. 27
Joseph D. Smith, 24, of Pekin,
aggravated domestic battery,
Feb. 27
Juanita S. Smith, 38, 1334
Meadow Avenue, Tazewell
County warrant, Feb. 27
Morgan D. Kohl, 18, of Morton, failure to reduce speed to avoid accident, leaving
scene of accident, failure to
give aid or info Feb. 27
Michael A. Martin, 33, of
Washington, DUI, driving with
a suspended license, March 1
Crystal D. Wessel, 35, of
Peoria, DUI, blood alcohol
content above .08 percent,
Feb. 28
Lamont Campbell Jr., 21, of
Richton Park, driving with a
suspended license, Feb. 28
Tara Lynn M. Uphoff, 27, 101
Mooberry, retail theft, Feb. 28
Jose D. Velasquez, 23, of
Peoria, no driver’s license,
Feb. 28
Marcus J. Morris, 27, of
Peoria, DUI, driving with a revoked license, blood alcohol
above .08 percent, March 1
Ann A. Smith, 46, of Peoria,
obstructing justice, two Peoria County warrants, March 2
Juvenile, 16, of East Peoria,
disorderly conduct, March 2
Matthew E. Hofstatter, 40, of
Low Point, Tazewell County
warrant, March 3
Jasmine C. Cameron, 24, of
Peoria, Tazewell County warrant, March 5
Taia Y. Rogers, 22, of Peoria,
driving with a suspended
license, March 5
Kayla M. McKenny, 18, of
Peoria, reckless driving,
street racing, March 5
Scott J. Floyd, 21, 118 Kilmar
Knoll, reckless driving, street
racing, March 5
license, March 6
ders Road, criminal damage
to property, March 9
Jamaal Wilson, 32, of Peoria, Peoria County warrant,
March 6
Theresa M. Farber, 30, 108
Medina Court, driving with a
suspended license, March 10
Amanda N. Baum, 36, of
Washington, visitation interference, March 6
Ronald A. Helems, 54, 3709
E. Washington, public intoxication, March 11
Calvin J. Evans, 26, of Peoria,
no driver’s license, March 7
Todd A. Crane, 53, of Morton,
criminal trespassing, March
Michael C. Williams, 21, 300
McKinley, Peoria County warrant, March 7
Brittany N. Embrey, 33, of
Peoria, burglary, March 11
Natasha A. Williams, 36, of
Peoria, burglary, March 11
Donald R. Cronin, 28, 103
Howard, driving with a suspended license, March 12
Jonathan S. Pollock, 28, of
Springfield, driving with a
suspended license, March 12
Brenna L. Zacovic, 20, of Peoria, illegal consumption by a
minor, March 8
Jason R. Haley, 39, of Washington, criminal trespassing,
March 8
Leah Jenkins, 25, of Rantoul,
driving with a suspended
license, March 6
Debbie A. Burns, 43, of Peoria, driving with a suspended
Joseph R. Sands, 28, of
Peoria, delivery of cannabis,
March 12
Jeffrey M. Walker, 23, of Peoria, possession of cannabis,
driving with a suspended
license, March 12
Cristian Rojas, 19, of Peoria,
no driver’s license, March 12
Shawn D. Gremminger, 35,
of Springbay, no driver’s license, March 8
Sylvia C. Fernandez, 25, 2506
Springfield Road, domestic
battery, criminal damage to
property, criminal damage to
government property, March
Brandon T. Stoltzenburg, 24,
of Clinton, credit card fraud,
March 8
Stephen L. Nelson, 44, of
Lincoln, driving with a suspended license, March 8
Kayla M. Martin, 25, of Peoria,
driving with a suspended
Brian T. Ladeairous, 38, of
license, March 6
Forest Park, DUI, March 8
Demarcus D. Russell, 32, of
Peoria, driving with a suspended license, March 6
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
All information is obtained from police reports at the East Peoria, Morton and Washington police
departments. We print all arrests from East Peoria, Morton and Washington and arrests pertinent to our
community from Tazewell County. “Arrested” does not necessarily mean being taken to jail in handcuffs. For
certain offenses, those arrested are issued a notice to appear in court. This is called a non-custodial arrest.
Ian M. Langley, 27, of West
Dundee, contributing to the
Micka C. Morris, 22, of Peoria, criminal delinquency of a
no driver’s license, March 3
minor, sale of liquor to minors, March 8
Zachary D. West, 24, of
Morton, no driver’s license,
Brooklyn N. Parker, 20, of
March 3
Peoria, illegal consumption
by a minor, March 8
Ryan S. Kane, 29, of Peoria,
burglary, possession of canJohn H. Rayyan, 19, of Chinabis, possession of drug
cago, illegal consumption by
equipment, March 3
a minor, March 8
Randell J. McGuirk, 51, homeless, burglary, March 3
East Peoria Times-Courier
James K. Tipton, 42, of Peoria, driving with a suspended
license, unlawful use of disability placard, March 9
Peoria, aggravated battery,
domestic battery, resisting
police, March 14
Kelly S. Gibson, 37, 209 Harmony, DUI, blood alcohol
content above .08 percent,
March 14
Ashley M. Guy-Dane, 24, of
Peoria, possession of cannabis, possession of drug
equipment, March 15
Tyrese L. Howell, 30, of Peoria, possession of cannabis,
March 15
Shante L. Horton, 23, of Peoria, driving with a suspended
license, Tazewell County warrant, March 15
Marcus D. Drummond, 34,
of Peoria, no driver’s license,
March 19
Deidre Kessinger, 23, of
Peoria, driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s
license, in the 100 block of
East Ashland and North Morton Avenue, Feb. 27
Richard Johnson, 35, of Elmwood, domestic battery, in
the 500 block of North Morton Avenue, March 2
Matthew Power, operating
Caleb W. Alexander, 18, 804
vehicle with suspended regKerfoot St., domestic battery, istration, in the 500 block of
March 15
South Main and Birchwood,
March 4
Taryn N. Lee, 24, of Chillicothe, battery, March 16
Jessica Pears, 30, 925 E. Kay,
Cody M. Wilson, 26, of Peoria,
possession of cannabis, DUI
drugs, March 16
Juvenile, 15, of East Peoria,
retail theft, March 16
Juvenile, 15, of East Peoria,
retail theft, March 16
Alvin R. Horton, 43, of Peoria,
no driver’s license, Peoria
County warrant, March 17
Murad H. Uwais, 23, of Peoria, no driver’s license, March
Chase S. Edwards, 37, of
Washington, driving with a
suspended license, March 13
Timothy A. Nyari, 31, of
Springfield, battery, DUI,
March 17
Juvenile, 15, of East Peoria,
curfew, March 14
Theresa Rogers, 23, of
Springfield, aggravated battery, March 17
Samir Assaf, 21, of Peoria,
Peoria County warrant,
March 14
St., Whiteside County warrant, March 19
Katie A. Cloud, 26, of Pekin,
retail theft, March 18
Eli R. Gaddie, 24, of Pekin,
DUI, blood alcohol content
above .08 percent, March 9
Anita Williams, 41, of Peoria,
Woodford County warrant,
March 14
Kevin M. Collins, 59, of Washington, domestic battery,
March 18
Ryan C. Higgins, 28, 112 Rein-
Maurice Woodson, 35, of
Joe V. DeJesus, 45, 126 State
operating motor vehicle with
suspended registration, in
the 300 block of North Morton Avenue and West Jackson, March 4
Phillip Hess, 39, 345 Glen
Ave., Morton, criminal trespass to residence, in the 300
block of Glen Avenue, March
Steven Atkinson, 45, 503
W. Jefferson, No. 3, Morton,
domestic battery, in the
500 block of West Jefferson,
March 7
Reginal Dearcos, 40, of Deer
Creek, driving under the
influence of alcohol, in the
1600 block of West Jefferson
and Willow Oak, March 7
Timothy Thompson, 32, of
Tremont, possession of cannabis and illegal transportation of alcohol, in the 3000
block of West Jackson and
Cedar, March 7
Justin Heiple, 33, of Denver,
See Police page B9
ride & drive
Honda Civic sedan
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In the five-passenger,
front-wheel-drive compact
segment, few if any models
provide as many options as
the Honda Civic.
Available in sedan or
coupe body styles, there
is also a hybrid version, as
well as a natural gas option.
There is even a sporty Si
version for those wanting
a performance-oriented
Delivering a comfortable
ride with solid fuel economy, loaded with features
and with a base price starting at $18,290, the Civic is
also a great value.
Completely redesigned
for the 2014 model year,
there are not many changes
for 2015, with the exception
of a new Special Edition
trim level that’s positioned
between the LX and EX
Civic models to provide
customers with an even
higher value option by
adding more than $1,100
in telematics, audio and
style upgrades for $700
above the LX model.
This week I had the
chance to evaluate the 2015
Honda Civic EX-L with
Navigation sedan.
With so many Civic
models, for this review, I’m
going to focus exclusively
on the Civic sedan, available in LX, SE, EX and
EX-L trim levels.
Powered by 1.8-liter
I-4 engine delivering 143
horsepower and 129 lbs.-ft.
torque, consumers have the
option of a 5-speed manual
transmission (LX trim level
only) or the Continuously
Variable Transmission.
I was very impressed
with its performance
during the evaluation
period, which covered
more than 500 miles of
highway and city driving.
The Civic sedan gets up
to speed quickly and during
an extended drive to visit
one of our sister papers
four hours away, I have to
give the Civic high marks
for comfort.
I also have to give it high
marks for fuel economy.
The Civic sedan has an
EPA rating of 30 mpg city,
39 mpg highway when
equipped with the CVT.
According to the test
vehicle’s trip computer,
I averaged just shy of 33
mpg, which included a
combination of highway
and stop-and-go in town
As I mentioned earlier,
the Civic is very nicely
equipped with a number of
convenience and connectivity features. My test vehicle
included the optional navigation system, which I very
much appreciated during
my business trip.
While I know this is
petty, the only thing I didn’t
like is the controls for the
audio system. I’m very
much “old school,” meaning
I like buttons and knobs.
To adjust the volume on
the audio system, you have
to use the touch screen
monitor, which, to me
anyway, isn’t as efficient or
user friendly as a button or
Otherwise, I have only
praise and appreciation for
the Civic sedan. It is spacious, comfortable, delivers
solid performance with
exceptional fuel economy
and at a very affordable
price. For those in the
market for a compact
sedan, add the Civic to the
test-drive list.
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2015 Honda Civic
5-seat compact coupe,
sedan (hybrid, natural
gas and Si models also
Front-wheel drive
(Sedan specifications only)
Trim packages:
LX, Se, eX, eX-L
PriCe rANGe:
1.8L i4 (143 hp/129 T)
5-speed manual
ePA: 30 mpg city, 39 mpg
highway (CvT)
FUeL: regular unleaded
vehicle stability assist with
traction control
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TireS: 15-, 16-, or
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Important questions for your pharmacist
By Melissa Erickson
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visit to the pharmacy can be more than just a quick
stop to pick up a prescription or supplies for the
medicine cabinet. It’s also a convenient time to
have an important medical conversation with your pharmacist.
“Pharmacists are a great first resource for patients,”
said Pat Person, immediate past president of the Califor-
1. What is the name of the medication,
and what is it supposed to do?
A patient should know the names and uses of all the
medications being taken. Additionally, prescription error
does occur. “Drug X might be used to treat high blood
pressure, but a patient may say ‘I don’t have high blood
pressure.’ The pharmacist can contact the doctor and fix
the error,” Person said.
2. When and how do I take it?
nia Pharmacists Association. “Pharmacists are trained to
help patients manage their medications and hopefully will
be their first avenue of information — and not the Internet,” Person said.
In Bakersfield, California, where Person practices as a
community pharmacist in an independent pharmacy, all
pharmacies are required to hang a poster advising patients of their rights as far as their medications go. There
is mandatory patient counseling on any new prescription
or dose change of a currently prescribed medication, but
of course the patient has a right to decline, said Person.
Too often people skip the chance to have a one-on-one
conversation with a knowledgeable pharmacist.
“People are often intimidated when they look behind
the counter. They see us and we look busy. We are busy
but never too busy. Or they don’t want to bother the
pharmacist or think they know all they need to already.
Contrary to what people may think, pharmacists like to
talk. We want to make sure patients take the right medications and get the optimal results,” Person said. Here are
five questions you should be asking your pharmacist:
Taking medication correctly is important so that it can
give you the help you expect. Do you take the medication for the next week or for the rest of your life? This is
an opportunity to ask the pharmacist what to do if you
miss a dose. A good question, Person said, is “If you forgot to take the medicine in the morning, is it allowable to
double up in the evening?” Also, should the medication
be taken with food? Should it be taken at the same time
each day?
In the case of antibiotics, many people begin to feel
better after a few day of treatment and do not complete
the full prescription regiment. Instead they tuck the
bottle away for later use, which has led to antibiotic re-
sistance, Person said. The antibiotic was able to get rid of
most, but not all, of the bacteria that was causing the illness. When you stop taking the antibiotic, those leftover
bacteria eventually reproduce and multiply, which will
lead to your doctor needing to prescribe an even stronger antibiotic in the future.
3. What are the possible side effects,
and what should I do if they occur?
All medications can cause side effects that may interfere with therapy, Person said. “If the side effects make a
person feel poorly, he may want to stop taking the medication,” he said. A pharmacist can switch the medication
to a different drug class that may relieve the side effects
or to an extended-dose medication. Instead of taking a
medicine three or four times a day, you’ll just take it once
a day.
Will the new medicine work safely
with other medicines and supplements
I’m already taking?
Other prescriptions or vitamin supplements can interact with a new medication, resulting in increased or
decreased effects of the drug, Person said. Never take
a new medication without speaking to your pharmacist
about how it will react with your other medicines.
5. What foods, drink or activities
should be avoided while taking a new
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Some medications can’t be taken with certain foods
and beverages. For example, cholesterol-lowering drugs
should not be taken with grapefruit juice, and people
with high blood pressure should be careful with salt substitutes or alcohol, among other things. In some cases
the interaction can be harmful, Person said. Central
nervous system depressants, such as prescription pain
medications and some over-the-counter cold and allergy
medicines, should never be taken with alcohol.
Senior Focus
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
seniors calendar
Questions? Contact Dave Blackford at 681-3715 or email at [email protected]
Calendar items may be submitted via email to Dave Blackford at [email protected] Please put Senior Focus in the subject line. We reserve the right to edit all submissions. Items are printed on a space-available basis. Senior Focus usually publishes the last Wednesday of the month in all five TimesNewspapers. Items for our coverage areas
(Washington, East Peoria, Morton, Germantown Hills, Metamora and Chillicothe) are given preference.
Card Playing - Join other
seniors in the senior room
to play pinochle, euchre,
bridge, hand-in-foot or
whatever. Bring a snack
to pass and bring a friend.
$2 fee for non-members.
Noon-4 p.m. Thurs., 5-9:00
p.m. Fri. and 1-4 p.m. Sun.
Line Dancing - Volunteer
instructors, dance steps
and music and exercise. $2
fee for non-members. 9:00
a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Mon.,
Wed. and Fri.
Senior Potluck - fourth
Tues. of each month, seniors have a potluck meal
and enjoy a program. Bring
your own table service and
dish to share. Drinks provided. Open to all seniors.
Begins at noon.
east peoria
fondulac park
For more info on any of the
following events, call 6993923. Most programs meet
at administration building
unless otherwise noted.
Speaker - On March 31st,
at 10 AM , Snyder Village
Assisted Living is pleased
to announce that Rev. Randall Saxton retired Pastor of
United Presbyterian Church
in Peoria and frequent
Bradley University Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute history instructor will
speak about the last week
of Lincoln’s life from Palm
Sunday to Bloody Saturday.
All are welcome. If you
have any question please all
Diana at 367-2500 ext. 185.
call the park office at 2637429 or stop by the office
at 349 W. Birchwood during
office hours Monday-Friday
from 8:30am-Noon and
1:00-5pm. You may also
check us out on the web at
com or Facebook at Morton Park District.
Festival - Wednesday, April
8th, 10:00 am, at Snyder
Village Assisted Living
in Metamora, Pumpkins,
Parades & Pies: Eureka’s
Pumpkin Festival Past Take
a step back in time and
view a visual history of the
Eureka Pumpkin Festival.
The festival, which was
held between 1939 and
1961, regularly averaged
at least 50,000 attendees
from all over Illinois and the
Midwest. In 1947 film star
and Eureka College alumnus Ronald Reagan and
Illinois Governor Dwight
Green attended, drawing
national attention. This free
program will be held at the
Snyder Village Assisted
Living Facility in Metamora,
IL. For more information,
call the library at 309-4672922.
Line Dance Class - Every
Thursday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Potluck - first Wed. of each
month. Bring own table
service and a dish to pass.
Serving begins at 11:30 a.m.
Sign-up not required. Meet
new people. New attendees
need no covered dish. Park park district
For more information
at east side of building.
about any of these programs, call 263-7429 or
HI-5 - Free senior wellness
stop by the office at 349
program, chair dancing,
W. Birchwood during ofstretching, strengthening
fice hours Monday-Friday
exercises and more, 10-11
from 8:30 a.m.-noon and
a.m. every Mon. and Fri.
1-5 p.m.
Free at Fon du Lac Park
District Admin. Center.
Cards, Bingo, & Potluck
Sponsored by Fondulac
Rehabilitation & Healthcare. Lunch - Mondays 9 a.m.-1
p.m. - Freedom Hall.
TOPS- Every Thursday
Early Morning Walking 9-10:15am.-Weight loss
support group.$1 per week. Mon, Wed. & Fri. 7-9 a.m.
Rec Center, 324 S. Detroit,
Call Gina at 699-3923 for
Morton. FREE. Begins Nov.
Mexican Dominoes Yoga - This is an 8 week
Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-3
class. Please bring your
p.m. Does not meet 1st
Wednesday of each month. own mat for class. Dates:
2nd session March 11, 2015
– May 8, 2015 (no classes
Big Band Dance - once a
month on the 4th Saturday. on April 3, 6, 8, and 10) Cost
per session: $60.00 for
7-10 p.m. Cost: $5.
residents $120.00 for nonresidents Times: Mon, Wed,
& Fri 9:30 – 10:30 am Location: Recreation Center,
324 S. Detroit If you should
have any questions please
For more information
please call 309-346-5210
Cargiver Support
Group - 2nd Wed. of every
month.- 2-3:30 p.m. Free.
Sponsored by Bradley
University’s Counseling
Research & Training Clinic,
in coorperation with Central
Illinois Agency on Aging.
Please pre-register for
classes. All classes listed
are for ages 50+. Please
call 688-3667 for more
Support Group - 2nd
Thursday of the month.
Bingo- 1st Friday of every
month. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00
a.m. For everyone 65+.
FREE for all visitors. Coffee
and cinnamon rolls served.
Osher Lifelong
at bradley university
For more information about
OLLI call (309)677-3900 or
go online to www.bradley.
know your community on
these half day excursions.
Register early.
EVENTS -These occasions
are a night or a day enjoyed
— another opportunity for
us to gather and learn. Registration is required. For the
free lectures, refreshments
are served 30 minutes
Yoga - This beginning and
beyond class combines
postures, breathing practices and relaxation with
an emphasis on self-acceptance and exploration.
Wear comfortable clothing,
bring a mat and firm blanket. For more information
contact Jean at 687-8099.
Cost: $64 for 8 classes, or
$10 drop in. Monday evenings - ongoing. 5:30-6:45
Alonetogether Grief
Support Group - Mondays- 4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Located in Group Room 4
at the Couseling Center. For
more information contact
Steve at 672-5695 or steve.
[email protected]
five points
For more information
about any of these programs, call 444-8222.
Senior Room Events Bridge - 12:30-4:40 p.m.
third Mon. of month; Hearts
- 9-11 a.m. Mon; Various
card games - 12:30-4 p.m.;
Bingo - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
first Tues. of month; Hearts
- 9-11 a.m. Tues.; Pinochle 1-4 p.m. Tues.; Bridge - 1-4
p.m. first and third Wed.
of month; Eucher, 2-4
p.m. first and third Wed. of
month; Hearts - 9-11 a.m.
Wed.; card games - 12:30-4
p.m. Thurs.; Pinochle - 1-4
p.m. Thurs.; Wii bowling 1-3 p.m. Fri.
Memory Care
For more info on the following events, call 309508-7200.
park district
For more information
about any of these programs, call 444-9413.
Veteran’s Memorial Brick
Pavers - Honor a veteran
with an engraved brick
paver. Bricks will be placed
at the Veteran’s Memorial in
Washington Park. All funds
will be donated. Cost: $50.
Fee includes 3 lines of print,
15 characters per line.
Fit Over 50 - Easy cardio
combined with balance and
strength routines. Come
get comfortable with your
body in a non-competitive
environment. Tues. & Thurs.
Jan. 6-May 14, 10 - 10:45
a.m. Cost: Reserved fee
is $25, not reserved fee is
Intouch Home Care
Services of LSSI
Book Discussion GroupLast Wed of every month.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Call 681-2859 for more information.
Forest park
nature center
Connecting with you…Caring for you
Personal care • Housekeeping • Medication reminders • Meal preparation •
Companionship and supervision • Transportation • Respite caregiving services
Call 309.264.9229 or visit
Services provided in Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton, Marshall, Stark and Woodford Counties
Old Time Folk & Country
Jam - Bring your acoustic
instrument and bring it to
the Nature Center for a jam
session. Meet other musicians and learn new songs.
Music lovers of all ages are
invited to come, listen &
enjoy! 2nd & 4th Sunday of
the month. 3:30-5 p.m.
Please register at least
a day in advance of the
scheduled program by
calling 800.272.3900.
PALZ- Peoria Alzheimer’s
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Call to learn more at: (309) 274-2194
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Call for a tour today: 274-2194
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Senior Focus
Continued from Page B5
Colorado, driving with
a suspended/revoked
driver’s license, driver and
passenger not wearing
safety belts, at West Jackson and Jay, March 9
Elizabeth Wood, 20, 314
N. Oklahoma Ave, Morton, possession of canabis, possession of drug
No reports provided.
by fire service personnel,
500 Sherry Lane, March 11
East Peoria Fire Department activity March 12-18:
10 fire calls, 70 ambulance
Alarm system activation,
no fire, unintentional, investigate, 104 Francis Court,
March 11
Smoke detector activation,
investigated, caused by
burned food, 130 N. Main St.,
No. 307, March 12
Alarm system sounded due
to malfunction, investigate,
201 Clock Tower Drive,
March 11
Natural gas leak, located gas
leak, assisted Ameren Illinois
with pipe disconnection, 149
Brow Drive, March 13
Feb. 26-March 4: nine fire
calls and 69 ambulance
Alarm system activation, no
fire, unintentional, restored
fire alarm, 230 Conference
Center Drive, March 14
Grass fire, extinguished
fire, advised homeowner of
open burning ordinance, 133
Baker St., March 16
House fire, extinguished fire,
213 Simon Drive, property
loss of $25,000, content loss
of $5,000, March 16
Grass fire, extinguished fire,
intersection of Bowers and
East Washington streets,
March 16
Deck fire, extinguished fire,
102 E. Ridge Road, property
loss of $2,000, March 17
Natural gas leak, located gas
leak, notified Ameren Illinois,
223 Meadow Ave., March 18
March 5-11: eight fire calls,
64 ambulance calls
Smoke incident, investigate,
caused by water heater, 1803
Springfield Road, March 7
Alarm system activation,
no fire, unintentional, investigate, 121 High Oak Drive,
March 8
Alarm system activation, no
fire, unintentional, investigate, 300 Eastlight Court,
March 9
House fire, out on arrival, investigated for hot spots, and
ventilated smoke from structure, 129 Sun Valley Court,
content loss of $2,000,
March 9
CO alarm system activation,
unintentional, canceled en
route to the call, 309 Brookstone Drive, March 11
Brush fire, extinguishment
Outside rubbish fire, investigate, 100 Francis Court,
Feb. 27
Smoke odor, investigate, 900
Centennial Drive, Feb. 27
Alarm system activation,
investigate, no fire, alarm
pulled by a juvenile, 101 Mariners Way, Feb. 28
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Private Party line ads Noon Thursday
Business line ads
Noon Thursday
Business display ads
Noon Thursday
Garage Sale ads
Noon Thursday
Legal notices
Noon Thursday
Holiday Deadlines *Noon Wednesday
*unless otherwise advertised
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays
309-692-6600 / 309-686-3047
[email protected]
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Public Notice Illinois •
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following polling locations will be used for
the Consolidated General Election to be held on April 7, 2015 i the areas as shown:
Precinct 1
Neil Armstrong School
Precinct 2
Richland Comm. Center
1848 Highview Rd., East Peoria
446 Cass St., East Peoria
(Formerly Plant Guard Building)
1848 Highview Rd., East Peoria
201 Veterans Rd., East Peoria
201 Veterans Rd., East Peoria
1 Eastside Dr., East Peoria
2200 E. Washington St. East Peoria
200 Campus, East Peoria
1 Eastside Dr., East Peoria
2200 E. Washington St. East Peoria
200 Campus, East Peoria
1848 Highview Rd., East Peoria
303 Campanile Rd., East Peoria
1305 Bloomington Rd., East Peoria
1848 Highview Rd., East Peoria
Neil Armstrong School
Fondulac Park Adm. Bldg.
Fondulac Park Adm. Bldg.
Eastside Centre
Folepi’s Market Place
Robein School
Eastside Centre
Folepi’s Market Place
Robein School
Neil Armstrong School
St. Monica Hall
Living Love Church
Neil Armstrong School
Precinct 1
Groveland Missionary Church
East Peoria Historical Society
Cross Point Church School
Creve Coeur Water Works
The Encounter Church
Creve Coeur Comm. Center
Creve Coeur Comm. Center
Creve Coeur Comm. Center
Creve Coeur Water Works
Marquette Hts. Council Room
Cross Point Church School
U.A.W. Local #974 Hall
Living Love Church
U.A.W. Local #974 Hall
Pekin Moose Lodge
Marquette Hts. Council Room
U.A.W. Local #974 Hall
Groveland Missionary Church
Precinct 19 Pekin Moose Lodge
5043 Queenwood Rd. (1 blk. off
(Springfield Rd.) Groveland
324 Pekin Ave., East Peoria
304 S. Pleasant Hill Rd., East Peoria
101 Thorncrest, Creve Coeur
800 Springfield Rd., East Peoria
586 Groveland Ave., Creve Coeur
586 Groveland Ave., Creve Coeur
586 Groveland Ave., Creve Coeur
101 Thorncrest, Creve Coeur
715 Lincoln, Marquette Heights
304 S. Pleasant Hill Rd., East Peoria
3025 Springfield Rd., East Peoria
1305 Bloomington Rd., East Peoria
3025 Springfield Rd., East Peoria
2605 Broadway St., Pekin
715 Lincoln, Marquette Heights
3025 Springfield Rd., East Peoria
5043 Queenwood Rd. (1 blk. off
(Springfield Rd.) Groveland
2605 Broadway St., Pekin
Dated this 4th day of March, 2015 in Pekin, Illinois
Christie A. Webb
Tazewell County Clerk/Recorder
Cedar Street Mini Storage located at 200
Commercial Dr., East Peoria, IL 61611
gives notice to:
) Case No.:
James Gibbs, 326 Veterans, East Peoria, IL
) 2015-P-62
61611, misc. contents of units #117, 112, JOHN P. GARDNER, SR., )
514, 1018, 1522, 1523.
that we will dispose of the contents of
those units at the Cedar Street Mini
Storage unless payment is made prior to
Monday, April 6th, 2015.
Notice is given of the death of the
above and that Letters Testamentary
#13895 were issued on March 17, 2015, to
GARDNER, as Co-Representatives, whose
Childcare Disclaimer
attorney is John C. Brady, Vonachen,
No individual, unless licensed or holding a permit Lawless, Trager & Slevin, 456 Fulton
as a childcare facility, may cause to be published
Street, Suite 425, Peoria, Illinois 61602.
any advertisement soliciting a child care service.
* A childcare facility that is licensed or operating
under a permit issued by the Illinois Department
of Children and Family Services may publish
advertisements of the services for which it is
specifically licensed or issued a permit.
TIMESNEWSPAPERS strongly urge any parent or
guardian to verify the validity of the license of
any facility before placing a child in its care.
* Family homes that care for no more than
three (3) children under the age of twelve or
which receive only children from a single household, for less than 24 hours per day, are exempt
from licensure as day care homes. The three
children to whom this exemption applies includes
the family’s natural or adopted children and any
other persons under the age of 12 whether
related or unrelated to the operator of the
daycare home. (DCFS Rule, Part 377.3(c))
Claims must be filed on or before
September 17, 2015 or six months from
the date of the first publication of this
notice, whichever is later, and any
claim not filed on or before that date is
Claims against said estate may be filed
on or before said date in the office of
the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Tazewell
County Courthouse, Pekin, Illinois and
copies thereof mailed or delivered to
said legal representatives and to said
attorneys of record.
Dated: March 18, 2015
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which makes it illegal to advertise “any
preference, limitation or discrimination
based on race, color, religion, sex,
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