For 150 years, Children’s Home has given underserved kids a childhood… and a future. Over the years, the organization has morphed often, becoming what it has needed to be in order to survive and serve.

Navigating the Rankings
In 2015, Midwest Food Bank ranked among the 10 highest performing charities in the country. How?
The Consequences of Political Incapacitation
While our elected leaders fight one another, Illinois’ most at-risk individuals and families pay the price.
Help Others While Helping Yourself
A new service helps connect you to volunteer opportunities in the community.
Human Services - The Best Insurance Bargain Around
The human service sector can be summed up in three words: people helping people.
Five Ways to Value Volunteers
Valuing the efforts of volunteers is essential to the long-term success of any organization that utilizes them.

40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year

Peoria Park District
A dedicated steward of Illinois’ largest park district, Bonnie Noble retired last month after 43 years with the Peoria Park District.
If we expect nonprofits to provide quality services, we have to help them build capacity.
Welcome to Giant Goose Ranch.... where the Herman family has harnessed decades of experience to build the best in lakeside living… and become reality TV stars to boot.

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Urban beekeeping is on the rise, part of a growing international trend—and increasingly important as those indispensable pollinators have been in decline for the last decade.

Central Illinois Perspective
A Tale of Sister Cities
The unique relationship between Peoria and Friedrichshafen turns 40 years old in 2016.
Bringing Sexy Back
A new burlesque troupe seeks to revive Peoria’s vaudeville days.
Of Flavor & Fizz
Craft soda offers a return to a bygone era… the kind of drink your grandparents might once have enjoyed.
Booze, Bottles and Soft Drink Parlors
Peoria’s saloons “magically” became soft drink parlors, bottling companies supplied jobs… and the city grew.
As CEO of Children’s Home Association of Illinois, Matt George exemplifies the best advice he says he’s ever received: Never be low-energy.
Teamwork is alive and well within some of central Illinois’ premier musical groups.
Peoria welcomes summer with open arms! Find out what is happening in central Illinois in May and June!