A lifelong Peorian of Irish ancestry, he’s spent decades researching and writing about his hometown… and he didn’t really get started until mid-life.

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Dr. Stephen & Patti Bash - Catalysts of Healthy Living
A prolific fundraising team with boundless energy, they’ve used their couple’s clout to raise millions of dollars and ramp up support for the causes they’re most passionate about.
Royal Coulter - Business Leader with Integrity
With a lifelong reputation as a tough businessman whose word is his bond, Royal J. Coulter has lived the American dream—carrying on the vision of his father and grandfather, while passing on the torch to his own three sons.
Ken Hinton - A Caring and Compassionate Educator
He’s been called an “urban school pioneer” for a decades-long career in Peoria Public Schools District 150—but more importantly, he was known for his caring, commitment and compassion. 
Joan Krupa - Public Servant & Health Advocate
A staunch advocate for education and a steady voice for the less fortunate, Krupa served two terms on the Peoria County Board before becoming executive director and CEO of Heartland Community Health Clinic.
There are many, many people who were—and are—legendary in Tazewell County.
Most of them don’t have notoriety or name recognition, yet they make extraordinary differences for people every day.
When designing communities, health should be a priority.

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