Businessman and Civic Leader

As mayor of the City of Peoria, Dave Ransburg managed his term the only way he knows how: by getting things done. Together with his like-minded wife Zan, the Ransburgs’ volunteerism has touched nearly every corner of the region.

40 Leaders Alumni Social
Wayne Baum - A Legacy of Servant Leadership
From his early years growing up on a small farm outside of Morton to his stewardship of multi-million dollar companies, Wayne Baum has always remained true to his humble roots.
Bob Gilmore - “Yellow-Blooded” Philanthropist
The man who nimbly scales the steps of this renovated caboose cabin cannot be 95. As he drives us around Scott’s Prairie, he defies age with a detailed recall of decades-old memories.
James Polk - An Advocate for All
Born on June 13, 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee, James K. Polk moved to Peoria as a young child, part of the Great Migration of six million African Americans who left the rural South in the mid-20th century.
George Shadid - The Principled Statesman
Upon his retirement from politics in 2006, George P. Shadid was hailed by fellow lawmakers and the community he served, who knew him as quietly productive—an authentic, principled man.

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An update on changes to Peoria’s Downtown/Warehouse District…
The Peoria Sunday Morning League has been making baseball dreams come true for 100 years.
A rich tapestry of initiatives is bringing the city to life… and offering unique experiences for visitors and residents alike.

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Central Illinois Perspective
Runway Dreams: From Canton to Paris
One local designer is out to prove that fashion has a place in Peoria.
Notes of a Sharp-Dressed Man
In 2015, a good haircut, smooth skin and a versatile wardrobe are within the reach of just about anyone—whether coffee-shop hipster, health-conscious gym rat or distinguished captain of industry.
Washed Against: The Artisan Throwback
Real soap, the revival of men’s grooming, and American craftsmanship
Wet Summer Beauty Editorial
Colorful looks that shimmer! These vivid hues on glistening skin tell a bold story, going for the wet and wild factor this summer.
Aesthetics and the Neighborhood Canvas
New public murals are bringing vibrancy to their neighborhoods and enriching the community.
While mainstays like Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum and Caterpillar Visitors Center are top of mind, what about some of the Peoria area's less-heralded treasures?
Armed with the results of an economic impact study, local human services organizations are promoting collaboration and reversing common misconceptions.
Autonomous technology is not just changing the way we drive—it’s rebooting our entire transportation system.