Previous Jan 2017Next Digital Edition Archives About iBi Lobbying, Advocacy & Influenceby Liz ScovilleThough it often gets a bad rap, lobbying is an essential part of the democratic process.Read more » Return to Statesmanship Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi With the New Year before us, I hope we can all do our parts to make a difference in our own spheres of influence. On the Record with Congressman Darin LaHood Born and raised in Peoria, Darin LaHood has served Illinois' 18th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since September 2015. Making Democracy Work for All by Pat Landes League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria The organization has three purposes: to foster education in citizenship, to promote forums and public discussion of civic reforms, and to support needed legislation. The Changing Political Landscape Brad McMillan, Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service As we begin 2017, the political landscape at the national and state levels poses both opportunities and threats. Our Entrenched Two-Party System by Megan Remmel Bradley University Why is it so challenging for a third political party to gain traction? Helping Candidates Run for Elective Office by Cheryl Budzinski League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria Get your start in politics now! Engagement in Community Life by Ross Black City of Peoria Beyond running for public office, there are a variety of ways citizens can serve their community. The Citizen's Right to Know by Rick D. Fox League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria A review of information available online related to the governance of local public bodies On the Role of Government by Frank Mackaman Dirksen Congressional Center The honorable views of Dirksen, Michel and LaHood Caterpillar & Capitol Hill Big Iron Meets Bigger Politics Chris Myers sat down with iBi to discuss the ins and outs of Caterpillar’s government affairs team. The Growing Threat Facing Local Government by Noah Menold Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo Expect to see more civil lawsuits against local governmental entities. What’s Ahead for Press Watchdogs? by Bill Knight Who, what, when, where, why, oh, why… Cutting the Red Tape A Software Solution DevBright is a Peoria-based software development company that creates business applications for use on the web, mobile devices and in the cloud. Region There’s No Place Like a Loft Home...by Michael J. Freilinger Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria Farmers and Citizens Serving the Farm Bureau Patrick Kirchhofer - Peoria County Farm Bureau Innovation in Local GovernmentAndrew Rand, Peoria County Board An Overview of County GovernmentDavid Zimmerman, Tazewell County Board Finance Financial Resolutions for the New YearPatricia G. Cutilletta Morgan Stanley Workplace Show Me Your Standards for Enterprise ExcellenceDavid Boulay IMEC Ways to Navigate Office Politicsby Walt Grassl Generational Shift Calls for Fresh Thinkingby Adam Pulley CliftonLarsonAllen Questioning Logic at OSHAMichael Davis - IWIRC Corp. Healthcare Touching Lives: Mind, Body and SpiritDr. Keith Knepp, UnityPoint Health – Peoria More... Seven Lessons American Manufacturing's Decline Can Teach Any Companyby Steven L. Blue Miller Ingenuity An Overview of Recent Energy Legislation Richard J. Mark Ameren Illinois The Quiet Public Servant by Leann Johnson and Edward J. Barry, Jr. Peoria Public Library One-Up The Artful Politician by Marilyn Leyland Peoria Historical Society "Stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come," intoned U.S. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen as he called for cloture on June 10, 1964, ending a prolonged filibuster against the Civil Rights bill.