Peoria Magazine: August 2019

by Thomas Bruch, Peoria Public Schools
A number of successful pilot programs have Peoria Public Schools students poised for further success.
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Features

Girls Light Our Way

by Brandi Simpson
This local organization is making a difference in Peoria… one girl at a time.

Forging Ahead at Bradley

by Mary Brolly and Bob Grimson, Bradley University
Bradley continues its focus on student success, with numerous initiatives getting underway in the coming months.

The Smart Choice in Education

by Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, Illinois Central College
Attending a community college makes sense for a wide range of reasons.

Murray Baker’s Mansion on Moss

by Steve Tarter
Photography by Lori Brooks
An architectural treasure on Moss Avenue holds particular historical interest for the Peoria area.
Business

An Executive Investment

by Kelly Donnelly, Bradley University
Bradley University’s Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA focuses on practical solutions for working professionals.
The School House Express offers products for everyone and every skill level, both inside and outside the classroom.
by Tucker Kennedy, Ameren Illinois
If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain in the car until first responders clear your exit.
by Daryl Dagit, CFP, CRPS, CEP Savant Capital Management
With the ever-growing cost of college, it’s important to understand your funding options.
Zion Social promises a unique experience featuring craft cocktails and specialty coffee.
by Cathy S. Butler, CFP, CRPC, Morgan Stanley
Taking a rational approach to managing your wealth
A new business founded by Brian Colgan hopes to solve two problems at once...
Community

Growing Little Brains

by Beth Crider, Peoria County Regional Superintendent
By reading to children 20 minutes a day, the impact will last a lifetime.
by Kathie Brown, University of Illinois Extension
Developing STEM skills in today’s students is essential to solving the challenges of tomorrow.
by Scott Paulsen, Illinois Central College
Our challenge is to show both students and employers the importance of community service and provide meaningful opportunities for participation.
Since 1995, WTVP has presented the PBS Kids Writers Contest to inspire creativity in children in kindergarten through third grade.
by Congressman Darin LaHood
As technology continues to progress, one of the biggest challenges we face is bridging the skills gap.
An alumnus of ICC and Bradley received the highest national honor given to scientists and engineers who are beginning their research careers.
A Bradley University student recently had the chance to create a piece of history.
Lifestyle

Pinnacle of Her Craft

by Emily Potts
A Peoria woman is one of just eight people in Illinois to have attained Master Knitter status.

Take 10: Derrick Booth

Ten things you didn't know about the director of social and emotional learning for Peoria Public Schools...
by Kenneth Harris, OSF HealthCare
A sports legend comes to Peoria to promote organ donation as an important way to save lives.
by Lisa Friedrich, Silver Evolutions
It’s always easier to plan when we have the luxury of time and distance.
by Ellie Ford, River City Labs
Peoria’s makerspace brings together the most creative makers and inventors in central Illinois.
by Adam White, RC Outfitters
Take your exercise routine to a new level while enjoying the beautiful trails of central Illinois.
When it comes to libraries, books are just the beginning.
UnityPoint Health is teaching patients healthy eating habits.
Art

Born to Shoot

by Emily Potts
A local photographer found her passion at an early age, following in her mother’s footsteps.

Igniting the Senses

by Emily Potts
A new, immersive experience for sensory-sensitive individuals is timed to coincide with Ignite Peoria.
The Twelve Bar has become a popular gathering space for small plates, tasty drinks and intimate performances.
Peoria Music Live shines a light on the local music scene.