Peoria Magazine: December 2019

Portraits by Christie Newell, Sonshine Portrait Design

They come from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds. They are leaders in their fields and distinguished voices in the community, knocking down barriers on their paths to success. From education, construction and government to law enforcement and the nonprofit world, they are making a positive difference in Greater Peoria—and using their influence to inspire the next generation. Introducing Peoria Magazine's 2019 Women of Influence...

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by Dr. Jacob Young, Bradley University

Employing multiple solutions can significantly improve your privacy, anonymity and security.

by Cathy S. Butler, Morgan Stanley

Don’t surprise your partner… get comfortable talking about money together.

by Sherry Hawkins, MBA, ChFC, CFP, Heartland Bank and Trust Company

The debate continues over the constrictions of “impact investing.”

Illinois recognizes successor liability under the Human Rights Act.

by Patrick Kirchhofer, Peoria County Farm Bureau

A late harvest and higher drying costs were among this year’s challenges for farmers.


Building Strength Through Action

by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, 92nd District, Illinois House of Representatives

By taking a more holistic approach to economic development, we are building a stronger Illinois.

by Gelasia Croom, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois

Investment in nature is a key solution to fighting the impacts of climate change.

by Don Forrest, Farnsworth Group

It takes the heart of a leader to provide the motivation, empowerment and direction to win. 

by Lucy Slaughter

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum’s “Be Anything” program allows children to explore a variety of careers.

Their mission: To promote leadership among women by providing mentoring, networking and education opportunities.

by Tucker Kennedy, Ameren Illinois

If you are approached to sign up for community solar, here are some things to keep in mind.


The Nobel Prize of Nursing

by Kirk Wessler, OSF HealthCare

An award-winning program is transforming healthcare in Peoria’s poorest neighborhoods.

A Life-Altering Transformation

by Emily Potts

A series of body contouring surgeries enabled a local woman to look and feel healthier—and regain her self-confidence. 

A series of novels published as e-books in the early 2000s are set to be reissued by the late author’s daughter.

by Kitty Yanko, Peoria Humane Society

Whether walking your dog or snuggling with your kitten, the health benefits are unquestionable.

Ten things you didn't know about the executive director of the Peoria Historical Society...

by Ethan Wise, Hoerr Nursery

Have fun making your own sand art succulent creation!

Flu shots are the single best way to protect against the flu.


Inside North Art Studios

by Mae Gilliland Wright

A new group of artist studios has recently popped up in an unlikely location. 

by Emily Potts

A local studio prepares youth for the stage and bolsters their self-confidence to succeed in all areas of life.

The Peoria Heights Arts Collaborative formed as an outgrowth of the inaugural Peoria Heights Fine Art Fair.