Peoria Magazine: July 2019

Their legacies are legendary, their impact profound. By sharing their stories, we hope to inspire the rest of us who are living out our own legacies, each and every day. They are our Local Legends, and we salute them.

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G. Raymond Becker

As president and CEO of The Becker Companies, he’s built homes, condos, hotels, warehouses, churches, schools, prisons, office buildings, shopping centers, nursing homes… and the list goes on.

Dr. Patrick Elwood

Since returning to his hometown as a practicing neurosurgeon, Dr. Elwood has been pivotal in defining Peoria as a treatment center for neurological disease and disorders.


Small Business at Farmers’ Markets

by Justin Dwyer, Peoria City/County Health Department

Learn about the different licensures required to sell food items at your local farmers’ market.

Mystery of the Vault

by Chris Farris, Peoria Public Library

This past winter Baldovin Construction uncovered a mysterious brick structure with a vaulted ceiling buried under the ground.

Legendary Work for the Public Good

by Mitch Gilfillan, Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo

Our community thrives when people surrender their personal wants for the public good.

by Chuck Rice, BRIO Employee Development

You deserve a career that brings you a sense of purpose.

by Adam Koch, Heinold Banwart

A brief review of Section 199A and key changes made in the final version of the regulations

by Ketra A. Mytich, Attorney & Counselor at Law

Review your important legal documents for protection in case of emergency.

by Barbara Turley, CFA, Commerce Trust Company

Sustainable investing incorporates environmental, social and governance factors into the overall investment strategy.

by Cheryl Hyatt, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search

Four strategies to approach a passive job search.

by Michael Davis, IWIRC

When it comes to lowering costs, the devil is in the details.


Libraries Support STEM Education

by Emma Roth, Jennifer Campbell, Michelle Nielsen Ott and Laura Turner

Local libraries of all types play an important role in STEM education.

Change Begins Here

by Debbie Simon, UnityPlace

A new collaborative effort promises to transform behavioral healthcare delivery in central Illinois.

by Mayor Jim Ardis, City of Peoria

I’m thankful for the contributions of this year’s Local Legends.

Bon and Holly French announced a $1 million contribution to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Courtesy of Midstate College

Through the Bunch family’s legacy, Midstate College has proudly served central Illinois for 64 years and counting.

Brave Launch Extended will offer working space at no cost to alumni of the Brave Launch business accelerator program.

AutonomouStuff launched its Open Autonomy Pilot program in downtown Peoria on June 3rd.


The Wines of Chateau Musar

by Mae Gilliland Wright

Chateau Musar's radically organic approach is a unique expression of Lebanon’s 6,000-year winemaking tradition.

by Banu Hatfield, Zion Coffee Bar

Living simply creates space and time to focus on deeper relationships and meaningful goals.

With axe throwing growing in popularity at bars across the country, one local couple decided to get in on the action.

Twenty-five things you didn't know about the senior creative director at Maui Jim...

by Laura Martin, Peoria Area Association of Realtors

The game can be as long as Monopoly on a rainy afternoon, or as short as your last tropical vacation.

Are you looking for an adventurous group activity...?


A Jubilant Homecoming

by Jonathan Wright

A prosperous businessman brings his success back home... and the arts are front and center.

A new exhibition at Peoria Magazines will feature the work of Peoria-based artists Jaci Musec and Haley Funk.

Big Picture and Peoria Public Schools teamed up with local artists and students on a summer mural program.