Peoria Magazine: November 2020

They come from many different walks of life, but are united in passion for their community. Day in and day out, their dedication, vision and volunteerism are making our region a better place to live, work and play.

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Remembering Bob Gilmore

by Laura Cullinan, Gilmore Foundation

The legacy of one of Peoria’s greatest citizens will be built upon for generations to come.


Young, Vibrant and Alive!

by Michael J. Freilinger, Downtown Development Corporation

The DDC applauds all of those striking out on new ventures despite recent challenges.

City of Opportunity

The delayed relaunch of JK Williams is about never giving up in spite of sizable obstacles—just as its namesake did over a century ago.

by Michael Vadis

The ability to recruit and retain top performers is more challenging—and important—than ever.

by Damon Piper, Heartland Bank

Strong businesses set the foundation for an even stronger community.


In It For the Long Haul

by Human Services Collaborative of Greater Peoria

How our region’s human service sector is persisting through the pandemic

by Sandra Guthrie, Bradley University

A new university president steps decisively into a uniquely challenging environment.

by Steve Thompson, Easterseals Central Illinois

This year's Easterseals Tribute celebrates the qualities, attributes and deep-seated values that tie our community together.


Take 10: Amy Weaver

Ten things you didn't know about the real estate broker and team leader at The Knell Group

by Katie Sandler

Why controlling how you react is essential in today’s world…


Expanding the Big Picture

by Mae Gilliland Wright

In a year like no other, the Big Picture Initiative has found new ways to strengthen its programs.

A New Musical Experience

by Jonathan Wright

A recent Bradley graduate enhances the guitar with a revolutionary self-playing system.

Kaleidoscope of Color

The theme of UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois Foundation's annual Unity Gala accurately sums up 2020.