Peoria Magazine: May 2021

by Mike Rucker, Trail Advocates of Central Illinois

Trails enrich our communities in many ways, attracting new residents and enhancing quality of life.

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Building a Safe Community

by Becky Rossman, Peoria Community Against Violence

To reduce violence and increase safety, all of us must be part of the solution.

Parks and Rec: On the Go

by Emily Cahill, Peoria Park District

With reimagined programming, the state’s largest park district gears up for the post-COVID era.

Silver Linings of the Pandemic

by The Human Services Collaborative of Greater Peoria

Despite the challenges of the last year, the lessons we have learned can help build our new normal.


Q&A with Andie Halley

Halley came to her position right in the middle of the pandemic—just as the lab was reinventing itself as a full-service COVID-19 testing facility for the State of Illinois.

Destination Downtown!

by Michael J. Freilinger, Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria

After surviving a challenging year, we are excited to see the downtown grow in 2021.


Learn. Cook. Eat. Repeat.

by Julie Eliathamby, Peoria Grown

Everyone should have access to affordable, healthy food—and education is key.


Finding Hope in 2021

by The GCS Project

From Peoria to Pittsburgh and now worldwide, Diane Redington’s cancer-fighting legacy lives on.

Take 10: Rama Suresh

Ten things you didn't know about the founder and artistic director of Mythili Dance Academy...

Evolution of a Trail

by Mike Rucker, Trail Advocates of Central Illinois

It is possible that no piece of public land in Illinois ever caused as much controversy as the Rock Island State Trail.

Your Next Meal… And Much More

by Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension

Wild, edible mushrooms are wonderful organisms that can be appreciated for more than just their taste.


Exploring the Fine Arts

by Mae Gilliland Wright

The Fine Arts Society of Peoria will enter its 60th season of programming later this fall.