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.

by Robert Glazer

It’s critical to set boundaries—especially if you are working remotely.

by Todd Popham, Popham & Associates

We do not learn from experience—we learn when we reflect on experience.

Four reasons why it’s still important to have a brick-and-mortar storefront for your business—even in 2021.

Careful and consistent documentation is needed to satisfy the burden of proof.


Learn. Cook. Eat. Repeat.

by Julie Eliathamby, Peoria Grown

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

by Jennifer Zammuto, Heart of Illinois United Way

If just one building block is unstable or missing, our ability to successfully grow, live, work and age is hindered.


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...

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.

by Jaymee Barra, UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois

An anonymous donor will double your donation to sustain services at UnityPlace.

The 2021 Science Treasure Hunt launched in April and runs until Labor Day.

by Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension

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


Experiencing Alexander Martin

by Mae Gilliland Wright

By exploring their own identity, this artist creates space for others to hold conversation and empathy.

Exploring the Fine Arts

by Mae Gilliland Wright

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