Preston Jackson

An internationally renowned artist and performer, he confronts social issues boldly and directly, connecting the hard truths of American history to its present and future, anchored by the common thread of humanity.

Esther Cohen

Growing up on the East Coast, she learned the value of community service and the importance of art and culture at a very young age. These lessons stayed with her for life—and she applied them here in Peoria.

Best of Peoria 2021

Each year, Peoria Magazine presents the people, places and things that make our region the best place to live, work and play… according to our readers.

Helping Children Mile by Mile

by Mollie Shepherdson, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

For 40 years, the St. Jude Runs have been saving lives and inspiring supporters.

Leaders Among Us

by Mark Roberts, Community Foundation of Central Illinois

Our community is fortunate to benefit from the leadership, wisdom and service of this year's Local Legends.

A Force in the North Valley

by Jonathan Wright

Between Urban Acres and the North Valley Farmers Market, the Diaz family has become a mighty force for good in Peoria.