Heritage Ensemble Celebrates 20th Anniversary By Dr. Francesca Armmer

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 7:30 pm, at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center, the Heritage Ensemble invites you to celebrate with us our landmark 20th Anniversary! “Juneteenth: An American Celebration – A Revue of Favorites over the Years.” The theme of the performance combines the historical celebration of Juneteenth with our Community … Continue reading Heritage Ensemble Celebrates 20th Anniversary By Dr. Francesca Armmer

Original “Juneteenth” Celebration Witnessed by Illinois 29th Regiment U.S. Colored Infantry By Carl M. Adams

Gulf of Mexico--June 1865. In the confusing days following the surrender of General Robert E. Lee and the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln, the 923 men of the Twenty-ninth United States Colored Infantry of Illinois, like everyone else, were uncertain what the future held. The 29th USCT, formerly the First Regiment Illinois Colored Volunteers, had … Continue reading Original “Juneteenth” Celebration Witnessed by Illinois 29th Regiment U.S. Colored Infantry By Carl M. Adams

Electricity in the Air By Lord Mic Williams

There was electricity in the air at Wintrust Arena as the Chicago Sky faced the WNBA defending champions, Seattle Storm on their first home game no less, while hosting the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce’s Board Meeting and VIP Welcome Reception. The ILBCC leadership deftly moved through the 22 point agenda to bring the board … Continue reading Electricity in the Air By Lord Mic Williams

Freedom Isn’t Free For Many: Peoria Coalition Working To End Money Bond In Illinois

More than 250,000 people in Illinois are held in jails each year before a judge decides innocence or guilt. Some are kept in jail because they are a danger to society, but the majority are held simply because they can’t afford to pay a “money bond.” Money bonds are used to make sure someone charged … Continue reading Freedom Isn’t Free For Many: Peoria Coalition Working To End Money Bond In Illinois

Major Taylor Juneteenth Bike Tour

Annual bike tour through Peoria, IL that supports women and cycling and the accomplishments of Major Taylor Black Girls Do Bike-Peoria and Bike Peoria will host their annual Major Taylor Juneteenth Bike Ride in conjunction with the NAACP’s Health and Wellness fair on Saturday, June 22nd. Major Taylor was the first African American cyclist. Known … Continue reading Major Taylor Juneteenth Bike Tour

Small Business Owners Realize Big Savings By John Beintema, Market Segment Manager, Ameren Illinois

Small business owners across the state have been utilizing the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program to save energy and money. Through this program, we provide a quick and simple way to reduce energy costs for years to come. Qualifying small business customers can receive a free Lighting Assessment of their facility. Ameren Illinois works with … Continue reading Small Business Owners Realize Big Savings By John Beintema, Market Segment Manager, Ameren Illinois

Andrew Conton Named The 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s 2019 Mentee of the Year

The 100 Black Men of Central Illinois recently announced Mr. Andrew Conton, of the Mentor For Life (M4L) program, has been named The 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s 2019 Thomas W. Dortch Jr. Mentee of the Year! He is the second national Mentee of the Year award recipient from the Central Illinois chapter in … Continue reading Andrew Conton Named The 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s 2019 Mentee of the Year