The arrival of COVID-19 Vaccine Brings Hope to the Masses By Cassiette West-Williams

he spirited Elizabeth Jennings is still riding the fence on whether or not to volunteer to receive the free COVID-19 vaccine. Illinois has experienced more than 13, 487 deaths so far from the COVID-19 virus. More than 804,174 residents have battled COVID-19, according to state records. Illinois is expected to receive its first shipment between December … Continue reading The arrival of COVID-19 Vaccine Brings Hope to the Masses By Cassiette West-Williams

A Note of Gratitude

T.H.I.N.K., formerly known as T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy was started in September 2013. T.H.I.N.K. is an acronym for There’s Hope In New Knowledge. T.H.I.N.K. is an organization that focuses on developing and growing life and career skills for youth between the ages of 13 to 17 and their families. Our developmental program’s goal is to help … Continue reading A Note of Gratitude

He was more than a statistic: David Price, Sr.’s Life Mattered By Cassiette West-Williams

He was her modern-day superhero, and she was his little sister, whom she looked up to as a child. Chicago is mean, cold and ravishing, but you would have to move hell and highwater to hurt his baby girl. David Price, Sr. was more than a statistic on the evening news. He was Joy West, M.D.'s … Continue reading He was more than a statistic: David Price, Sr.’s Life Mattered By Cassiette West-Williams

Bonnie Hester (June 7, 1944 – Nov. 10, 2020) By Denise Jackson, 1st District Peoria City Council Candidate

Bonnie Hester, “Ms. Bonnie” as I often called her, did not come across like a politician. But I was not surprised when she told me that she had served on the Peoria County Board. Ms. Bonnie had an infectious smile and always seemed to enjoy talking with people. My friendship with her blossomed when she … Continue reading Bonnie Hester (June 7, 1944 – Nov. 10, 2020) By Denise Jackson, 1st District Peoria City Council Candidate

We Made It! By Katherine Young

Glory, Hallelujah—We Made It!Through civil unrest, a pandemic messWe Made ItWe grieve for the fallen, our loved ones never forgottenWe did not break, We did not bowInstead: We stood up for truth, justice, and righteousness sakeWe do not accept “That’s how it’s always been”During this time we may have found what was lostTime spent with … Continue reading We Made It! By Katherine Young

CARTER AT LARGE Something Good By Lorraine B.

The Church was at the bottom of Main Street, adjacent to the railroad tracks and the lakefront park, Peoria Lake.   It was in the mid-forties, and I remember a red wagon, organ music, and a Monkey holding a cup. Inside of the wagon was fresh-popped popcorn, peanuts, and other goodies. The owner would take … Continue reading CARTER AT LARGE Something Good By Lorraine B.