Gordon-Booth Named Deputy Majority Leader, Highest Ranked Legislator in Downstate Illinois

State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, was recently named Deputy Majority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives. Deputy Majority Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth pictured with her best friend, Senator Toi Hutchinson, President of National Conference of State Legislators “We are in a historic moment in Illinois, and by working together we will transform the lives of … Continue reading Gordon-Booth Named Deputy Majority Leader, Highest Ranked Legislator in Downstate Illinois

Service and Honor Mark the Legacy of New Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton By Cassiette West-Williams

Seventeen years ago, Dr. Joy P. West bonded with her Links Inc. sister, Juliana Wiggins Stratton, over motherhood and educational issues. She never imagined that she would witness history when her sister-friend would be sworn into office as the first African American Lieutenant Governor in Illinois history. "We now have a seat at the table, … Continue reading Service and Honor Mark the Legacy of New Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton By Cassiette West-Williams

2019 MLK Leadership Award Winners

Judy Page Receives MLK Commemorative Service Leadership Award Seated: Jonathon Romain and Pastor Martin Johnson Standing l to r: Yolanda Riley, Nikki Romain, Judy Page, Susan Katz, and Pastor Lisa Johnson. (Angela Henry not pictured) The King Holiday Committee of Peoria presented its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service Leadership Award and MLK … Continue reading 2019 MLK Leadership Award Winners

Peoria’s Most Famous Homeless Person; Homeless No More… By Mae Catherine Godhigh

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2 Dear Reader, It’s Black History Month and the city of Peoria, Illinois said farewell to a local hero, Willie L. (Bae Bro) York Jr. There were many acts of kindness in honor of Mr. York. There were billboards, tributes and … Continue reading Peoria’s Most Famous Homeless Person; Homeless No More… By Mae Catherine Godhigh

Illinois Black Chamber Pushes Black Business Agenda Into 2019 By Lord Mic Williams

The Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce continues to champion the pro Black business agenda in 2019. Let’s begin by first announcing the Chamber’s proud partnership with the (WNBA) Women’s National Basketball League and The Chicago Sky! This is a phenomenal group of professional athletes. We’re looking forward to some great times at Wintrust Arena and … Continue reading Illinois Black Chamber Pushes Black Business Agenda Into 2019 By Lord Mic Williams

Daniel Ruffin Inducted into the 2019 Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame

Peoria High and Bradley basketball great Daniel Ruffin was inducted into the 2019 Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 2nd at the Bradley vs. Southern Illinois game. A four-year starter at point guard, Ruffin helped the Braves to three postseason appearances – 2006 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, 2007 NIT second round, 2008 CBI … Continue reading Daniel Ruffin Inducted into the 2019 Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame

Helping to Heat Homes By Norris Watson, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity (PCCEO) Energy Efficiency Outreach

 During a typical day of energy efficiency outreach, I received a voicemail. A man said he needed help. He left me his home address but had no phone of his own. When I was able to reach him, I learned that he had no heat. His home was so cold that his water heater had … Continue reading Helping to Heat Homes By Norris Watson, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity (PCCEO) Energy Efficiency Outreach