iBi - August 2014

by Randy Couri
Photos by Marie Souss, Mike Dwyer and from the collection of Joseph M. Couri Sr.

A century ago, 46 men had the vision to put together an organization that reaches out to us today and begs us to remember who we are, where we came from, and what we can accomplish together.

Building Community on West Main Street

by Jessica McGhee
Renaissance Park Community Association

Improving a neighborhood is no easy task, but where there’s a will, there’s a way—one small step at a time.

A Place to Play

by Stevie Zvereva

The Junior League’s decade-long commitment to bringing a children’s museum to Peoria is paying off at last.

An Interview with Jeff Griffin

President, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Griffin has been president of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce since February, having moved to central Illinois from Ohio with his wife and three children.

Tackling the Economic Divide

by Jannise Bush and Denise Moore
Black Business Alliance Peoria Chapter

A new chapter is providing new outlets for communication and support for business professionals.

Solving Challenges in HR

by Laurie Trompeter
Heart of Illinois HR Council

The Heart of Illinois HR Council pools resources for human resource professionals.