iBi - January 2017

by Liz Scoville

Though it often gets a bad rap, lobbying is an essential part of the democratic process.

Making Democracy Work for All

by Pat Landes
League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria

The organization has three purposes: to foster education in citizenship, to promote forums and public discussion of civic reforms, and to support needed legislation.

Engagement in Community Life

by Ross Black
City of Peoria

Beyond running for public office, there are a variety of ways citizens can serve their community.

The Citizen's Right to Know

by Rick D. Fox
League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria

A review of information available online related to the governance of local public bodies


The Artful Politician

by Marilyn Leyland
Peoria Historical Society

"Stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come," intoned U.S. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen as he called for cloture on June 10, 1964, ending a prolonged filibuster against the Civil Rights bill.