Peoria Magazine: August 2019

by Thomas Bruch, Peoria Public Schools

A number of successful pilot programs have Peoria Public Schools students poised for further success.

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Girls Light Our Way

by Brandi Simpson

This local organization is making a difference in Peoria… one girl at a time.

Forging Ahead at Bradley

by Mary Brolly and Bob Grimson, Bradley University

Bradley continues its focus on student success, with numerous initiatives getting underway in the coming months.

Murray Baker’s Mansion on Moss

by Steve Tarter
Photography by Lori Brooks

An architectural treasure on Moss Avenue holds particular historical interest for the Peoria area.


An Executive Investment

by Kelly Donnelly, Bradley University

Bradley University’s Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA focuses on practical solutions for working professionals.

School Supplies On the Go

The School House Express offers products for everyone and every skill level, both inside and outside the classroom.

A Safety Lesson Learned

by Tucker Kennedy, Ameren Illinois

If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain in the car until first responders clear your exit.


Growing Little Brains

by Beth Crider, Peoria County Regional Superintendent

By reading to children 20 minutes a day, the impact will last a lifetime.

Fostering Volunteerism Among Young People

by Scott Paulsen, Illinois Central College

Our challenge is to show both students and employers the importance of community service and provide meaningful opportunities for participation.

No Limits at NASA

An alumnus of ICC and Bradley received the highest national honor given to scientists and engineers who are beginning their research careers.


Pinnacle of Her Craft

by Emily Potts

A Peoria woman is one of just eight people in Illinois to have attained Master Knitter status.

Take 10: Derrick Booth

Ten things you didn't know about the director of social and emotional learning for Peoria Public Schools...

Heart of a Champion

by Kenneth Harris, OSF HealthCare

A sports legend comes to Peoria to promote organ donation as an important way to save lives.

Get Off the Pavement!

by Adam White, RC Outfitters

Take your exercise routine to a new level while enjoying the beautiful trails of central Illinois.


Born to Shoot

by Emily Potts

A local photographer found her passion at an early age, following in her mother’s footsteps.

Igniting the Senses

by Emily Potts

A new, immersive experience for sensory-sensitive individuals is timed to coincide with Ignite Peoria.

PSO at the Twelve Bar

The Twelve Bar has become a popular gathering space for small plates, tasty drinks and intimate performances.