Peoria Magazine: December 2019

Portraits by Christie Newell, Sonshine Portrait Design

They come from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds. They are leaders in their fields and distinguished voices in the community, knocking down barriers on their paths to success. From education, construction and government to law enforcement and the nonprofit world, they are making a positive difference in Greater Peoria—and using their influence to inspire the next generation. Introducing Peoria Magazine's 2019 Women of Influence...

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Wrapping Up the Harvest

by Patrick Kirchhofer, Peoria County Farm Bureau

A late harvest and higher drying costs were among this year’s challenges for farmers.


Building Strength Through Action

by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, 92nd District, Illinois House of Representatives

By taking a more holistic approach to economic development, we are building a stronger Illinois.

The Heart of an Organization

by Don Forrest, Farnsworth Group

It takes the heart of a leader to provide the motivation, empowerment and direction to win. 

I Might Be a Magazine Editor!

by Lucy Slaughter

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum’s “Be Anything” program allows children to explore a variety of careers.


The Nobel Prize of Nursing

by Kirk Wessler, OSF HealthCare

An award-winning program is transforming healthcare in Peoria’s poorest neighborhoods.

A Life-Altering Transformation

by Emily Potts

A series of body contouring surgeries enabled a local woman to look and feel healthier—and regain her self-confidence. 

A Generational Project

A series of novels published as e-books in the early 2000s are set to be reissued by the late author’s daughter.

Better Living With Pets

by Kitty Yanko, Peoria Humane Society

Whether walking your dog or snuggling with your kitten, the health benefits are unquestionable.


Life-Changing Performances

by Emily Potts

A local studio prepares youth for the stage and bolsters their self-confidence to succeed in all areas of life.