Peoria Magazine: July 2019

Their legacies are legendary, their impact profound. By sharing their stories, we hope to inspire the rest of us who are living out our own legacies, each and every day. They are our Local Legends, and we salute them.

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G. Raymond Becker

As president and CEO of The Becker Companies, he’s built homes, condos, hotels, warehouses, churches, schools, prisons, office buildings, shopping centers, nursing homes… and the list goes on.


Mystery of the Vault

by Chris Farris, Peoria Public Library

This past winter Baldovin Construction uncovered a mysterious brick structure with a vaulted ceiling buried under the ground.

Legendary Work for the Public Good

by Mitch Gilfillan, Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo

Our community thrives when people surrender their personal wants for the public good.

A Summer Reminder

by Ketra A. Mytich, Attorney & Counselor at Law

Review your important legal documents for protection in case of emergency.

Doing Well By Doing Good

by Barbara Turley, CFA, Commerce Trust Company

Sustainable investing incorporates environmental, social and governance factors into the overall investment strategy.


Libraries Support STEM Education

by Emma Roth, Jennifer Campbell, Michelle Nielsen Ott and Laura Turner

Local libraries of all types play an important role in STEM education.

Change Begins Here

by Debbie Simon, UnityPlace

A new collaborative effort promises to transform behavioral healthcare delivery in central Illinois.

A $1 Million Gift

Bon and Holly French announced a $1 million contribution to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Extended Startup Space

Brave Launch Extended will offer working space at no cost to alumni of the Brave Launch business accelerator program.

Piloting Autonomy

AutonomouStuff launched its Open Autonomy Pilot program in downtown Peoria on June 3rd.


The Wines of Chateau Musar

by Mae Gilliland Wright

Chateau Musar's radically organic approach is a unique expression of Lebanon’s 6,000-year winemaking tradition.

The American Dream

by Banu Hatfield, Zion Coffee Bar

Living simply creates space and time to focus on deeper relationships and meaningful goals.

Right On Target

With axe throwing growing in popularity at bars across the country, one local couple decided to get in on the action.

The Game of First-Time Home Buying

by Laura Martin, Peoria Area Association of Realtors

The game can be as long as Monopoly on a rainy afternoon, or as short as your last tropical vacation.


A Jubilant Homecoming

by Jonathan Wright

A prosperous businessman brings his success back home... and the arts are front and center.

A Forward Movement

A new exhibition at Peoria Magazines will feature the work of Peoria-based artists Jaci Musec and Haley Funk.