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Nearly 700 Become US Citizens During Colossal Ceremony in Peoria

Nearly 700 new Americans and their supporters filled the Peoria Civic Center ballroom Wed. to take the Oath of Allegiance. It’s being called the region's largest naturalization ceremony.

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Reflections of an Illinois Poet Laureate with Dr. Kevin Stein

Governor Bruce Rauner announced last week that Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein is stepping down from the post after a long run. Poet Laureate is a position that comes with a title, but no job description, no budget, no staff , and no salary. Stein, a Bradley University English professor , has held the position since December 2003. He follows in the footsteps of Carl Sandburg, Illinois' first poet laureate, and Gwendolyn Brooks, its longest serving laureate. Stein tells Illinois Public...

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Trump, And Most Black College Presidents, Absent From Annual Meeting

Every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter has pledged commitment to historically black colleges, or HBCUs. And just about every year, HBCU leaders gather in Washington D.C., to lobby Congress and the White House. This year President Trump was not there to greet them, which was just as well because the meeting took place amid simmering frustration with the Trump administration. Much of that frustration is due to what HBCUs consider little or no support from the administration, and what they call...

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Peoria Police Shoot Bank Robbery Suspect After Standoff

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Peoria Police shot and killed 25-year-old Eddie Russell Jr. Wednesday when he advanced toward officers with a gun.

 

Russell was the identified suspect in the armed robbery of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust on North Sterling just before 1:00 p.m. The robbery suspect had also fled in the direction of Russell’s family home.

 

Police spent the next two hours trying to make contact via telephone, bullhorn and opened the front door to have his mom try to make contact.

    

When 2-month-old Isaac Enrique Sanchez was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, a condition that causes vomiting, dehydration and weight loss in infants, his parents were told that their son's condition was curable. The problem was that no hospital in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas had a pediatric surgery team capable of performing the operation on his stomach.

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In Mexico City and surrounding areas, rescuers are still searching for casualties and survivors of Tuesday's earthquake. More than 200 people are believed to have died.

Geologically speaking, Mexico City is not built in a very good place.

This is the second big quake in Mexico in less than two weeks. It came 32 years to the day after another deadly quake. And there will be more in the future, though when is anyone's guess.

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When the fourth-graders in Mrs. Marlem Diaz-Brown's class returned to school on Monday, they were tasked with writing their first essay of the year. The topic was familiar: Hurricane Irma.

By the time I visited, they had worked out their introduction and evidence paragraphs and were brainstorming their personal experiences. To help them remember, Mrs. D-B had them draw out a timeline — starting Friday before the storm. Then, based on their drawings, they could start to talk about — and eventually, write about — what they experienced.

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