Peoria Chiefs en A summer reading program expands <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Courier New'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Area preschool students can earn tickets to a Peoria Chief’s baseball game with their reading skills. The Chiefs and PNC Bank are partnering with the Heart of Illinois United Way to expand the Homer’s Reading Program, named after the team’s mascot.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:16:26 +0000 Tamie Yost 22135 at A summer reading program expands Services for Pete Vonachen set <p></p><p>The services for Peoria’s Mister Baseball, Pete Vonachen have been set. There are two visitations for the former Peoria Chiefs owner. The first is a more public visitation Thursday from 3 to 9 at Northwoods Community Church in Peoria. The second is Friday from 11 to 1 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights. Funeral Services will begin directly after.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:04:51 +0000 Denise Molina 7153 at Remebering Pete Vonachen <div>Peoria legend, Harold “Pete” Vonachen died Monday at age 87. Known as, “Mr. Baseball,” he was responsible for building up the sport in the city with the purchase of the Peoria Suns in 1983. He re-named the team, and they’ve been affiliated with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals since that time.</div><div> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:33:41 +0000 Denise Molina & Tanya Koonce 7092 at Remebering Pete Vonachen Chiefs holding a grand re-opening of stadium <p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><div>The Peoria Chiefs is holding a grand re-opening of its stadium this evening. The effort is in celebration of the re-naming of the facility as Dozer Park. The festivities begin at 4:30 this evening with free family activities outside the ballpark, a ribbon cutting at 5:45 and the gates opening at six. The first pitch is thrown out at 7.&nbsp;</div><div>The first 2000 patrons to Dozer Park will get mini bulldozers. All attendees will also get the chance to win one of six flat screen televisions. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:32:37 +0000 Denise Molina 6959 at Chiefs holding a grand re-opening of stadium Peoria Chiefs Stadium has new name <p>The Peoria Chiefs Stadium now has a new name. The Chiefs and Caterpillar announced Friday the facility will now be called Dozer Park. The agreement is part of a 10-year, two-million dollar investment by Caterpillar for the naming rights to the ballpark. It’s part of a larger effort by the city of Peoria, investors, and other parties to keep the struggling stadium financially afloat.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:15:56 +0000 Denise Molina 5365 at Peoria Chiefs Stadium has new name A possible ballpark bailout <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The City of Peoria is considering its options when it comes to a financial bailout for the Peoria Chiefs Stadium. The council is holding a special meeting next week to discuss options when it comes to public and private funding for the ballpark. Peoria Mayor Jim </span>Ardis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the meeting is to figure out how to make the Peoria Chiefs financially viable long term: &nbsp;</span></p><div> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 06:30:05 +0000 Tanya Koonce & Sean Flavin 4477 at A possible ballpark bailout Chief's look to fans for hot dogs picks <p>Peoria Chief’s opening day is less than a month away, despite today’s wintry conditions across Central Illinois. This year game-goers will be able to experience three new hot-dog options. Rocky Vonachen is the president of the Peoria Chief’s. He says fans can vote online for their favorite loaded hot dog.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:54:37 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 1999 at Chief's look to fans for hot dogs picks