Community http://peoriapublicradio.org en Civil Rights leader urges courage at Bradley University event http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/civil-rights-leader-urges-courage-bradley-university-event <div>The only living member of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement spoke at Bradley University today. Congressman John Lewis was also a close friend of Martin Luther King Junior. &nbsp;He urged the hundreds in attendance to have courage in standing up against injustice. &nbsp;But Lewis also praised Central Illinois for a strong history of leadership:</div><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:09:51 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21669 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Civil Rights leader urges courage at Bradley University event Washington residents express frustration, hope http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-residents-express-frustration-hope <p>Hundreds of Washington residents packed the high school gym last night for a community meeting with local and state officials. It was the first time that residents could formally gather since Sunday’s tornado damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports residents left the meeting expressing both hope and frustration in the recovery efforts:</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 04:42:49 +0000 Alex Rusciano 15293 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington residents express frustration, hope Bar Association speaker stresses education, volunteering at luncheon http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/bar-association-speaker-stresses-education-volunteering-luncheon <p></p><div>Representing vulnerable populations should remain a top priority for Peoria-area attorneys and community groups. &nbsp;That’s the message from Cook County Public Defender Monica Torres-Linares. &nbsp;She gave the keynote address at the Peoria County Bar Association’s Annual Diversity Luncheon. &nbsp;Torres-Linares says there’s a misconception some might have about attorneys helping people struggling to find legal help:</div><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:01:37 +0000 Alex Rusciano 13839 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Bar Association speaker stresses education, volunteering at luncheon