Having Faith for Breakfast in Peoria

Sep 22, 2017
Peoria Mayor's Prayer Breakfast 2017 / Facebook

More than 200 people turned out for the Peoria Mayor’s 43rd Annual Prayer Breakfast Thursday.


The so-called NFL-Farmer, Jason Brown was the speaker. He left professional football in 2012 after being signed by the St. Louis Rams in 2009 as the highest paid center in the NFL.


Brown started a 1,000-acre endeavor called First Fruits Farm where he and wife raise their family. It’s also a learning center for children. Most of the farm’s crops are donated to food pantries.


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Mayor Rahm Emanuel was very committed in his push to bring the draft to Chicago. 

A professor of labor relations says the NCAA’s approval of a proposed settlement of a lawsuit over head injuries is good news in that it would obligate schools to have safety protocols for athletes. But Michael LeRoy thought the amount would be more.

Peter Gray / WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion. But responding quickly after a hard hit isn't enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to prevent injury to still-developing brains. Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Gray reports on a push for the state to follow the NFL in limiting days of full contact football practice.