Gateway Building

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The city is seeking suggestions on ways to improve the social and economic challenges that disproportionate affect Peoria’s African American residents.

It comes in response to a recent ranking by the site 24/7 Wall Street that named Peoria “worst-in-the-nation,” in terms of racial disparities.

The data used to assign that unflattering designation shows the median income for black residents is less than half that of whites. The survey also included the unemployment rate, which is three times higher in Peoria’s black population, compared to whites.  

The meeting will take the form of small group discussions on the subjects of economic disparity, health, employment and education. The small group discussions aim to find potential solutions.

Women to Women Leader Luncheon Awards

May 28, 2014
Tamie Yost

  More than 250 women attended the Women to Women Leadership Luncheon at the Gateway building today. Three ladies were recognized with awards. Dr. Mary Schultz, with the the U of I College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Illinois won the Business Professions Award. Bradley University’s Janet Lange received the Education and Arts Award, and the Community Service Award went to Polly Barton.

Memorial Day Ceremony on the Peoria Riverfront

May 26, 2014
Tamie Yost

Veterans and military families gathered at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s riverfront Monday for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Each branch of the military was recognized during a medley played by The Peoria Municipal Band. A traditional part of the ceremony is having veterans of each branch stand during their song. Gold star mothers, and families are also recognized.

Peoria District 150 students walk 100 miles

May 14, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Some Peoria Public Schools students completed the goal of walking 100 miles and lifting 10-thousand pounds throughout the school year.