growth PIA sees record number of passengers By Tamie Yost • Oct 16, 2014 More people than ever before are flying through the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. Economist: raising minimum wage would hurt job growth By Emily Boyer • Mar 28, 2014 An economist predicts raising the minimum wage in Illinois would hurt job growth. Area Big Brothers Big Sisters opens new facility By Orko Manna • Jul 9, 2013 Orko Manna / WCBU Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters now has a new facility in Peoria. The grand opening on North Sterling Avenue is a response to the recent growth of the organization.