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Feb 17, 2011

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Data from the 2010 U.S. Census was released yesterday, showing a 1.8 increase in population for the City of Peoria, from 112,936 in 2000 to 115,007. This increase marks the reversal of the downward trend in population since 1970. Census data is important in determining the allocation of federal and state funds, proper representation in voting districts, and as a key source of strategic planning data. The City’s Department of Planning and Growth Management will be releasing census reports to coincide with future data releases by the Census Bureau. Demographic profiles, including selected population and housing characteristics, will be released in May, with additional reports following from June to August. All census data compiled and analyzed by the City will be available at
Eureka College announced the receipt of a major gift from New York investment adviser Mark. R. Shenkman to create the Mark R. Shenkman Reagan Research Center in the Melick Library on campus. The center will purchase all of the approximately 1,000 books written about Reagan and be open to area residents and scholars from around the world. It is expected to be completed by this fall.
WCBU, the public radio service of Bradley University, announced an upcoming format change this week. Beginning March 7, 2011, the station will offer all news, information and entertainment programming on 89.9 FM, with expanded classical music on its digital frequency, WCBU 89.9 HD2. The new program schedules, additional information on HD radios, and a “Format Change FAQ” are available at
Chef Josh Adams of June Restaurant in Peoria Heights is up for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef 2011: Great Lakes, an online fan voting competition. If you’re a fan of June’s unique cuisine, show your support by voting in the online poll, which will be open through March 1st.
Nominations are being accepted for The Center for Prevention of Abuse’ 17th annual Partners in Peace awards. These awards honor individuals and organizations that further the vision of a safe, peaceful community by eliminating violence and abuse and promoting healthy relationships and positive conflict resolution. Nominees may be community volunteers or professionals in such fields as criminal justice, health care, education or religion. to download a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is February 25, 2011.
Who's Who in Business 2011


Thursday, February 17th @ Body Fitness
“Ladies Night Out With Belly Dance” to benefit Easter Seals will take place at 3020 N. University in Peoria from 7 to 9pm. The evening will feature a one-hour lesson in belly dance, wine, raffle, gifts, light snack and dessert. Cost is $25. Reserve your spot by or calling (309) 264-9331.
Thursday, February 17th @ Barrack’s Cater Inn
The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present a program on democratic development in Thailand. Dinner will be served at 6pm and the program will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call (309) 677-2454 for more info.
Friday, February 18th @ Apollo Theatre
Attend a performance of The King & I at 6:30pm and help support Look! It’s My Book!, a nonprofit organization that provides books to children in District 150. Tickets are $25 at the door. There will be music, costumes, a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. for more information.
Friday, February 18th @ Ashland House
The Morton Chamber of Commerce will present “Morton Forecast Breakfast 2011” from 7 to 8:30am at Ashland House in Morton. Hear updates from Mayor Norm Durflinger and School Superintendent Roger Kilpatrick. Tickets are $15 and available at
Friday, February 18th @ Peoria City Hall
Mayor Jim Ardis will host “Reforming Schools in Peoria,” a community meeting that will include elected officials, governmental bodies, educators, business leaders and staff. The meeting will be held from 8 to 9:30am in Room 400 at Peoria City Hall. The forum will include a presentation by Bob Darling, president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers, in conjunction with Dr. Patrick Dolan, nationally recognized consultant in the field of education change. Call (309) 494-8554 for more info.

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