ALLENTOWN — What’s Flag Day without flags?Oddly empty in the hamlet of Allentown, at least in the morning. The burg, which long had
I just got an unexpected Christmas present: my first senior discount. Woo-hoo!
Of all the accolades out there for Prince, I’d like to thank him most for saving pop music. Let me rephrase that. He didn’t save it forever. But he saved it for me, and postponed its death, by offering distinct, listenable pop songs at a very bleak time for the Top 40.
A per-mile driving tax? Make it go farther. Days ago, Senate President John Cullerton proposed a tax of 1.5 cents a mile for Illinois drivers.
As a dying wish, Wilma Schubert wants you to buy her dolls — all 7,000 of them.
When Vivian Todden marks each birthday, a great many others should celebrate, as well.
The more I read about Mike Donlin, the more he seems like the Forrest Gump of old-time baseball.
Merle Haggard first got my attention under a surprise shower of beer suds and broken glass.
For Mike Donlin, hitting a baseball was easy. Most everything else in life was hard.
Rod Pauli felt like Chicken Little as soon as he slid behind the wheel of his car, parked in a Downtown city spot Wednesday morning.
To heck with the calendar! Spring in Peoria began at 10:23 a.m. Monday. That’s when I arrived at the Ice Cream Shack, seven minutes ahead of opening time on its first day of the season, and snagged the first cone of the year. Woot!
EAST PEORIA — In a campaign season rife with humdrum yard signs, the Dennis Murdy residence makes a conspicuous political statement.
Raymond Haines wants to find his dog. That shouldn’t be hard. The dog is dead, and Haines knows where it’s buried. Well, sort of. The
Jelly Bean, the macaw who shared the late Gary Sandberg’s penchant for riding motorcycles, chomping pizzas and upstaging the Peoria City Council, has died. She was 19.
Before submitting my pick, I asked readers to help me brainstorm by naming favorites. Many stressed songwriting (Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited”), influence (The Band, “Greatest Hits”) and hit singles (Bon Jovi, “Slippery When Wet”).
BARTONVILLE — As owner of Peoria Speedway, Jason Plumer is used to seeing cars zoom around a track. But in the winter? Sure, at the hottest cold-weather race course around: Speedville Slot Car Racing, which Plumer recently opened. The cars run on electricity, but the business is fueled by competition and nostalgia.
I didn’t plan to answer the question, which came in an email from an unfamiliar address. But then I took a peek at previous answers. I was riveted to immediately spot “Strangers in the Night,” released in 1979 by the British rock group UFO — which, hands down, was my favorite album as a teen. I was astounded that anyone remembered it, let alone named it as a favorite.
You know those nasty, pesky Asian carp? Time to sic the dogs on 'em. Send the cats, too. Plus any other pets with teeth.
Dr. William Tyree’s wise and caring classroom demeanor magnetized students, including an undergrad named Harry who later immortalized the quiet professor in a Hollywood blockbuster.
Like many boys growing up in the 1970s, Curley “Boo” Johnson marveled at Meadowlark Lemon and the rest of the Harlem Globetrotters.
I’m dreaming of a gray Christmas?
Once again, the future of the Madison Theater looks like a cliffhanger. The old developer is out, but a new hero might ride into town. What’s next in this nail-biter? Stay tuned!
CANTON — What’s in a name? For a Canton couple, a whimsical mix of business savvy and holiday cheer.
Somehow, in an ideal funny-pages dimension that goes on forever, Burl and Joy Penny would continue to enjoy snack cakes and TV movies while plotting their next mind-numbing adventure in search of endless discount-store sales and cut-rate buffets.
Booming sales of Jumer's cinnamon rolls coming through for St. Jude; Efforts continue to honor Jimmy Binkley in West Peoria and keep his Christmas party tradition alive.