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Phil Luciano


Phil Luciano

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There’s one thing I appreciated about Al Zuccarini, who died Monday at age 57: The naked truth.

Luciano: Straight-talking businessman Al Zuccarini left an indelible mark on Peoria

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The calls keep coming into the newsroom from media nationally: what does the Aaron Schock hullabaloo mean to voters?

Luciano: Will Aaron Schock remain the 'Boy Wonder' of the GOP?

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In the waning afterglow of Friday’s simultaneous merrymaking by Caterpillar Inc. and Peoria, we’re now entering the smoke-a-cigarette phase: Where do we go from here?

Luciano: Caterpillar announcement brings up questions

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In Peoria right now, cold might bite no place harder than 1401 S. Greenlawn St. There, Michael Foster and pregnant wife Tawna Ashby endured Wednesday’s harsh chill as they have the entire winter: with no working furnace. Lately, they’ve spent most of their time huddled in the kitchen, with heat provided by an open natural-gas oven and two flaming stove-top burners.

Luciano: Peoria couple fighting the cold without a furnace

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What plays in Peoria? That puzzler has been pondered as an entertainment, marketing and political bellwether for more than a century.

Luciano: '101 Things That Play in Peoria' kicks off with things unique to the city

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Bryce McKay did not want to go. For months, the 8-year-old had fought a brain tumor. But as cancer raged over him, the youngster leaned on faith. From his hospital bed, he felt a sense of peace about going to a place where cancer would cause no more pain. But in his last moments, Bryce began to gasp and fidget, alarming his bedside parents. Though heartbroken, they already had urged him to let go. His sudden struggle baffled them — until they realized the source of angst.

Luciano: Minonk family gives son to God

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Deal with it, America: Peoria’s congressman is fabulous. Jealous much? The one weird part: why, suddenly, isn’t Aaron Schock openly fabulous? Schock, usually never one to pass on preening like a peacock in public, has grown suddenly timid — throwing a wet blanket over his usual firecracker-like flamboyance.

Jazz and jokes can’t cure the pains of old age, but they can soothe loneliness. Smiles and thank-yous can’t fill a tip jar, but they can overflow a heart.

Margie Peal embraces the Rev. Willie Johnson after he brought her a hot dog at the Manna From Heaven food pantry. Peal said, "I come off and on because I know others need the help more. But, sometimes, it gets rough." For 10 years, Manna From Heaven has managed to survive, feeding all who are hungry with no questions asked. The small operation that runs out of a storefront at 607 S. Western Ave. is run completely by volunteers and donations. Each Tuesday session opens with songs of praise ...

Twenty months ago, Journal Star readers helped deny parole for convicted killer Paul R. Phillips.In a little more than a month, unless a judge says otherwise, he’ll walk out of prison a free man. And this time, there’s nothing the public can do to help keep him locked up.

Luciano: Killer who vowed to repeat may soon be free

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Trisha Davidson doesn't want your sympathy, just your attention. The 30-year-old realizes she caused many of her own troubles by chasing ...

Michael Gibson and Scott Fritts hitchhiked across America and enjoyed just about everything they saw — except one place. Care to guess where?

Ten years ago Tuesday night, 7-year-old Dalton Mesarchik stood safely inside his home, near his family.

I've seen many chunks of neglect, disrepair and blight, from Peoria to the Third World. But I'd never seen anything like the cascade inside a two-story rental house at 2102 W. Howett St., where the city is hoping for a peaceful resolution of a nasty renter-landlord feud.

Kyle Weeks, 13, of Peoria stands next to a black bear killed in a collision with an SUV in Wisconsin during a recent fishing trip. Weeks, brother Jared Weeks, 11, and father Chip Weeks, 47, were passengers in the SUV, operated by Gene Moore, 66, of Peoria.

Sunday in Peoria, a wayward squirrel damaged a transformer in a substation on East Hines Place, contributing to the loss of electricity to 6,500 Ameren customers, including the Journal Star.

In this 2005 photo, seated left to right, Natalie Brady, mother, Jamie Brady; and sister, Katie Brady enjoy a seat by the fireplace at Jamie Brady's Germantown Hills home. Natalie Brady was murdered over this Memorial Day weekend in Chicago while awaiting trial in Peoria County on heroin-trafficking charges. The murder case remains unsolved.

Todd Hollis, the head coach of the Elmwood/Brimfield football team, directs a play during practice Thursday afternoon at the high school in Elmwood. Hollis' coaching method extends to discussions about life and sharing life lessons.

Sgt. Jesse Barth, a mechanic with the Illinois National Guard, pauses for this undated photo during a one-year tour in Iraq that stretched between 2006 and 2007. Barth, along with about 30 other veterans enrolled at Illinois Central College, have not received various education benefits from the U.S. Veterans Administration. Barth has been unable to get the VA to answer his calls to explain the delay, and ICC hasn't had much better luck with the agency.

In the fantasy-world movie on the life of Jay Schneider, his role would go to Jimmy Stewart at his persistent and hopeful best.

From a lonely Western mountainside, Daniel Noe came home Tuesday, 34 years late. Noe, 22, was laid to rest in Peoria after a funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington.

Ever think of what to have for your last meal? I'm not sure if Bob Babcock ever wondered about that question.

Amid the bullets and break-ins and other bad stuff around her home, a South Peoria resident finally hit her snapping point and called the cops. About tomato plants.

If you root for the little guy, you'd hope an ongoing drama threatening Small Town America would have a happy Hollywood ending. But in this tragedy, Hollywood is the bad guy.