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  • US Christian wears hijab for 40 days (Video)

    04/02/2015 8:32:35 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    bbc ^ | 4-2-2015
    Jessey Eagan is a Christian and a mother of two, who works as a children's director at Imago Dei Church in Peoria, Illinois. This year during Lent, she decided to wear a hijab. She kept a diary of her experience in a blog called #40DaysOfHijab, which is sparkling a debate both in the Christian and Muslim community.
  • Aaron Schock resigns

    03/17/2015 11:16:33 AM PDT · by Andy'smom · 103 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/17/2015 | Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan
    Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is resigning his seat in Congress. The 33-year-old Republican has been dogged by questions about his spending of taxpayer and campaign dollars. On Monday afternoon, POLITICO posed a lengthy set of questions about charging the government and his campaign tens of thousands of dollars in questionable mileage reimbursements. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/aaron-schock-resigns-116153.html#ixzz3UfUrBF40
  • Star GOP Congressman Finances Lavish Life with Taxpayer Money (Aaron Schock)

    03/13/2015 10:03:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 13, 2015
    A popular Illinois congressman once considered a rising star in the Republican party is in deep trouble for reportedly using taxpayer money to fund an extravagant lifestyle that includes stays at luxurious hotels, world travel, expensive cars and private jet rides to concerts and pro sporting events. The lawmaker’s name is Aaron Schock and he’s only 33, but he’s a seasoned politician who should have known better than to use public funds as a personal piggy bank. For six years he’s represented a working-class district in Peoria, Illinois in the U.S. House. One national media report says he had a...
  • Democrat Leadership Jeopardy!

    03/06/2015 10:59:15 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 2 replies
    Nothing Better To Do | 6 March 2015 | blueunicorn6
    "I'll take 'Origin Of City Names' for 500, Alex." "The Saint that Saint Louis is named after." Beepbeepbeep "Harry Reid!" "What is Las Vegas, Alex?" "No, it's not Las Vegas." Beepbeepbeep "Nancy Pelosi!" "What is California, Alex?" "No, Nancy, California is a state. It's not a city." Beepbeepbeep "Joe Biden!" "What is orange, Alex?" "..........Honestly? You think there is a Saint Orange, Joe?" Beepbeepbeep "What is yes, Alex.?" "Joe, take your thumb off the buzzer." Beepbeepbeep "What is no, Alex?" "OK, Harry. Your thumb off the buzzer, too. I've never seen so many idiots." Beepbeepbeep "What is The State Department,...
  • Planning Another 9/11 - Sources: ‘Enemy Combatant’ Was Plotting New Round of U.S. Attacks

    06/24/2003 5:47:47 PM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 15 replies · 450+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 24, 2003
    June 24— The Qatari man designated an enemy combatant by the Bush administration was planning another Sept. 11 attack, sources told ABCNEWS. Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, 37, was deemed an enemy combatant by the Bush administration on Monday after officials said he was positively identified by an al Qaeda detainee as being part of a planned second wave of terror attacks on the United States. Government officials said they believed al Qaeda's top leadership sent Al-Marri to the United States to coordinate a new round of attacks. "Al-Marri was sent to the United States as a facilitator for other al...
  • Peoria, Illinois Mayor Orders Police Raid Over Parody Twitter Account

    04/19/2014 7:59:07 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 28 replies
    Information Liberation ^ | 04/18/2014 | not given
    Police searched a West Bluff house Tuesday and seized phones and computers in an effort to unmask the author of a parody Twitter account that purported to be Mayor Jim Ardis. The account — known as @Peoriamayor on the popular social media service that limits entries to 140 characters — already had been suspended for several weeks when up to seven plainclothes police officers executed a search warrant about 5:20 p.m. at 1220 N. University St. Three people at the home were taken to the Peoria Police Department for questioning. Two other residents were picked up at their places of...
  • Neighbors delay charity home for injured double-Bronze Star Afghanistan vet

    09/28/2013 4:27:38 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    He may have served two tours in Afghanistan protecting the freedom of his nation, but double-Bronze Star veteran David Wood has returned home only to battle ungrateful NIMBYS. Gifted a charitable home through the efforts of his local congressman, Aaron Schock for his wartime efforts, Wood, who has lost the hearing in one ear was told that the property plans for his family's house were opposed by his potential neighbors. Indeed, an unidentified cabal of neighbors in the Peoria suburb of Morton, Illinois, has clubbed together to oppose his wooden home saying quite clearly, not in my backyard. The father...
  • 96 year old man writes song about wife of 75 years

    08/25/2013 8:40:24 AM PDT · by DFG · 24 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 08/25/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A 96-year-old Illinois man wrote a song about his wife of 75 years and when he sent the heart-wrenching ode into a singer-songwriter contest, they decided to produce it for him. When Fred Stobaugh talks about his wife Lorraine now, it’s hard for him to hold back tears after the life they led together he says was ‘like a dream.’ After she died, he was sitting alone in the Peoria home they once shared and for the first time in his life he decided to write a song.
  • Bishop Orders Priests To Read Anti-Obama Letter At Sunday Sermons

    11/01/2012 1:49:19 PM PDT · by topher · 50 replies
    Joining the chorus of Roman Catholic clergy in Illinois criticizing President Barack Obama before next week's election, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky ordered priests to read a letter to parishioners on Sunday before the presidential election, explaining that politicians who support abortion rights also reject Jesus. "By virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass," Jenky wrote in a letter circulated to clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. In the letter, Jenky cautions parishioners that Obama and a majority of U.S....
  • Scientists: Bison in Illinois earlier (aren't you relieved?)

    09/03/2005 7:17:31 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 681+ views
    South Carolina homepage (thestate.com) ^ | Tue, Aug. 30, 2005 | Associated Press
    The discovery of bison bones in Peoria County proves the animals were in Illinois about 1,700 years earlier than previously thought, according to scientists. Radiocarbon dating confirmed a group of eight bison died at a site along the Illinois River around 265 B.C., said Alan Harn, an archaeologist with Dickson Mounds Museum. Until the dating tests, scientists did not have evidence of bison in Illinois before 1450... Archaeologists also found two partial deer skeletons and two partial elk skeletons near the bison, Harn said.
  • Bishop calls for ‘heroic Catholicism,’ rips Obama’s ‘radical pro-abortion agenda’

    04/29/2012 5:34:56 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 4/17/2012 | Staff
    Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria told the 500 men who attended the diocese’s annual men’s march and Mass that “the days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism.” “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead [must] be Catholics by conviction. In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work--like that very first apostolic generation--we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” he preached. “We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for...
  • Peoria Bishop Under Fire For Obama-Hitler Comparison

    04/20/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    cbslocal ^ | April 19, 2012
    Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky (CBS) CHICAGO (CBS) – The Roman Catholic bishop of Peoria has set off a firestorm of controversy, comparing President Obama’s policies to those of Hitler and Stalin.Bishop Daniel Jenky made the comment Sunday. As the crowds who gather round him will attest, he is a firebrand outside and inside the pulpit.“Hitler and Stalin at their better moments would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” Jenky said over the weekend. “In clear violation of our constitutional rights, president Obama with...
  • Bishop Calls for ‘Heroic Catholicism,’ Rips Obama’s ‘Radical Pro-Abortion Agenda’

    04/17/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria told the 500 men who attended the diocese’s annual men’s march and Mass that “the days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism.” “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead [must] be Catholics by conviction. In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work--like that very first apostolic generation--we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” he preached. “We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for...
  • U.S. Catholic Bishop: Obama Following Path of Hitler And Stalin

    04/17/2012 10:44:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 4/17/12 | zip
    Via Washington Examiner: In a homily delivered Saturday, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois challenged President Obama’s HHS mandate, suggesting that the president was following the same path as Hitler and Stalin. “Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care,” Jenky said. “In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.” Jenky added.
  • Luciano: Bottle throwing menace on I-74

    04/04/2012 4:52:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Peoria Journal Star ^ | April 3, 2012 | Phil Luciano
    PEORIA — Peoria road rage now boasts a new threat: Vehicle-to-vehicle missiles. Granted, it's happened just once. And the attack didn't involve any military-grade ordnance. It was just a water bottle. Yet, that's a scary prospect, if The Mad Bottle Bomber still lurks out there. A hard-throwing motorist thunked it off another driver's head, leaving him dazed and car nearly out of control - on Interstate 74, no less. That could've made for a nasty wreck. "It all happened so fast," the 30-year-old victim says, his voice still what-the-heck-happened wondrous. "It was just shocking." For Peoria, yes. For elsewhere, no....
  • Caterpillar to Shift Some Production to U.S.

    11/13/2011 8:05:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sunday 13 November 2011 | BOB TITA
    Caterpillar Inc. said it plans to shift production of small construction machinery from Japan to a new plant in North America that is expected to employ more than 1,000 people. The new plant, whose location wasn't identified, will become the company's global source for small bulldozers and mini-hydraulic excavators. It also will export partially assembled mini-excavators to Europe to improve delivery times for European customers. Caterpillar, which is based in Peoria, Ill., said it expects to begin construction during the first half of 2012.
  • Ryder cancels truck rentals amid terrorist threat

    09/09/2011 6:43:27 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 189 replies
    JournalStar ^ | September 9, 2011 | Sarah Garfinkel
    PEORIA — Ryder has canceled all truck rentals for the coming week due to credible but unconfirmed threats of terrorist attacks in the wake of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

A customer who did not want to be identified told the Journal Star that she had been informed by Ryder of the cancellation by phone call Friday. A Ryder representative told the Journal Star all local rentals for the weekend had been canceled, though that person declined to elaborate on the reason.

Further questions were referred to the head of rentals for the local arm of the company. That person did not...
  • Drudge - violence, rioting headlines ..

    07/05/2011 11:47:35 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 52 replies
    Mob in Peoria shoots fireworks at police, firefighters... MAYHEM IN MOBILE: 300+ fight on street corner, man shot in face... 13 stabbed, shot in Boston in just 5 hours... CHICAGOLAND: 5 Dead, 23 Hurt Over Violent Holiday Weekend... 4-Year-Old Boy Shot While Watching Baltimore Fireworks... 2 Shot During Massive Brawl Outside Atlantic City Casino… Dozens of teens loot store, then attack passersby... VIDEO...
  • Police briefly close Adams while dispersing crowd

    07/05/2011 10:22:45 AM PDT · by AD from SpringBay · 14 replies
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | July 4, 2011 | Staff Writer
    PEORIA — A "major incident" involving a large group of people shooting fireworks at police and firefighters occurred near the Taft Homes just before 10 p.m. Monday, about the same time the fireworks show on the riverfront was ending. Police had to briefly shut down Adams and Eaton streets, near Taft, as they dispersed the large crowds. No officers or firefighters were injured, dispatchers said on the radio. At one point, police were ordered to tell those in the crowd to go into their apartments, leave or be arrested for unlawful assembly.
  • Account of racist Peoria mob spurs national attention

    06/26/2011 5:09:05 PM PDT · by rogue yam · 135 replies
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | Jun 26, 2011 @ 06:18 PM | N/A
    PEORIA — Sixty or more young people fought and yelled racist comments at residents as they walked down Thrush Avenue toward Sheridan Road on Friday night, according to eyewitness accounts. “They were yelling ‘We’re gonna kill all the white people, this is our neighborhood,’” said Paul Wilkinson, 45, a resident who has lived in the neighborhood for 11 years and witnessed the incident about 11 p.m. He relayed the information over the weekend to police, city council members and at least one local blogger.
  • Peorians living in fear (Racial violence)

    06/26/2011 10:29:46 AM PDT · by enduserindy · 188 replies · 1+ views
    Tonight, around 11 p.m., a group of at least 60-70 African American youth marched down one of the side streets (W. Thrush) to the 4 lane main drag (Sheridan). They were yelling threats to white residents. Things such as we need to kill alll the white people around here.
  • Caterpillar CEO's letter talks of leaving Illinois (Taxes too high)

    03/25/2011 8:10:52 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 65 replies
    Pantagraph ^ | March 25, 2011 | By Kurt Erickson | Lee Springfield Bureau
    SPRINGFIELD -- The chairman and CEO of Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. is raising the specter of moving the heavy equipment maker out of Illinois. In a letter sent March 21 to Gov. Pat Quinn, Caterpillar chief executive officer Doug Oberhelman said officials in at least four other states have approached the company about relocating since Illinois raised its income tax in January. "I want to stay here. But as the leader of this business, I have to do what's right for Caterpillar when making decisions about where to invest," Oberhelman wrote in the letter obtained Friday by the Lee Enterprises Springfield...
  • Luciano: Child’s death raises questions

    11/04/2010 10:52:18 AM PDT · by Immerito · 8 replies
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | 11/04/2010 | PHIL LUCIANO
    Layers of mystery continue to twist around the sad, bizarre case of little Aryanna Inman, who died in a Macomb house fire last week. The 2-year-old’s death seems all the more peculiar in light of two new pieces of information I confirmed Wednesday: * It turns out her family was hit by not just one, not just two, but a remarkable three fires at three different rental homes this year. * The state has removed her surviving brother from the care of her father and his girlfriend. In fact, child-welfare workers began investigating a neglect charge regarding the children’s home...
  • Does it have to be IMAX?

    08/17/2010 5:39:11 PM PDT · by Immerito · 7 replies
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | August 14, 2010 | John Sharp
    PEORIA — When Aziz Ansari, a star on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," walked into an IMAX Theatre in California last year to watch Star Trek, he was disappointed. Ansari took to his blog and lampooned the Canadian-based company for what he called false advertising since the movie theater screen is much smaller than a typical seven-story IMAX screen seen at museums and theme parks. It generated a buzz in the media, and a response from the company's CEO who said consumers embraced the smaller-sized IMAX screens and the experience it provides. The TV star's disappointment in IMAX underscores some of...
  • Police to dig for Stacy Peterson's body near Peoria: source

    06/05/2010 7:43:53 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 23 replies · 676+ views
    Herald News ^ | June 5, 2010 | Joe Hosey
    Working with new information in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, authorities are set to dig in search of her body Saturday in an area east of Peoria, sources said. Illinois State Police confirmed Saturday that they are currently following a lead in rural central Illinois regarding Peterson’s disappearance and have set up a media staging at a location near Peoria, according to an ISP release. The ISP Investigation team that has been investigating the disappearance and possible homicide of Stacy Peterson is aware of the situation and at the scene, the release said.
  • Al Qaeda sleeper agent gets 8 years, not 15 as prosecutors had sought

    10/30/2009 3:34:13 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies · 605+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | Staff
    Peoria, Ill. - A federal judge sentenced an Al Qaeda "sleeper" agent to eight years in prison Thursday -- about half the time prosecutors had requested -- because the agent received what the judge called "unacceptable" treatment in a U.S. Navy brig. U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm could have sentenced Ali Marri to as much as 15 years. Prosecutors had endorsed that, presenting testimony that he remained a threat. But Mihm handed down the lighter sentence of eight years and four months in consideration of what he called "very severe" conditions under which Marri was kept during the almost six...
  • Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda

    04/30/2009 5:10:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,627+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | April 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 43, a dual national of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda. Al-Marri entered his guilty plea at a hearing this afternoon before Judge Michael M. Mihm in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In so doing, al-Marri admitted that he agreed with others to provide material support or resources to al-Qaeda in the form of personnel, including himself, to work under al-Qaeda’s...
  • US Wall Around Terror Suspect Easing, Brother Says

    04/23/2009 10:54:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 291+ views
    The brother of a man accused of plotting terrorist attacks in the U.S. says the wall the government built around him for years has eased with officials allowing him to make phone calls from prison. But Naji al-Marri (NAH'-jee ahl-MAR'-ee) says federal authorities have robbed 43-year-old Ali al-Marri (AH'-lee ahl-MAR'-ee) of more than seven years of his life.
  • Al-Qaeda 'sleeper agent' in Marion federal prison

    11/15/2009 2:56:18 AM PST · by Cindy · 17 replies · 1,410+ views
    KFVS12.com ^ | November 13, 2009 | n/a
    Posted: Nov 13, 2009 3:14 PM Updated: Nov 13, 2009 3:15 PM MARION, IL (KFVS) - SNIPPET: "Ali Al-Marri, 43, is serving an eight year sentence for being a so called "sleeper agent." He has admitted to training in Al-Qaeda camps and having contact with the alleged planner of the September 11th attacks."
  • All tickets for Palin speech sold out (Peoria, Illinois)

    01/26/2010 1:17:04 PM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies · 842+ views
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | 01/26/2010 | STEVE STEIN
    WASHINGTON— Want to buy a ticket to hear Sarah Palin’s speech April 17 at Five Points Washington? Sorry. The event is sold out. Five Points Special Events Manager Brian Garnant said all 400 banquet/speech tickets were gone by 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Palin’s appearance was announced. About 560 speech-only tickets went on sale at noon Tuesday; all were sold by 2:10 p.m. A waiting list has been established for banquet/speech tickets. Call 444-8423. Banquet/speech tickets were $200 each, or $1,500 for a table of eight. Speech-only tickets were $100 for main floor and $75 for balcony...
  • White teachers sue District 150 for alleged discrimination (Illinois)

    12/19/2009 1:00:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 46 replies · 1,534+ views
    Peoria Journal-Star ^ | Dec 18, 2009 | Andy Kravetz
    PEORIA — A lawsuit alleging discrimination has been filed by a group of current and former white employees at Trewyn Middle School against Peoria School District 150 and retired Superintendent Ken Hinton. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, names eight employees who allege the district had a policy of discrimination against white employees. According to the suit, the administration "adopted policies, practices and plans to increase the number of black teachers and staff within District 150; avoid lawsuits by black employees and citizens; and appease a large black community with numerous complaints." The employees are Tammy Williams, a...
  • Teenagers are better than Congress because. . .

    06/18/2009 6:56:46 AM PDT · by AD from SpringBay · 10 replies · 665+ views
    The Peoria Journal Star ^ | 6/12/2009 | Andy Decker
    Teenagers are better than Congress because. . . 1. Teens can be forced to take care of their own dirty laundry. 2. When caught in a lie, teens will admit it. 3. No one forces us to give teens more money to waste. 4. Most teens are smart enough to read something before they sign it. 5. Teens do not cuss as much when they think nobody else is listening. 6. It's easier to find out who teens are talking to on their cell phones. 7. When we get tired of hearing it, teens can be sent to their rooms....
  • Truth hurts gun control agenda(Illinois)

    06/17/2009 4:57:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies · 620+ views
    Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 June, 2009 | Daniel White
    The City of Peoria, Illinois wants to be a test city for allowing law abiding city to be licensed to carry concealed handguns for self-defense. An online poll showed 51% of respondents supported the proposal, while only 13% oppose it. Without seeing the poll, I'd assume the balance are undecided. Naturally, gun control pundits oppose the plan and give dire warnings that "research proves concealed weapons could add to crime." However, the opposite is true. A great deal of research has been done into the issue of lawfully armed citizens and their effect on crime rates. The vast majority show...
  • How long a shot is concealed carry?(Illinois)

    06/15/2009 4:10:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies · 1,487+ views
    pjstar ^ | 13 June, 2009 | John Sharp
    PEORIA — Three, maybe four times every year, Wolf Hollow Archery in Chillicothe hosts classes for local residents to get certified to carry a handgun when walking on the sidewalk, driving down the street, or going to the grocery store. At the most, the class has attracted 20 people. An instructor will guide the attendees through a daylong course in handgun laws, proper handling of a gun, and the locations where it's OK to possess a handgun. If they pass the course, attendees will get a permit valid to carry a concealed weapon in Utah. Derek Howald of Chillicothe has...
  • Ardis wants Peoria to become test city for concealed-carry legislation

    06/01/2009 5:03:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 326+ views
    pjstar.com ^ | 31 May, 2009 | JOHN SHARP
    PEORIA — Mayor Jim Ardis wants to see a push for Peoria to become a pilot city for statewide concealed-carry legislation that would allow people to carry guns in a responsible manner, he said Thursday. Ardis wants to see legislation passed in Springfield allowing Peoria to enact an ordinance permitting citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon. His comments come one day after a gas station attendant was shot and killed in the East Bluff and a shot was discharged on Newman Golf Course during a botched robbery. "I'm trying to see if there is an opportunity for (the...
  • Even GOP Congressman Loses Chrysler Dealership ...Plus Peoria GOP Supporter Losing "5 Star" Business

    05/27/2009 9:04:14 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 898+ views
    More Hope and Change... Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla) lost his Chrysler dealership in Florida. He found out from a fellow colleague. News 10 reported: Even a member of Congress is on Chrysler's dealership hit list. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., a businessman who has owned car dealerships since 1992, learned Thursday that his Venice, Fla., Dodge dealership was among those scheduled to be terminated. "It's an outrage. It's not about me. I'm going to be fine," said Buchanan, the dealership's majority owner. "You're talking over 100,000 jobs. We're supposed to be in the business of creating jobs, not killing jobs." Chrysler...
  • Road leads back to Peoria for (Muslim "freedom fighter") al-Marri

    03/23/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Milagros · 2 replies · 314+ views
    pjstar ^ | 3, 22, 09 | ANDY KRAVETZ
    Road leads back to Peoria for al-Marri Accused terrorist Ali al-Marri is expected in U.S. District Court in Peoria on Monday. Related Links Security tightened for al-Marri proceedings (03/22/09) Al-Marri timeline (03/23/09) Family wants fair judgment for al-Marri (03/23/09) On the Web An archive of Journal Star stories and editorials on al-Marri By ANDY KRAVETZ of the Journal Star Posted Mar 22, 2009 @ 08:59 PM Last update Mar 23, 2009 @ 11:23 AM PEORIA — After nearly six years, alleged terrorist Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is back in Peoria. The road back for the former West Peoria resident included...
  • "Enemy combatant" will be early test for Obama (Ali al-Marri, accused al Qaeda "sleeper" agent)

    01/07/2009 7:20:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 494+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/07/09 | Harriet McLeod
    CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – The case of Ali al-Marri, accused of being an al Qaeda "sleeper" agent and held for 5-1/2 years at a U.S. military prison in South Carolina, will be an early test for President-elect Barack Obama. In his first month in office, Obama will have to tell the Supreme Court whether he will abandon his predecessor's claim that anyone the president deems a national security threat can be imprisoned indefinitely without charges in the United States. Marri is the only person still held in the United States as an "enemy combatant." His case is a test...
  • Local governments vie for stimulus money

    12/28/2008 5:46:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 558+ views
    Peoria Star Journal ^ | Dec 28, 2008 | Kareb McDonald
    PEORIA — The quickest, most effective way to create jobs and rebuild the nation's infrastructure is to send federal funds directly to local governments. That's according to a position paper drafted for President-elect Barack Obama's transition team by the associations representing local governments. The transition team asked for ideas about how to get infrastructure dollars to local governments under an economic stimulus plan designed to jump-start the economy. The message? Local governments know their needs best. Funneling the money through other avenues - such as state government - only bogs down the process. "The people who know best about their...
  • The Facts - my reply to the Peoria Journal Star on their endorsement of Obama

    11/02/2008 10:27:20 AM PST · by GLH3IL · 2 replies · 246+ views
    Well, it's hardly suprising that the PJS supporta Obama. They have supported him all along with incredibly biased coverage in favor of The One. Even in their endorsement, they gloss over the truth about Obama. The facts are that McCain is a demostrated true fiscal conservative and is dedicated to bringing Federal spending under control. Yes, McCain is a social issues moderate, but that's being a moderate, not an extreme leftist that Obama clearly is. McCain opposes the murder of innocent babies. Obama supports infanticide. This a fact. McCain supports tax policies that truthfully reflect who actually pays taxes and...
  • Mental Examination in Baby Starving Case

    10/05/2008 6:26:40 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 5 replies · 370+ views
    WTHI TV ^ | 7/26/2008
    An attorney for a 23-year-old Peoria man accused of allowing his five-month-old son to starve to death earlier this year has obtained court permission to have his client examined by mental health expert. William Loeffel, who represents James Sargent, says he wants the court to determine if Sargent is fit to stand trial or if he was insane at the time of the baby's death.
  • New England's loss is the priesthood's gain (US pro soccer player)

    07/31/2008 9:39:35 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 369+ views
    Int'l Herald Tribune ^ | 7-15-08 | Rob Hughes
    The trade of the week is not a multimillion-dollar transfer of Ronaldinho or Cristiano Ronaldo, but the move from the New England Revs to the Roman Catholic Church by Chase Hilgenbrinck. He has just given up his place on the New England roster to enter a six-year apprenticeship to become a priest. His soccer salary, a reported $36,000 a season, would not interest the gifted Brazilians who expect to earn that in a day. However, once Hilgenbrinck's story was out on The Associated Press wire on Monday, it was rapidly headlined from Latin America to Asia, Europe to the South...
  • Pastor challenges United Way for funding abortion group

    07/12/2008 8:59:39 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 185+ views
    One News Now ^ | Charlie Butts
    A Peoria, Illinois, pastor is challenging United Way's funding of Planned Parenthood. Pastor James McDonald of Providence Church says Planned Parenthood operates large abortion mills in Chicago and in Champaign, Illinois. "...[A]nd that troubled us greatly in the Christian community, and we wanted to encourage United Way to do what was right -- which is to stop funding completely," he explains. But abortion is not the only issue troubling McDonald. He objects to the supposed "comprehensive" sex education strategy Planned Parenthood promotes. "I am...very concerned about what [Planned Parenthood is] doing -- not only to the American family, but to...
  • PEORIA: Priest accused of forcing woman to get abortion

    04/05/2008 1:16:42 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies · 326+ views
    Peoria Journal-Star ^ | 04/04/08 | A.P.
    PEORIA — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria says one of its priests is denying allegations in a lawsuit that he forced a woman to have an abortion after she became pregnant. Holly Force, and her husband, Christopher, are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed this week in Madison County in Edwardsville. The lawsuit names the Rev. Thomas Szydlik, who church officials say has stepped down from the ministry until the lawsuit is resolved. Holly Force claims Szydlik began pursuing a relationship with her in 2004 while she attended a church in Peoria. The complaint states the...
  • Marines returning home - Peoria troops come home as Guard members leave to prepare for Kosovo trip

    03/30/2008 3:42:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 515+ views
    pjstar.com ^ | March 29, 2008 | ANDY KRAVETZ
    PEORIA - This weekend figures to be a busy one for those involved with military in the Peoria area. Forty Marine reservists from Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion are headed home this morning after seven months in Iraq. Then, at 9 a.m. Sunday, 60 Illinois Army National Guard members will leave Peoria and head to Indiana to begin training for a yearlong deployment to Kosovo as part of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission known as Kosovo Force 10 (KFOR10). In both cases, the public is welcome to attend the ceremonies but should arrive at least 30 minutes before. Parking might...
  • Parents of Baby Left Alone in Car Seat for 8 Days Face Murder Charges

    02/21/2008 2:56:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies · 547+ views
    PEORIA, Ill. — A central Illinois couple faces first-degree murder charges in the death of their 5-month-old baby, who was found unresponsive in a car seat that had been placed in a crib.Both Tracey Hermann, 21, and James Sargent, 23, appeared Wednesday in Peoria County Circuit Court in the death of Benjamin Sargent. The charges state the parents' actions or lack thereof, were "brutal and heinous . . . indicative of wanton cruelty," factors that could mean they face up to 100 years in prison if convicted. The 5-month-old was dropped off at his parents' house on Feb. 4, strapped...
  • Prosecutor: Baby left to die for 8 days

    02/21/2008 10:40:12 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 90 replies · 794+ views
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | 2/21/08 | Andy Kravetz
    Parents of 5-month-old appear in court to face first-degree murder charges, may be facing death penaltyPEORIA - Benjamin Sargent died with his eyes open, fists clenched and strapped into a car seat after eight days without food or water, the county's top prosecutor said Wednesday. The 5-month-old was dropped off at his parents' house on Feb. 4, wearing a bright-blue snow suit and strapped into his car seat. Eight days later, he was found in the same position, said Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons during a bond hearing for the parents, who are charged with capital murder for...
  • WTVP Optimistic about financial future

    01/30/2008 11:01:08 PM PST · by Sir Hailstone · 113+ views
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | 1/30/2008 | Terry Bibo
    WTVP Channel 47 can survive - and even thrive - if it gets out from under its current debt burden. "If we just return to normal, we will be fine," said board President P. Joseph O'Neill. "It will be tight for the first couple of months, no doubt." The station held a news conference Tuesday to announce a tentative deal with its creditors. If the station can raise another $450,000, the banks will settle for $5.25 million. Under the new financing arrangements, WTVP will have $2 million in debt rather than the $8 million it carried last summer. (snip) The...
  • PBS Station fending off creditors [Brother, can you spare $450,000]

    01/29/2008 10:57:19 AM PST · by Sir Hailstone · 34 replies · 59+ views
    If WTVP, Channel 47, can raise another $450,000, the public television station and its creditors will have reached a tentative deal for $5.25 million. "We're excited," said station board president P. Joseph O'Neill. "Everybody is weary of this. The banks are. We are. We just have to find this last amount of money." The station has been scrambling for money since early December, after Bank of America and Commerce Bank demanded it pay off a $10.3 million loan. With penalties and interest, the balance stood at $7.2 million - and that was after WTVP used most of its cash reserves...
  • Joe Girardi matches head with big heart

    10/30/2007 1:38:18 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 21 replies · 959+ views
    NYDaily News ^ | 10-30-07 | Wayne Coffey
    Just outside East Peoria, Ill., in a one-story brick building in a small town called Washington, there used to be a Italian restaurant on Wilmore Street where locals could count on reasonable prices and old-world cooking, and a warm personal greeting from the owners. The place was called Girardi's. "They served the best ravioli I've ever had in my life," says Jane Miller, a longtime patron. That was mother Angela Girardi, welcoming customers by the door, a hostess with a long, flowing dress and a background in psychology. That was father Jerry in the kitchen, a man who once harbored...