The Friends of the Pekin Public Library are having a book sale on Friday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the library's Teen Domain Room.  All items in the Book Sale Room will be 25 cents.  Items in the library's regular Book Sale Room are pr…

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On Monday, July 6, Mayor Gary Manier presented the City of Washington’s City Clerk, Patricia Brown, with an Award of Gratitude in appreciation for her twenty-seven years of dedicated and committed service to the City and its citizens. We will be forever grateful for her inspired motivation, …

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville awarded diplomas to nearly 1,000 students from its three campuses for the spring and summer of 2020. Because of COVID-19 considerations, no ceremonies were held in May, but will be rescheduled at a later date. Among the graduates were the following loc…

More than 1,100 students have been named to the Carthage College dean's list for the spring 2020 semester. Dean's list honors are accorded to Carthage students who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average while carrying at least 14 credit hours during a semester.

With their copper-colored wings and shiny metallic green heads, Japanese beetles aren't hard to find. Extension Master Gardeners have already reported sightings of these destructive beetles on plants, but help to control these garden nemesis is available.

Events of this year have reinforced the critical mission of Midwest Food Bank (MFB) and partnering non-profits as we operate to alleviate hunger.  MFB is pleased to announce a unique online musical performance to fight hunger and malnutrition with proceeds supporting Midwest Food Bank East Africa.

The Peoria Comic Book Convention will be held July 19, 2020 at the Holiday Inn & Suites located at 101 Holiday St. in East Peoria (I-74 exit 94, southeast near the Clock Tower and the Roundabout). It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission to the public is free. T…

Five Points Washington will offer a weeklong coed youth basketball camp starting July 27 at the Five Points Washington facility, located at 360 N. Wilmor Street in Washington. The camp is open to registrants from nine to 14 years old and runs from 9 a.m. to noon, July 27 through July 31. The…

As we slowly emerge from quarantine, you may be looking for things to keep you in shape and entertained this summer. You need not look any further than Five Points Washington. As the state reopens, we are currently open to members only and we are focused on offering a clean place for our mem…

The mural painting in process on Washington Square. The WallDogs are in town painting the mural through tomorrow. 

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, law enforcement throughout the state are taking part in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to keep impaired drivers off the roads. The stepped-up effort will extend through July 6.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is excited to open its doors to the public again on Wednesday, July 1.

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The state has released new guidelines for schools, colleges and universities to return to in-person learning in the fall as the state prepares to enter Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s reopening plan on Friday, June 26. 

Joshua Madsen of Washington is among 41 recent high school graduates selected to join the latest cohort of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. Madsen, a graduate of Washington Community, plans to be an actuarial science major.

Hanna Mertens, of Washington, has received semester honors for the spring 2020 semester at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Students who earn a 4.0 grade point average, which represents all "A" grades, receive highest honors. High honors go to students earning 3.99 to 3.75 grade point aver…

Eureka Public Library is now offering the TumbleBook Library to patrons. TumbleBook Library is a curated database of e-books for children in grades kindergarten through six. The database contains a range of story books, read alongs, graphic novels and more. TumbleBooks are created from exist…

Elizabeth Brownell of Washington, majoring in Justice Studies, was named to the Arizona State University Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2020.

Events of this year have reinforced the critical mission of Midwest Food Bank (MFB) and partnering non-profits in the effort to alleviate hunger.  MFB pleased to announce a unique online musical performance to fight hunger and malnutrition with proceeds supporting Midwest Food Bank East Africa.

Over 2,500 students received their degrees from Northern Illinois University in May. Included among the graduates were the following area students:

The 4th of July is usually celebrated with cookouts, outdoor activates and fireworks shows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many communities have canceled their displays. This is raising concerns about an increase in use of novelty fireworks and illegal fireworks in Illinois.

A virtual commencement ceremony was held this spring at Iowa State University to honor the nearly 5,100 graduates who earned degrees. The traditional on-campus celebrations were moved online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. University leaders recorded three commencement ceremonies to ho…

More than 5,700 University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate, and professional students graduated this spring under extraordinary circumstances. Local students who were among the spring 2020 graduating class included:

More than 12,500 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2020 Dean's List. Area students named to the Dean’s List include:

Jacob Bachman and Matthew Wilder, both of Eureka, and Dalton Wolfe of Pekin have been named to McKendree University’s spring 2020 semester Dean’s List for earning a grade point average of 3.60 or higher during the spring 2020 semester.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 23 cases that appear to be linked to a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite.  Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois…

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Father's Day celebrations for dads living with Alzheimer's can be bittersweet and challenging for families even under the best of circumstances, but the current COVID-19 crisis is adding new complexities that can feel overwhelming. To help families impacted by Alzheimer's navigate these chal…

Washington Community High School announced their award winners for the 2019-2020 school year at the Board of Education meeting held on Monday, June 8. The award winners include:

The 25th annual Washington Garden Walk, co-sponsored by the Town and Country Gardeners and the Washington Historical Society, will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 1-4 p.m.  Five gardens of various sizes and styles will be featured.  Visit gardens south of the square at 106 W. Holland, 120…

Chef’s Catering in Washington has announced plans for the July 2020 opening of their Chef’s Celebration Center. The venue will offer space for special events, with indoor seating for 100 guests, additional outdoor seating for events with over 200 guests, a banquet tent, a gazebo with space f…