SPRINGFIELD – Leading Illinois Republicans acknowledged the stark political reality their party faces in the state at a joint breakfast of the state central committee and county chairmen’s association Thursday, but said the state’s “aggressive progressive” swing to the left this year offers …

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The Fifth Annual Kayak Fun Challenge Obstacle Course Race will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Eureka Lake, Eureka, IL beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. Proceeds from the race are supporting Heartline and Heart House of Eureka, which services to women and children in crisis situat…

OSF Senior World in Morton is hosting a free community event offering entertainment, education and healthy living tips on August 21 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Brandon Wood Retirement Center, located at 730 W. Jefferson Street.

The Washington Park District and the Arts Festival Committee would like to announce that the 2019 Washington Arts Festival will be held the weekend of August 17-18 at Washington Park, 815 Lincoln Street in Washington, Illinois. Juried exhibitors have already registered and are looking forwar…

Illinois State Representative Ryan Spain hosted his third annual Summer Reading Party at Shore Acres Pool in Chillicothe on August 8.  Children in grades K-6 residing in the 73rd District were treated to a fun evening of swimming and ice cream for reading at least eight books over the summer. 

It is time to get kids ready for #VaxToSchool. As the upcoming school year quickly approaches and you start on your back-to-school plans, make sure your kids are up-to-date on their required vaccinations. Use the hashtag #VaxToSchool on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to encourage others to…

SPRINGFIELD – The State of Illinois received an extension for submitting a request to the federal government for a major disaster declaration related to severe storms and flooding that occurred between late February and early July. The original deadline for such submission was August 2. The …

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The Gordon family of Washington, Illinois is working to create a new park at 406 Peoria Street in Washington in memory of the late Robert and Loretta Gordon, long-time pillars of the Washington community during their lives, and the Gordon family needs your help. 

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker surpassed 100 bills signed as he put his signature on more than 30 new laws last week. They included a measure to increase penalties on texting drivers who cause great bodily harm, and another to allow certain recipients of food stamps to use them at state-co…

Eureka College has earned a STARS Bronze rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in…

Samantha Killen of Washington and a student at Illinois Central College, was awarded the college gold medal in Graphics Imaging-Sublimation, one of the nation's highest awards given at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, KY, on June 26-27. More than 6,500 students competed …

The Washington Park District and the Arts Festival Committee would like to announce that the 2019 Washington Arts Festival will be held the weekend of August 17-18 at Washington Park, 815 Lincoln Street in Washington. Juried exhibitors have already registered and are looking forward to showi…

The Threads, Hope and Love charity organization will be hosting a Garden Party on Saturday, July 20 at 1 p.m. Threads is located at 121 Zinser Place, Washington, IL. Former science teacher, Robert Bell, will be showing his butterfly gardens and teaching guests how to raise their own, to help…

Washington area community service volunteers were recognized and presented with a certificate at a meeting of the Hopewell Grange on July 8.  Grange members were encouraged to nominate those who serve the local community. The names of those volunteers who were honored locally will be sent to…

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On Saturday, July 20, 2019, the Tazewell County Republicans will host the annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the Morton American Legion Post 318 from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019. This breakfast is an opportunity to honor veterans by providing a delicious breakfast, which is f…

As had been widely reported, residents of southern California recently experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.  To this day, residents continue to experience significantly powerful aftershocks. The event served as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any …

The Tri-County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a collaborative undertaking to highlight the health needs and well-being of residents in the Tri-County region, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Several themes are prevalent in this assessment, the demographic composition of t…

The Tri-County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a collaborative undertaking to highlight the health needs and well-being of residents in the Tri-County region, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Several themes are prevalent in this assessment, the demographic composition of t…

The Washington Specialty Shops will be hosting a Summer Celebration on the Square on Saturday, July 20. The celebration will feature Yoga on the Square at 9:30 a.m., a Car Cruise-In from 2-6 p.m., music, food trucks and children's activities. Stores will remain open late for guests to visit.…

The Washington Park District would like to remind you of the following concert series still planned for the month of July. All Sunday concerts will take place at the Rotary Shelter located in Washington Park (820 Lincoln Street) from 6-8 p.m. Concerts are free to attend and include ice cream.

Washington Township road crews have been out in full force improving local road conditions this summer. Township crew members (above) worked through the high temps while refinishing the blacktop with fresh asphalt throughout School Street in this photo taken on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Other r…

Anyone who donates a sturdy new backpack for Springfield school children in July will get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. All backpacks will benefit the students of Springfield Public School District 186. The backpacks should be new and sturdy enough fo…

Sunnyland Christian Church is hosting a six-week financial freedom class led by Vickie Streitmatter from Empowered Financial Living. The class is designed to determine where you are financially, how to get control of your money and live the rest of your life debt-free.

The Washington Park District travel baseball program is now taking coaching applications for the 2019-2020 travel baseball season. Coaching positions are for 7U-14U. A questionnaire is available at the Washington Park District office located at 105 South Spruce St. Washington, or online at w…

Rex and Paula Winemiller have been participating in the St Jude Rides motorcycle ride from Peoria to Memphis for the past seven years.  This year, they are raffling off a custom-made throw quilt to help raise money for the kids of St Jude.  The quilt was sewn by Paula and then quilted by her…

On June 6, 2019, Central School District 51 held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on an expansion and renovation project. Those present at the ceremony include (from left) Brandon Dash, Emory Milot, Chevie Kriete, Saundi Pugh, Amy Johnson, Dale Heidbreder, Aud…

GospelFest Ministries will present a free concert of gospel music featuring the New Speer Family from Nashville, Tennessee, along with the GospelFest Singers and Choir under the direction of Shawn Degenhart, on Saturday, July 6 at 7 p.m. at Five Points Washington.

The Washington Park District would like to remind you of the following concert series still planned for the month of June and July. All Sunday concerts will take place at the Rotary Shelter located in Washington Park (820 Lincoln Street) from 6-8 p.m. Concerts are free to attend and include …

Recently, a group of international au pairs were given the opportunity to gain firsthand exposure to life on a U.S. military base. Au pairs from South Africa, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico were able to learn about the history and customs that are unique to the military in American culture.