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Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington will have the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series ring on display Wednesday, May 16, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center, 1111 Trinity Lane.


Adams reduced to two lanes for fiber optic installation

Beginning Monday, May 14th, 2018, SW Adams Street, from Harrison Street to Fulton Street, will be reduced to two lanes while Custom Underground, Inc. installs fiber optic lines for Comcast. Motorists may experience travel delays in or near this lane reduction. This work is expected to last through Friday, May 18th, weather permitting.

Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution in construction zones. For more information, contact Custom Underground, Inc. at (309) 691-4535 or Comcast at (800) 934-6489.

Residents invited to joint Citizens Police Academy

Peoria residents are invited to participate in the Citizen Police Academy which will be held at the Peoria Police Department from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday beginning June 6th through July 25th. The purpose of the academy is to provide citizens with an enhanced understanding of the Peoria Police Department through education and hands on activities.

The Citizens Police Academy is free and applicants must be at least 18 years of age and successfully pass a criminal background check. Applications will be accepted until the class is full or May 30th, whichever comes first.

An academy application and course schedule are available at the Police Department Web site at: An application can also be requested by contacting Jennifer Engelbrecht at 494-8250.


Advocate hospitals to display Cubs’ Series ring

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington will have the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series ring on display Wednesday, May 16, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center, 1111 Trinity Lane, Bloomington.

The ring is encased in a glass frame and photo opportunities will be available to all attendees.

Advocate Eureka Hospital hosted the ring on Monday in the hospital lobby, 101 S. Major St.

Advocate Health Care is a proud partner of the Chicago Cubs and therefore a recipient of one of the championship rings.

According to the team, the ring was designed and produced by Jostens, the Minneapolis-based memorabilia manufacturer. A total of 1,908 rings were distributed in April 2017 to the team.


City working on removing substance from building

Following a regular repair, the city of Pekin has discovered a commonly found fungus in the building located at 111 S Capitol St.

Cladosporium is one of the most common environmental fungi and it is frequently found both in outdoor and indoor environments, according to the city.

Hyphae is also common and found among outdoor and indoor environments. Both substances can be allergenic and irritate asthmatic conditions; however, neither is known to cause toxic effects due to inhalation, according to the city release.

The city began fixing the problem on May 9 and anticipates remediation to be complete by approximately May 18.

The remediation contractors will take reasonable precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to or the spread of spores during the remediation process.

Affected materials will be removed under containment and using negative pressure equipment wherever possible. Non-cleanable material will be disposed of and replaced.

Parts that can be cleaned will be thoroughly washed and sanitized by remediation experts in conjunction with the regular HVAC service company. Additionally, air purifiers will be installed to mitigate any further issues.

The remediation work is expected to take anywhere from one to three hours depending on the size of the workspace. During that time employees will not be allowed in the work area as it will be temporarily sealed off while technicians are present.

Pekin sends out invites to food truck operators

The city of Pekin is picking up on the food truck trend. The city says it wants to take the hassle out of the food truck licensing. It has put together a guide to help mobile food vendors navigate the permits, licenses, applications, and requirements to operate in Pekin. The process works for venders just stopping through the city and for those planning to be in operation locally all year long. In addition, vendors who sign up now to participate in the Pekin Farmer’s Market the city will waive license fees for the year that runs May 1 through April 30, 2019.


IEMA helps preparedness for special needs residents

Throughout May, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of disaster preparedness for people with functional and access needs.

“Disasters can cause power outages, force people to evacuate their homes or create other dangerous situations,” said IEMA Acting Director William P. Robertson. “We encourage everyone to be prepared, especially those who may have medical, functional or access needs.”

Robertson said IEMA has information available on the Ready Illinois website ( to help people and caregivers prepare for emergencies.

A guidebook, Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs, offers preparedness tips for people with visual, cognitive or mobility impairments, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, those who utilize service animals or life support systems, and senior citizens.

For each functional need, the guidebook provides a list of supplemental items for a disaster kit, tips on developing an emergency plan, suggestions on how to be better informed about community emergency planning, and a checklist of preparedness activities.

The Ready Illinois website also offers more than two dozen preparedness videos in American Sign Language on such topics as what to do before, during and after tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding, how to build an emergency supply kit, and what to do if you’re instructed to evacuate.

Agencies issue safety reminders for boating

The boating season is underway on Illinois’ waterways.  National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters that life jackets save lives, and Illinois law requires that life jackets or life vests (personal floatation devices, PFDs) be available for each person aboard a boat or other watercraft.

State law also requires that anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while aboard any watercraft under 26-feet in length at all times the boat is underway, unless they are below deck in an enclosed cabin or operating on private property.  Illinois law also requires persons of any age to wear a PFD while operating a personal watercraft.

For more information, check the National Safe Boating Council’s “Wear It” campaign website at


Work on Ryan, Ike to affect downtown driving

The Illinois Department of Transportation warns  drivers who regularly travel to and from Chicago that extended ramp closures will take place on the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (southbound Interstate 90/94) beginning this week.

The ramp closures are necessary to construct new pavement and drainage along the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (eastbound Interstate 290), as part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange Project.

Beginning May 15, the ramp from outbound Congress Parkway to the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway (southbound Interstate 90/94) will be closed.


–Peoria County News Briefs–