Program to explore civility in today’s world
The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will present a program March 21 on the topic of civility, at the next session of its Drinks & Dialogue series. Portia Adams, social work program director and associate professor, department of sociology at Bradley University will guide the discussion, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Lariat Steakhouse, 2232 W. Glen Ave., Peoria.
The Institute for Civility in Government defines civility as “more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. It is political in the sense that it is a necessary prerequisite for civic action. But it is political, too, in the sense that it is about negotiating interpersonal power such that everyone’s voice is heard, and nobody’s is ignored.”
The program is free. Social time will precede it at 5 p.m.
Collection fees being waived through March 16
Tazewell County residents still have a few days to take advantage of the county Circuit Clerk’s Office’s amnesty of the 30-percent penalty fee attached to certain fines. The catch is that scofflaws have to pay their criminal and traffic case fines and fees in full by 5 p.m. March 16.
Circuit Clerk Linc Hobson scheduled his office’s first Amnesty Week for March 12-16.
The fee will be waived only if all delinquent accounts are paid in full. Defendants can pay by cash, cashier check, personal check, money order or credit or debit card.
Payments can be made in person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office in the County Courthouse between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mailed payments must be postmarked by March 16. Those wishing to pay electronically can do so through judici.com, but they must first notify the clerk’s office by calling 309-478-5699.
Additional information about Amnesty Week can be found at tazewellcountyil.com.
Early voting continues for primary election
The Tazewell County Clerk’s office continues to be the location for early voting for the March 20, primary election. Hours for early voting are during the week 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. March 14-March 16, and March 19; and on the weekend 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17 and March 18. The clerk’s office is in the McKenzie Building, 11 S. Fourth St., Suite 203, Pekin. For more information, call the Tazewell County Elections Division at 309-477-2267.
School planning 12th annual auction
Good Shepherd Lutheran School of Pekin will hold its 12th annual school auction starting at 4:30 p.m. March 24, at Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, 21 Blackjack Blvd., East Peoria. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 309-347-2020. For more information or check out the Good Shepherd website for a listing of the items to be auctioned off, go to goodshepherdpekin.com.
All proceeds will go to the school.
Music students to give spring concerts
Students in the Pekin public schools’ music programs will perform at two upcoming concerts.
The Pekin Community High School instrumental music department will give a Spring Instrumental Music Concert at 6 :30 p.m. March 15, at the high school, 1903 Court St.
The concert will feature the PCHS Orchestra, concert and symphonic bands, percussion ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble
The Junior High Day Concert will be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 27, also at the high school. Band students from Broadmoor, Edison, Georgetown and Rankin schools will perform. They will be joined by high school band students during the concert.
Admission to both concerts is free.
Chamber holds event for young professionals
Local young professionals are invited to attend a special event being held by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.
A Pekin Young Professionals Happy Hour will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. March 15, at Sangalli’s Italian Steakhouse, 2217 Court St. The event will offer an opportunity to meet other people in business and to learn what the chamber offers. The host will be Nick Mucciante of Mucciante Heating & Cooling, who will talk about how he started his business. Free appetizers will be served, and there will be a cash bar.
Police to discuss how to handle violence at work
Violence can occur anywhere. What if it happens in your place of business? Learn how to prepare and train your employees to handle situations when Sgt. Rick VonRohr from the Pekin Police Department teaches the latest safety concepts and how to respond to critical incidents. The free seminar, to be hosted by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pekin Police Department, will be held 10-11 a.m. March 19, at the Avanti’s Dome Banquet Room, 3401 Griffin Ave., Pekin. Admission is free but registration is required. RSVP at 309-346-2016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Tazewell County News Briefs–