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Dec. 7 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which thrust the United States into World War II. Historian Jim Gibbons will present "Pearl Harbor: 75 years later" Dec. 14 at the Morton Public Library, 315 W. Pershing St., Morton. 

Dec. 7 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which thrust the United States into World War II. Historian Jim Gibbons will present “Pearl Harbor: 75 years later” Dec. 14 at the Morton Public Library, 315 W. Pershing St., Morton.


New law requires domestic violence support training for hairstylists

Conversations can get personal while women are getting their hair done, and hairdressers sometimes learn about incidents of domestic violence while chatting with their clients. Because of that, a new state law will require all hairstylists to be trained in domestic violence support and response.

The law will take effect Jan 1.

The mandate was passed as an amendment to the Barber, Cosmetology, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act of 1985. The legislation aligns with the Professional Beauty Association’s Cut It Out program, which pushes similar efforts.


Senior Consulting Project uses skills in practical world

Area businesses can tap into the expertise of Bradley University business majors who work on real world business situations.

The Senior Consulting Project is the capstone project for all Bradley University business majors. Small teams of four to six students from a mixture of disciplines (Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management and Leadership, Management Information Systems, and Marketing) are brought together to consult for a local firm. The group works directly with a contact from the firm and is advised by one of the University’s business professors. The project lasts the full semester and culminates in a presentation of recommendations from the students to the client and professor.

Applicants may propose any type of business related project, as long as it contains specific deliverables from the team, some common projects include developing marketing plans, feasibility studies, and conducting customer surveys.

Businesspeople are invited to call (309) 677-2992 office or go to www.bradley.edu/turner/project-app/ for an application and more information.

Restaurant chain announces location

Chicago-style eatery Portillo’s has announced the location of its first central Illinois store. Normal Town Manager Mark Peterson said Portillo’s will open at the current Motel 6 location at 202 Landmark Drive, kitty-corner to Wal-Mart. Portillo’s first announced its intention to come to Normal in April.


Two towns role models in environmental care

The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council congratulates East Peoria and Washington for their Progressive City awards from Ameren Illinois. Ameren Illinois looks at cities in their service area to identify efforts to increase energy efficiency, build greener communities, and enact community and economic development programs. The two Greater Peoria communities each received a $2,500 grant to put toward beautification projects and a commemorative sign to showcase their achievements.

East Peoria was recognized for its Green Team sustainability program, Tri-County Fresh Food Hub, Levee District development, generating more than $385,000 in energy savings through efficiency projects, and other forward-thinking initiatives.

Ameren acknowledged Washington’s active park district, growing trail system which currently spans 11 miles, progressive community policing programs, their community garden and recycling programs, more than $90,000 in annual energy savings, downtown revitalization efforts and numerous other sustainable programs and practices.


Pearl Harbor program slated at library

“Pearl Harbor: 75 years later” will be presented by historian Jim Gibbons at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Morton Public Library, 315 W. Pershing St., Morton. From the beginnings of the storms of war that led to the pre-dawn attack, Gibbons will explain how the government in Washington, D.C. was wooed to vulnerability and then struck hard by Japan. Dec. 7 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack.


Video gaming ordinance tabled

The Pekin City Council has tabled a video gaming ordinance that would limit the number of gaming cafes and established fees for all gaming establishments in Pekin.

The ordinance was tabled over concern with its fairness, potential revenue to the city and the financial implications to business owners. The ordinance would limit the number of gaming cafes to 20 and impose a $1,000 annual fee per establishment and another $250 fee per machine.

The commission began looking at an ordinance after local business owners expressed worries that the community could be flooded with gaming cafes. A gaming cafe is an establishment that makes most of its money on video gaming machines, not alcohol or food sales.

–Tazewell County News Briefs–