Peoria County news briefs

Wildlife Prairie Park will offer Adventure Camps this summer for children ages pre-kindergarten through early teens. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Prairie Park)


 Motorcyclist death and identity released

On Saturday, May 4, the Peoria County Coroner’s office was summoned to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for a female who had been pronounced deceased following a motorcycle accident.

The deceased, 55-year-old Marissa A. Cumbie, of East Peoria, was found unresponsive by her motorcycle at around 10:07 a.m. in the 1900 block of East Jefferson Avenue in Morton Township, Tazewell County.  A passerby discovered her and called 911.

Cumbie was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center via Morton Fire Department in critical condition. Despite aggressive resuscitation and treatment, Cumbie succumbed to her injuries at 2:14 p.m.

Cumbie suffered severe head and chest trauma causing her death.  Her toxicology tests were negative. She was not wearing a helmet.

Prairie Park to hold youth summer camps

For ages 5-13, Adventure Camp runs June 3-7 and July 8-12.  Week One will focus more on outdoor recreation and activities. Most of the camper’s time will be spent outside.

Campers will fish at the WestSide Pavilion, create an outdoor shelter, and learn how to identify wildlife scat and tracks. Each camper will receive a camp shirt and a water bottle.

For ages 3-5, pre-K, Adventure Camp runs June 14 or July 19. Little campers will enjoy a day of nature and learning. They will meet animal keepers and special animal ambassadors, help create special enrichment for animals at the park, ride the train and take a hay rack ride to Hazel’s hill of flowers.

Campers will be provided a nap time from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Campers who do not want a nap will have quiet time with camp leaders to read and learn about nocturnal animals.

For more information, go to


City hosting Community Public Works Open House

The annual City of Peoria Public Works Open House will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 3505 N. Dries Lane.

This event gives residents the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in the daily activities of maintaining the infrastructure of Peoria. Staff members will be on hand to explain what Public Works does and to answer questions.

Interactive displays will be available and the public will be able to talk to staff members who work with streets, storm water, sewer, urban forestry, green infrastructure, solid waste collection and fleet maintenance. New this year – an equipment parade on-site featuring a variety of vehicles and heavy equipment, such as snow plows and the paint striping truck, will be on display. This is a unique opportunity to get an up close look at the equipment and ask questions from those who operate it.

Bring the entire family to see the displays and meet the people who keep Peoria moving. Guests will also enjoy a bouncy house from Fun on the Run, balloons from the Unique Twist, face painting by the Zoo Lady and dine on hot dogs, snow cones and other treats.

The City of Peoria Public Works Department is located at 3505 N. Dries Lane in Peoria. This event is part of National Public Works Week, held May 19-25, a celebration of those who work in professions that are an integral part of our citizens’ everyday lives and safety


 ICC offers summer sports camps

ICC will extend its strong athletic tradition to elementary and high school-aged athletes this summer with a variety of sports camps aimed at providing instruction and individual attention, along with fun competitions, to help improve skills. The College’s veteran coaches will offer high-caliber camps in girls’ & boys’ basketball, volleyball, softball, and baseball.  Participants also can choose from specialty camps for volleyball and girls’ basketball advanced skills.

All camps will be hosted at the CougarPlex on the ICC East Peoria Campus.

For more information or to register, go online to or contact the ICC Athletics Department at 309-694-5426.

ICC and Bradley U. partner up on degrees

Illinois Central College and Bradley University are teaming up to help students gain their baccalaureate degrees.

Through a special partnership, students at ICC who have received an associate in arts, associate in science, or associate in engineering science degrees and are preparing for baccalaureate completion in Bradley University programs, will be guaranteed admission if they have a 2.5+ cumulative GPA.

Bradley and ICC have also created more than 40 2+2 agreements all to ease the transfer process for students.  The 2+2 agreements map out what courses are needed in the first two years at ICC and what a student is expected to complete in the next two years at Bradley to graduate in 4 years.

Rock of Ages concert tour to stop at CPA

Broadway’s Best Party is coming to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St.

The Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour show will be in town Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood.

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned Rock of Ages into a global phenomenon.

This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”

Tickets prices range from $50 to $65.

For more information about the BCPA go online at or phone our ticket office at 309-434-2777 Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


 Health Dept. hosts CDC officials for vaccine training

The Illinois Department of Public Health last week hosted experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who provided training on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.

Targeted mostly to Vaccine Providers, the training provided an overview of the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them.

Nearly 200 participants from health care facilities, universities, and local and state health departments were in attendance. In case you missed it, this training can also be found as a webinar series on CDC’s website: