Why does it take so many firefighters to battle a blaze? What other dangers, besides fire, do firefighters face? How has firefighting changed over the years? Veteran firefighter Tony Ardis, division chief of operations for the Peoria Fire Department, shares his insights on fire response and safety with the Journal Star's Matt Buedel.
Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood and Pat Kennedy and Chrissy Smith from the Human Service Center talk with reporter Andy Kravetz about opioid addiction, how the drugs work, signs to look for and other alternatives for pain relief.
Peoria County coroner Jamie Harwood, Peoria City/County Health Dept. head Monica Hendrickson and epidemiologist Katie Endress join Journal Star public safety reporter Andy Kravetz in a discussion about opioid abuse and local efforts to combat the deadly addiction.
The opioid crisis is hitting central Illinois hard. Chris Shaffner, grant coordinator with the Human Service Center and a drug and alcohol counselor, joins Journal Star health beat reporter Leslie Renken to discuss the stigma of drug addiction, the use of naloxone to treat overdose victims, and a new initiative to stem the tide of abuse through awareness and education.
Welcome to the Journal Star's third panel conversation on sexual misconduct. This podcast series is the result of the Journal Star’s monthly community meetings with readers.
Last month, a group of Peoria women -- including Sherry Cannon and led by Bradley Professor Portia Adams -- talked in frank and disturbing terms about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. A week later we had a panel of men talking about the issue.
This installment brings members from both panels together...
A group of four Peoria-area men gathered on Nov. 15 at One News Plaza in our second part of a discussion on sexual harassment, sexual assault and the #metoo movement. Executive editor Dennis Anderson moderated.
Justin Dwyer, a sanitarian with the Peoria City/County Health Department, walks us through the process of health. Dwyer explains how he assesses violations ranging from leaking faucets to mold in the ice machine.
In his first budget, President Trump proposed abolishing the national Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities. While congress essentially ignored that suggestion with the budget they passed - actually increasing spending on the arts and humanities - the budget year ends in September, and the issue will be coming up again soon. What would happen in central Illinois if the NEA and NEH were abolished?
Ecosystems all over the world are under stress, and that includes the prairies, wetlands and other biologically diverse habitats of central Illinois. Mike Miller of the Peoria Park District is teaching a class and leading a tour of ecosystems around Peoria. He joins the Journal Star's Nick Vlahos in a discussion about the area's various ecosystems, what is being done to help preserve and protect them, and what you can do to help as well.
Dr. Larry Weinzimmer, a professor of strategic management at Bradley University, has spent his career developing strategies for growing private business, but he's recently used his number-crunching prowess to help local hospitals assess community health. In a 2016 survey, Weinzimmer's team found, among a wealth of data, that people are not as healthy as they think they are.
Couri Thomas works to help the disadvantaged at Peoria Area Food Bank, but is a newcomer to politics as he seeks the Peoria mayor's seat. He discusses how he'd like to revitalize Peoria in this interview with political reporter Chris Kaergard.
Political newcomer G. Marie Kennell seeks to transform a career in real estate into a shot at the Peoria mayor's chair. She discusses her vision for the city and policies she'd champion during this interview with political reporter Chris Kaergard.
For the first time since his election in 2005, Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis faces competition to keep his job. He sits down with political reporter Chris Kaergard to discuss his record and his vision for the next four years.