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Tarter Source #122: Feeding Peoria with the Heart of Illinois Harvest

Bill Lervaag and Tina Johnson of the Heart of Illinois Harvest join the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to chat about the Peoria-area food-rescue program that collects and delivers food to charitable organizations. The program was recently selected as a finalist for a national philanthropy award worth up to $25,000. HOI Harvest is always in need of volunteers and donations and will host a fundraiser on Sept. 26 from 5-8 p.m. at Agatucci's at 2607 N. University Street in Peoria.


Tarter Source #121: What will become of Peoria County's Heddington Oaks nursing home?

Peoria County Administrator Scott Sorrel joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter in a conversation about the county-funded Heddington Oaks nursing home and a new partnership with OSF Healthcare aimed at revamping the financially-strapped facility.


Tarter Source #120: Antiques appraiser Mark Moran

Now might be a good time to clean out your attic. Mark Moran, an appraiser of antiques and fine arts, is headed to the Peoria area. Known for his stint on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow and as the author of many antique and collectible reference guides, Moran chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about his craft and his current Midwest tour which brings him to the Eureka Public Library on Sept. 6, the Normal Public Library on Sept. 7 and the Peoria Public Library on Sept. 8.


Tarter Source #119: It's not marijuana, it's hemp and it's completely different

They're both classified as cannabis, but marijuana and hemp are not the same. Eric Pollitt, president of Peoria-based Global Hemp, explains the practical and legal differences, the many benefits and uses of industrial hemp, and the challenges and politics of getting the hemp industry off the ground.


Tarter Source #118: Peoria programs help ex-cons get back on their feet

Peoria Co. Sheriff Brian Asbell and Ron Valle of Helping Hand Resource Center join the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the daunting challenge of helping ex-convicts get a fresh start and reducing the rate of recidivism throughout the city and county. Both men oversee programs designed to give current and former inmates a second chance for success through job training and employment opportunities.


Tarter Source #117: Carl and Sherry Cannon of Peoria's ELITE Youth Outreach Program

Carl Cannon’s ELITE Youth Outreach Program is the focus of a recent "Tarter Source" podcast with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter. Cannon and his aunt, Sherry Cannon, ELITE's program coordinator, talk about the youth behavioral program that was recently approved for Lincoln School and Sterling Middle School by the Peoria school board. Cited by Lincoln principal Tom Blumer as “one of the most impactful programs” he's seen in more than three decades as an educator, the ELITE program seeks to...


Tarter Source #116: Opioid abuse is ravaging America's workforce

Brian Allen is Steve Tarter's guest on "Tarter Source," a podcast on pjstar.com. Allen, VP of government affairs at Mitchell International specializing in workman's comp issues, estimates there may be as many as 9 million people in the U.S,. workplace with opioid problems. Allen relates how states are battling the opioid epidemic. While awareness is growing, so are the number of opioid overdose deaths in the country, said Allen. According to government estimates, 70,000 people died in the...


Tarter Source #115: Bradley spokesperson Renee Charles

Bradley University spokesperson Renee Charles chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the new school year, including Move-In Weekend and Welcome Week, issues with immigration and enrollment, and the situation with Peoria's public radio station WCBU-89.9.


Tarter Source #114: The future of the former Greeley School

Jonathon and Nikki Romain and their son Jonathon II join the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the future of the former Greeley School that they are converting into a community art center. The Romains and their project ART, Inc are participating in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program that could net $25,000 for their cause. You can vote for the project here: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2011134


Tarter Source #113: Former TV anchor Garry Moore

Garry Moore, who retired as the former morning host of WEEK-TV's "25 News Today," is Steve Tarter's guest on Tarter Source this week. Moore stepped down earlier this year after a run of more than 30 years, making him the longest-running morning anchor in central Illinois broadcast history, according to WEEK. Among other topics, Moore will discuss how local media has changed over the years.


Tarter Source #112: Molly Crusen Bishop and the Whiskey Baron Run

Historian and writer Molly Crusen Bishop, manager of the Greenhut Memorial Grand Army of the Republic Hall in Downtown Peoria, chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the third annual Whiskey Baron 5K/1K run coming up on August 11.


Tarter Source #111: Christ Setti, CEO of the Greater Peoria EDC

Former assistant city manager for the City of Peoria Chris Setti now serves as the CEO for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. He joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the role of the EDC and its efforts to stimulate and promote economic development throughout Peoria and the Tri-County Area.


Tarter Source #110: ONEFIRE's Jason Parkinson and Mark Hemmer

ONEFIRE President and CEO Jason Parkinson and Director of Marketing Mark Hemmer chat with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the Peoria digital marketing and technology company's new podcast, helping businesses in Peoria and their plans for the future.


Tarter Source #109: Claire Crone of Sophia's Kitchen

Claire Crone, program director of Sophia's Kitchen, 103 South Richard Pryor Place in Peoria, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to chat about the charitable work the kitchen has been doing since its inception in 2010. The kitchen's mission is not just to feed the hungry, but to give the needy some dignity. Sophia's Kitchen is holding a fundraiser on Sunday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Radnor Road featuring food, a bake sale and a silent auction.


Tarter Source #108: Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, the president of Illinois Central College

Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, the president of Illinois Central College, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the popular community college, the state of higher education, and ICC efforts to fulfill the needs of local employers with an educated workforce.


Tarter Source #107: Building in Peoria's Warehouse District with Casey Baldovin

We're talking with Casey Baldovin, a young builder who is working on "The Block" in the Peoria's Warehouse District on this episode of the Tarter Source podcast.


Tarter Source #106: "Wayfinding" with City of Peoria traffic engineer Nick Stoffer

City of Peoria traffic engineer chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about making the city more navigable for pedestrians and first-time visitors —and improve the Downtown experience for everyone — through improved signage and better management of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.


Tarter Source #105: CEFCU President/CEO Mark Spenny

Mark Spenny has been with CEFCU, the Citizens Equity Federal Credit Union, for 25 years. He joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to chat about economic trends and development in the area. As president of the Forest Park Foundation, Mark also discusses the challenge of keeping Wildlife Prairie Park economically sustainable, and the efforts of employees and volunteers to keep the park up and running.


Tarter Source #104: Roberta Koscielski, deputy director of the Peoria Public Library

Roberta Koscielski, deputy director of Peoria Public Library, is Steve Tarter's guest this week on "Tarter Source." Koscielski has worked at the library for 34 years. A University of Illinois grad, she was recently cited by the Library Journal for her work in the Peoria community. Koscielski talks about "The Great American Read," a special PBS program on the nation's favorite 100 books to be shown at the library's North Branch at 6:30 p.m. on May 22.


Tarter Source #103: Lori Mabee of Restoration at Studios on Sheridan

Lori Mabee of Restoration, a home accent store at the Studios on Sheridan, 929 N. Sheridan Road, is an organizer of the popular First Friday and Spring Market events. She chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the weekend events, running a small local business and life on Main Street Peoria.