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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bradley graduate and local musician Josiah Williams is Peoria's new neighborhood enhancement coordinator. He joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to chat about the specifics of his job with the city, his background and career as a performer, and thoughts about Peoria and its future.
Diane Hahn, owner of the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery, was Steve Tarter's guest on "Tarter Source." Hahn provides details on events planned for this summer, the winery's 15th year. She and husband Paul Hahn, who died in 2016, built up a wide range of activities, musical events and festivals at the 15-acre Mackinaw site.
Marty Wombacher, creator of the popular Peoria blog Meanwhile Back in Peoria, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter for the 100th episode of the Tarter Source podcast. Marty was the guest on the very first Tarter Source podcast.
General manager Doug Roelfs chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the state of public transportation in Peoria, including CityLink's upcoming projects, in another episode of the Tarter Source podcast.
Bradley University robotics professor Sam Kherat chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about autonomous automobiles and transformative technology. Kherat was heavily involved in Caterpillar's DARPA autonomous vehicle challenges and is developing a robotics training center at Bradley.
Henry Litchfield, a fan of classic films and public television, shares his likes, dislikes and considerable knowledge with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter in another episode of the Tarter Source podcast.
Les Cohen of the Cohen Development Co. joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter for an update on the Westlake Shopping Center, the demise of Toys R Us, and the future of local retail in the age of online shopping.
Talk show host and poet Ahavah Mauré joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss her online talk show Mics Uncut, featuring artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and others from around central Illinois. Ahavah is also a published author of poetry available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.
Fake news, social media, blogging — Bradley University professor of communications Paul Gullifor joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the state of media, communications and journalism in today's online society.
Kathy Carter, historian for the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria and chair of the church's 175th anniversary committee, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter for another Tarter Source podcast. Established in 1843, the church is one of the oldest in Peoria. The church moved in 2005 from its longtime location near the UnityPoint-Health Methodist Medical Center when the Downtown Peoria hospital decided to expand its campus.
Native Peorian Mark Misselhorn is an architect with Apace Design and chairman of the Downtown Advisory Commission. From parking issues to the new OSF Healthcare headquarters, he joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the state of Downtown Peoria.
Peoria developer Les Cohen of the Cohen Development Company chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about Westlake Shopping Center's semi-permeable pavers, some of his future plans for development in the area, and the many virtues of living in the Peoria area.
Sam Kherat, a professor of robotics at Bradley University and former Caterpillar project manager, discusses issues surrounding the developing technology of self-driving vehicles with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter. Kherat was heavily involved in the DARPA autonomous vehicle challenges for Caterpillar and is working on the development of a robotics training center at Bradley.