November 2019 by Matt Dayhoff · Hundreds gather Friday, Nov. 1 for the dedication ceremony of the new $100 million Business and Engineering Convergence Center at Bradley University. Peoria High’s Kaevion Mack (7) snags a pass tipped by teammate Izaiah Haslett (2) over the Shepard defense in the first half Friday, Nov. 1 at Peoria Stadium. Sally Crandell of Peoria shares a moment with Maddie, her 9-year-old Samoyed, during a prayer for dearly departed pets Saturday, Nov. 2 at the annual Blessing of the Animals at Peoria County Animal Protection Services in Peoria.Metal artist Julie Slattery stirs coke and recycled cast iron in a superheated crucible during the All-Female Identified Artist Run Iron Pour on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Peoria Art Guild.A group of metal casters pour molten iron into molds during the All-Female Identified Artist Run Iron Pour event Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Peoria Art Guild. About two dozen female casters from all over the nation gathered for the event. Trumpeter Todd Kelly, a music professor at Bradley University, brings a little jazz to the party during “Hymns and Beer” on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Lindenhof in Peoria.Guitarist Billy Gibbons, right, and bassist Dusty Hill of ZZ Top perform Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Gov. JB Pritzker, left, chats with state Rep. Ryan Spain after a press conference Monday, Nov. 4 announcing the start of the Peoria Innovation Hub in the Thomas Building in Downtown Peoria. Joyce Cover, middle in gray sweater, of Peoria, drops another stocking on the pile as she and fellow Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary members Lydia Haan, left, of Peoria, Becky Adams, right, of East Peoria, and volunteer Judy Bruggeman, far right foreground, of Peoria work the stocking stuffing assembly line Monday, Nov. 4 at CMFI in Peoria. The stockings will be given away during the annual Journal Star Red Stocking Party in December. Eureka sophomore Allison Pacocha is the first Journal Star area golfer to win a girls championship since 1989, and only the second ever. She is the 2019 Journal Star Girls Golfer of the Year. Peoria Christian’s Weston Walker won the IHSA Class 1A state golf title with a tough 10-foot putt on the 18th hole, capping off a stellar high school debut for the freshman. He is the 2019 Journal Star Boys Golfer of the Year. Goo Goo Dolls lead singer Johnny Rzeznik, right, and bassist Robby Takac perform Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Illini Bluffs’ Hanna Hicks, right, spikes the ball past Norris City’s Hollan Everett (14) and Mattie Wells in the first set of the Class 1A volleyball state semifinals Friday, Nov. 15at Redbird Arena in Normal. The Illini Bluffs Tigers celebrate their victory over Norris City in the Class 1A volleyball state semifinals Friday, Nov. 15 at Redbird Arena in Normal. Illini Bluffs won in straight sets 25-19, 25-22 to advance to Saturday’s title game. Ryan Welsh, 11, little brother to Illini Bluffs junior volleyball player Addie Welsh, cheers on his sister and her teammates during the Class 1A state title game Saturday, Nov. 16 at Redbird Arena in Normal. Illini Bluffs’ Addie Welsh (1) puts the ball over Newark defenders Madi Malone (16) and Mattie Chapman in the first set of the Class 1A volleyball state title game Saturday, Nov. 16 at Redbird Arena in Normal. The Illini Bluffs Tigers, right, watch as Newark celebrates their Class 1A volleyball state title Saturday, Nov. 16 at Redbird Arena in Normal. Illini Bluffs fell to the defending state champs 25-19, 25-22 to claim second place. Illini Bluffs head coach Nancy Meyer and superintendent Roger Alvey share a hug during the medal ceremony after the Class 1A volleyball state title game Saturday, Nov. 16 at Redbird Arena in Normal. A tearful Illini Bluffs volleyball team hoists their second-place trophy after falling to Newark 25-19, 25-22 in the Class 1A state final Saturday, Nov. 16 at Redbird Arena in Normal. Louise Emanuels of the Peoria chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution greets a group of new citizens with a smile and an American flag during a naturalization ceremony Friday, Nov. 15 in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade in Downtown Peoria.Fieldcrest’s Jaxon Cusac-McKay, left, strips the ball from Clifton-Central’s Garrett Graham at the goal line in the first half of their Class 2A state quarterfinals Saturday, Nov. 16 in Minonk. Clifton-Central was awarded a touchdown on the play.Fieldcrest’s Henry Lorton (13) and Clifton-Central’s Jacob Shoven tangle over a pass in the first half of their Class 2A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 16 in Minonk. Kadin Hummer, 5, left, and Blaze Eakins, 4, both of Chillicothe, watch the Parade of Lights from the comfort of an all-weather enclosure Saturday, Nov. 16 along E. Washington Street in East Peoria.