April 2021

Leon Palmer casts his ballot Tuesday, April 6, at El Vista Baptist Church, 6301 N. Syler St. in Peoria. The retired Prairie Farms worker voted in every election for the past 47 years.
Five-month-old Kahlaya Williams eyes her surroundings as her mother Krista Wanger casts her ballot Tuesday, April 6, at First English Lutheran Church in Peoria.
Peoria mayoral candidate Rita Ali reads a list of people who helped her campaign as her great-granddaughter Devi Bryant hams it up for the crowd during an election party Tuesday, April 6 at the Warehouse on State in Peoria.

Chris McGovern, a Peoria biologist and avid runner, strikes a pose in his Thor costume. McGovern started wearing the outfit and adopting the persona of the Marvel Comics superhero as a member of the Peoria Hash House Harriers, a running group that holds charity running events, often while wearing costumes.

COVID TESTING – Breon McGhee of Peoria takes a self-administered COVID-19 test Friday, April 9 at the drive-thru testing facility in the parking lot of the Peoria Civic Center in Downtown Peoria.
COVID TESTING – Phlebotomist Kim Perkins takes a sample from a driver at the COVID-19 testing facility Friday, April 9 at the Peoria Civic Center in Downtown Peoria.
COVID TESTING – Two bays for drivers and one for walkups are available at the temporary COVID-19 testing facility in the Peoria Civic Center parking lot in Downtown Peoria.

PEORIA HIGH VS. BLOOMINGTON – The ball hovers between Peoria’s Izaiah Haslett (2) and Bloomington’s Sam Pena (58) on Peoria fumble in the first half Friday, April 9, at Peoria Stadium. The Lions recovered the ball and went on to defeat the Purple Raiders 50-35.
PEORIA HIGH VS. BLOOMINGTON – Peoria High’s Trevon Turner rides Bloomington High quarterback Ben Wellman on a sack in the first half Friday, April 9, at Peoria Stadium.
PEORIA HIGH VS. BLOOMINGTON – Peoria High’s Rayshun Buckner (4) and Aziah Fisher (5) celebrate Buckner’s touchdown against Bloomington High in the second half Friday, April 9, at Peoria Stadium.

WASHINGTON VS. PEKIN – The Washington Panthers prepare to take the field against Pekin on Friday, April 9, in Washington.
WASHINGTON VS. PEKIN – Washington’s Nolan Brown (52) gets a hand on Pekin quarterback Wyatt Van Ness (3) and brings him down in the first half Friday, April 9, in Washington. The Panthers defeated the Dragons 21-6.
WASHINGTON VS. PEKIN – Pekin’s Logan Buck (8) snags a pass over Washington’s Mason Geltz in the first half Friday, April 9, in Washington.

TOUGH LOSS – ICC’s Kristyn Mitchell (42) tangles with Parkland’s Peyton Crowe (23) and Shaelynn Bell (33) on a rebound in the first half of their NJCAA Central District Division II title game Saturday, April 10, at Lorene Ramsey Gym.
TOUGH LOSS – ICC’s Nia Williams tries to knock the ball away from Parkland’s Peyton Crowe in the second half of the NJCAA Central District Division II title game Saturday, April 10, at Lorene Ramsey Gym.
TOUGH LOSS – ICC’s Camryn Stafford, middle, glances at the clock as time winds down in their 59-40 loss to Parkland in the NJCAA Central District Division II title game Saturday, April 10, at Lorene Ramsey Gym. With her on the bench are Dayja Evans, left, and Kristyn Mitchell.
TOUGH LOSS – The Parkland Cobras celebrate their 59-40 win over ICC in the NJCAA Central District Division II title game Saturday, April 10, at Lorene Ramsey Gym.

Pam Tomka pulls a frame buzzing with hundreds of honey bees at her property in unincorporated Washington. Tomka and her husband Bob took up beekeeping about five years ago and hope to convince Washington officials to allow beekeeping within city limits.
Morton running Seth Glatz (20) fends off East Peoria’s Ryan LaHood in the first half Friday, April 16, at Morton High School. The junior running back ran for 368 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Potters to a 49-15 Mid-Illini Conference win over East Peoria.

BITTERSWEET VICTORY – Peoria High seniors Trent Wilkins (18) and Darius Thomas share an emotional hug after their 40-33 victory over Normal West in the Big 12 Conference semifinal Friday, April 16, at Peoria Stadium. Despite the victory, the seniors shed tears over the last home game of their high school careers.
BITTERSWEET VICTORY – The Peoria Lions celebrate their 40-33 victory over Normal West in the Big 12 Conference semifinal Friday, April 16, at Peoria Stadium.
BITTERSWEET VICTORY – Peoria High senior Trent Wilkins, right, sheds tears as he hugs teammate Tyrese Gregory after their final game Friday, April 16, 2021 at Peoria Stadium, a 40-33 victory over Normal West in the Big 12 Conference semifinal.
BITTERSWEET VICTORY – A pair of Peoria High seniors make one last trip to the end zone after the Lions’ 40-33 victory over Normal West in the Big 12 Conference semifinal Friday, April 16, at Peoria Stadium.

A late spring snow shower tests the mettle of tulips in a bed Tuesday, April 20, along Grandview Drive in Peoria.

RIVALRY ON THE GRIDIRON – Metamora fans, including one in an inflatable T-rex costume, celebrate with their team after the Redbirds’ 21-14 victory over Washington on Friday, April 23, in Metamora.
RIVALRY ON THE GRIDIRON – Metamora’s Zach Poston (25) dives for the goal line on a successful two-point conversion against Washington in the second half Friday, April 23, in Metamora.
RIVALRY ON THE GRIDIRON – Metamora’s Kadyn DesJardins celebrates a quarterback sack on Washington in the second half Friday, April 23, in Metamora.
RIVALRY ON THE GRIDIRON – Washington’s Thomas Borges, left, dives past Metamora’s Zach Poston into the endzone for a touchdown against Metamora on Friday, April 23, in Metamora.
RIVALRY ON THE GRIDIRON – The Metamora Redbirds celebrate their 21-14 victory over Washington on Friday, April 23, in Metamora.

Grade-schoolers use their backpacks to keep the pouring rain off as they head to their buses after school Wednesday, April 28, at Hines Elementary School in Peoria.
Licensed Practical Nurse Brenda Woods administers a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Steve Hogue Jr. of Pekin during a drive-thru vaccination clinic Friday, April 30, at the Tazewell County Health Department in Tremont.

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