February 2022

SNOWSTORM – A worker clears the snow from a parking lot and sidewalks at the former Nailon Plumbing Supply building, now Ardor Breads and Provisions, along Liberty Street in Peoria on Feb. 2, 2022.
SNOWSTORM – U.S. Postal Service carrier Jarvis Phipps trudges through some deep snow while delivering mail to homes on S. Easton Avenue in South Peoria on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022.
SNOWSTORM – John Havenga, in red coat, and two of his four kids, Ezra, 4, with a bucket on his head, and Gideon, 7, work at shoveling snow and having some fun at their house on Laura Street in West Peoria on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Havenga’s other kids, Micah, 9, and Daniel, 11, also helped out.
SNOWSTORM – Crosley Bolt, 10, in gray cap, drops a fistful of snow on top of his friend Brennan Smith, 14, as a group of kids bury him up to the neck while taking a break from sledding at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.
SNOWSTORM – A group of boys hitch a ride on the hood of a ’79 Ford in Metamora on Thursday, Feb 3, 2022.

Jamar Hardin works on customer Joshua Gunn’s haircut in the storefront barber chair at Hardin’s new beauty salon Pure Oasis at 315 Main Street in Downtown Peoria.

METAMORA VS. WASHINGTON – Metamora’s Ethan Kizer takes the spotlight during player introductions before a game against Washington on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 at Metamora Township High School. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers 50-45.
METAMORA VS. WASHINGTON – Metamora’s Tyson Swanson (22) and Zack Schroeder try to recover a loose ball from Washington’s Andrew Coker in the second half Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 at Metamora Township High School. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers 50-45.

BRADLEY VS. DRAKE – Bradley’s Connor Hickman, left, blocks a shot from Drake’s Roman Penn in the second half Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Braves defeated the Bulldogs 68-59.

Tony, left, and Victor Flores show off some of the products they sell at the new location of Flores Music at 3831 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria. The business was started 45 years ago by their father Jesse at a location on War Memorial that the brothers recently sold to Beck’s Oil.

ANOTHER SNOWSTORM – Jeff Smith of Hearn’s Landscaping clears snow from sidewalks around the Peoria County Courthouse on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in downtown Peoria.
ANOTHER SNOWSTORM – Snow accumulates on Raymond Thomas as he shovels the driveway and sidewalk at his house on University St. on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 near Bradley University in Peoria.
ANOTHER SNOWSTORM – Angie Smallwood pushes her hair out of her eyes and snow falls on her purple umbrella while she navigates blizzard conditions Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 at the Westlake Shopping Center in Peoria.
ANOTHER SNOWSTORM – A white pickup truck with an American flag flying from the driver’s side travels through near white-out conditions Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 near the Walmart on University Street in Peoria.

MORTON VS. PEORIA – Peoria’s Niasha Rutherford (1) and Aaliyah Guyton (4) tangle with Morton’s Katie Krupa for a loose ball in the first half of their Class 3A regional title game Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 at Peoria High School. The Potters took the title with a 31-27 win.
MORTON VS. PEORIA – The Morton Potters and their fans celebrate their 31-27 win over Peoria High for the Class 3A Peoria Regional title Friday, February 18, 2022 at Peoria High School.

MORTON VS. WASHINGTON – Washington’s Addie Kimler, top, and Claire McDougall, left, tangle with Morton’s Ellie VanMeenen in the second half of their Class 3A sectional title game Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 at LaSalle-Peru High School.
MORTON VS. WASHINGTON – The Morton Potters celebrate their Class 3A sectional title over Washington on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 at LaSalle-Peru High School.

MANUAL VS. PND – Peoria Notre Dame’s David Williams (5) and Manual’s Kamron Causey eye a loose ball in the second half of the Class 3A regional title game Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 at Limestone High School in Bartonville. The Rams upset the Irish 36-33 in two overtimes.
MANUAL VS. PND – Peoria Notre Dame’s Cooper Koch reacts to a foul in the first overtime of their Class 3A regional title game against Manual on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 at Limestone High School in Bartonville. The ensuing fouls shots by Manual tied the game and sent it into a second overtime.
MANUAL VS. PND –Manual’s Justin Page celebrates with a fan as other rush the court after the Rams upset Peoria Notre Dame 36-33 in the Class 3A regional title game Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 at Limestone High School in Bartonville.

BRADLEY VS. VALPO – The Bradley Braves watch a video on the big screen before player introductions Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Braves routed Valparaiso 79-55 in the regular-season finale.
BRADLEY VS. VALPO – Bradley’s Ari Boya swings from the rim after a breakaway slam dunk as Valparaiso’s Emil Freese-Vilien chases the ball in the first half Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Braves routed the Beacons 79-55 in the regular-season finale.
BRADLEY VS. VALPO – The Bradley bench tries to help an official with an out-of-bounds call in the first half Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Braves routed the Beacons 79-55 in the regular-season finale.
BRADLEY VS. VALPO – Bradley’s Jayson Kent, left, and Valparaiso’s Kobe King chase a loose ball in the first half Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Braves routed the Beacons 79-55 in the regular-season finale.
BRADLEY VS. VALPO – Bradley senior Ari Boya, left, and freshman Max Ekono celebrate Boya’s last home game as a Brave and their 79-55 blowout of Valparaiso in the final home game of the season Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria.

Students gather at a roadside memorial Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 in the 6700 block of W. Pfeiffer Road, the site of a fatal car crash early Sunday that killed 15-year-old Limestone High School student Mia Dusek.

MORTON VS. MARIAN CATHOLIC – Morton’s Ellie Vanmeenen, right, and teammate Katie Krupa point at each other after Vanmeenen scored a three-pointer late in the Class 3A Streator Supersectional against Marian Catholic on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at Streator High School. The Potters defeated the Spartans 49-40.
MORTON VS. MARIAN CATHOLIC – Marian Catholic’s Anna Kleszynski, left, knocks the ball away from Morton’s Ellie Vanmeenen in the second half of their Class 3A Streator Supersectional on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at Streator High School. The Potters defeated the Spartans 49-40.
MORTON VS. MARIAN CATHOLIC – Morton’s Maggie Hobson, facing, shares a group hug after the Potters 49-40 victory over Marian Catholic in the Class 3A Streator Supersectional on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at Streator High School.
MORTON VS. MARIAN CATHOLIC – The Morton Potters hoist their Class 3A Supersectional plaque after defeating Marian Catholic 49-40 on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at Streator High School.

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