January 2021

Peoria artist Andrew Hattermann stands in the sanctuary of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 1113 W. Bradley Avenue, in Peoria. Hattermann and the artists of Murals by Jericho have built a successful business painting and beautifying churches all over the country and the world.
Keefe Jackson of Aurora throws a brightly-colored disc down a tree-lined fairway during the 18th annual Peoria Ice Bowl disc golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 2 at Bradley Park. The tournament was organized by the Peoria Frisbee Club and kicked off a series of Ice Bowl charity events across the country.

WINTER FUN – Tyler Meints, 9, of Peoria goes airborne while trying to stand while sledding down a hill Saturday, Jan. 2 at Bradley Park. Families hit the slopes throughout the Peoria area after snow and ice blanketed the area Friday.
WINTER FUN – John Lawless of Peoria skis through a foggy, snowy Donovan Park on Saturday, Jan. 2 in Peoria.
WINTER FUN – Ari Catton, 2, of Peoria surveys her snowy surroundings while visiting the sledding hills at Bradley Park on Saturday, Jan. 2 in Peoria.
WINTER FUN – Families are framed by the snow-covered branches of a tree as they sled and throw snowballs Saturday, Jan. 2 at Donovan Park in Peoria.

A giant mural of Abraham Lincoln hangs from an exterior wall of the Peoria County Courthouse in Downtown Peoria.

BRADLEY VS. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – SIU’s Adrianna Katcher (24) and Makenzie Silvey, far left, battle for a rebound with Bradley’s Mahri Petree (10) and Uche Ufochukwu in the first half Friday, Jan. 8, at Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria.
BRADLEY VS. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – SIU’s Adrianna Katcher (24) and Bradley’s Emily Marsh tangle on the court for a loose ball in the first half Friday, Jan. 8, at Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria.
BRADLEY VS. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – SIU’s Makenzie Silvey (12) tries to stop a shot by Bradley’s Uche Ufochukwu in the first half Saturday, Jan. 9, at Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria.
BRADLEY VS. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Bradley’s Lasha Petree, left, tangles with SIU’s Gabby Walker in the second half Saturday, Jan. 9, at Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria.

BRADLEY VS. EVANSVILLE – Evansville’s Evan Kuhlman, middle, battles for a rebound with Bradley’s Ja’Shon Henry, left, and Rienk Mast in the second half Saturday, Jan. 16, at Carver Arena.
BRADLEY VS. EVANSVILLE – Dozens of cardboad cutouts of friends, fans and family members line one side of the stands during a game against Evansville on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Carver Arena.
BRADLEY VS. EVANSVILLE – Bradley’s Ville Tahvanainen (22), Terry Nolan Jr. (4) and Elijah Childs celebrate a Bradley score in the closing seconds of their 86-55 rout of Evansville on Sunday, Jan. 17, at Carver Arena in Peoria.

MLK DAY CAR PARADE – Atlanta Irby, 5, left, and her grandmother Anita Nelson blow up balloons to decorate Nelson’s car before the start of the annual MLK Freedom March and Commemorative Service on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Romeo B. Garrett Center on the Bradley University campus. Normally a march, this year’s event featured a parade of about 100 vehicles that traveled to the Manual High School parking lot for a pre-taped presentation.
MLK DAY CAR PARADE – A long line of about 100 vehicles travel down Western Avenue to Howett and on to the parking lot at Manual High School on Monday, Jan. 18, during the annual MLK Freedom March and Commemorative Service
MLK DAY CAR PARADE – Sharon Hardin-Hines of the Order of the Eastern Star collects donations and waves at drivers headed to the parking lot at Manual High School during the annual MLK Freedom March and Commemorative Service on Monday, Jan. 18 in Peoria.
MLK DAY CAR PARADE – A picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. adorns the window of one of about 100 vehicles that paraded from Bradley University to Manual High School during the annual MLK Freedom March and Commemorative Service on Monday, Jan. 18, in Peoria.

BEST DOUGHNUTS IN TAZEWELL COUNTY – Chelsea Hiatt packs up two dozen doughnuts for a customer early Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Ron’s Donuts & Bakery, 1004 Walnut St. in Washington.
BEST DOUGHNUTS IN TAZEWELL COUNTY – The warm lights of Ron’s Donuts & Bakery stand out against the cold winter sunrise in Washington.
BEST DOUGHNUTS IN TAZEWELL COUNTY – Tia Colvin reaches into the big case of doughnuts to fill an order at Spudnuts Donuts in Pekin.
BEST DOUGHNUTS IN TAZEWELL COUNTY – Dustin Hardin of Washington picks out the different types of doughnuts he wants from the big case at Spudnuts Donuts in Pekin.

WAR ON 74 PART 1 – A largely-empty Redbird Arena in bathed in red light as the home team ISU Redbirds are introduced Wednesday, Jan. 20 before taking on Bradley in Normal.
WAR ON 74 PART 1 – ISU’s Dusan Mahorcic, middle, gets caught between Bradley’s Sean East II, left, and Connor Linke in the second half Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Redbird Arena in Normal.

BROTHER’S KEEPER – Ahmad Dawson Sr., the new senior pastor at New Life Christian Church, shares a sermon Sunday, Jan. 24 at the church in West Peoria. Dawson has taken over for his brother Harold Dawson Jr. who died in 2019, and his father Harold Dawson Sr. who started the original ministry in the 1960s.
BROTHER’S KEEPER – Senior pastor Ahmad Dawson Sr.’s wife, Jewel, also a pastor, leads the congregation in singing during a service Sunday, Jan. 24 at New Life Christian Church in West Peoria.
BROTHER’S KEEPER – Ahmad Dawson Sr., senior pastor of New Life Christian Church, grooves to the music and message shared by his wife Jewel during a service Sunday, Jan. 24 at the church in West Peoria.

Bradley’s Ville Tahvanainen struggles to hang on to a loose ball against Loyola in the second half Sunday, Jan. 24 at Carver Arena in Peoria.
The sun sets over Peoria and the icy Illinois River.

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