January 2022

Washington’s Luci Wilson, top, and Metamora’s Elena Redgate struggle for the ball in the final minutes Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 in Metamora. The Redbirds fell to the Panthers 33-32.

BLOWING SNOW – Wind-driven snow blowing east to west rolls over Dee-Mac Road between Washington and Eureka, Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.
BLOWING SNOW – Wisps of snow blow across E. Guth Road between Washington and Eureka, Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

Mike and Karen Brenkman of Pekin enjoy a mid-day meal at the new Childers Eatery in East Peoria. This is the fourth location in the Peoria for the locally-owned restaurant.

PEDESTRIANS IN PEORIA – Mary Sue Hosbrough, left, and Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood come to a fork in the path during a recent pre-dawn trek through a new section of Spring Creek Preserve in Fondulac Township. The pair made a name for themselves with their Facebook page Pedestrians in Peoria, which documented their efforts in 2019 and 2020 to walk every street in the city of Peoria.
PEDESTRIANS IN PEORIA – Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood of Pedestrians in Peoria tries to cross a slushy, semi-frozen creek during a recent pre-dawn hike through Spring Creek Preserve in Fondulac Township.
PEDESTRIANS IN PEORIA – Mary Sue Hosbrough, left, and Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood made a name for themselves with their Facebook page Pedestrians in Peoria, which documented their efforts in 2019 and 2020 to walk every street in the city of Peoria. Now the pair have decided to walk every trail and walking path in the area, including a recent pre-dawn hike at Spring Creek Preserve in Fondulac Township.

Eureka’s Trevor Heffren (25) and a teammate leap in the air during player introductions before the start of their game against El Paso-Gridley on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at Eureka High School. The Hornets fell to the Titans 55-46.

TEMPORARY FOOD TRUCK – Ashers Bar & Grill owner Russell Spencer, in yellow shirt, talks with his wife Ashley, far right, and the rest of the crew as they fill orders in their temporary food truck Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 in Farmington.
TEMPORARY FOOD TRUCK – Ashley Spencer, owner of Ashers Bar & Grill hands an order over to customer Molly Page at the takeout window of the popular tavern’s temporary location in a food truck Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 in Farmington. The eatery’s permanent location at 36 E. Fort Street was heavily damaged by fire in November.
TEMPORARY FOOD TRUCK – A Farmington High School Farmers football helmet is mounted to the outside of the Ashers Bar & Grill food truck Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 in Farmington.

BRADLEY VS. EVANSVILLE – A Bradley Braves cheerleader raises her pompoms before the start of a game against Evansville on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Braves defeated the Purple Aces 79-47.
BRADLEY VS. EVANSVILLE – Bradley’s Malevy Leons, right, gets a hand on a shot by Evansville’s Jawaun Newton in the second half Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Braves defeated the Purple Aces 79-47.
BRADLEY VS. EVANSVILLE – Bradley teammates, from left to right, Mikey Howell, Terry Roberts, Rienk Mast and Malevy Leons rest during a break in the action against Evansville on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Braves defeated the Purple Aces 79-47.

East Peoria’s AJ Reinders falls over the back of Pekin’s Colin DeLaere in the second half Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 in Pekin. The Dragons fell to the Raiders 43-30.

Peoria High’s Paris Wilson (11) tries to swat a rebound away from Morton’s Paige Griffin in the first half Saturday, Jan.15, 2022 at Peoria High School. The Lions defeated the Potters 41-32.

BRADLEY VS ISU – Fans in the ISU student section throw confetti after the Redbirds’ first score of their game against rival Bradley on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 at Redbird Arena in Normal. The Redbirds defeated the Braves 74-65.
BRADLEY VS ISU – ISU’s Ryan Schmitt (50) and Howard Fleming Jr. (3) battle for a rebound with Bradley’s Rienk Mast in the second half Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 at Redbird Arena. The Braves fell to the Redbirds 74-65.
BRADLEY VS ISU – Bradley’s Terry Roberts, left, and ISU’s Howard Fleming Jr. eye a loose ball late in the second half Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 at Redbird Arena in Normal. The Redbirds defeated the Braves 74-65.
BRADLEY VS ISU – Bradley head coach Brian Wardle gives Malevy Leons some direction in the first half Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 at Redbird Arena in Normal. The Redbirds defeated the Braves 74-65.
BRADLEY VS ISU – Members of the Bradley Braves leave the court after suffering a 74-65 loss to the ISU Redbirds on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 at Redbird Arena in Normal.

Mixologist Ben Haas creates a coffee-infused Café Manhatten, at the new cocktail bar The Missing Zither from the owners of CxT Roasting in Keller Station.

Renzie Masters of South Pekin carefully navigates the ice Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 at the Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin.

RIVERMEN VS. QUAD CITY– Peoria goalie Eric Levine dives after a shot on goal from Quad City’s Tommy Stang in the third period Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 at Carver Arena. Stang scored on the play to tie the game 2-2, but the Rivermen went on to defeat the Quad City Storm 3-2 in sudden-death overtime.
RIVERMEN VS. QUAD CITY– The Rivermen and some of their fans celebrate the team’s 3-2 victory over the Quad City Storm in sudden-death overtime Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 at Carver Arena.

SCHOOL PROTEST – Melissa Diviney, a Peoria Public Schools parent who has an eight-year-old son in the district, yells as vehicles pass by during a protest outside the Peoria Public Schools administration building Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 on Wisconsin Avenue in Peoria. A group of about two dozen gathered to protest the district’s plan to shorten summer break as part of next year’s school calendar.
SCHOOL PROTEST – Chase Luedtke, 10, keeps his hood cinched tight against the cold as he joins his family in a protest outside the Peoria Public Schools administration building Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 on Wisconsin Avenue in Peoria. About two dozen people gathered to show their dissatisfaction with Peoria Public Schools’ plan to shorten summer vacation and length winter and spring breaks next school year.

Peoria’s Mitch McPherson, left, and Evansville’s Josh Adkins get tangled up in the first period Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Rivermen defeated the Thunderbolts 5-2.
Bradley’s Ari Boya, right, fouls Indiana State’s Xavier Bledson on a move to the basket in the second half Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Braves defeated the Sycamores 67-52.

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