June 2020

LATE NIGHT LOOTING – Brad Weston of Pekin Glass & Mirror works at removing a smashed pane of laminated glass Monday, June 1 at the Boost Mobile store, 3102 N. Gale Avenue, in Peoria. Multiple local businesses were hit by vandalism and looting overnight throughout the city.
Randy VanMiddlesworth, manager of Pawn King, 3108 N. University Street, inspects a large window broken out overnight Monday, June 1 at the Peoria business. Intruders allegedly knocked out the window but were unable to get through the metal gate behind it.

PRAYER WALK – Salvation Army of Peoria staffer Morgan Pagolu prays along with other participants in the Salvation Army Prayer Walk on Tuesday, June 2 at the Citadel, 2903 W. Nebraska Avenue, in Peoria. About 40 participants walked the neighborhood around the Salvation Army Peoria Citadel, praying along the way for neighbors and friends. The walk was held in conjunction with the Salvation Army in Minneapolis where the death of George Floyd in police custody sparked nationwide protests and rioting.

Workers on a suspension platform continue their work on the new OSF Healthcare headquarters Wednesday, June 3 in Downtown Peoria.
A construction worker plies his trade atop a suspension platform Wednesday, June 3 at the site of the new OSF Healthcare headquarters in Downtown Peoria.

Zack Baker, 35, of Peoria holds up a sign reading “Your Voice is Beautiful, Thank You” on Wednesday, June 3 at the corner of Prospect and Seiberling in Peoria Heights. Baker felt compelled and inspired by the recent unrest in the nation and by his owner personal experiences to hold a one-man peaceful protest.

George Manias begins the shoeshining process for a client Thursday, June 4 at George’s Shoeshine and Hatters in Downtown Peoria. George has finally returned to work after nearly three months off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
George Manias puts some shine on a pair of shoes Thursday, June 4 at his shop in Downtown Peoria.

RALLY IN DOWNTOWN PEORIA – Hundreds of protesters line facedown on the pavement during a Black Lives Matter rally Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Peoria County Courthouse. The peaceful protest organized by the Young Revolution group attracted about 1,000 people who chanted and marched against police brutality and racial injustice from the courthouse to the Gateway Building on the Peoria riverfront.

Kelli Martin gets a quick hug from her son Ben Fiedler, top, 13, and nephew J.J. Bullock, 2, on the porch of their home Monday, June 8 at 1122 N. Ellis Street in Peoria. Martin has been hosting a free food pantry from the porch since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
City of Peoria workers dismantle the sandbag wall protecting the back side of River Station on Monday, June 8 on the Peoria riverfront. The Illinois River was expected to fall below the 18-foot flood stage as workers began cleaning and disinfecting the parking lots and surfaces submerged in the flooded river.

BRADLEY ATHLETES MARCH FOR BLACK LIVES – Bradley basketball players greet their teammate Koch Bar, middle, as he joins them a few blocks in during a peaceful protest and march by Bradley University athletes Tuesday, June 9, from Renaissance Coliseum to the Peoria Civic Center.

OUTDOOR DRUMLINE PRACTICE – Members of the Drummadtik Talents drumline share a laugh while practicing Wednesday, June 10, behind Dream Center Peoria. This was the group’s first practice since the stay-at-home order was issued in March. The group is comprised of about 15 high school and college kids led by Manual High School drum coach Jeff Adams, who also teaches a drum class in the DCP summer programs.

Dianna White, at the steering wheel, and her husband Jody Summers, standing behind her, host a 60th birthday party for Mary Ardis and her family aboard the Pedal Your Own Party bus down Prospect Avenue in Peoria Heights.
A group of siblings and friends gather in the back of a pickup truck Friday, June 12, to watch a makeshift drive-in presentation of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in the parking lot of Keller Station in Peoria.

LAWNMOWER GOATS – A tribe of 210 Kiko goats act as natural lawnmowers Friday, June 12, on property under ComEd towers off Quail Hollow Lane in Hollis Township. Iowa-based Goats on the Go contracted with local affiliate Syndy Clark of Roanoke to wrangle the goats. Clark, her son Connor and friend John Mullen fence in about an acre of woods per day. The goats will eat their way up to the brown section at top left in about two weeks.

PREP FOOTBALL SUMMER WORKOUTS BEGIN – Illinois Valley Central football players spray down their workout equipment, including giant-sized tires, with disinfectant on the opening day of summer conditioning Monday, June 15, in Chillicothe. Summertime prep football workouts have been allowed to begin with certain coronavirus-related restrictions in place.
Metamora head coach Jared Grebner, left, checks the temperature of assistant coach Ryan Otto before a summer workout Monday, June 15, at Metamora Township High School. Players were broken up into groups of nine and one coach and rotated through the weight room then outdoors for more socially distanced condition and agility workouts.
Illinois Valley Central athletes work out during a socially-distanced summer workout Monday, June 15, at IVC High School in Chillicothe.
Metamora football players stay six feet apart as they file into the weight room during summer conditioning Monday, June 15, at Metamora Township High School.

Hula, a 7-year-old standard poodle, relaxes with owner Lynda Nelson, right, of Orland Park and her daughter Elizabeth, a senior nursing student at Bradley University, near the Circle of Pride on Wednesday, June 17, on the Bradley campus.
Bradley University basketball player Gabi Haack, a senior education major, relaxes with a book and a hammock Wednesday, June 17, near the Circle of Pride on the Bradley campus.

FATHER’S DAY PARADE – Rick McCarty, a resident of Serenity Assisted Living and Memory Care, smiles and hugs his dog Christopher, a 10-month-old Yorkie, during a Father’s Day parade for residents Sunday, June 21, in East Peoria. Family members brought the dog along for the parade. Serenity hosts 46 residents, 15 of whom are fathers. About 35 vehicles participated in the parade.
Shelby Stevens, 12, holding the sign, and her sisters Reagan, 7, top, and Lila, 4, wish a happy Father’s Day to their great-grandfather Charlie Stewart during a parade Sunday, June 21, for residents of Serenity Assisted Living and Memory Care in East Peoria. The sisters were driven by their grandmother Char Stevens.
A long line of vehicles prepare to parade past residents of Serenity Assisted Living and Memory Care for a Father’s Day Parade on Sunday, June 21, in East Peoria

About 50 people spread out among the pews during the first public Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, June 21 since the coronavirus-related suspension of regular Mass after March 14.

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