May 2020

Liliana Macias, right, manager of Good Tequila’s Mexican Grill, 5025 West American Prairie Dr. in Peoria, delivers an order Tuesday, May 5 to Tatiana Palhares in the Sommer Place subdivision off Koerner Road. Residents of the neighborhood have joined together to support local restaurants and front-line workers in an arrangement that lets them donate a little extra for a delivery. The extra money goes towards the dinner tab for healthcare workers and first responders living in the 13-block subdivision.
Jose Barragan, owner of Good Tequila’s Mexican Grill, 5025 W. American Prairie Drive, bags up a set of food orders for delivery Tuesday, May 5, to residents of the Sommer Place subdivision off Koerner Road in Peoria. The restaurant is one of eight area restaurants that have taken part in a food delivery program that raises money to buy dinner for healthcare workers and first responders living in the subdivision.

Alyce Jackson, right, a librarian at the Peoria Public Library, hands patron Samantha Ayres of Dunlap her curbside order Wednesday, May 6 at the North Branch.
Kids bike up a hill on a cool, sunny evening Thursday, May 7 in Washington.

A red-tailed hawk takes flight Thursday, May 7 from the railing around the walkway of a water tower in Washington. A mating pair of hawks have built a nest on the walkway, forcing the postponement of a planned painting project.
A red-tailed hawk perches on a water tower Thursday, May 7 in Washington.

New driver Addie Kimler of Washington has been putting in her required drive time with her parents, but the COVID-19 outbreak has postponed the rest of her driver’s education indefinitely.
A group of current and former Dunlap High School girls soccer players, from left, Kenna Koehler, Allie Forsyth, Brooke Richardson Elle Sutter and Grace Sutter, hold an informal reunion Saturday, May 9 on Grandview Drive in Peoria.

Jenna Horst, 15, top right, sprays her cousin Sophie Converse, 17, with Silly String as they drive by in a parade Saturday, May 9 to celebrate Sophie’s graduation from Richwoods High School. Sophie’s dad Ted and stepmother Kara threw the surprise shindig with help from sister Kate, 15, and stepbrothers Jack Rieger, 19, and Jake Rieger, 15, since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of a traditional ceremony.
Richwoods graduate Sophie Converse, 17, gives a virtual hug to a friend driving by her house during a parade celebrating her graduation.
A group of well-wishers in face masks film Richwoods graduate Sophie Converse as they celebrate her graduation with a parade in Peoria.
Kara Converse, right, gives her stepdaughter, Sophie Converse a hug as neighbors pass by during a parade to celebrate Sophie’s graduation from Richwoods High School.
Kim McLean hugs her daughter Sophie Converse, 17, during a parade celebrating Sophie’s graduation from Richwoods High School.

Workers ply their trade on the new decking project Tuesday, May 12 for the Murray Baker Bridge through Downtown Peoria. The Interstate 74 bridge crossing the Illinois River has been closed since March 29 and is expected to reopen Oct. 31.

Greg Browning, far left, of East Peoria takes a photo of former Bergner’s employees in front of the demolished back end of the former department store Wednesday, May 13 behind Sheridan Village in Peoria. The work by River City Demolition is expected to continue this week. Pictured are, from left to right, Nancy Jones, a sales manager for 31 years, Kalena Swan, who worked in the shoe department for 10 years, Chris Browning, a sales associate and department manager for 44 years, Crystal Wade, a bridal consultant for 17 years, Kineta Swan, who worked in human resources for 26 years, and Linda McDonald, a loss-prevention specialist for 29 years.

Brian Wickert of Alwan and Sons Meat Company, 703 E. War Memorial Drive, prepares shish kabobs Friday, May 15 at the popular meat shop and delicatessen in Peoria Heights.
An attendant weighs a pile of pork chops for a customer Friday, May 15 at Alwan and Sons Meat Company in Peoria Heights.

Maintenance foreman Steve Wisher paints a neutral zone faceoff spot on one of the currently ice-free rinks Thursday, May 14 at Owens Center in Peoria. Both rinks at the center have been de-iced and undergoing maintenance since the COVID-19 shutdown.
Illini Bluffs High School valedictorians Graham Allison, left, Lacy Pilgrim, Hannah Alvey and Peyton Pollman share their thoughts about the coronvirus pandemic and its impact on their senior year in high school.
Mayor Mike Phelan hands over a stimulus check to a Peoria Heights business owner During a drive-up check distribution Friday, May 15 in the village hall parking lot.

Don Vogelsang of Chillicothe uses his John Deere tractor to push debris out of his driveway as the flooded Illinois River inches closer to his home Wednesday, May 20 on N. River Beach Drive in Chillicothe. Floodwaters breached the wall along the road overnight and spilled into residents’ front yards.
Nathan Barto, right, unloads sandbags onto Don Vogelsang’s tractor as the pair work to build a wall around Vogelsang’s house Wednesday, May 20 on N. River Beach Drive in Chillicothe. The National Weather Service says the Illinois River will crest Friday at 27.8 feet, well below the record of 29.4 feet.
Mailboxes are partially submerged by floodwaters Wednesday, May 20 along N. River Beach Drive in Chillicothe.
Bruce Stewart, 86, of Peoria, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Air Force, flags grave Friday, May 22, 2020 on Soldier’s Hill in Springdale Cemetery.

Caterpillar retiree John McAfee of West Peoria casts his fishing line into the floodwaters of the Illinois River on Friday, May 22 at Detweiller Marina. The flooded river has filled the marina, covering the boat launch ramp and parking lot and the field south of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property next door.
Jennifer Bencher of American Legion Post 2 Auxiliary joins in prayer with the Legion’s honor guard, including her husband Tom, during a Memorial Day ceremony Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

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