November 2020

INDOOR DINING SHUTS DOWN – Members of the Teaney family and the Brown family, both of Pekin, place their dinner orders with general manager Mallory Morris on Sunday, Nov. 1, at the West Dublin Pub in Pekin.
INDOOR DINING SHUTS DOWN – Last Chance Bar & Grill server Debra Bednar wipes down a table Sunday, Nov. 1, at the popular pub in Alta.
INDOOR DINING SHUTS DOWN – Aaron Reed, left, and his wife Audrey, right of Farmington share a laugh with waitress Debra Bednar, middle, during lunch Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Last Chance Bar & Grill in Alta. Bednar, 63, a longtime server at the popular pub, just worked her first weekend since the beginning of the pandemic. Per state mandate, indoor bar and dining services throughout Region 2, including all of the Tri-County Area was suspended at midnight Wednesday due to the high positivity rate of COVID-19 infections.

ELECTION DAY 2020 – Titan Anderson, 7, middle, and his sister Taya, 8, keep a close eye on their dad Travis’ choices as he votes Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the FOLEPI building in East Peoria.
Election judge Sara Gutierrez pores over a list of registered voters Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the polling place in Five Points Washington. Five Points served as the polling place for five precincts in Washington.
ELECTION DAY 2020 – Voters fill out their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the FOLEPI Building in East Peoria. The building served as a polling place for seven different precincts in Tazewell County.
ELECTION DAY 2020 – Tabitha Reising studies a map of precincts before voting Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the polling place in Five Points Washington.

SHAZAM RACING – Emma Skinner of Morton competes in the Girls Division II race of the Shazam Racing 2020 XC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe. The Morton High School junior finished in eighth place with a time of 19:01.69.
SHAZAM RACING – Peoria Notre Dame sophomore Maria Stedwill is all smiles as she gets some hugs from her friends after completing the Girls Division II race of the Shazam Racing 2020 XC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe. Stedwill, the Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional champ, finished in twelfth place with a time of 19:10.73.
SHAZAM RACING – Limestone junior Wilson Georges (378) leads the pack with Metamora senior Ian O’Laughlin (490) hot on his heels during the top flight of the Boys Division II race of the Shazam Racing 2020 XC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe. Georges went on to win the race in a time of 15:46.06, while O’Laughlin finished second in 15:59.10.
SHAZAM RACING – Runners collapse to the ground at the finish line of the top flight of the Boys Division II race of the Shazam Racing 2020 XC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe.

Peoria Fight Club creator and boxing trainer Robert Bryant, in Bulls jersey, spars with Devaunte Mables as middleweight champ Shuntz Young shadowboxes while waiting his turn to spar during a workout at Hot Spot Tattoo and Piercing in Peoria.
Mark Wrhel, the former owner of Haddad’s West Peoria Market, is now the general manager after selling the century-old grocery store to a businessman in northern Illinois.
Heating lamps keep Dan and Jamie Cunningham of Peoria warm as they take in a meal on the sidewalk Thursday, Nov. 12, outside Joe’s Original Italian and Martini Bar in Peoria Heights.

LINCOLN RISES – A 32-foot tall Abraham Lincoln and a 26-foot tall “Common Man” figure lie on their backs during assembly of Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Washington. The sculpture depicts Lincoln handing off the Gettysburg Address to the “Common Man.” The giant artwork was moved from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield where it had been on display since 2019 after a two-year stint at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
LINCOLN RISES – Terry Karpowicz, part of a team of assemblers based in Chicago, cleans up Abraham Lincoln’s eyes and face before lifting the 32-foot tall sculpture into place Tuesday, Nov. 17, near the Washington Fire Station and Five Points Washington in Washington.
LINCOLN RISES – Assembly crew foreman Ted “Sitting Crow” Garner, left, and Terry Karpowicz prepare Abe Lincoln’s arm for attachment during the installation of Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Washington.
LINCOLN RISES – Ted “Sitting Crow” Garner, foreman for a Chicago-based assembly crew, unhooks straps connected a 32-foot tall sculpture of Abraham Lincoln after lifting the artwork into place Tuesday, Nov. 17, near the Washington Fire Station and Five Points Washington in Washington.
LINCOLN RISES – Workers lower the 26-foot tall “Common Man” section of famed sculptor Seward Johnson’s ”Return Visit” bronze sculpture onto its pedestal Tuesday, Nov. 17, next to a 32-foot tall, 19-ton version of Abraham Lincoln near the Washington Fire Station on North Wilmor Road in Washington.

WORMSERVATION – An earthworm is illuminated by a flashlight as a group of young girls study their behavior in a 4-H GEMS program Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Morton Public Library. The girls performed a series of hands-on experiments on the behavior of earthworms and recorded their observations and analysis. This 4-H program was led by University of Illinois Extension Educator Emily Schoenfelder.
WORMSERVATION – Isla Thompson, left, and Elizabeth Potacki, both 9, confer on the behavior of Thompson’s worm during a 4-H GEMS program studying earthworms Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Morton Public Library.
WORMSERVATION –A student in a 4-H GEMS program studying the behavior of earthworms records her observations Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Morton Public Library.
WORMSERVATION – Mya Reed, 11, takes a close look at an earthworm wriggling on piece of sandpaper Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Morton Public Library.

Logan Milligan, far right, owner of Hindsight, a vintage apparel and skateboard shop in Peoria Heights, plays video games with a group of Dunlap High School kids after school in Peoria Heights.
Levi Bacon of Pekin stands atop his car brandishing a sign that says “Justice for Bonzai” near the end of a protest Saturday, Nov. 21, in support of young murder victim Robert Bee outside the Pekin Police Department. The remains of Bee, whose nickname was “Bonzai”, were found in July of 2017 after he went missing in November of 2016.
The Old Lady in the Shoe and her children wave from their float at passing vehicles Saturday, Nov. 27, during the reverse drive-thru Santa Claus Parade through Downtown Peoria. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the longest continuous running parade in the country was forced to shift to a reverse drive-thru format with floats stationed along Main and Monroe.

BRAVES VS. PANTHERS – Bradley’s Gabi Haack (3) tangles with Milwaukee’s Kendall Nead (30) and McKaela Schmelzer in the first half Saturday, Nov. 28, at Renaissance Coliseum. The Braves fell to the Milwaukee Panthers 65-60.
BRAVES VS. PANTHERS – Bradley’s Lasha Petree puts up a shot despite a hand in her face in the second half Saturday, Nov. 28, at Renaissance Coliseum.
BRAVES VS. PANTHERS – Bradley’s Mahri Petree (10) and Gabi Haack (3) fight for a rebound with Milwaukee’s Megan Walstad in the second half Saturday, Nov. 28, at Renaissance Coliseum.

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