October 2022

The IHSA has declared Peoria Heights High School freshman Cain McNair ineligible to play football this season after transferring from Peoria Notre Dame, where he also played football. He can practice with the Patriots and stand on the sidelines during games, but he can’t play. His mother Stephanie Caho has filed a lawsuit against the IHSA to get the ruling changed.
Dot Schoch turned 100 years old on Monday, Oct. 4, 2022 in Pekin. The Cedarhurst of Pekin assisted living facility resident believes her active lifestyle, which includes using a stationary bicycle nearly every day, has helped her live a long life.

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING – Investigators with the Illinois State Police gather evidence at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting overnight Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Peoria.
OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING – Karen Smith, far right, talks about her brother Samuel Vincent Richmond, who was killed Oct. 3 by police at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Peoria, during a memorial and birthday celebration Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 at the park. His mother Eloise Richmond, wipes tears from her eyes during the ceremony. “He was a great person with a big smile,” said Smith. “He would give anybody the shirt off his back.” Richmond would’ve been 60 years old.

A student sporting a “Happy Birthday” crown watches as the Pekin Dragons battle the Morton Potters in a varsity volleyball match Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 at Pekin Community High School. The Dragons defeated the Potters in three sets 25-23, 25-17 and 25-20.
Farmington’s Logan Morse (37) and Keauntrey Barnes celebrate Morse’s touchdown in the first half Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Farmington. The Farmers defeated Elmwood/Brimfield 47-16.
Washington’s Seth Carbaugh dives in front of Dunlap receiver Evan Marmion for an interception late in the second half Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Washington. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 24-7.

REUNION – Members of the Class of 1972 enter the Thien Tam Buddhist Temple at 839 W. Moss Avenue, through what was once the “girls entrance” at the former Washington Gifted School. Twenty-eight of the surviving 68 students and a former teacher toured the building as part of their 50th class reunion weekend in Peoria.
REUNION – Members of the Washington Gifted School Class of 1972 greet each other Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at the former school at 839 W. Moss Avenue, now the site of the Thien Tam Buddhist Temple, in Peoria. Twenty-eight of the surviving 68 students and former German language teacher Jacquie Worley, left, of Clemson, South Carolina, held their 50th reunion this past weekend.
REUNION – The top floor of the former Washington Gifted School on Moss Avenue in Peoria, now the Thien Tam Buddhist Temple, has been largely untouched over the years. Members of the 1972 middle school class tour the classrooms Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 as part of their 50th reunion weekend.
REUNION – Peoria native John Fraser, second from right, an attorney now living in Dallas, Texas, shares a memory from his time at Washington Gifted School with former German language teacher Jacquie Worley, third from right, and some of his classmates from 1972 who reunited Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 for a 50th annniversary tour of their former school, now a Buddhist temple on Moss Avenue.

RAINY NIGHT – El Paso-Gridley cheerleaders stand at attention for the national anthem while spectators try to keep dry under a steady rainfall Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Tremont. EP-G defeated Tremont 34-8
RAINY NIGHT – Tremont quarterback Blaine Williams (4) eludes El Paso-Gridley’s Conlee Landruss in the second quarter Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Tremont. The Turks fell to the Titans 34-8.
RAINY NIGHT – Tremont students create a cloud of baby powder in the air as the Turks take the field against El Paso-Gridley on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Tremont. The Turks fell to the Titans 34-8.

MORTON VS. DUNLAP – Fog rolls off the Morton Potters between plays against Dunlap in the second half Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Morton. Dunlap rallied to defeat Morton 35-34 in overtime.
MORTON VS. DUNLAP – Dunlap’s Evan Marmion, left, gets past Morton’s Marcelo Salazar for a catch and touchdown run in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Morton. The Eagles rallied to beat the Potters 35-34 in overtime.
MORTON VS. DUNLAP – Dunlap’s Ryan Dietz (2) gets ahold of Morton running back Brett Michel in the second half Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Morton. Dunlap rallied to defeat Morton 35-34 in overtime.

LUKE BRYAN – Country music superstar Luke Bryan performs Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
LUKE BRYAN – A young fan enjoys herself while waiting for country music superstar Luke Bryan to take the stage Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
LUKE BRYAN – Country music superstar Luke Bryan and his band performs Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.

WASHINGTON VS. MORTON – Washington’s Kainon McQueary points to fans after scoring what would be the winning touchdown against Morton in the final minutes of the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Washington. The Panthers defeated the Potters 7-0.
WASHINGTON VS. MORTON – Morton’s Carl Whitaker (2) puts a diving tackle on Washington’s Adrian Jones Caden Chadwick in the second half Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Washington. The Panthers defeated the Potters 7-0.

PEORIA VS. QUAD CITY – Peoria’s Alec Hagaman, left, battles Quad City’s Tommy Tsicos in the second period Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Rivermen fell 2-1 in their home opener.
PEORIA VS. QUAD CITY – Peoria’s Tyler Barrow (8) and Quad City’s Patrick Gazich chase the puck in the first period Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at Carver Arena.
PEORIA VS. QUAD CITY – Quad City’s Taylor Pryce shares a few words with the Peoria bench as officials hold him back after a fight with Peoria’s Mitch McPherson in the third period Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Rivermen fell 2-1 in their home opener.

HALLOWEEN CASTLE – A bronze dragon belches flames Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 at the Grandview Drive castle in Peoria Heights. A pair of dragon sculptures perched at the end of the driveway are rigged with propane tanks that can be triggered from the castle.
HALLOWEEN CASTLE – Ryan Wyss, head technician with Prospect Sound and Lighting, wrestles with a giant inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 outside the castle on Grandview Drive. The Soderstrom family, who own the castle, with help from members of Peoria Players Theater, are continuing their Halloween tradition. This year’s theme is “Ghostbusters.”
HALLOWEEN CASTLE – A zombie peeks through a window Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in the castle on Grandview Drive in Peoria Heights.
HALLOWEEN CASTLE – A dragon perched at the driveway entrance to the castle on Grandview Drive spews flames from its mouth Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Peoria Heights. The Soderstrom family is holding its annual Halloween spectacle once again, complete with fire-breathing dragons, “Ghostbusters” themed inflatables and an elaborate sound and light show.

REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL – Fans of the Metamora Redbirds volleyball team wave glow sticks during player introductions before the start of their Class 3A volleyball regional title game against Washington on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Metamora. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers 25-12, 25-19.
REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL – Washington’s Teriana Jones (15) hits the ball past Metamora’s Esma Frieden (8) and Sophie Fletcher during their Class 3A volleyball regional title game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Metamora. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers 25-12, 25-19.
REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL – Metamora fans rush onto the court to congratulate the Redbirds on the victory over Washingon in the Class 3A volleyball regional title game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Metamora. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers 25-12, 25-19.
REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL – Metamora’s Maddie Mooney, facing, gets a hug from a fan after the Redbirds’ victory over Washington in the Class 3A volleyball regional title game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Metamora. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers 25-12, 25-19.

EUREKA VS. BEARDSTOWN – Eureka’s Camron Manning, left, forces a fumble from Beardstown quarterback Owen Quigley in the second half of their Class 3A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Eureka. The Hornets advanced with a 49-6 victory.
EUREKA VS. BEARDSTOWN – Eureka defenders pile on Beardstown quarterback Ethan Heller for a sack in the second half of their Class 3A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Eureka. The Hornets advanced with a 49-6 victory.
EUREKA VS. BEARDSTOWN – A group of Eureka fans dance a jig as the Hornets battle Beardstown in the second half of their Class 3A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Eureka. The Hornets advanced with a 49-6 victory.

PEKIN VS. PLAINFIELD – The Pekin Dragons take the field against Plainfield Central in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Pekin. The Dragons advanced with a 51-14 victory.
PEKIN VS. PLAINFIELD – Pekin’s Adyn Houston (11) breaks up a pass intended for Plainfield’s James Kulekowskis in the first half of their Class 7A first-round playoff game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Pekin. The Dragons advanced to the second round with a 51-14 victory.
PEKIN VS. PLAINFIELD – Fans in the Pekin student section sport a wide variety of Halloween costumes as they cheer for the Dragons in the first half of their Class 7A first-round playoff game against Plainfield Central on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Pekin. The Dragons advanced with a 51-14 victory.

PEORIA VS. DECATUR MACARTHUR – Peoria High’s Malachi Washington celebrates a touchdown against Decatur MacArthur in the first half of their Class 5A first-round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Peoria Stadium. The Lions advanced with a 62-14 victory.
PEORIA VS. DECATUR MACARTHUR – Peoria High’s Kenny Rutherford (10) celebrates his interception and touchdown against Decatur MacArthur to end the first half of their Class 5A first-round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Peoria Stadium. The Lions advanced with a 62-14 victory.

SECTIONAL SOCCER – Morton goaltender Daniel Happach leaps over Peoria Notre Dame’s Thatcher Hogan (19) and teammate Andrew Brooks to block a shot in the second period of their Class 2A sectional title game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 in Washington. The Irish advanced with a 1-0 victory.
SECTIONAL SOCCER – Peoria Notre Dame’s Andre Bonham (15) and Morton’s Connor Kottabi (3) nearly collide in mid-air on a header in the second period of their Class 2A soccer sectional title game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 in Washington. The Irish advanced with a 1-0 victory.
SECTIONAL SOCCER – Peoria Notre Dame’s Kayden Hudson (7) and Joel McIntyre console Morton’s Grant Selke after the Irish defeated the Potters 1-0 in the Class 2A soccer sectional Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 in Washington.

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