Each year, we highlight the emerging talent of Greater Peoria—those who stand out among their peers and exemplify the spirit of servant leadership in our community. 

Central Illinois Perspective
Q&A With Henry Vicary - 40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year
Born and raised in Peoria, Henry Vicary is a second-generation Caterpillar employee who strives tirelessly to better his community.
Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders
In order to become tomorrow’s leaders, children need to develop emotional intelligence.
Smart Educational Choices Drive Our Future
If we want to give relevant advice to our children, we need to understand the facts that drive our new environment. 
Shop Small and Local... With Sara O'Shea
O’Shea created Tinsel the Town in 2015, bringing together some of the region’s best local shops to make holiday shopping convenient and connect with customers in a new way.

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“What book do you think everyone should read?” The 2018 class of 40 Leaders Under Forty had a wide range of responses...
Citizen science brings Bradley students into the community.
The “Shop Local 365” campaign encourages communities to build a vibrant and more sustainable region.

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#BehindTheScenes: With ice as his medium, Jeff Stahl has earned a worldwide reputation for his unique creations. ❄️ Read more in the latest issue of art & society! Follow the link in our bio. #BehindTheScenes: The Emerging Artists Collective (EAC) is a local network of artists who came together with a vision to encourage, educate and create for more artistic opportunities. Read more in the latest issue of art & society! Cooking with cast iron… and a cocktail recipe to get the party started! Check out these recipes from @goldaandbob in the latest issue of art & society. 🥂 Just follow the link in our profile! #BehindTheScenes: If you’ve spent time in Peoria’s West Main neighborhood lately, you likely noticed that is distinctly more colorful. Read more about @peoriapublicart and #LoveWallPeoria in the latest issue of art & society!

Jonathon and Nikki Romain are on a mission to inspire and empower the community through the arts.

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Makers of Dreams
Peoria Players Theatre celebrates 100 years of sharing live theater with the community.
Furry Tales & Warm Hearts
Mr. Fuzzy Ears finds more than one furry friend… and teaches children an important lesson.
Carving a New Dimension
With ice as his medium, Jeff Stahl has earned a worldwide reputation for his unique creations.
Love for the West Bluff
Peoria Public Art is a platform to connect local artists with public spaces available for creative transformation.

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Natalia Villanueva Linares is a maker of moments — physical and emblematic gestures both immense and minute.
Ten things you didn't know about the artists and co-founders of ART, Inc....
Cooking with cast iron… and a cocktail recipe to get the party started

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P.S. Blog

40 Leaders Under Forty: Inspiration & Aspiration

We asked our 2018 class of 40 Leaders Under Forty about the causes they hold near and dear to their hearts, the people who have inspired them, and what they would bring to Peoria if they could.

40 Leaders Under Forty: Little-Known Facts

The 40 Leaders Under Forty class of 2018 had some surprising revelations—from unusual hobbies and things they wish they would’ve done differently, to coping with loss and working through stressful situations.

"The Most Famous Eagle That Ever Wore Feathers"

The eagle perched atop The Shaft was a depiction of Old Abe, who appeared in many battles of the Civil War and was legendary for screaming and spreading her wings at the Confederate troops.