iBi - January 2017

by Liz Scoville

Though it often gets a bad rap, lobbying is an essential part of the democratic process.

Return to Statesmanship

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi

With the New Year before us, I hope we can all do our parts to make a difference in our own spheres of influence.

Making Democracy Work for All

by Pat Landes
League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria

The organization has three purposes: to foster education in citizenship, to promote forums and public discussion of civic reforms, and to support needed legislation.

The Changing Political Landscape

Brad McMillan, Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service

As we begin 2017, the political landscape at the national and state levels poses both opportunities and threats.

Engagement in Community Life

by Ross Black
City of Peoria

Beyond running for public office, there are a variety of ways citizens can serve their community.

The Citizen's Right to Know

by Rick D. Fox
League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria

A review of information available online related to the governance of local public bodies







The Artful Politician

by Marilyn Leyland
Peoria Historical Society

"Stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come," intoned U.S. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen as he called for cloture on June 10, 1964, ending a prolonged filibuster against the Civil Rights bill.

Prairie State Capitol

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield houses the executive and legislative branches of Illinois state government. Did you know…

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Dr. King & A Musical Icon... Millennials Deconstructed... Opening Up the Books... How to be an Election Judge... Destined for Jail? Juvenile Recidivism by the Numbers... So Whatcha Drinkin’?...

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