Steve Tarter


Steve Tarter retired from the Peoria Journal Star in 2019 after spending 20 years at the paper as both reporter and business editor.

He joined WCBU in 2020 shortly before the pandemic hit. Tarter, married with four adult children, enjoys old movies, especially film noir. The former president of the Apollo Theater in Peoria loves those old black-and-white crime movies so much he hosts a free annual film noir series at the Peoria Public Library every spring. He also continues to host a weekly podcast, Tarter Source, started at the Journal Star several years ago, with a spotlight on Peoria-area personalities.

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You may not see a lot of them on the road in central Illinois but electric vehicles are coming.

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While car companies spend billions getting electric cars ready for the road, there’s another vehicle expected to go electric sometime in the future: the airplane.

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Small towns across the country looking to brand their community have learned the importance of recalling hometown heroes.

As chairman of the Tazewell County Board, David Zimmerman is in a position to know about the so-called digital divide, the term used to describe the lack of high-speed internet in rural America.

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Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, Downtown Peoria will see residential growth in 2021.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed through Congress along party lines and signed into law by President Joe Biden last week is welcome assistance for many in Peoria-area local government.

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Frederick Douglass, the renowned reformer, writer and orator, was well known in 1870. The former slave was probably the most famous African American of his time and on a cold February morning that year, he found himself in Peoria.

Norm Walzer moderated a program on rural policy at the 32nd annual Rural Affairs Conference last Thursday by the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

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PMP Fermentation Products is a company with some 50 employees operating on the Peoria riverfront, overlooking a public housing project and the RiverPlex Recreation Center.

“No one will love us if we don’t love ourselves.”

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The small-town theater was an endangered species before the pandemic.

But in 2020, the coronavirus and state-ordered shutdowns that followed meant closing theaters completely—for months at a time.

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Bradford is that central Illinois community often defined as the third-largest town in Stark County, behind Wyoming and Toulon. But the town, located some 35 miles north of Peoria, has another claim to fame.

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A campaign will soon roll out that urges Peoria-area residents to get vaccinated—even before the coronavirus vaccine is widely available.

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Barb Hoffman, a travel agent for Direct Travel in Peoria, said 2020 was a year like no other when it came to her industry.

CityLink, the Peoria-area transit system, faced a variety of challenges due to the coronavirus in 2020, but fared better than systems in many larger cities, said General Manager Doug Roelfs.

The pandemic hit the airline industry hard in 2020.

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David Alan Badger says he's made the state of Illinois "the adventure of his life."

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The Easley Pioneer Museum in the little town of Ipava closed this week for the season, so if you want to see the museum’s display on Camp Ellis, you’ll have to wait until the place reopens next April.

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Craig Moore wasn’t sure how the public would respond after his record store was closed for 2 1/2 months this spring due to the state’s coronavirus lockdown.