Tory Dahlhoff

Correspondent

Tory Dahlhoff has a varied background in multimedia production that includes TV and film, radio, print, and graphic design. He has also worked in the field of community and economic development in the Greater Peoria region with a focus on agriculture, food systems, and rural matters. He holds a bachelor's in Journalism from Bradley University and is currently pursuing a master's in Community Economic Development at Western Illinois University.

He is originally from Belleville and landed in Peoria in 2012 following years living and working in media production in both Chicago and Los Angeles. He is a husband and father of three adorable kids. He plays guitar and enjoys some occasional side work as a touring musician.

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The Peoria City Council delayed last night’s vote for the proposed tax abatement program in Peoria’s North Valley over concerns related to the required removal of dozens of properties from an overlapping TIF district.

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First District city council member Denise Moore has withdrawn a proposal before the Peoria City Council to approve the use of $550,000 in TIF funds to purchase a former grocery store building at 210 S. Western Ave.

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Bars and restaurants in the City of Peoria are getting some relief for overhead expenses this year with a 50% reduction in liquor license renewal fees.

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We recently shared the story of Peoria High School senior Imani Abdul, one of the members of the Woodruff Career and Technical Center’s culinary team that won the ProStart state competition last March, but were denied a chance to attend the national competition due to the pandemic. 

It's not just high school athletes feeling the scholarship pinch during the pandemic.

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If you ever lose sight of the fact that everything on this planet is connected, just take a walk down to the banks of the Illinois River." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

You can easily see that connection in a passing barge as it chugs along the waterway that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and onto the Gulf of Mexico. Many of those barge containers are filled with central Illinois corn.

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Public health recommendations are causing changes to many families’ Thanksgiving plans this year. But the pandemic also has had an impact on how area social service organizations distribute Thanksgiving meals to families struggling to keep food on the table.

Fourteen-year Democratic incumbent Dave Koehler of Peoria is the winner of the race for Illinois’ 46th Senate district with 54% of the vote.

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The term “regenerative agriculture” sounds wonderful...or for many maybe just more fancy talk for the latest sustainable agriculture movement.

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Proponents of the proposed Hanna City Trail may see a light at the end of a decades-long tunnel, following a vote at Farmington’s city council meeting Monday night.

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Last weekend at Singing Woods Nature Preserve on the northern edge of Peoria, the fall colors of the forest were rivaled only by the colorful array of badges on 18-year-old Celeste Saul’s Scout uniform.

“This is my rank, my Life rank, and then I’ve got my Totin’ Chip so I can use knives and axes and everything, and then my (Order of the Arrow) patch, because I am now a member of the OA,” said Saul.

She was one of a handful of Scouts resting under a pavilion after completing a morning of work along one of the forest preserve's winding, hilly trails.