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Peoria, Illinois, USA is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria CountyGR6, Illinois, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 112,936. The Greater Peoria Metro area, including suburbs and surrounding, has a population of 370,000.
Peoria has become famous as a representation of the average American city because of its demographics and its perceived mainstream Midwestern culture. On the Vaudeville circuit, it was said that if an act would succeed in Peoria, it would work anywhere. The question "Will it play in Peoria?" has now become a metaphor for whether something appeals to the American mainstream public, and Peoria is often used as a test market for new products, services, and public policy polling.
St. Francis Medical Center is ranked as the ninth-largest Catholic hospital in the nation and is the largest hospital in Illinois outside the Chicago or Saint Louis area. It is the north-central Illinois area's trauma center and the largest regional hospital in Downstate Illinois.
Peoria is home to the AHL Peoria Rivermen, Class A Minor League Baseball team - Peoria Chiefs, and UIF (indoor football) - Peoria Rough Riders. The Peoria Chiefs play at the new O'Brien Field stadium in downtown Peoria.
Peoria has been awarded the All-America City Award three times (1953, 1966, and 1989).
Grand View Drive, which Teddy Roosevelt is said to have called the "world's most beautiful drive" during a 1910 visit, runs through Peoria and Peoria Heights. In addition to Grand View Drive, the Peoria Park District boasts 9,000 acres (36 km²) of parks, including Glen Oak Zoo and five public golf courses.
Peoria's sister cities include Friedrichshafen, Germany; Benxi, China; and Clonmel, Ireland. Peoria has also recently adopted Biloxi, Mississippi, as a sister city to aid in its recovery from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Archaeologists can trace early man in Peoria as far back as 10,000 B.C.E. Artifacts and burial mounds yield evidence of a Native American civilization that was highly organized, ritualistic, and in harmony with nature. By 1650, the Illini Indians, a part of the Algonquin Nation, populated the area. The major tribes of the Illinois Confederacy were the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Michigamea, Cahokia, and Tamaroa.
1854 Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas gave impassioned speeches on the courthouse steps regarding the issue of slavery. The three-hour speech Lincoln gave is considered a landmark in his career and established the foundation for the principles of self-government and liberty for all people that would carry him to the White House six years later.
Besides being a prominent stop on the Vaudeville tour, Peoria was known as a wide-open town of liquor, prostitution, gambling, and corruption. Because of its proximity to river transportation and access to corn for grain-alcohol, Peoria was one of the largest manufacturers of liquor in the United States. Many of the mansions that remain on High Street and Moss Avenue are a direct result of the Peoria Whiskey Baron era.
Jack Brickhouse - announcer: voice of the Chicago Cubs
Wade Dooley - vocalist/entertainer. (Mom went to high school with him, what's he doing on Wikipedia???)
Joe Girardi - Major League Baseball catcher; former manager of the Florida Marlins
Richard Pryor - comedian and actor
Matt Savoie - figure skater: U.S. bronze medalist, member of 2006 Winter Olympics U.S. team (yay Matt! Mommy knows him too! yay!)
David Ogden Stiers - actor: Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H
Jim Thome - baseball player for the Chicago White Sox (mommy knows of him, he went to her high school, she was in the same class as his cousin)
AmerenCILCO - former Central Illinois Light Company; now part of Ameren
Bergner's - department store; started in 1889 in downtown Peoria and eventually bought out Carson Pirie Scott & Co.; now part of Bon-Ton
Caterpillar Inc. (world headquarters) - bulldozer and engine manufacturer
Clifton Gunderson LLP (national headquarters) - 13th largest national accounting and consulting firm
The Junior League of Peoria - women's volunteer organization
Komatsu Mining Systems - construction equipment manufacturer
L.R. Nelson Corporation (world headquarters) - manufacturer of irrigation sprinklers
Maui Jim (world headquarters) - polarized sunglass maker
National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research - largest USDA facility; where mass production of penicillin was invented
RLI Corp. (world headquarters) - specialty insurance company
Mudvayne - math metal music band
Sorry that was sooooo long!
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