April, 2011 Archives

After breaking ground in October 2008, the new 125,000 square-foot terminal officially opened today. The new terminal will be able to service approximately one million passengers annually through 12 gates. Ticket counters, gate areas, baggage claim and rental car desks are all located on one floor in the main concourse.The $65 million General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport came in $2 million under budget. The Foundations and Building General Contractor was Williams Brothers Construction, Inc. Participating in the ribbon cutting of the new terminal were Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation, Susan Shea Director of Aeronautics, Illinois Department of Transportation, Dick Durbin U.S. Senator of Illinois, Aaron Schock U.S. State Representative as well as Kathryn Downing the widow of General Wayne A. Downing. Click here for more information about the airport.

-Bob

Win or lose the Bradley University softball team celebrate after each home game at Laura Bradley Park with there biggest fan Julie Prill by letting her circle the bases with the team for a home run. Julie was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy at the age of two. The team has made a goal during the 2011 season to raise money for the purchase of a new wheelchair for Prill. Here a few shots taken after the doubleheader sweep by Bradley against the Indiana State Sycamores.

-Bob

Bradley senior Kate Singler homered in both games and Braves roughed up Indiana State pitchers for a combined 15 runs and 19 hits as the Braves won 5-2 and 10-3 to sweep a doubleheader from the Sycamores Saturday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park. Bradley pounded out five extra-base hits, including three homers, and received solid pitching performances from freshman Madeline Lynch-Crumrine and sophomore Mackenzie Camp to take back games of the rain-shortened series.  The Braves (10-35 overall, 3-14 MVC) moved ahead of the Sycamores (14-27 overall, 3-15 MVC) into ninth in the Valley standings with the victories.

-Bob

I put together some of my favorite shot’s from the recently concluded hockey season. The Peoria Rivermen is the ninth oldest continuously operating minor-league pro hockey franchise in history and they¬†just finished there 29th season. The Rivs were defeated in four straight games by the Houston Aeros in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs.

-Bob

Rain continued to play a factor on the 2011 season Thursday night as the Peoria Chiefs defeated the Beloit Snappers 5-4 in a shortened contest before 1,285 fans. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the groundscrew brought the tarp onto the field and the game was officially called following a 44-minute delay. The Chiefs are now 7-7 on the year and 2-2 at home with two games left on the homestand.

-Bob

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