April 2009 Citizen Engagement
Civic Leadership Program
Summer School at Peoria County
Looking to unload your high school student this summer? Peoria County can help!
We are currently accepting applications for this summer’s Civic Leadership Speakers Bureau
Program. The program offers high school students a unique opportunity to learn
more about local government through hands-on activities. Students will participate
in a mock trial, election, zoning hearing, and an emergency preparedness exercise
with local first responders. They will tour the jail and crime lab and have lunch Programs & Services
with Sheriff McCoy. They will design a virtual road improvement project, become
friends with a resident of Bel-Wood Nursing Home, and compete in a courthouse Bel-Wood Nursing Home
scavenger hunt. Mostly, they will enjoy learning the responsibilities and services of
county government. The program is June 22 & 23; application deadline is June 4.
For more information or to download an application, visit Peoria County’s web- First Time Homebuyers Program
site or call 495-4862.
Government Assistance Program
For business owners and entrepreneurs
Let’s Get the Lead Out!
Unfortunately, Peoria County leads the State of Illinois in occurrence of elevated Legal Self-help Center
lead blood levels in young children. We would like to get the lead out of our NACo Prescription Discount Card
homes and stop its harmful effect on children; therefore, County Board Members
Lynn Pearson & Bonnie Hester are hosting an informational meeting on lead Peoria GIS
abatement next Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Prince
of Peace Church, 711 E. Arcadia, Peoria. Peoria City/County Health Depart- Upcoming Events
ment officials will explain how to identify lead hazards in your home, what to do if
you suspect a lead hazard, the dangers of lead blood poisoning, and what to do if Spring FUNshops
you suspect a child has been affected by lead. Tenants and homeowners living in
homes built prior to 1978 are encouraged to attend the meeting. Call 672-6918
for more information.
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