Peoria county, located in central Illinois, was created in 1825 and is situated on the Illinois River north of Springfield, the State Capital.
Founded in 1892, Bradley University is recognized as one of the top 40 private Universities in the nation. It is located in the county seat of Peoria.
Peoria was the first European settlement in Illinois and French Fort Crevecoeur, on the east bluff of the Peoria River, was the first building.
Peoria's fresh water, large corn reserves and easy transportation (via the river) all combined to make the city the "Whiskey Capital of the World" by 1900.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 181,126, a decrease of 1,701 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Lewistown) Fulton County
(Galesburg) Knox County
(Pontiac) Livingston County
(Lacon) Marshall County
(Havana) Mason County
(Bloomington) McLean County
07/30 Coming to The Peoria area
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
West Chicago Blooming Fest West Chicago IL May18 The City of West Chicago presents another colorful Blooming Fest, an annual downtown garden festival. It combines the West Chicago Garden Club's popular plant sale, with a craft show, children's activities, music, food and fun. Downtown merchants and restaurants get into the act with special promotions, in-store specials and sidewalk sales.
Mayfest Chicago IL May17-19 Chicago Mayfest brings in three days of celebration - featuring; Chicago's BEST Bands, Festival Cuisine, pretzels, beer, and a broad spectrum of super cool entertainment...