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Second Annual "Local Legends" Event Honors Six People

Six people are being honored who have made a great impact on the community.

PEORIA HEIGHTS – Six central Illinoisans are in the spotlight Wednesday night for the 2nd annual Local Legends reception in Peoria.


The event was started by the Inter-Business Issues magazine and it honors people who’ve had a great impact on the community.


This year’s icons include John Bearce, Bud Grieves, Gene and Harriet Swager, Kathryn Timmes, and Jay Vonachen.


Managing Editor Jonathan Wright said, “These are people who have been in the community, active in the community, for decades. They've accomplished so much, they've supported dozens of non-profits and organizations, and they’ve been successful in business and successful in education."


The idea for the Local Legends event grew from the IBI’s “Forty Leaders under Forty.”

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