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Jeanette Kendall

Born: East Peoria
Connection to Illinois: Kendall was born in and writes about East Peoria, IL.

Biography: Jeannette Kendall is a journalist in central Illinois. She began working in the media industry in 1992. Currently, she is the executive editor at TimesNewspapers in Peoria. In addition, she is the editor of the East Peoria Times-Courier ad has been reporting the news in East Peoria for more than a decade.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

East Peoria
ISBN: 1531667899 OCLC:

Arcadia Publishing Library Editions 2013

East Peoria is unique with its hills and valleys, scenic bluffs, and views of the Illinois River. Native Americans and early settlers were drawn here, but taming the land did not come without its hardships; the area was prone to floods. Joseph Schertz first platted what was known as Bluetown in 1864. The area's resources attracted industry, and the town thrived. The city of East Peoria was established in 1919. This collection of photographs provides a glimpse into the past lives of those who lived, worked, and played in the community. Much like today, the East Peoria residents of yesteryear included business owners, firefighters, musicians, teachers, churchgoers, laborers, and more. Other photographs illustrate the hardships people endured to pave the way for generations to come. Many locals will recognize names such as Davis, Sommerfield, and Spinder, as well as the city's former landmarks.