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Posted on: July 18, 2022

Upcoming Learn with Peoria County Programs

Peoria County invites the public to join us for our upcoming Learn with Peoria County classes and tours, made possible in part through Illinois Central College’s Adult Community Programs curriculum.

Peoria County employs experts in fields such as law enforcement, personal health and safety, emergency preparedness, the tax cycle, and more. During these programs, staff members will share knowledge in their fields of expertise, and participants will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions.

These free programs are for ages 18 and older and require registration. Community members can register online at www.icc.edu/acp, by calling ICC at (309) 690-6900, or in-person at ICC North’s Hickory Hall, located at 5407 N. University St. in Peoria.


August 4 – Community Sustainability

6 pm via Zoom

Instructor: Becca Cottrell, Sustainability Coordinator

    Peoria County is a leader in sustainability, to the benefit of all residents and visitors in our region. We’ll discuss our efforts to conserve financial and natural resources. Participants in this workshop will learn specific actions they can do at home and work to improve economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

    Direct registration link: https://bit.ly/3z8GCbS 


August 10 – All About Cottage Foods: Turning Your COVID Hobby Into a Business

7 pm at ICC North

Instructor: Corine Peplinski, Environmental Health Specialist

    Are you a home baker interested in learning about the expanded cottage food laws that began January 1, 2022? Learn what products are eligible to be made at home, labeling requirements, food safety requirements, and how to register in Peoria County.

    Direct registration link: https://bit.ly/3o4zuab    


August 17 – Peoria County Coroner’s Office Tour

6 pm at the Peoria County Coroner’s Office

Instructor: Jamie Harwood, Peoria County Coroner

    Modern television crime shows have drawn more attention to the coroner's role in determining cause of death and in homicide investigations. A coroner investigates sudden, unusual, and traumatic deaths, and ensures the deceased's body is examined, identified, and, if necessary, autopsied. In cases of unnatural or questionable death, the coroner may conduct an inquest to determine the manner of death. 

    Direct registration link: https://bit.ly/3IF75Bb 


September 7 – Finding Property Information in Peoria County

6 pm at ICC North

Instructor: Josh Thompson, GIS Manager

    Did you know that residents can easily find out property information, subdivision plats, and various maps all through Peoria County’s Front Desk application? Front Desk is available through the County’s website free of charge. This workshop will guide users through looking up property characteristics, tax assessments, and residential sales. Interactive maps are also available through the Front Desk map application, including aerial photos, subdivision plats, streets, and topographic maps. Peoria County's GIS manager will demonstrate how to navigate the map application in this hands-on workshop.

    Direct registration link: https://bit.ly/3ObfWeW 


September 13 – Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill

6 pm at ICC North

Instructor: Sheriff Chris Watkins

    In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Sheriff Watkins as he talks through the importance of Situational Awareness as it applies to home, public places, suspicious activity, the behaviors of those around us, and making the safest decisions when facing a threat or issue of concern.

    Direct registration link: https://bit.ly/3IIV0Ll 


September 19 - Attention Aspiring Food Entrepreneurs! 

7 pm at ICC North

Instructor: Corine Peplinski, Environmental Health Training Specialist

    Have you ever considered baking or cooking for the public, but weren’t sure where to start? This class is for you! We will discuss a variety of license types and what is required for each. Topics include cottage foods, temporary food events, food trucks, full-service establishments, catering, and more!

    Direct registration link: https://bit.ly/3RG2Kl2 


September 22 – Peoria County Coroner’s Office Tour

6 pm at the Peoria County Coroner’s Office

Instructor: Jamie Harwood, Peoria County Coroner

    Modern television crime shows have drawn more attention to the coroner's role in determining cause of death and in homicide investigations. A coroner investigates sudden, unusual, and traumatic deaths, and ensures the deceased's body is examined, identified, and, if necessary, autopsied. In cases of unnatural or questionable death, the coroner may conduct an inquest to determine the manner of death. After touring the office, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

    Direct registration link: https://bit.ly/3IF75Bb