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Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

President's Message

Here we are nearly at the first of December and no snow on the ground, so we’re ahead of the game for now.  Let’s hope it keeps up, and we have a warm, dry winter.

Judge Tom Perkins and the Lincoln Memorial Banquet Committee have been holding their breath, and crossing their fingers and toes, but they pulled it off and secured an exciting speaker for the Banquet -- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  Whether your politics are red or blue (or somewhere in the middle – magenta?), Congresswoman Bustos will be an interesting speaker.  We’re moving to Embassy Suites in East Peoria.  So save the date – February 20, 2020 – and plan to bring your spouse.  We’d like to have a really big turnout.  More information will be coming out shortly.

Before we worry much more about the Lincoln Banquet, if you don’t have tickets for the Holiday Party, why not?  Judge McCuskey is going to host an all-star roast of John Nicoara and Matt Smith is going to do his standup routine, which is always a treat.  Come out – December 12th at The Warehouse on State (on Washington, next to Thyme) and see if YOU get skewered. 

Finally, don’t forget about the Winter CLE Series firing up on January 11, 2020 with Family Law.  Be sure to attend the January 31 program – everything you want to know about Illinois’ new cannabis law.     

I hope everyone has a great holiday season, full of good food, plentiful wine, family, friends, and a restful few days off work. I hope to see you all back here in January!



PCBA President,

Michael D. Gifford

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