Finding a better Pell Grant

EAST PEORIA ― Congresswoman Cheri Busto headed a roundtable press-conference, which involved financial aid advisors, admissions administrators and students, at Illinois Central College on Tuesday to showcase her efforts to increase financial support available to college students. Students often rely on financial assistance from programs, such as the Pell Grant, to finance their college educations…. Read More »

Bryant Smith spoke on the way that racism can be fed by the media.

ICC celebrates black heritage through engagement and teaching

EAST PEORIA — This February, Illinois Central College took the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month by spreading both knowledge and understanding about the Black Community through the use of various media. At noon on February 11 at the East Peoria Campus, there was a presentation called “The Media’s Assault on Black Images” presented by… Read More »


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DeMarcus McNeil is now working in the ICC General Operations department, but it wasn't long ago that he was a musical hit in Germany.

Iraq, Germany and R&B: The unlikely tale of an ICC maintenance man

EAST PEORIA — Walking through the halls of ICC, one sees many faces and without giving it a second thought, walks on. When we take the time to meet the person behind the face, we find that someone always has something interesting about themselves. Case in point: DeMarcus McNeil. On top of working at ICC,… Read More »


Elephant’s Graveyard: March to Murder

EAST PEORIA — “There was a town. There was a circus. There was a railroad. There was an elephant.” Illinois Central College Theatre Program is currently performing George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard,” directed by Robin Berkley. It is based on the true, tragic tale of a traveling circus elephant. In September of 1916, in the small… Read More »


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ICC softball won first place in regionals in 1980. They went on to win third in the nation that year.
Photo courtesy TONYA GILLES-KOCH

ICC softball: continuing the storied tradition

EAST PEORIA — When Coach Lorene Ramsey came to Illinois Central College forty years ago, it was the beginning of the ICC softball program. Since then, the sport of softball has changed a lot, but ICC’s heritage of success has continued. That heritage was revisited with a recent visit from one of ICC’s first softball… Read More »


ICC trio earns All-Region honors

EAST PEORIA — This past week, three members of the #3 ranked ICC Cougars women’s basketball team were awarded Region 24 All-Region team honors. Freshman Destiny Ramsey (11 ppg, 7 reb) was awarded both Freshman of the Year and First Team honors. “Our region has a lot of solid freshmen, so I am humbled by… Read More »


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These mini pies will give your taste buds a refreshing zip that will make you yearn for spring.

Key lime mini pies

Try this quick, tangy dessert the next time you get a sweet tooth. 2 tube of sugar cookie dough 3 cups of sweetened condensed milk 1 cup of sour cream 1 cup of squeezed or bottled key lime juice 3 tbs. grated lime zest (from two limes) 2 additional limes 1/2 cup roasted coconut 1 can… Read More »

ICC alum Thomas Aguilar speaks to a local news crew after the conference.

ICCB: Community College is Still Affordable

EAST PEORIA — Several speakers representing the Illinois Community College Board and area community colleges took the floor at Illinois Central College to discuss the results of a study measuring the economic impact and benefits of community colleges in Illinois. The study results, coming from a November project, included figures that quantified the financial success… Read More »


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From the editor — March 2015

In the last issue of the Harbinger, the article “Obama Proposes Free Community College” reported on President Barack Obama’s proposal to make a two-year community college education something that is available to Americans with no out-of-pocket cost. After unveiling the so named “America’s College Promise” via a press video in early January, the president pushed… Read More »

From the editor — February 2015

I know a man who is quite simply admirable. He built his own house, raised a family in it and could fill it with music. He worked honestly, was an inventor and became a tradesman in more ways than one. Regardless of age, he always keeps a youthful spirit and drive. He is one of… Read More »