Learn with Peoria County  - Adult Community Programs

Peoria County Government is pleased to offer “Learn with Peoria County” educational presentations taking place at area libraries, Illinois Central College’s North Campus, and County facilities.

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

These educational presentations are for participants 18 years of age and older. All presentations are free, and registration may be required; please see individual event descriptions for more information on registration requirements.

If you would like to arrange for a Peoria County staff member to speak at your organization, group meeting, or place of business, please contact Gretchen Pearsall, Peoria County Director of Strategic Communications, at (309) 672-6918 or email gpearsall@peoriacounty.org.


Programs

Learn with Peoria County: Safety & Preparedness Series at Chillicothe Public Library

Join us for a special Safety & Preparedness Series at Chillicothe Public LibraryAll presentations will be from 6-8 p.m. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register online, please click here: Online Registration Form

Chillicothe Public Library - 430 N Bradley Ave., Chillicothe, IL 61523

  • April 2 – Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill with Chief Deputy Doug Gaa, Peoria County Sheriff's Office
    • In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Chief Deputy Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as he walks 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.
  • April 9 - Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Are You Prepared? with Jason Marks, Director of Emergency Management and Preparedness
    • While we can never know when or where the next disaster will strike, we can do our best to keep ourselves and our families safe when it does. Join the Peoria City/County Health Department’s emergency management experts as they explain the best ways to prepare and protect your family by developing a family emergency plan, identifying points of contact, and creating an emergency preparedness kit so you can be prepared before disaster strikes.
  • April 23 - Personal Safety: Don't Become a Victim with Aimee Shinall, Peoria County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Coordinator
    • The first step to avoid becoming a victim is knowing how to protect yourself. The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Coordinator, Aimee Shinall, will explain the best practices in helping to keep your family safe from abusive behaviors, residential burglary, common scams, and more.
  • May 7 - Cyber Safety: Staying Safe on the Internet with Detective Scott Gamboe, Peoria County Sheriff's Office
    • As technology continues to play such an important role in our day-to-day lives, it is important to stay vigilant against threats in the digital world. Join Detective Scott Gamboe of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a forensic exploration into the dangers of the Internet and how you can protect yourself against Internet scams, phishing, identity theft, and more.


2019 Learn with Peoria County Speaker Presentations

These free drop-in presentations are for participants 18 years of age or older.

  • March 19 - Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill at Lillie M. Evans Library in Princeville
    • In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Chief Deputy Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as he walks 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.
    • Lillie M. Evans Library: 207 N Walnut Ave, Princeville, IL 61559
    • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Registration is not required.
  • May 14 - Personal Safety: Don't Become a Victim with Aimee Shinall, Peoria County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Coordinator
    • The first step to avoid becoming a victim is knowing how to protect yourself. The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Coordinator, Aimee Shinall, will explain the best practices in helping to keep your family safe from abusive behaviors, residential burglary, common scams, and more.
    • Peoria Public Library, McClure Branch: 315 W McClure Ave, Peoria, IL 61604
    • Registration encouraged by not required: Online Registration Form
    • 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • May 28 - Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill at Peoria Public Library's Lakeview Branch
    • In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Chief Deputy Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as he walks 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.
    • Peoria Public Library, Lakeview Branch: 1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614
    • Registration encouraged by not required: Online Registration Form
    • 6:00-7:30 p.m.

2019 Adult Community Programs at Illinois Central College - North Campus

Learn with Peoria County is pleased to offer our educational presentations as part of Illinois Central College's Adult Community Programs! These free programs are open to adults ages 18 and older and are hosted at ICC's North Campus: 5407 N. University St., Peoria. Registration is required for these programs. To register, please visit www.icc.edu/acp or call (309) 690-6900.

  • April 16 - Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill with Chief Deputy Doug Gaa, Peoria County Sheriff's Office
    • In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Chief Deputy Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as he walks 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.
  • May 23 - Food Safety in the Home with Stephanie Streight, PCCHD Environmental Health Coordinator
    • Did you know that your own kitchen can be a high-risk environment for foodborne illness? Microscopic germs such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites can thrive in food that is improperly stored or handled. If ingested, these germs can make you, your family, and your dinner guests sick. Join the Peoria City/County Health Department's Environmental Health Coordinator, Stephanie Streight, to learn about the general principles and practices of safe food handling at home. Registration begins April 1.
  • July 11 - Comply & Complain presented by Undersheriff Ronda Guyton and Lieutenant James Middlemas
    • Learn how to do both—comply and complain—when interacting with police. Join Undersheriff Ronda Guyton and Lieutenant James Middlemas of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a frank and informative discussion regarding law enforcement communication concerns and tactics. The officers will go over statues and case law, examples of what to do if you are being questioned or arrested, and how to file a complaint if you believe you have been treated unfairly. Registration begins April 1.
  • August 6 - Cyber Safety: Staying Safe on the Internet with Detective Scott Gamboe, Peoria County Sheriff's Office
    • As technology continues to play such an important role in our day-to-day lives, it is important to stay vigilant against threats in the digital world. Join Detective Scott Gamboe of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a forensic exploration into the dangers of the Internet and how you can protect yourself against Internet scams, phishing, identity theft, and more. Registration begins April 1.
  • September 5 - The Basics of Property Assessment: Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go? with Dave Ryan, Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments
    • “Why are my property taxes so high? What the heck is the ‘Pleasure Driveway?’ Why does it look like my house is only worth 1/3 of what I paid for it? What do these abbreviations mean?” If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions while trying to decode your property tax bill, we invite you to join Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments Dave Ryan as he explains how your property is assessed and where your tax dollars go. Learn how property taxes are determined, how levies affect the total amount you owe, when you can appeal your property assessment, and more. Registration opens mid-2019 - date TBD.
  • October 24 - Safety in Food Shopping: What's in Your Bag? with Renee Spradlin, PCCHD Environmental Health Coordinator
    • What is the difference between ‘best by’ and ‘use by’ on food packaging? Is it safe to buy those dented cans of food on the grocery store shelf? How ‘overripe’ is ‘too ripe’ for this fruit? Join the Peoria City/County Health Department's Environmental Health Coordinator, Renee Spradlin, as she explains the basics of safety in food shopping. Renee will answer audience questions about food safety during a Q&A portion of this presentation, so bring questions if you have them! Registration opens mid-2019 - date TBD.