Learn with Peoria County  - Adult Community Programs

"Learn With Peoria County" Community Programs and Tours at Peoria County Facilities Canceled Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns

March 13, 2020: At this time, Peoria County has canceled all "Learn with Peoria County" community programs and speaking engagements for at least the next 30 days. We are not currently making plans to re-schedule any canceled programs, nor are we scheduling future programs for 2020.

In addition to community programs and speaking engagements, all tours at all Peoria County facilities have been canceled, and we are no longer making arrangements to host them at this time. Any job shadowing experiences or privately-coordinated visits at the Peoria County Coroner’s Office have also been canceled.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will update this page with more information when we are able to continue with our community programs. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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.

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Upcoming Learn with Peoria County Programs

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.

  • CANCELED - March 31 - Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill
    • Due to concerns over the COVID-19 situation in Peoria County and in the best interest of public health, this program has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • CANCELED - May 14 - Disaster and Emergency Awareness: Are You Prepared?
    • Due to concerns over the COVID-19 situation in Peoria County and in the best interest of public health, this program has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • July 1 - Understanding Law Enforcement: Use of Force, Investigative Processes, and Disciplinary Procedures
    • Join Chief Deputy Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a unique look into Law Enforcement Use of Force. Learn what criteria and standards are used to determine whether the force used is reasonable, what Investigative Process are conducted involving Use of Force and Internal Investigations, how complaints against Officers are handled, and detailed procedures involving disciplinary matters. Registration is required.
    • Link to register online: https://bit.ly/31eYKyr
    • 6:00-8:00 PM, Hickory Hall Room 105
  • July 22 - Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill
    • 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. Registration is required.
    • Link to register online: https://bit.ly/2S4lcG2
    • 6:00-8:00 PM, Hickory Hall Room 131
  • August 5 - Behind the Scenes of a Restaurant Inspection
    • Go Behind the Scenes of a Restaurant Inspection with Corine Peplinski from the Peoria City/County Health Department! Learn how the Health Department conducts Restaurant Inspections throughout Peoria County, how the scoring system works, how violations are recorded and handled to prevent foodborne illness to the public, and more! Bring questions if you have them.
    • Link to register online: https://bit.ly/2PT0HvQ
    • 6:00-8:00 PM, Hickory Hall Room 108
  • August 19 - The Basics of Property Assessment: Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?
    • “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 and how you can appeal your property assessment, and more. Registration is required.
    • Link to register online: https://bit.ly/2SXbHsR
    • 6:00-8:00 PM, Hickory Hall Room 131

Alpha Park Library

Registration is required for these FREE Learn with Peoria County programs at Alpha Park Library. Registrants must be ages 18 years of age or older to attend. To register, please use the links below or call Alpha Park at (309) 697-3822. Alpha Park Library is located at 3527 S. Airport Rd., Peoria, IL 61607.

Summer 2020 Programs at Alpha Park Library - REGISTRATION LINKS COMING SOON!

  • June 24 - Understanding Law Enforcement: Use of Force, Investigative Processes, and Disciplinary Procedures
    • Join Chief Deputy Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a unique look into Law Enforcement Use of Force. Learn what criteria and standards are used to determine whether the force used is reasonable, what Investigative Process are conducted involving Use of Force and Internal Investigations, how complaints against Officers are handled, and detailed procedures involving disciplinary matters.
    • 7-8:30 PM - Alpha Park Library (3527 S Airport Rd., Peoria, IL 61607)
    • REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Check back soon for registration link!
  • July 22 - Cannabis FAQs with State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos
    • Join Peoria County State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos for a discussion on the legalization of recreational cannabis in the State of Illinois. State’s Attorney Hoos will discuss what you should know about the new law and how it affects previous cannabis-related arrests or charges, cannabis-related DUIs, the legalities of growing and possessing cannabis, and how cannabis may affect employment/drug screenings.
    • 7-8:30 PM - Alpha Park Library (3527 S Airport Rd., Peoria, IL 61607)
    • REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Check back soon for registration link!
  • July 29 - Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill
    • 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.
    • 7-8:30 PM - Alpha Park Library (3527 S Airport Rd., Peoria, IL 61607)
    • REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Check back soon for registration link!
  • August 12 - Personal Safety: Don’t Become a Victim
    • The first step to avoid becoming a victim is knowing how to protect yourself and your family. This workshop will focus on the best practices in recognizing the signs of scams, abusive behavior, and other preventable crimes. Join Aimee Shinall, PCSO Victim Services Coordinator, to learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones, and what the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office does to help victims and survivors of these crimes.
    • 7-8:30 PM - Alpha Park Library (3527 S Airport Rd., Peoria, IL 61607)
    • REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Check back soon for registration link!