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From World War II rescue missions to the construction site, Laborers Local 362’s Leo Carroll, age 98, has led a fascinating life. Leo received his Laborers 50-year-card on July 11 at Laborers Local 362's monthly meeting in Bloomington, Illinois.
The Bloomington Pantagraph recently profiled Vietnam veterans, including Laborers 362's Dennis Huber. As members of the 1st Marine Air Wing went about their business at the main helicopter base known as Marble Mountain, the supposed civilian fishing boats on nearby Vietnamese waters presented a picture of tranquility.
For its September 2015 issue, Peoria's Women's View magazine featured LIUNA 996 member Lacey Sams on its cover and inside, posing in a "Rosie the Riveter" style.
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BLOOMINGTON — The fruits of Paul Penn's labor can be seen throughout the community.
Parenting always has been three parts principles and action, and one part crapshoot. You provide comfort, offer support and instill guidance, followed by the one trait that all parents very quietly possess — holding your breath. Parenting can take a lot of oxygen.
BLOOMINGTON — Paul Penn is rarely — if ever — seen without his "World War II Veteran" hat on his head. "He wears that constantly," said his son, John Penn.  The same was true Thursday when Paul Penn celebrated his 90th birthday with an influx of visitors stopping by his Bloomington home.
Growing up on the Kankakee River banks, Laborers Local 751 member Curt Ralston grew to love and know the river. As a union retiree, he actively works on river restoration, an effort that won him this year’s Illinois AFL-CIO Robert G. Gibson Community Service Award. Annually the state labor federation gives one award to a rank and file, community-oriented union member.
It’s a long road from Mexico to a place of honor in Peoria’s 2013 Labor Day Parade, but Arnie Carranza made that journey. A Laborers Local 165 retiree and former officer, a community activist and friendly individual with a great reputation, Arnie was the Parade Marshal for Peoria’s 2013 Labor Day outing.
September 2013 marks the retirement of Laborers Local 362 member and the United Way of McLean County’s Labor Liaison Gary Leake’s retirement.  Gary was also named 2013 "Laborer of the Year" by WJBC-AM and rode in the radio station's convertible in the Bloomington, Illinois Labor Day Parade.
At a union meeting, members address each other as “brother” and “sister.”  And there are also many related family members in a local union.  One of the great achievements any union member can complete is winning their 50 year card.  Three Iowa brothers recently completed that rare milestone.
It’s a long way from Seattle to Illinois State University, but Laborer David Hayes makes the trek annually to support Illinois Special Olympics (ISO) state games. David was named "Volunteer of the Year" for his 38 years on the field with the athletes.
Laborers Local 751 in September 2012 presented a 50-year-pin to William Prairie, who joined the Local on June 6, 1962.
Throughout the ten state area within the Central portion of the United States encompassed by the Midwest Region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, retired LIUNA Members and Spouses offer an amazing variety of services, programs and activities to Retirees, their families, their Local Unions, and to their respective Communities.
On June 14, 2012, the McLean County Historical Society is holding its first "History Makers" dinner at Illinois State University. That night civil rights pioneer, the late Caribel Washington, former county board chair Nancy Froelich and Laborers Local 362’s Paul Penn will be the honored "History Makers.
From the football gridiron to Peoria Laborers Local 165 might be a long journey, but it’s the life circle of Mike LaHood, retired business manager of Local 165. Mike grew up in Peoria, Illinois and eventually played professional football, before returning to work as a Laborer and eventually becoming an officer of his local union.
BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL—Taking action produces results. Effective action generates notable results.
Laborers Local 538, Galesburg, Illinois, on Monday, January 28, lost a 70-year union member, Jesse Ramirez. Ramirez was born in 1924 and joined Local 538 in 1943, working for 47 years, until 1990.  He married Francine Anson in 1956, she survives him.  Ramirez was also a union member of Cement Local 206, which he joined in 1946, making him a 67-year member of that local union.



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4208 W Partridge Way
Peoria, IL 61615
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