Talk:Pekin, Illinois

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Dan Fogelberg was born and raised in Peoria and attended schools there. His only link to Pekin (a suburb of Peoria) is that his father taught music at Pekin High School.


Pekin is part of the Peoria-Pekin MSA area which includes five counties. It is part of a conurbation with the central urban core being the City of Peoria. A suburb does not need to be in the same county. Most of Peoria's suburbs are in Tazewell County, with the remaining in Peoria and Woodford counties. For example, a majority of the suburbs of Chicago are located in five other counties - Will, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, and Kane. Some of its suburbs are even located in other states such as Indiana. Joliet, once its own metro area, is now a suburb of Chicago due to extended urban growth. Also, a town can be in the same county and not be a suburb by definition such as Brimfield in Peoria County which is rural and not in a continous urban spread. Peoria's suburbs in Tazewell county range from Washington and Morton, through East Peoria to Pekin - consisting of a continous population strip from the urban center of Peoria.

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Dan Fogelberg's father taught music at Woodruff High School (Peoria) - my mother was one of his students.

I grew up in Pekin. I notice there is not one word about Richard Griener, the little boy who disappeared in Pekin, one of the earliest child abductions to make national news.

As well, only passing mention is made of the 'Pekin Chinks' atheletic teams. It was far more than a nickname, it was the official team name for all the teams - baseball, football, and basketball. Their mascot was a cartoonish 'chinaman' with exaggerated features - slanted eyes, sampan hat, pigtails, clogs, a fu manchu robe, and hands in the opposing sleeves like a Peter Sellers caricature. The name was only changed, as I understand it, in 1981, long after I left Pekin. Pekin and 'Peking' were sister cities, the Chinese used to send over a girls slow-pitch softball team to play exhibition games against Pekin teams. How they managed to avoid taking offense to the team being called "The Chinks," I'll never know. Looking back on it, I cringe.

I'm surprised it was given only a few words.

People of a certain age still remember Pekin as that place with that nickname. It is still embarassing to cite my hometown to people who grew up in Illinois, as it is so often the first connection they make. Almost certain that the article is incorrect on the date of the change in the nickname, it should read 1980, my freshman year - I remember because about 1/3 of the student body walked out in protest. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 199.181.201.5 (talk) 17:21, 3 February 2009 (UTC)