All these things will require a secretary of state who knows how to sell policies in Peoria, and on Capitol Hill.
Ernst even sought to find out how Ulysses might play in Peoria (not well, if the returned survey is any indication).
His frank desire for money has the disarming earthiness of a strictly budgeting housewife from Peoria.
And like Jonas, Mengestu grew up in Peoria and lived in New York.
Peoria indulges in, and mostly enjoys, just about every vice known to man or woman from New York to Baghdad to Bangkok.
The cession at "Old Peoria Fort, or village," by treaty of 1795, was also overlapped in like manner with the last preceding one.
But this man, named Clement, a banker from Peoria, had proved unworthy.
He talked of the old times and the old days, and of Peoria and Hinman's, as was his wont oft as he felt boyish.
I was born and brought up on the plains, and I've been to Peoria only to get educated, as they say.
I slipped quietly out into the street; night was coming on, and I walked down Madison and south on Peoria.
small city in Illinois, U.S., originally the name of a subdivision of the Miami/Illinois people (1673), from native /peewaareewa/. Their own name is said to mean "carriers." The place name also is found in Oklahoma and Iowa, but it is the Illinois city that has been proverbially regarded as the typical measure of U.S. cultural and intellectual standards at least since Ambrose Bierce (c.1890). Also the butt of baseball player jokes (c.1920-40, when it was part of the St. Louis Cardinals farm system) and popularized in the catchphrase "It'll play in Peoria" (often negative), meaning "the average American will approve," which was popular in the Nixon White House (1969-74) but seems to have had a vaudeville origin. Personification in "little old lady in Peoria" is said to be from Harold Ross of the "New Yorker." Peoria's rivals as embodiment of U.S. small city values and standards include Dubuque, Iowa; Hoboken and Hackensack, N.J.; Oakland (Gertrude Stein: "When you get there, there isn't any there there") and Burbank, Calif., and the entire state of North Dakota.