by Jordan Wesso
Hello, my name is Jordan Couri Wesso.
I would like to share with you how my family came to be in Peoria, IL.
I will be talking about when Sarkis Halhoul came to Peoria from Aytou, Lebanon, history of the Itoo Hall, and how many of my family's businesses came to be. I hope you enjoy reading about my family's history.
I will be speaking about the internal debate over the spelling of the family name (Khouri vs. Couri), what it is like to be a Lebanese kid living in a tough neighborhood, advice to people wanting to start a business in the Peoria area, my experiences as a DJ, and old Peoria businesses on Main Street, including Lebanese immigrant entrepreneurs.