PEORIA — William Kristol, the founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, will be the keynote speaker at next year's Creve Coeur Club Washington Day Banquet.

The conservative commentator and political analyst will speak at the Feb. 21 event at the Peoria Civic Center.

He is the latest in a string of pundits and strategists to headline the event, following George Will last year and Charles Krauthammer and Karl Rove earlier this decade. The annual gala typically features a well-known speaker from the world of politics and government, with past guests including Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.

Kristol is regularly seen on ABC's "This Week" and has a resume that boasts stints as chief of staff to Reagan administration Secretary of Education William Bennett and to Vice President Dan Quayle.

This is the 120th Washington Day Banquet. Tickets are $250 for club members and $275 for non-members. For more information, call 672-2267.