Peoria Fire Deartment

Police and Fire Missing Mark on Minority Hiring

Aug 16, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Minority employment in the Peoria Police and Fire Departments is falling behind established goals. Three years ago, the city council set a target of 38 and 39-percent minority officers in each department respectively by the year 2025.

Only 18.3-percent of the police force currently comes from minority groups. Police Chief Loren Marion says there are a limited number of qualified minorities applying to the department. One example he says it that 32 African American male applicants this past spring and only six were recommended for hiring.

Creative Commons

The Peoria Fire Department says arson is the cause of two weekend fires. The first happened early Saturday morning in a vacant home and the second occured Sunday at King Food and Tobacco Mart.

Peoria Firefighters Denounce Proposed Service Cuts

Nov 14, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Firefighters’ Union says cuts the city is proposing are unacceptable to maintaining adequate public safety.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Upgrades to Warehouse District water system

Sep 12, 2013
Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  The City of Peoria and Illinois American Water are celebrating the results of collaboration above ground and underground in developing the Warehouse District.