H. Wayne Wilson


H. Wayne Wilson covers Peoria City Hall for WCBU. He also produces documentaries and hosts a half-hour talk show on WTVP-TV.

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The sale of recreational marijuana in the City of Peoria moved a step closer to reality last night. 

A site on Peoria’s southside that has been a problem bar in the past will get a liquor license, but with a change. 

The Peoria City Council approved next year’s budget in less than one hour last night. 

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The Peoria City Council last night gave an initial okay to three sources of income to help balance its budget for next year. 


The business community is offering its own suggestions for the city of Peoria’s 2020 budget. 


Structures like sand traps and bunkers may soon be replaced by sculptures at the former Donovan Golf Course. 

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The City of Peoria could see the sale of recreational cannabis next year. The city council last night approved an ordinance to allow adult-use marijuana dispensaries.

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The city of Peoria’s budget next year will be 6.2 percent higher than this year’s budget.

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The sale of adult-use cannabis in the city of Peoria may, to a large degree, follow the same guidelines as that of medical marijuana.

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The City of Peoria should have a new fire station on the city’s South Side a year from now. 

The Peoria City Council last night took a partial step toward the legal sale of recreational cannabis.

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Some of the items you put in residential recycle bins — glass and certain plastics, in particular — is going directly to landfills. That's because the recycling market is at a low ebb right now.

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The city council last night got a first look at a revitalization plan for the MacArthur Highway corridor on the city’s South Side. 

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You may be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage while at a movie theater in the near future. 

OSF HealthCare employees will have available parking when its new mission headquarters opens in downtown. 

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There will soon be 30 new houses built in Peoria’s East Bluff neighborhood.

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Midstate College in Peoria will close its doors at the end of the summer session next month.

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All residents of the city of Peoria will have every other week pickup of recycled materials beginning in August.

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The Peoria Police and Fire Departments are not meeting their own goals for hiring more minorities. 

While approximately 30 percent of the city's residents are African-American, only 12 percent of fire department personnel are black. Of 175 personnel, there are 30 minorities and women. 

Peoria Fire Department Division Chief Tony Ardis said the issue is also evident when future promotions are considered. There are 11 African-American fire captains, but Ardis told city council members last night that retirements may come before promotions for many of the captains. 

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The Peoria city council tonight will consider a new contract with Peoria Disposal Company that could bring back every-other-week pickup of recyclables for households south of Forrest Hill Avenue.


There may be more latitude for painting murals on the sides of buildings in Peoria. Murals currently are limited to 30 feet in height.

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There’s a dispute over the collection of recyclables in the city of Peoria. A new contract called for bi-weekly pickup citywide.


The Peoria City Council may have thrown a roadblock in the purchase of property along the riverfront.

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Illinois was one of the first three states to ratify the suffrage amendment in 1919. The Peoria City Council Tuesday night passed a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the event.

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Illinois prohibited recreational use of marijuana in 1931. The state will reverse course next January as recreational marijuana will be legal.


City Councilman Chuck Grayeb is concerned about what he calls a proliferation of massage parlors in Peoria.