Peoria Seeks Community Participation to Combat Black Disparities

Nov 30, 2016

The Community meeting will be held at 6:00p.m. Tuesday December 6th at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront.
Credit WCBU

The city is seeking suggestions on ways to improve the social and economic challenges that disproportionate affect Peoria’s African American residents.

It comes in response to a recent ranking by the site 24/7 Wall Street that named Peoria “worst-in-the-nation,” in terms of racial disparities.

The data used to assign that unflattering designation shows the median income for black residents is less than half that of whites. The survey also included the unemployment rate, which is three times higher in Peoria’s black population, compared to whites.  

The meeting will take the form of small group discussions on the subjects of economic disparity, health, employment and education. The small group discussions aim to find potential solutions.

Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP via email to City Manager Patrick Urich’s office: or call 494.8524.

Meeting Details:

When: December 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Where: Gateway Building, 200 NE Water St. Peoria, IL 61602