1st District Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving Peoria County $5.6 million to remove dangerous lead paint from homes.

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Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said cannabis legalization is concerning to law enforcement, but may also offer some positives.

He says it takes an officer two to three hours to process an average cannabis arrest. Legalization will free up a lot of that time and expenditure, and also unclog backups in the court system. He said there may also be perception improvements for police.

Helping Black Owned Businesses in Peoria

Oct 5, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos visited the Minority Business Development Center in Peoria Tuesday.

Much of the space at the Black Business Alliance office at 2139 SW Adams is still under reconstruction. But it’s already working to help more minority owned businesses grow and succeed.

1st District Peoria City Council Woman Denise Moore is championing the effort to link perspective businesses owners to a variety of organizations like the Small Business Administration.

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The Peoria County board passed three resolutions last night that allow a local agriculture company to operate a business in Trivoli Township. Akron Services Inc., plans to house chemicals, fertilizers and seeds on a site where an unused grain elevator stands. 

The vote was 12-3 with one abstention. Before the vote, the board heard from more than a dozen members of the public -- both in favor and opposed to the development.

Organic farmers neighboring the site say it would hurt the biodiversity of their crops. 

Peoria Housing Authority plans a strategy

Nov 13, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Housing Authority Task Force is asking the City Council to table a proposal to have the Greeley School redeveloped. The PHA will also not be submitting an application for tax credits next month.

The Peoria Police Officer’s Union is asking why 18 vacancies in the department are not being filled more quickly. 

A town hall meeting in Peoria this evening is aiming to stop violence and engage people in ways to improve the community. First District Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore is holding the meeting. She’s says participants are encouraged to offer solutions at the event. But Moore says those seeking help should also come. 

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The recent uptick in gun violence in Peoria has the attention of the City Council. It was a topic of conversation under new business during Tuesday night’s meeting.