Business and Economy

Several Peoria businesses put boards over doors and windows to protect their property amid civil unrest earlier this year. Now the city’s Community Development Department wants to see the remaining boards taken down.

“We’re all trying to get back to some level of normalcy in the community and with businesses, showing that the businesses are open for customers as much as they can,” said Community Development Director Ross Black.

Caterpillar's second quarter sales and revenues declined 31 percent year-over-year, the company announced Friday.

Facing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peoria-area real estate market slipped a bit in the second quarter. But brokers are still seeing indications of a turnaround.

“We've seen a really active real estate market since early spring,” said Kendra Sipes, president of the Peoria Area Association of Realtors PAAR). “We did expect things to kind of be a lot slower when our initial shelter-in-place went into effect.”

Peoria Groups Want to Help Start-ups Get Started

Jul 29, 2020
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What will Peoria’s economy look like after the pandemic?

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino's parent company sustained a 75 percent year-over-year revenue plummet in the second quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / Peoria Public Radio

As managing director of the Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel, Jeff McLinden thought more activity would have returned to the Peoria hotel scene by now.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Wildlife Prairie Park is unveiling six new lodging cabins near the elk and bison pasture.

Scientists at Peoria's Ag Lab are making strides on developing a new biodegradable plastic.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria-area officials warn the region is veering into dangerous waters on its COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

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People who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—or SNAP—benefits can now order groceries online. A Peoria nonprofit is testing how well the program serves public housing residents.

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July heat is pushing more restaurant goers indoors.

Peoria Area CVB

The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is focusing more attention on attracting both tourists and locals to area destinations.


A coalition of Illinois business groups is launching a new campaign against the graduated income tax constitutional amendment voters will consider on November's ballot.


The Morton Pumpkin Festival is still on for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic means it will look different than any of the previous 53 celebrations of the village's signature crop.

Daniel Musisi / WCBU

Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that its season is canceled for 2020. But the Peoria Chiefs are already looking ahead to next season.

Tory Dahlhoff / WCBU

For many years there have been a number of fruitless efforts to remove the invasive Asian carp from the Illinois River. But a renewed sense of excitement exists with an new initiative set to open this summer along the riverbank in East Peoria.

Prairie Farms is laying off 62 employees as it converts its Peoria milk production facility to a distribution center.

The central Illinois real estate market hasn't been immune from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 economic shutdown, but local Realtors say there are some good signs on the horizon.

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A number of Greater Peoria businesses are planning to open their doors or expand services starting Friday, as the state moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

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Earlier this year efforts to contain the pandemic forced central Illinois restaurants to change the way they do business.

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The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce is announcing its next president and CEO.

Joshua Gunn starts the job July 1. He currently serves as vice president of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce in Durham, N.C.

He comes to Peoria with four years of experience in that role, and more than 10 years of professional experience with a focus on entrepreneurship, minority business development, direct business-to-business sales, and community engagement.

Gunn will also lead the CEO Council.

Drive-in Movie Ritual Returns in Peoria

Jun 15, 2020
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The drive-in era has come and gone in Peoria, but the pandemic is giving new life to the concept of watching a movie in the privacy of one’s car.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Applications are due soon to receive money from the Downstate Stabilization Fund.

Is This The Summer Of The RV?

May 30, 2020

After the pandemic throttled business this spring, things are starting to pick up at Fourwinds RV, 3104 N. Main St. in East Peoria.

The Peoria area's unemployment rate is nearing 18 percent as the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant stay-at-home order continues to hammer the economy.

Market on the Hill / Facebook

Once a neighborhood or town becomes a food desert, it's difficult to restore a functional food system. Two central Illinois communities are trying to grow new food networks.

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The city of Peoria will likely temporarily allow restaurants and bars to set up outdoor seating on private property, sidewalks, or even the street.

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Restaurants and bars are busily preparing to open back up for business outside next Friday.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The novel coronavirus may have lasting effects on consumer habits and employee job expectations even after social distancing guidelines have eased.

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Morton Mayor Jeff Kaufman said while he likes both the Restore Heart of Illinois and Tri-County regional reopening plans, there's a major stumbling block that makes him wary of adopting it without the governor's blessing - liability.