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Efforts to build an apartment complex on park land along Peoria’s riverfront will continue for another six months.

City Council Approves 2018 Budget, Increases Fees

Dec 6, 2017
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The City of Peoria has a budget for next year, but the vote was not unanimous.

Funding for the Peoria fire department continues to be a stumbling block in developing an overall city budget for next year.

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The Peoria City Council is close to approving its 2018 budget except for one contentious item -- the mothballing of a fire truck.

City Council held a policy session Tues. to discuss tax incentives in so-called Special Service Areas. The subject is part of the ongoing discussions with the developer of a Portillo's restaurant in Peoria.

Councilman Chuck Grayeb says the incentives are misconstrued as corporate welfare.


"That is implicit in the analysis many people give this," Grayeb said. "They really don’t understand it. They think that we’re providing corporate welfare and we’re not.

City of Peoria Looks at New Deficit Concerns

Jul 26, 2017

The city of Peoria is facing a projected $7.9 million deficit in its general fund for next year. It’s primarily due to a continued drop in tax revenue.

New employees hired by the city of Decatur will be required to live within the city limits for at least five years. The residency requirement was part of a new labor contract approved by the city council. 

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Peoria City Council okayed two amendments to extend funding for land acquisition and engineering work on the Pioneer Parkway extension.

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The single most expensive contract for the city of Peoria is solid waste collection.

Peoria Makes Way for Bradley's $85M Construction

Mar 29, 2017
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The Peoria City Council amended the Bradley University development plan to allow for the construction of a new building along Main Street. 

Bradley this summer will demolish Baker Hall, which houses the business college.  In its place, the university will construct a building that will allow instruction for both business and engineering courses.

Tuesday Primary Results Are In, Looking Ahead

Mar 1, 2017


Yesterday’s primary election results in Peoria mean incumbent Mayor Jim Ardis faces political newcomer, Couri Thomas. Ardis received 52.5 percent of the vote and Thomas 33.3 percent.   

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Peoria City and County leaders are sharing their so-called “wish list” to area lawmakers. 

City Council Moves Ahead to Fill Vacant Seat

Jan 5, 2017
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The deadline to replace former Peoria councilman Ryan Spain is quickly approaching.  Council members met in executive session Thurs. to pare down the number of candidates. 

The Peoria City Council is looking to fill an at-large seat, at least for a little while.

The resignation of At-Large Councilman Ryan Spain leaves a vacancy the council is looking to fill.

The mayor’s office is accepting applications from those interested in serving on the council in an at-large capacity.

Those interested in applying are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and any other supporting documentation to the mayor's assistant Brenda Hopwood.

City Tables Decision to Renew Waste Hauling Contract

Jun 29, 2016
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The City of Peoria is considering whether to extend its contract with the Peoria Disposal Company.


The City’s contract with PDC expires at the end of the year, but it specifies the municipality needs to decide by Friday whether to extend the agreement for another three years.

The Peoria City Council Monday unanimously approved extending that window for another 60 days.

The Peoria City Council approved a budget that more than doubles the amount of money it spends on road maintenance next year.  The Council signed off on property, motor fuel and hotel taxes that would put more than $5 million in the city’s road budget.  City Manager Patrick Urich says the investment speeds up planned improvements:

Four Finalists For Vacant Peoria City Council Seat

Nov 13, 2015

The Peoria City Council has narrowed down the list of candidates to fill a vacant-At-Large seat to four people.  Zachary Oyler received the most council votes of support, followed by Sid Paul Ruckriegel.  Both Thomas Fliege and Rita Ali tied for third.  The Council is expected to pick the final candidate by a consensus vote next Tuesday.  That candidate would still need another council vote either in late November or early next month.

Peoria Council Talks Road Funding, Tax Hike Connection

Nov 10, 2015

The Peoria City Council continued hashing out spending priorities for next year’s proposed budget.  

Pekin Council Tables Sales Tax Vote To March

Sep 21, 2015

East Peoria appoints new fire chief

Aug 18, 2015
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The East Peoria City Council approved Alan Servis as Fire Chief starting September 1st.  Servis is a longtime member of the department and replaces former chief William Darin who retired this summer.  Servis will make an annual salary of $107,000 per year. 

Peoria Council OKs pay raise for city manager

Aug 11, 2015

The Peoria City Council voted to give City Manager Patrick Urich a $10,000 pay raise.  The vote followed discussion about the city police union:

On April 2, 2015, 10 of the 11 Pekin City Council candidates and the three people running for mayor participated in a forum. The council candidates took the firsts round. The mayoral  participated in the second round of the forum.

Peoria Council votes to create new TIF district

May 29, 2013

The Peoria City Council approved the area’s latest Tax Increment Financing District last night.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the council voted 10 to one to create the South Village TIF: 

Peoria City Council swears in new members

May 7, 2013

The Peoria City Council welcomed its new members to the horseshoe last night. Four of the five district seats are changing hands.  Council members Dan Irving and Barbara Van Auken part ways with the horseshoe after failed re-election bids last month. Councilman Clyde Gulley stepped down from his first-district post, making way for Denise Moore. Moore is the first black female ever elected to Peoria’s city council.

Preparing for new Peoria City Council members

Apr 10, 2013


The 11 member Peoria City Council gets four new district members next month. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says it will be a significant learning curve for the new members, but it will help that two of the newly elected councilmen have served previously. Ardis says still, for those who are new to the council it may initially feel like they’re drinking water from a fire hose.