City of Peoria

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The Illinois Labor Relations Board has upheld a summary ruling against the city of Peoria earlier this year which restricts the "brownout" of fire department engines.

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Peoria’s riverfront area is slowly returning to normal nearly two weeks after being inundated with flood waters. The city of Peoria says the 300 block of SW Water Street is now open to all traffic. The Liberty parking lot is also open, but it can only be accessed from Harrison Street.

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Sandbag cleanup is underway along Peoria’s riverfront. Public works crews began removal Wednesday in the 300 block of SW Water Street.

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Work to protect the Peoria’s River Station from flood waters is nearly complete. Assistant Public Works Director Sie Maroon expects completion of the remaining sandbag walls Friday.

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PEORIA - The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission has rejected plans by winery to expand.

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When pick-up of recycled materials in the city of Peoria changed from monthly to every other week, it called for recycling bins to be placed at the front of houses instead of alleys. That caused a problem for 2400 households where it’s difficult to move bins from alleys to front curbs. Money has caused a problem in reaching a solution.

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The cities of Peoria and East Peoria are urging residents to register their mobile phones for emergency alerts.

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A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, closing schools and businesses and straining infrastructure with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. Disruptions are now extending into Thursday.

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The deadly arctic deep freeze enveloping the Midwest is forcing widespread closure of schools, businesses and government offices. It’s also prompted the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region.

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A limited state of emergency has been declared in the city of Peoria. Mayor Jim Ardis issued the proclamation Tuesday afternoon ahead of forecasted record-low temperatures.

Peoria City Council Reviews Economic Development Tool

Jan 28, 2019

The city of Peoria has many economic development tools for attracting business.

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Peoria city officials were talking trash Thursday-as in waste management.

Peoria Public Works Director Resigns

Dec 19, 2018

The City of Peoria is looking for a new public works director. Scott Reeise has resigned as he considers a new direction for his career, according to city manager Patrick Urich.

Peoria motorists can expect significant traffic delays on Allen Road Wednesday. The thoroughfare between Carriage Lane and Pioneer Parkway will be reduced to one lane beginning at 7:00 a.m. for a signal mast installation.

 

  The City of Peoria has a difficult time collecting housing fines. The city issued $3.8-Million in code violation fines in an 18-month period from January 2017 ending in June.  

The Peoria City Council learned the municipality currently doesn’t know how much of that amount it has collected. City manager Patrick Urich says some landlords ignore or appeal the fines.

No Bids for the Pere Marquette Hotel

Sep 12, 2018
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The city of Peoria will not be repaid for $7-million dollars it loaned to Gary Matthews as he renovated the Pere Marquette Hotel.

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The city of Peoria is preparing for a workforce reduction. Layoff notices were issued this month to 11 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union or AFSME.

The city of Peoria will receive nearly $200 thousand in federal funding to support community programs.

A Peoria 'for Everyone'

Jun 20, 2018

 The City of Peoria has a new promotional tool to attract new skilled and professional talent. The four short videos center on the motto, “Peoria is for Everyone.”

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says “This is a message to send out amongst whoever we can touch with this and say there’s a lot of good things going on in Peoria to say, ‘we’re still here. We’re fighting and it’s a good community to live in.’”  

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Navigating portions of Peoria could be much easier in the near future. City officials unveiled a Downtown Wayfinding Plan at an open house Tuesday night. It includes a series of directional signs to navigate from the interstate to various destinations in the downtown, city center, riverfront and warehouse districts.

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Reconstruction of Peoria’s Allen Road-Willow Knolls Drive intersection is expected to begin next month. City officials unveiled the preferred plan at a public meeting Wednesday night. It involves new signals, reconfiguration of medians, new sidewalks and a bike path. City engineer Bill Lewis says a roundabout was considered for the aging intersection, but a public survey overwhelmingly favored traffic signals.

Peoria Pere and Courtyard Hotels In Foreclosure

Feb 14, 2018
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  Pere Marquette and Courtyard Hotels in downtown Peoria are in foreclosure. The hotel properties were placed in receivership Wednesday by the emergency order of Judge Kate Gorman.

 

Efforts to refinance fell through Tuesday when the finance company Yam withdrew from negotiations. The hotel will eventually be sold at sheriff’s auction. That is a fairly standard practice in such foreclosures.

Peoria Eyes Strategy For Future

Nov 28, 2017

The City of Peoria occasionally updates its 15-year strategic plan, which includes both policy and management guidelines.

 

The council has already established guidelines for several policies for projects like combined sewer overflow and road maintenance. But City Manager Patrick Urich says the council still needs to develop policy direction in several other areas.

 

Peoria Firefighters Denounce Proposed Service Cuts

Nov 14, 2017
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The Peoria Firefighters’ Union says cuts the city is proposing are unacceptable to maintaining adequate public safety.

Peoria Tries To Reconcile Deficit

Sep 27, 2017

The city of Peoria faces a projected budget deficit of nearly eight-million dollars next year.  The city council Tuesday night agreed to offer a voluntary separation incentive to employees in hopes of reducing that deficit.

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A group of business and community leaders in Peoria met with the Japanese Consul General Monday.

Consul General Naoki Ito was assigned to Chicago in February and vowed to pursue further economic opportunities for Japan in the Midwest.

Peoria Shootings at 10 Year High

Jan 12, 2017

The City of Peoria saw an increase in shootings last year but fewer homicides. Peoria Police Department Data shows a 40% increase in shootings. There were 98 shooting incidents in Peoria last year. Though some of those instances had multiple victims. 122 people were shot.

Savory Seeks Civil Damages From Peoria

Jan 11, 2017

Johnnie Lee Savory who maintains police coerced him into making a false confession to a double murder is suing the city of Peoria, its police department and a number of police officers.

 

Attorneys for Johnnie Lee Savory filed the civil suit Wednesday in federal court in Chicago. The suit asserts Peoria police coerced a false confession from Savory when he was 14 after 31 hours of "abusive and illegal interrogation." It also claims the city destroyed evidence and that recent DNA testing rules out Savory as a suspect.

 

Peoria's fire chief says five arsons over about 24 hours have destroyed vacant buildings within a half-mile of one another on the city's south side.

Chief Chuck Lauss says the only characteristic shared among the fires was that each was deliberately set. He says it's not clear how many people are responsible.

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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.

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