East Bluff

Peoria Opportunities Foundation

As temperatures plummet and utility bills rise, an affordable housing advocate warns the cost of heating can be unmanageable for some Peoria residents.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

There will soon be 30 new houses built in Peoria’s East Bluff neighborhood.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The frustration and anxiety about a recent uptick in violent crime on the East Bluff was palpable during a policing update for the neighborhood on Monday.

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PEORIA -- One Peoria mom is calling on the community to come together in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting that led to the death of a 16-year-old male.

PEORIA -- A 16-year-old male was fatally shot in a driveway in Peoria's East Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

Victim in East Bluff Shooting has Died

Jun 28, 2018

A man has died following a Wednesday shooting in the East Bluff. 24-year-old Jermaine Jackson was pronounced dead at OSF Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. 

Kroger to Close Two Peoria Stores

Jan 4, 2018
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Kroger is closing two Peoria stores. The Harmon Highway and Wisconsin Avenue stores are closing at the end of the month. The Harmon Highway fuel center is also closing. A statement from the company says Kroger executives have long monitored operations, hoping the stores could return to profitability, but recent evaluations suggest such improvement is no longer realistic.

About 150 employees will either lose their jobs or move to other locations when Kroger closes two of the pair of stores.

Allison Walsh / Peoria Public Radio

A vacant lot in Peoria’s East Bluff is now a garden, dotted with pink and purple flowers. It’s part of the city’s broader effort to provide habitats for monarch butterflies experiencing population losses, due to environmental factors.

Tenant Seminars Try to Reach Renters in Peoria

Apr 25, 2017
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The City of Peoria is offering some tenant training seminars throughout the community, but turnout so far isn't what organizers had hoped. 

Fear a Common Thread Among Peoria Voters

Nov 8, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

One of the forces driving Peoria voters, with varying political views, is concern about the future of the country.

At Westminster Presbyterian Church, Roxanne Hoffman and her husband John voted together, like they do every year. But this time, Hoffman says, she cast her ballot for Trump, out of fear.

“I’m afraid for my children. My husband and I are old enough where we’re not going to be affected by it, but my heart cries for my children and my grandchildren,” Hoffman said. “We have five children, and sixteen grandchildren and a great grandchild.”

East Bluff Welcomes Its Newest Neighbors

Mar 15, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A new duplex in the East Bluff is a step forward for the neighborhood’s revitalization efforts. That was the theme of a ribbon cutting Tuesday,  attended by Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, 3rd District City Councilman Jim Riggenbach and representatives from several nonprofit organizations. 

45-year-old Erin Flaherty moved into the duplex at  in December. She was previously living in a nursing home.

"And I was looking for affordable housing. It’s hard in Peoria to find something in a good neighborhood," Flaherty said. "I’m very proud to live here.”

City launches grant for home improvements in East Bluff

Jan 4, 2016
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The City of Peoria is chipping in on home improvement projects in the East Bluff.

The East Village Growth Cell Housing Program is a 50-50 matching grant that would help property owners pay for home improvements. The City says in a news release eligible projects include exterior improvements, mechanical upgrades and energy efficiency improvements. 

‘Faces Of The East Bluff’ Has Permanent Home

Oct 19, 2015

A new program will help homeowners on Peoria’s East Bluff pay for home improvement work. The city council approved the new grant program last week:

Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria observed National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday following a rash of homicides last month. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports some events featured peace walks, face painting and barbeque:

The group working to revitalize Peoria’s struggling neighborhoods hopes to open a Financial Opportunity Center in 2014.  Peoria’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC, plans to work with community groups and non-profits to combine financial services into one place.  Brandon Holmes is the Executive Director of the Peoria LISC. He says that will make it easier for residents to get financial help: