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Another hotel is set to open in East Peoria.

The East Peoria City Council rolled out the welcome mat for recreational cannabis Tuesday.

With no discussion, the East Peoria City Council approved a 3 percent sales tax on recreational cannabis sales Tuesday evening.

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There is no dearth of opinions for East Peoria city commissioners to weigh as they decide whether to allow the sale of recreational cannabis next year.

The city council held a public forum on the issue on Tuesday evening. Residents fell on both sides of the issue. Some called for East Peoria to follow Morton and El Paso in banning recreational cannabis sales within its borders, while others said it presents an opportunity to create new jobs and tax revenue.

East Peoria Names Fourth City Administrator

Jul 6, 2016
Peoria Public Radio / Tanya Koonce

 

Jeff Eder will be East Peoria’s next City Administrator. The City Council unanimously approved his two year contract Tuesday.

 

This is Eder’s first position as chief executive for a city. He’s currently the Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Director for Rock Island, and previously spent 12 years as the Director of Community Development in Franklin Park.

 

City of East Peoria

The City of East Peoria will have a new program next month to help those with certain medical conditions after a hospital stay. 

The Mobile Integrated Healthcare Services Pilot program has OSF Healthcare partnering with the Fire Department to do home visits. Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Beck says they’ll start the program visiting those with Diabetes, COPD and Congestive Heart Failure. 

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The East Peoria City Council unanimously approved a deal to give up to $830,000 in property tax rebates to the developer of the Holiday Inn Express. Frontier Property Hospitality Group is building the hotel along the Illinois River on soil that was once an ash pond.

City Commissioner Gary Densberger says the tax rebates aim to offset the costs of foundation supports needed for the comprised soil.

“Our choice is to not share revenue with Frontier and let the property sit vacant and the taxpayers get nothing, or to complete the deal with Frontier,” Densberger said.

Seven people are seeking positions on the East Peoria City Council. East Peoria has the commission form of government with four commissioners elected at-large at the same time voters choose the mayor.

Graffiti becoming more visible in East Peoria

Mar 18, 2014
jonasbodtker.com

More graffiti is turning up in East Peoria. City officials agree they need to find a way to reduce if not eliminate it. But some of the rogue painting - vulgar and tantamount to vandalism - is happening on the Interstate 74 overpass and the Route 150 bridge, both maintained by the state.

Orko Manna / WCBU

The East Peoria City Council last night overwhelmingly approved selling vacant property in its new downtown to Chick-fil-A.