East Peoria Mayor John Kahl

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A large crowd of veterans and civilians filled East Peoria’s Levee Park on Thursday as the city held an opening ceremony for the Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial.

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East Peoria City Council members spent most of their meeting Tuesday night explaining the additional fees on water and sewer bills to concerned residents.

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East Peoria commissioners say they support peaceful protest - but when it turns violent, they draw the line.

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The entire East Peoria City Council said it supports Mayor John Kahl's decision to buck Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order and begin reopening businesses last week.

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East Peoria Mayor John Kahl announced Friday he is forging ahead with his Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan in the face of Governor J.B. Pritzker's modified stay-at-home order.

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The city of East Peoria will allow nonessential businesses to begin reopening Friday.

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It won't be health professionals or local politicians who ultimately set the pace of reopening the region. It's COVID-19 itself.

The City of East Peoria will see a series of budget cuts in the coming year due to unexpected revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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East Peoria Mayor John Kahl said the state of the city is "one of confidence and promise."

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You may soon be able to live in East Peoria's Levee District.

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

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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.