Mayor Jim Ardis

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Heading into the final weeks of his tenure, outgoing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said Wednesday the city is showing signs of emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, but challenges remain.

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The City of Peoria officially has a plan to address its combined sewer overflow problem.

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One last change to Peoria’s budget for 2020 has been finalized, settling a lingering labor dispute and reversing a planned cut. But 2021 budget discussions to address COVID-19 shortfalls will wait another week.

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One week after voting down a plan to borrow $10 million and decommission two fire engines to balance Peoria’s budget, a divided City Council has approved the proposal.

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Developer Casey Baldovin is announcing a new project in the Warehouse District. 

Gov. Rauner Tours State Touting Property Tax Relief

Jun 8, 2017
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 Gov. Bruce Rauner is touring the state calling for lawmakers to pass what he’s calling “true, lasting” property tax relief.

Best City Hall in America Holds Open House

Apr 6, 2017
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The “Best City Hall in America” is hosting an open house. Peoria City Hall won the title last month in the online bracket-style contest sponsored by Engaging Local Government Leaders.

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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Heroin was -- and continues to be -- a major topic of concern in 2016, both nationally and in Peoria. 


In July, Mayor Jim Ardis announced the creation of his Community Coalition Against Heroin to look at causes and possible solutions for the increasing cases of overdose and addiction.

Several members of the coalition, including County Sheriff Mike McCoy, are expected to join a televised town hall discussion tonight on WTVP.

Tanya Koonce

More than a dozen Peoria community leaders gathered with teachers and students at Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Center this morning in support of Pre-K education. 

Ardis describes state of Peoria as in Balance

Feb 3, 2016

The state of the City of Peoria remains in balance, according to Mayor Jim Ardis. 

Peoria hires new communications specialist

Oct 17, 2014

The city of Peoria has officially hired a new Communications Specialist. The city has hired Stacy Peterson.

A possible ballpark bailout

Apr 24, 2013

The City of Peoria is considering its options when it comes to a financial bailout for the Peoria Chiefs Stadium. The council is holding a special meeting next week to discuss options when it comes to public and private funding for the ballpark. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the meeting is to figure out how to make the Peoria Chiefs financially viable long term:  

Peoria area members of the Catholic community are celebrating 150 years of secondary education. Peoria Notre Dame students, alumni, and other supporters gathered for a mass at the school Friday.