Pekin Mayor Mark Luft

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The 11-county "Heart of Illinois" subregion plans to implement its own, speedier reopening plan independently of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan, which lumps Peoria in with the Quad Cities and Rockford in reopening phases.

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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.

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The Pekin City Council passed an ordinance Monday allowing police to fine citizens or businesses for violating Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home executive order aimed at containing the coronavirus.

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The Pekin City Council approved zoning provisions for recreational cannabis businesses at its meeting Monday.

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After state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) announced his retirement from the Illinois General Assembly at the end of this term, interest for his seat is brewing on both sides of the aisle.

Pekin Mayor Mark Luft is currently circulating petitions to run for the 91st District seat as a Republican. The seat covers large swaths of Tazewell, Peoria, and Fulton counties, including parts of Bartonville, Pekin, East Peoria, and Canton. 

Luft hasn't yet returned our request for comment.