Peoria City Council

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The five candidates on the primary ballot to succeed outgoing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis say they want to lead the city through its current challenges and into the future.

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Bars and restaurants in the City of Peoria are getting some relief for overhead expenses this year with a 50% reduction in liquor license renewal fees.

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

The Peoria City Council is implementing a fee cap on third-party food delivery services like GrubHub and DoorDash during the ongoing COVID-19 mitigations that are shuttering indoor dining.

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Touting support for local businesses and defending his votes on budget cuts, Peoria City Councilman Denis Cyr officially launched his re-election bid for the 5th District seat on Tuesday.

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A balanced budget and a decrease in the annual property tax levy for 2021 gained unanimous approval from the Peoria City Council on Tuesday night, but continued discussion about placing an advisory referendum on the April ballot to address rising police and fire pension costs remains divisive.

The city of Peoria says it will abide by the new restrictions on bars and restaurants announced by Gov. J.B. Pritkzer as a COVID-19 mitigation measure as cases surge to new heights in the region.

The Peoria City Council and Peoria County Board unanimously approved the formation of a new Commission on Racial Justice during a special joint meeting of both bodies on Thursday.

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Seeking a solution to ballooning public safety pension obligations, the City of Peoria will ask the voters for direction.

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After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the City of Peoria to absorb a $20 million shortfall in 2020, city administrators are planning for another $16 million in lost revenue for 2021.

At-Large Peoria City Councilman Zach Oyler has entered an Alford plea to disorderly conduct as part of an agreement to have other charges stemming from a July 2019 domestic incident dropped.

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Jim Ardis will not seek a fifth term as Peoria's mayor next spring.

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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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While saving one of the two Peoria Fire Department engines targeted by budgetary cuts remains a possibility, the other station is about to close.

Second District Councilman Chuck Grayeb says he wants to serve on the Peoria City Council another four years.

An attempt to reverse the planned budget-related cuts of two Peoria Fire Department engines fell short Tuesday night, after the City Council unanimously agreed to issue $4 million in working cash bonds to keep the Peoria Civic Center afloat.

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Facing escalating obligations to police and fire pensions, Peoria city leaders want residents to give direction on a course of action.

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The president of the Peoria Firefighter's Union said the multiple rounds of cuts to the fire department in recent years are putting the city at risk.

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Major road projects on Sheridan, Allen, Glen, and Western would be paused under a proposal the Peoria City Council will consider at its next meeting.

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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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A Peoria Police Officer says he's running to become the next city clerk.

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After more than two hours of discussion, the Peoria City Council narrowly voted down borrowing $10 million and decommissioning two fire engines to balance a city budget decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A two-year rehabilitation of Western Avenue has taken a step forward with construction set to begin as soon as next spring.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said Tuesday the city is still waiting on federal assistance to help address its budget shortfall from the COVID-19 pandemic, while at-large council member John Kelly said he doubts a real estate tax intended to help close the deficit would pass.

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After months of absorbing one bad piece of budgetary news after another, the Peoria City Council got a slight reprieve Tuesday night.

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The Peoria City Council has approved an early retirement incentive aimed at reducing the need for layoffs from the city workforce.

By a narrow 6 to 5 vote, the Peoria City Council voted to cut 45 jobs by August to address the city's $50 million budget deficit.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said the civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd's murder could make the city council reconsider its budget considerations in terms of police and fire cuts.

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The city of Peoria isn't much closer to closing the $50 million hole in the 2020 budget caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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After weeks of deliberation, the Peoria City Council is authorizing the city manager to draft operational cuts of up to $10 million to balance this year's city budget.