Peoria City Council

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.

There are several options on the table, but none of them were palatable enough to members of the Peoria City Council to move forward with plugging the city's gaping $50 million budget hole on Tuesday.

The Peoria City Council asked city manager Patrick Urich to create a variety of potential borrowing and cutting scenarios for them to consider next Tuesday to balance the city's budget.

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Unionized Peoria city employees were notified Wednesday of potential layoffs as the city seeks to plug a $31 million hole in this year's budget created by COVID-19's economic fallout.

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As part of the Peoria City Council’s efforts to cut expenses, expect to see grass reach new heights.

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The Peoria Fire Department will start charging a fee when care facilities call for lift assistance. The department has determined that the approximate cost of each lift assist incident is $1,250.

The Peoria City Council talked at length Tuesday about the grim options available for plugging the $31 million budget hole created by COVID-19 and its accompanying economic turmoil.

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The COVID-19 economic shutdown threw the city of Peoria's once-balanced $218 million budget out of whack.

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