Peoria City Council

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is asking residents to call the non-emergency police number if they spot large gatherings defying the governor's extended stay-at-home order.

Peoria Council Grants Mayor Ardis Emergency Powers

Mar 25, 2020

With half of the council attending via phone, the Peoria City Council updated the emergency powers of the mayor last night.

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The Peoria City Council will decide whether or not to regulate Airbnb's and other short-term rentals. 

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The City Council voted Tuesday to add a letter of support as the Peoria Housing Authority continues its efforts to finance the redevelopment of Taft Homes. 

Another Lending Option Beyond Banks or Payday Loans

Feb 12, 2020
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The Peoria City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to fund a microloan and financial services organization.

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The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission gave its OK Thursday to a craft cannabis grower to start up business in South Peoria. But that vote on the Grow Trust's application didn't come without some scrutiny.

Peoria City Council Weighs New Truck Parking Rules

Jan 29, 2020
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The Peoria City Council is considering new truck parking ordinances.

Peoria City Council Talks Pension Fee Bills, Towing Rules

Jan 15, 2020
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The Public Safety Pension Fee bills generated some buzz at Tuesday's Peoria City Council meeting.

The bills landed in property owner’s mailboxes last week.

City Manager Patrick Urich estimates they’ve received 100 calls a day. With 47,000 bills sent out, he says he doesn’t consider the call volume to be that significant. The new fee funds Peoria’s portion of police and firefighter pensions for the state.

The amount owed is based on the size of the property with a majority paying $25 for 2019.

The sale of recreational marijuana in the City of Peoria moved a step closer to reality last night. 

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The Peoria City Council is set to vote Tuesday on approval of a final plan to revitalize the MacArthur Highway corridor.

The plan drafted by IDG Architects calls for murals, new housing, a workforce training center, and a health center for Peoria's South Side over the next five years.

First District Councilwoman Denise Moore said at a Planning and Zoning meeting last week that she hopes this only the beginning.

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The Peoria City Council will hear Tuesday how the city is progressing on its diversity hiring goals. 

A site on Peoria’s southside that has been a problem bar in the past will get a liquor license, but with a change. 

The Peoria City Council approved next year’s budget in less than one hour last night. 

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The Peoria City Council last night gave an initial okay to three sources of income to help balance its budget for next year. 


The business community is offering its own suggestions for the city of Peoria’s 2020 budget. 

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The City of Peoria could see the sale of recreational cannabis next year. The city council last night approved an ordinance to allow adult-use marijuana dispensaries.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The city of Peoria’s budget next year will be 6.2 percent higher than this year’s budget.

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The sale of adult-use cannabis in the city of Peoria may, to a large degree, follow the same guidelines as that of medical marijuana.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The Peoria City Council approved a three percent recreational cannabis tax at Tuesday's meeting.

The Peoria City Council last night took a partial step toward the legal sale of recreational cannabis.

Peoria At-large City Councilman Zach Oyler was formally charged Wednesday with domestic battery and interfering with a report of domestic battery in Peoria County.

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The city council last night got a first look at a revitalization plan for the MacArthur Highway corridor on the city’s South Side. 

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

You may be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage while at a movie theater in the near future. 

OSF HealthCare employees will have available parking when its new mission headquarters opens in downtown. 

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There is considerable pressure on Peoria city council members to decide where the city will stand on recreational cannabis sales and cultivation sooner rather than later.

Like other local governments throughout the state, Peoria is deliberating whether to allow the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana within the city's borders. Possession of up to 30 grams and usage in most private spaces becomes legal in Illinois on January 1.

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The Peoria City Council will hold a special meeting on Saturday to determine the city's directon on recreational cannabis businesses. 

The new state law legalizing recreational cannabis usage goes into effect on Jan. 1. But the law also allows municipalities wide leeway on whether or not to allow the cultivation and sale of recreational cannabis within their communities. 

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There will soon be 30 new houses built in Peoria’s East Bluff neighborhood.

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The Peoria Fire Department may receive body armor in the wake of recent mass shootings. 


There may be more latitude for painting murals on the sides of buildings in Peoria. Murals currently are limited to 30 feet in height.


The Peoria City Council may have thrown a roadblock in the purchase of property along the riverfront.