Peoria City Council

Peoria City Council Eyes New Subdivision Standards

Sep 27, 2016

The Peoria City Council got its first look Tuesday at proposed changes in road standards for new subdivisions.


The City of Peoria has an answer to a question that seems like a no-brainer. A recently issued court order adds language to a 1988 Court Decree. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports it specifies voters get the same number of votes as there are at-large seats up for election.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

At-Large Peoria City Councilman Sid Ruckriegel announced Thursday he is running to retain the seat he was appointed to last November.

City Council Looks at Unified Zoning, Building Reuse

May 11, 2016
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Peoria City Council looked at several ways to make neighborhoods more cohesive Tuesday night. 

One recommended change in land development codes would put properties into "unified" zones.

Under typical zoning, residential, office and commercial properties are in separate zones. But Community Development Director Ross Black says a new unified development code would give the city more flexibility.

Sewer Fee Increases on Tap in Peoria

Mar 23, 2016

  Peoria City residents will pay more starting in May for their sewer bills. The Peoria City Council voted nine to two approving the fee increases for this year and next.


The additional revenue is needed to cover regular maintenance on city owned sewer lines. It will also pay for a one-point-three million dollar contract for  AMEC Environment and Infrastructure.


Peoria goverments look for more collaboration

Mar 2, 2016

  Five local governments participated in an informational meeting with the Peoria District 150 School Board last night. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the goals was to explore ways to cooperate.     

Downtown Peoria Hotel Gets New Life

Feb 10, 2016

Downtown Peoria is poised to get an additional 320 hotel rooms with the revitalization of The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the hotel has been closed for nearly two years.

Peoria Assesses Ameren’s Storm Response

Jan 12, 2016

The City of Peoria is reviewing the widespread, lengthy power outagethat followed the December 28th storm.

The Peoria City Manager says his office met with Ameren officials to talk about the storm power outage response. Patrick Urich says it was a productive meeting. “I think we came away from it with a better understanding for the need to keep the lines of communication open, from not only from the upper levels of the organization but also from down as low as we could possibly get it.”  

City Council Picks Replacement For Vacant Seat

Nov 19, 2015

The Peoria City Council is set to appoint a new member next week. The Council will vote to appoint Sid Paul Ruckriegel to the At-Large seat vacated by Chuck Weaver.  Ruckriegel would join the council before it votes on next year’s budget.  To that end, he says one priority is to incorporate thoughts from residents into the spending plan:

The Peoria City Council deferred voting on the 2016 budget to a meeting early next month.  The main issue is road funding:

The Peoria City Council will vote on property and motor fuel tax hikes Thursday night, among other increases.  It's part of a plan to put more than $5 million in new revenue for roads:

The City of Peoria's first proposed budget includes tax hikes, some layoffs and fee increases.  The goal is to fill a $6 million spending gap:

Long term goals include increasing the number of minority fire and police department employees to 40-percent in the next decade.  To that end, recommendations include using a pass-fail exam for police applicants, step-up recruiting efforts within the city and create fire and police ‘cadet’ programs.  Group co-chair, Dr. Rita Ali, says other goals include more frequent testing to give candidates a better shot landing in a police or fire hiring pool, and get District 150 more involved to explore the departments:

So far six people have applied to fill a Peoria City Council seat vacated by Chuck Weaver. 

Peoria City Council To Fill Upcoming Vacancy

Oct 5, 2015

The Peoria City Council will soon have a vacancy.  At-Large Councilman Chuck Weaver will leave the post to fill a vacant term in the state senate.  City Attorney Don Leist says the council will have 60 days from Weaver’s resignation to pick a new councilmember.  He says the Council will likely issue a general notice and accept applications from those who are interested in the seat.  Whoever fills the seat will serve until the election in the Spring of 2017, according to state municipal code.  

Uber gets OK to operate in Peoria

Jun 23, 2015

Uber can now operate in the City of Peoria.  The measure was approved by the City Council, and follows months of deferrals:

Peoria City Hall Council Chamber undergoes updates

Oct 30, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Renovations are on time and on budget for the Peoria City Council Chamber to be finished by January. 

Those interested in having video gaming machines in Peoria will likely have to prove their establishments first. The Peoria City Council is considering a proposal requiring newly-licensed taverns or beer and wine-only establishments have minimum monthly food, and beverage sales of $1,500 for a year before adding video gaming machines.

Downtown Peoria road projects nearing completion

Sep 5, 2014

Peoria’s Washington Street and Warehouse District projects are nearing completion. Washington Street is still on schedule to be fully complete by Halloween, and is already open to traffic.

The City of Peoria is considering how to handle video gambling cafes. The council's policy session on the subject came about three hours into last night's meeting.

  The Peoria City Council Tuesday night tabled the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex and its economic development components. The Sports Complex, Hotel and special service areas proposed for the northern part of the city have repeatedly been deferred. 

The City of Peoria is hiring a public relations specialist. The city eliminated the position more than two years ago trying to balance an operational budget deficit.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Montessori Children’s House of Peoria passed its first hurdle to purchasing the historic Washington School property. The Moss Bradley Neighborhood Association unanimously approved of the Pre-K to sixth grade academy becoming part of its neighborhood.

This Peoria City Council has become accustomed to deferring several agenda topics in each meeting. This can be frustrating to the people affected by the decisions and to Council members working on the proposals.

Outside the Horseshoe - June 24, 2014

Jun 25, 2014

The first zoning change request related to the replacement of the Taft homes was on the Peoria City Council's agenda Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The zoning for the historic Greeley School property is in the part of the community known as the North Valley. It's part of the city with well organized neighborhood associations. Some neighborhood association members in the area have questions about the zoning variances required to get the property to meet the needs of the site development currently being proposed. 

The City of Peoria is making a bid to have the LST 325 dock on its Riverfront. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The Council voted seven to four to extend an invitation to the LST Board, committing 500-thousand dollars to the project and pledging to assemble the remaining financing if the ship makes the move. That could amount to more than a million dollars.

A Peoria City Councilman is asking for more oversight in the downtown Marriott Hotel complex. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports that comes as project developer Gary Matthews is facing as many as five lawsuits and foreclosures.

Marriott management reports to Matthews although he is asking his lenders’ permission to change to First Hospitality Group. 

The Peoria Housing Authority is asking for the City’s help in finding suitable property for replacing the Taft Homes.

The City of Peoria continues to feel the effects of a First Amendment backlash. That’s a week after the raid of a Peoria home where a parody twitter account about the mayor originated.  But is it a matter of free speech? Or is it a matter of false representation of the Peoria Mayor with intent to injure?

A new group urges change at PSD 150

Feb 19, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria City Council special policy session on design and community character started with a public call for the removal of School District 150’s Superintendent. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the group urging the action is called Change 150.