Peoria City Council

Council Discusses Consolidation of Peoria Township

Sep 13, 2017

A new state law sets guidelines for the dissolution or consolidation of townships. Peoria Township is entirely within the boundaries of the city of Peoria, and the city council sits as the township board of trustees. 

City Council to Take up Portillo's Plan

Sep 11, 2017
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The Peoria City Council Tuesday is expected to set in motion a process whereby a Portillo’s Restaurant will open next year in the city. Developer Willie Torchia has acquired the land at Sterling Avenue and Baumann Way, in front of the Westlake Shopping Center. He will spend about 700-thousand dollars to prepare the site and construct a building to lease to Portillo’s. He is asking the city to create a Special Service Area tax, where Portillo’s will add one additional percent to the tax rate on their sales. That money will reimburse Torchia for development costs.

The city of Peoria faces a nearly $8 million dollar deficit in next year’s budget, a deficit that will grow to $11 million dollars by 2020 without corrective action.

Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich reported to the city council Tues. that one of the primary reasons for the growing deficit is the mandatory contribution for pensions.

"In 2012, were levying about $16-million for all of our retirement costs. In 2016, we were at $19.7 million," Urich said. 

Downtown Peoria Could See a New Special Service Area

Jul 14, 2017

Peoria’s Downtown Development Corporation is proposing the creation of a special service area. It would include the medical and warehouse districts plus downtown and the riverfront.

Planned services are street and sidewalk clean-up, landscape maintenance, decorations, directories and a website. Funding would come from three sources, two of which are taxes.

Peoria City Council to Hold Strategy Session

Jun 2, 2017

The City of Peoria faces significant challenges with operational expenses growing at four-to-eight percent. That’s coupled with no corresponding growth in revenues, which remain stagnant. Council members are meeting over a two-day period to determine the strategic direction for the city under those financial constraints. Mayor Jim Ardis says he believes that will not include any tax increases.

Peoria Officials Take The Oath to Serve

May 3, 2017

Recently elected Peoria township and city officials were sworn into office Tuesday night at city hall.

Several familiar faces including mayor Jim Ardis, city clerk Beth Ball, five returning council members and other officials took the oath.

There are two new men on the city council. Zach Oyler is an at-large councilman and Denis Cyr, after winning the fifth district race by a single vote, now sits at the council horseshoe.

Denis Cyr is the declared winner of the 5th District Peoria City Council seat.

The Peoria City Council unanimously approved expanding the boundaries of the Peoria Urban Enterprise Zone to encompass Northwoods Mall.

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As of Tues., the Peoria City Council now has a full complement of members.

The Peoria City Council is looking to fill an at-large seat, at least for a little while.

The resignation of At-Large Councilman Ryan Spain leaves a vacancy the council is looking to fill.

The mayor’s office is accepting applications from those interested in serving on the council in an at-large capacity.

Those interested in applying are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and any other supporting documentation to the mayor's assistant Brenda Hopwood.


The 1st District Peoria City Council Seat has some competition in the April 4th. David Berry is challenging the incumbent, Councilwoman Denise Moore.  He made a formal announcement yesterday. Berry says the incumbent is doing a good job on the whole but he would like to see more:

“Now issue I am seeing overall 1st District is that when it comes to public funding it’s nearly 100-percent going to private sector projects and in some cases there are zero dollars going to job train and continuing education.”

Peoria Sees a Robust Field of Candidates

Nov 29, 2016

The final field of candidates is set for Peoria City municipal and township offices in the spring elections. Mayor Jim Ardis is facing two challengers. Marie Kennell and Couri Thomas both filed candidate petitions Monday.

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An Egyptian-born imam is running for the vacant Peoria City Council At-Large seat.

36-year-old Amr Elsamny works for several local nonprofits and advocacy groups, including the Peoria Community Against Violence and the Interfaith Alliance. 

Elsamny announced his candidacy at City Hall Mon., flanked by supporters from various faith groups, including St. Paul Baptist Church and the Universalist Unitarian Church. 

Peoria City Council Approves Annual Budget

Nov 16, 2016

Approval of the City of Peoria budget hit a temporary road bump Tuesday night.

Business Group Urges City to Buy Water Company

Oct 26, 2016

The City of Peoria has the option to buy the water company every five years, with the next opportunity coming in 2019. Illinois-American Water Company currently provides the service.

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The Vice President of Diversity at ICC Rita Ali is running for the 5th District Peoria City Council Seat. Ali made the announcement at her home in North Peoria where most of the homes in her subdivision featured one of her Red and White Ali yard signs.

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.

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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.