Peoria City Council

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.   


Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A proposed Peoria sports complex has the backing of a major sports merchandise company. Louisville Slugger is partnering with Peoria group, Corp 24, to build the facility that will include 10 outdoor synthetic-turf baseball and softball fields and a 125-thousand square foot dome. The complex will be built near the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.

Peoria's water supply remains privately owned

Nov 27, 2013

The City of Peoria will not exercise its option to buy Illinois American Water Company. The council voted eight to three against going ahead with the purchase. It’s an option that comes before the city every five years because of a purchase agreement between city leaders and Illinois American Water in 1889. Councilwoman Beth Akeson voted to pursue the buyout option.

Outside the Horseshoe - November 26, 2013

Nov 26, 2013

The Peoria City Council votes November 26, 2013 on whether to pursue its every 5-year buyout option of Illinois American Water Company. Six of the eleven council members are new to the process. That has some of the council members doing some due diligence of their own before the vote. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and At-Large councilman Chuck Weaver are our guests on Outside the Horseshoe to talk about the matters. 

Peoria City Council sets strategy

Nov 8, 2013

  The Peoria City Council is re-considering it’s strategic direction. It’s a management method the city manager says it useful in helping set policy. 

Outside the Horseshoe - October 22, 2013

Oct 23, 2013

At-Large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Jensen took her seat at the horseshoe in early September. The practicing attorney is  filling the remainder of Gary Sandberg's seat.

The recent uptick in gun violence in Peoria has the attention of the City Council. It was a topic of conversation under new business during Tuesday night’s meeting. 

A former Peoria City staffer get seat on Council

Aug 27, 2013

Peoria Attorney Beth Jensen is the City Council's consensus pick to the fill the remainder of Gary Sandberg's at-large seat. The long-time councilman died last month. 

Peoria considers Shotspotter contract

Aug 26, 2013

The Peoria area where the most gunshots are fired may soon get some special law enforcement technology. The Peoria City Council votes on the $405,000, 3-year contract during tonight’s meeting. 

31 apply to be on the Peoria City Council

Aug 14, 2013

  The Peoria City Council members have the next two weeks to meet with the 31 people who’ve applied to fill the remainder of Gary Sandberg’s at-large seat. 

Anyone interested in being part of the Peoria city council can apply at the Mayor’s office. Mayor Jim Ardis and the council are charged with filling the vacant at-large council seat held by Gary Sandberg. Sandberg died more than a week ago of heart disease likely compounded by the heat.

Outside The Horseshoe - July 23, 2013

Jul 23, 2013
Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  The Peoria City Council meets for the first time Tuesday since the passing of At-Large Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg.  Tonight’s OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE is to pay respects to the longest serving councilman at the horseshoe.  Peoria Public Radio News Director Tanya Koonce speaks with the current members of the Peoria City Hall press corps, Jonny King of 1470 WMBD and Nick Vlahos of the Peoria Journal Star:

The Peoria City Council spent nearly three hours in executive session after last night’s regularly scheduled business meeting.

Peoria City Council round-up

Jun 26, 2013

  The City of Peoria is revising the boundaries of its Central Business Tax Increment Financing District. That works to the benefit of other taxing bodies like Peoria School District 150. The School System will receive at least $500,000 more in tax revenue under the new boundaries. That’s property tax money that would have otherwise been captured in the TIF District fund for 35 years.

Peoria Stadium topic of City Council Meeting

Jun 26, 2013
Name This Peoria Landmark

Peoria District 150 is considering selling its stadium property just off War Memorial Drive to be used for a new Wal-mart Store. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports that has the concern of many in the city. 

A possible ballpark bailout

Apr 24, 2013

The City of Peoria is considering its options when it comes to a financial bailout for the Peoria Chiefs Stadium. The council is holding a special meeting next week to discuss options when it comes to public and private funding for the ballpark. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the meeting is to figure out how to make the Peoria Chiefs financially viable long term:  

Studying the future of Taft Homes

Apr 17, 2013

The City of Peoria is using 46-thousand dollars of Tax Increment Finance funds to pay for a Taft Homes redevelopment study. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The Peoria Housing Authority property is within the Northside Riverfront TIF. The City is using TDA consulting to do the analysis. The firm specializes in working on public housing issues and its long-standing relationship with the Local Initiative Support Corporation. LISC and PHA are partnering with the city for the study results. Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the study is to consider all redevelopment options for the Taft Homes.

Readjusting the aim of Don't Shoot

Apr 9, 2013

  The Peoria Police Department is getting a new assistant police chief. The goal is to free-up time for Chief Steve Settingsgaard to administer the Don’t Shoot Peoria program. That means the vacant Don’t Shoot Law Enforcement Coordinator position is being reallocated to fund the assistant chief position.

Outside the Horseshoe - March 12, 2013

Mar 12, 2013

The city of Peoria is revising the requirements for developing new subdivisions and redeveloping parts of the city. It’s called the Infrastructure Design Standards/Manual of practice guidelines. The Peoria City Council discusses the proposed changes during a policy session Tuesday, March 19th. We preview that discussion on this Outside the Horseshoe. Show guests are At-large Council Members Beth Akeson and Chuck Weaver. 

Outside the Horseshoe - February 12, 2013

Feb 20, 2013

The City of Peoria launches its new website Wednesday, but it was recently released in a soft launch. We’re talking with the city’s new Chief Information Officer, Sam Rivera, and Rachel Cook who coordinates Technical Support for the city and headed-up the project. If you would like to follow along with the conversation on the city’s website the address is