Peoria City Council

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.   


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.