Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich

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Illinois prohibited recreational use of marijuana in 1931. The state will reverse course next January as recreational marijuana will be legal.


City Councilman Chuck Grayeb is concerned about what he calls a proliferation of massage parlors in Peoria.

City of Peoria Denies Pere Marquette Lawsuit Claims

Mar 13, 2019
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The original developers of the Hotel Pere Marquette have sued the City of Peoria. Gary Matthews and Monte Brannan are asking for $9 million.

Peoria Considers Changes to Billboard Restrictions

Feb 27, 2019
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The city of Peoria 30 years ago approved a policy that would limit the number of billboards in each council district.

Peoria City Council Weighs Recycling Pickup Changes

Feb 27, 2019
Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

The Peoria city council will consider changes to the city’s recycling pickup schedule at a special meeting next Tuesday.

Peoria City Council Reviews Economic Development Tool

Jan 28, 2019

The city of Peoria has many economic development tools for attracting business.

Peoria City Council Studies Video Gaming Fees

Jan 9, 2019
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Some requirements to operate video gaming in the city of Peoria may soon change.

Peoria Evaluates Cost of 2019 Cuts and Fees

Nov 6, 2018


The City of Peoria could be making personnel cuts to its police and fire departments for the first time in years. Other areas will take cuts too and the city is considering new fees as it faces a $6 to $7-million deficit next year.


  The City of Peoria has a difficult time collecting housing fines. The city issued $3.8-Million in code violation fines in an 18-month period from January 2017 ending in June.  

The Peoria City Council learned the municipality currently doesn’t know how much of that amount it has collected. City manager Patrick Urich says some landlords ignore or appeal the fines.

City of Peoria Eyes Budget Cuts

Jun 26, 2018

 The Peoria City Manager presents a financial update to the City Council at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday Meeting.  It includes proposed cuts to balance the city’s continued reduction in revenue and state budget issues.


Peoria City staff received an email this morning outlining an estimated $617,000 in proposed cuts and budgetary adjustments.


Peoria to Implement Stormwater Utility Fee in June

Mar 14, 2018
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The city of Peoria needs to fund repairs to some 400 stormwater problem areas, costing about $17 million. That is in addition to paying for a fix for the city’s combined sewers that empty stormwater and sewage into the Illinois River during heavy rainfall. Along with a possible sewer rate increase, the stormwater fee could help the city bring in additional revenue for upcoming projects.  

Pere Marquette Hotel Heads Toward Foreclosure

Feb 14, 2018
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Pere Marquette and Courtyard Hotels in downtown Peoria are in foreclosure. The hotel properties were placed in receivership Wednesday by the emergency order of Judge Kate Gorman.


Efforts to refinance fell through Tuesday when the finance company Yam withdrew from negotiations. The hotel will eventually be sold at Sheriff’s auction. That is a fairly standard practice in such foreclosures.


But Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the hotel will stay open and operate under receivership for now.

Peoria Fire Chief Resigns

Jan 9, 2018
City of Peoria

The City of Peoria will be looking for a new fire chief. Chuck Lauss will leave the position of chief effective January 31st.

In the short term, he will help his daughter work on her house in Portland, Oregon. Longer term, the 58-year-old Lauss intends to look for employment in emergency service outside the central Illinois area.

Lauss has been chief in Peoria for two years. He became assistant chief in 2013. Prior to that, he headed Caterpillar’s fire department for five years, and preceding that was fire chief for seven years in Pekin.

Peoria Eyes Strategy For Future

Nov 28, 2017

The City of Peoria occasionally updates its 15-year strategic plan, which includes both policy and management guidelines.


The council has already established guidelines for several policies for projects like combined sewer overflow and road maintenance. But City Manager Patrick Urich says the council still needs to develop policy direction in several other areas.


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The special Peoria City Council meeting to approve the 2018-2019 budget, instead offered council members a briefing on the latest proposed cuts to the fire department.

Peoria Tries To Reconcile Deficit

Sep 27, 2017

The city of Peoria faces a projected budget deficit of nearly eight-million dollars next year.  The city council Tuesday night agreed to offer a voluntary separation incentive to employees in hopes of reducing that deficit.

Peoria's Economy Lags

Oct 12, 2016

Tax income for the city of Peoria isn’t as strong as anticipated. The city council took an initial look Tuesday night

  at a revised budget for next year, a budget originally approved a year ago as part of a two-year budgeting process.

Road Construction Returning on University in Peoria

Jun 15, 2016

It will be another summer of construction on Peoria’s University Street between Forrest Hill and War Memorial Drive.

Peoria looking to better communicate with residents

Sep 3, 2014
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The city of Peoria is branching out in the way it communicates with residents. The city is partnering with the social network for neighborhoods called Nextdoor.

Outside The Horseshoe - May 27, 2014

Jun 2, 2014

  The city of Peoria is considering a number of quality of life policy questions in its agenda for Tuesday April 27, 2014.

Peoria Police Chief resigns

May 20, 2014

Peoria’s Police Chief is resigning. Steve Settingaard is leaving to take a job as Caterpillar’s North America Regional Security Director. He’s been Peoria’s Chief of Police for more than nine years.

The Peoria Police Officer’s Union is asking why 18 vacancies in the department are not being filled more quickly. 

Outside the Horseshoe - January 14, 2014

Jan 14, 2014

  The Peoria City Council starts the year with a number of business items on its standard meeting agenda for Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich is our guest to talk over a number of the agenda items.

Parking fees in downtown Peoria could change

Dec 11, 2013

It could be less expensive next year to use a city owned park deck in downtown Peoria. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports it could also cost more to park in metered spaces.


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. 

A multi-year budget proposal for Peoria

Oct 30, 2013

The City of Peoria is preparing to implement a balanced two year budget. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports both budget years are expected to feature a reduction in spending from 2013. 

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

The City of Peoria prepares to budget for next year

Jun 5, 2013

  The City of Peoria is looking at a more than $3 million hole in its budget next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports there’s a $3.6 million deficit anticipated for 2015.