Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis

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Peoria activist and community organizer Chama St. Louis says she's running for Peoria mayor next year.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is asking residents to call the non-emergency police number if they spot large gatherings defying the governor's extended stay-at-home order.

Peoria Council Grants Mayor Ardis Emergency Powers

Mar 25, 2020

With half of the council attending via phone, the Peoria City Council updated the emergency powers of the mayor last night.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is urging the public to remain level-headed amidst fears over COVID-19.


Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said he's confident Bradley University will emerge from its financial struggles stronger than before. 

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Sterling Family Restaurant owner Louie Trilikis was honored by the City of Peoria for 30 years of service.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants to work with Peoria and other Illinois cities on issues of shared concern.

"There's a lot of things that are happening in Peoria that mirror what is happening in Chicago," Lightfoot said. "Different scale, obviously, but certainly we're facing some of the same kind of challenges, particularly around pensions." 


Illinois lawmakers have officially sent a police and fire pension consolidation plan to Governor J.B. Pritzker's desk.

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A nine-block stretch of downtown Peoria is now the Innovation District.

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Progress is slowly but surely coming along on the efforts to re-open Peoria’s largest hotel. 

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The Peoria City Council approved a three percent recreational cannabis tax at Tuesday's meeting.

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There is considerable pressure on Peoria city council members to decide where the city will stand on recreational cannabis sales and cultivation sooner rather than later.

Like other local governments throughout the state, Peoria is deliberating whether to allow the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana within the city's borders. Possession of up to 30 grams and usage in most private spaces becomes legal in Illinois on January 1.

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Community leaders came together today to celebrate the young people who helped make Peoria a bit more beautiful this summer in the Mayor’s Youth Program.

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Midstate College in Peoria will close its doors at the end of the summer session next month.

A budget. Recreational cannabis. Gambling expansion. The Illinois General Assembly passed a sweeping slate of bills in the final days of this year’s legislative session. 


PEORIA -- Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said police and city leaders need the community to help stand up against violence.

The Mayor of Peoria says any potential revenue growth from gambling in the Peoria area would come from a land based casino in Peoria. Jim Ardis says the approval of land based casinos in other Illinois cities raises the possibility of moving the Par-A-Dice riverboat onto the land.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says he’s pleased a capital bill passed the General Assembly during the spring session.

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.

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The deadly arctic deep freeze enveloping the Midwest is forcing widespread closure of schools, businesses and government offices. It’s also prompted the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region.

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A limited state of emergency has been declared in the city of Peoria. Mayor Jim Ardis issued the proclamation Tuesday afternoon ahead of forecasted record-low temperatures.

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Shopping locally everyday improves our daily lives. That’s the message of the new Shop Local 365 initiative launched Tuesday in Peoria.

A Peoria 'for Everyone'

Jun 20, 2018

 The City of Peoria has a new promotional tool to attract new skilled and professional talent. The four short videos center on the motto, “Peoria is for Everyone.”

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says “This is a message to send out amongst whoever we can touch with this and say there’s a lot of good things going on in Peoria to say, ‘we’re still here. We’re fighting and it’s a good community to live in.’”  

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis once again used his annual State of the City Address to implore the state legislature to develop a plan for pension reform. The state sets the pension benefit levels the fire and police retirees receive, but the city is responsible for paying those benefits. The mayor told the audience that in the next two years, the city will have to use all its property tax collections to pay just the pension liability.


Peoria's North University St To Get A Face-Lift

Sep 27, 2017

The City of Peoria has received a nearly $2-million federal Economic Development grant for a North University Street project.


The federal award will be paired with another $2-million grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation as well as other city funds. The reconstruction of about one mile of North University from Pioneer Parkway to Townline Road has a $5-million price tag.


The project will provide modernized infrastructure, access, and safety improvements to Pioneer Industrial Park.

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.

Services Mark Memorial Day in the Region

May 29, 2017
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Communities across the country celebrated Memorial Day over the extended weekend. Those in the greater Peoria region have also paused for services between Saturday and Monday.


The annual service on the Peoria Riverfront at the Gateway Building included a number of community leaders and the municipal band that's celebrating 80 years of music this year.


Some elements of the service included the Armed Forces Salute as well as a rifle salute, and the lone trumpeter playing Taps.


Central Illinois Election Highlights

Apr 5, 2017

The general election results in Peoria mean several members of the city council will be returning for another term. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis defeated political newcomer Couri Thomas for a fourth term.


Fi rst District Incumbents Denise Moore maintains that seat with a more than 50 percent margin of victory over David Berry. Jim Montelongo also won another term over challenger for Peoria Police professional Mike Eddlemon.


Caterpillar News A Gut Blow to Peoria

Feb 1, 2017

 The news Caterpillar is moving its world headquarters to Chicago came as a surprise to most Tuesday. The announcement of the move follows the February, 2015 declaration the company would stay in Peoria. In fact, Caterpillar was planning to expand its world headquarters, taking up 31-acres downtown near the Peoria Riverfront.

Peoria City Council Approves Annual Budget

Nov 16, 2016

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