Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis

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Couri Thomas is once again making a run for Peoria mayor.

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Police say a "roving street party" is to blame for a shooting on Peoria's Riverfront that left 13 people injured early Sunday morning.

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Peoria-area officials warn the region is veering into dangerous waters on its COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

After months of absorbing one bad piece of budgetary news after another, the Peoria City Council got a slight reprieve Tuesday night.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Chuck Brown said he would be a unifying force to lead Peoria through troubled times if elected mayor next spring.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Entrepreneur and urban farmer Andres Diaz announced his candidacy for Peoria mayor Saturday at the North Valley Farmers Market he founded.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said the civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd's murder could make the city council reconsider its budget considerations in terms of police and fire cuts.

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Peoria activist and mayoral candidate Chama St. Louis and the Peoria Community Bond Fund worked to bond four people charged in this week's civil unrest out of the Peoria County Jail.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Eleven arson fires. 23 ShotSpotter alerts. 87 rounds fired. Nearly 50 business burglaries. Two people shot. And a Peoria Police Officer seriously injured in a traffic accident. That's Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III's tally of the chaos which took place in the overnight hours.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The architects of the Restore Heart of Illinois regional reopening plan say that, for all intents and purposes, their plan is now the governor's plan.

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Morton Mayor Jeff Kaufman said while he likes both the Restore Heart of Illinois and Tri-County regional reopening plans, there's a major stumbling block that makes him wary of adopting it without the governor's blessing - liability.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria officials said Friday they'll be ready to implement their regional phased reopening plan in the next week or so.

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The 11-county "Heart of Illinois" subregion plans to implement its own, speedier reopening plan independently of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan, which lumps Peoria in with the Quad Cities and Rockford in reopening phases.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The city of Peoria will receive $500,000 to clean up a contaminated South Peoria plot.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's newly unveiled "Restore Illinois" plan splits the state into four "health regions" which could potentially reopen at different paces.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is the new strategic philanthropy officer for the OSF HealthCare Foundation.

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East Peoria Mayor John Kahl announced Friday he is forging ahead with his Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan in the face of Governor J.B. Pritzker's modified stay-at-home order.

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The city of East Peoria will allow nonessential businesses to begin reopening Friday.

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It won't be health professionals or local politicians who ultimately set the pace of reopening the region. It's COVID-19 itself.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said it's time for the governor to talk with downstate leaders about a process to begin reopening their economies before the end of May.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said while many were disappointed to hear the governor is extending the stay-at-home order through the end of May, it's important for people to continue adhering to it.

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Unionized Peoria city employees were notified Wednesday of potential layoffs as the city seeks to plug a $31 million hole in this year's budget created by COVID-19's economic fallout.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The city of Peoria has plans to create a Small Business Assistance Grant fund - but it's unclear when the money to kickstart it will arrive.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria NAACP president Marvin Hightower is lobbying for an expanded COVID-19 testing site in the East Bluff, South Side, or central Peoria.

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The Four Points by Sheraton hotel is now incorporated into the city's COVID-19 plan as an alternate housing site.

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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.

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