Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis

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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.

Mayors from five Illinois cities say they plan to tell state lawmakers that dozens of historic structure renovation projects could be at risk if a key tax break isn't preserved.

Outside The Horseshoe - August 12, 2014

Aug 12, 2014

  Video Gaming Parlors are becoming more and more popular in Peoria. Three proposals for that would likely amount to the creation of video poker businesses are on the Peoria City agenda. They are expected to be deferred until after the City Council has a policy session on the subject in two weeks. The council is planning that policy session at this meeting. At-large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson and Mayor Jim Ardis are our guests to talk about those issues on this Outside the Horseshoe.

Ardis on pension reform

May 5, 2014

Statewide community leaders say ballooning police and fire pensions are crippling their budgets. Mayors again lobbied for pension reform in Springfield last week.

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?

Outside The Horseshoe - April 22, 2014

Apr 23, 2014

Free speech in a parody or impersonating an elected official?  The twitter account @Peoriamayor was intended to be a parody. When it was up in March it wasn't fully distinguished in such a way. It had about 50 followers though likely more people were viewing it.  But last week the Peoria Police executed a search warrant on the residents of the person or persons thought to be responsible for the account. The whole matter has sparked a widespread response. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis joins us for this Outside the Horseshoe to talk about the matter.   

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. 

Outside The Horseshoe - August 13, 2013

Aug 13, 2013

  The Peoria City Council has an open at-large seat to fill with the death last month of Gary Sandberg. The need to fill the remainder of Sandberg’s seat comes at the same time city government is facing some allegations of policy misconduct in the police department. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is our guest to talk about these matters. That is this episode of OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE. Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month on 89.9fm for OUTSIDE THE HORSESHOE that airs immediately before our live broadcast of the Peoria City Council meetings.

The Peoria City Council honors Gary Sandberg

Jul 24, 2013
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  Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg was remembered at last night’s meeting. He died unexpectedly last week of heart disease. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports: