Politics and Government

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Voters in Peoria's First District spoke loud and clear on their desire for a new representative around the horseshoe.

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For the first time in 22 years, Jim Ardis won't have a seat saved for him around the horseshoe in the Peoria City Council chambers.

City of East Peoria

Barring anything unexpected, East Peoria will bring back recycling this year.

Lilija Stevens

UPDATED 3:42 p.m. | As voters in Washington elect Gary Manier to a sixth term as mayor, his opponent said she's leaving the door open to another run in the future.

Washington Mayor Gary Manier will keep that title for the next four years after narrowly fending off a challenge from Ward 1 Alderman Lilija Stevens.

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Denise Jackson defeated 1st District incumbent Denise Moore by a decisive 70% to 30% margin on Tuesday night.

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The day has finally arrived. Peorians are about to select the city's next mayor.

Ray LaHood is no longer the chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board of Trustees.

Peoria residents and organizations are making their voices heard as the Illinois House Redistricting Committee begins to determine how to redraw the state's legislative maps. 

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Former Peoria Congressman and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reportedly needed money for home repairs when he took $50,000 from the associate of a foreign national in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Justice says former Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood took undisclosed foreign money while serving in President Barack Obama's administration.

Democratic lawmakers serving Peoria at both the state and federal levels are putting their support behind a variety of LGBTQ bills. Community members are sharing what those bills would mean to them.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood says he's now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But for those hesitating to roll up their sleeves, he said not to take his word for it.

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Of the 43 states recently reported by the Brennan Center for Justice to be facing a wave of new bills aimed at tightening voting rules, Illinois is not one of them.

With Election Day less than two weeks away, Peorians will soon be selecting their first new mayor in 16 years, and the two candidates vying for the office have different thoughts on the biggest issues facing the city.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Building a new home in Peoria’s North Valley now comes with a 10-year property tax abatement.


Business owner and three-term Peoria City Council member Jim Montelongo is hoping to follow Jim Ardis as the city's as next mayor.

All Outside Chicago Will Be Vaccine Eligible April 12; Reopening Changes Announced

Mar 18, 2021
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All Illinoisans 16 years of age and older outside of Chicago will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning April 12, and the state announced a “metric-based” phase-in to greater reopening Thursday.


At-large City Council member Rita Ali is looking to become Peoria's first woman and first person of color to serve as mayor.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed through Congress along party lines and signed into law by President Joe Biden last week is welcome assistance for many in Peoria-area local government.

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The Reverend C.T. Vivian died before finishing his memoir "It's in the Action." That left co-author Steve Fiffer with the job of telling the rest of the civil rights icon's life story.

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Frank Abdnour is requesting a discovery recount in the Peoria Township Supervisor Democratic primary election.

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Andre Allen will appear alone on the April 6 general election ballot for voters in the City of Peoria's 4th Council District.

The final tally for the February primary election is in, and it appears the incumbent Peoria Township supervisor came just two votes short of re-election. But the results aren't set in stone yet.

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Homeowners in the City of Peoria can now legally market their homes as short-term rentals on platforms such as Airbnb, but only after obtaining the appropriate license.

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Steve Kouri is dropping out of the race for the District 4 Peoria City Council seat to take an appointment on the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

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LaTrina Leary and Frank Abdnour will have to wait at least another week before finding out which one of them won the Democratic primary for Peoria Township supervisor.

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If you're looking for an example of why every vote counts, look no further than the Peoria Township Supervisor Democratic primary election, where challenger LaTrina Leary currently leads incumbent Frank Abdnour by just one vote.

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Gov. JB Pritzker says Peoria County is a leader in the state's COVID-19 vaccination effort.

The incumbents in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Peoria City Council Districts will move to the April 6 general election.