Election 2021 - WCBU Voter Guide

WCBU is committed to helping you become an informed voter ahead of the April 6 local election.

How To Vote

You can register to vote online.

You can also request a mail-in ballot in Peoria CountyTazewell County, or Woodford County.

Early voting options: Peoria | Tazewell | Woodford

Candidates Forum

WCBU hosted a forum Jan. 21 featuring the candidates running for Peoria mayor in the primary. This virtual event was co-sponsored by WCBU, the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria, and the Peoria Public Library. You can watch the Jan. 21 forum on YouTube below or read our recap story.

Peoria Mayoral Candidates

These candidates advanced through a five-way primary to make the April 6 general election ballot:

Learn about their three biggest priorities if elected.

Peoria City Council Candidates

Find out which district you live in. You can also find candidate surveys below, conducted by the League of Women Voters Peoria County.

1st District City Council (Surveys)

  • Denise Jackson
  • Denise Moore

2nd District City Council (Surveys)

  • Peter Kobak
  • Charles V. Grayeb

3rd District City Council (Surveys)

  • Gale Thetford
  • Timothy Riggenbach

4th District City Council (Surveys)

  • Andre W. Allen
  • Stephen A. Kouri

5th District City Council (Surveys)

  • Ryan Hite
  • Denis Cyr

Peoria Public Schools Board

#3 or Northern District

#2 or Central District

  • Lynne Costic (i) - unopposed

WCBU is also following several other races in the Tri-County area. See our most recent coverage in the stories below.

Ways to Connect

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Updated results posted by the Peoria County Election Commission on Thursday afternoon have flipped and tightened Peoria’s mayoral race.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

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

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

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.

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It will take at least another two weeks to determine the winner of Tuesday’s election to decide who will be Peoria’s first new mayor in 16 years.

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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 Peoria mayoral race is still too close to call. Jim Montelongo leads Rita Ali by just 73 votes in the race to become Peoria's next mayor, with 100% of precincts reporting.

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

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With the Peoria mayor’s office and five city council seats at stake in Tuesday's municipal election, Thomas Bride expects turnout to be above average in the city – but that may not hold as true throughout the county.

On Tuesday, voters in Washington will make city history in choosing their mayor for the next four years.

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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.

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Limestone Community High School in Bartonville has fallen behind in one aspect over the past decade, according to Superintendent Allan Gresham.

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.

Incumbent Peoria Township Supervisor Frank Abdnour has conceded defeat in last month’s Democratic primary to LaTrina Leary.


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


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

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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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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.

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

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UPDATED 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY | With 100% of the vote in, At-Large City Councilwoman Rita Ali and current 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo are the two Peoria mayoral candidates advancing to appear on the April 6 general election ballot.

Peoria's Fourth District will soon have a new city council representative, with three candidates on the ballot for the upcoming primary election.

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The five candidates on the primary ballot to succeed outgoing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis say they want to lead the city through its current challenges and into the future.

The write-in option was left off some copies of the February Peoria mayoral primary ballot.

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Early voting for next month’s consolidated primary elections began Thursday, and Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride believes turnout may be higher than usual this year.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Despite Peoria City Council positions being non-partisan, historical context coupled with nuanced rhetoric can sometimes be a clear giveaway to a candidate's party allegiance.