Pekin and Peoria City Councils see change

Apr 10, 2013

Nearly half of the Pekin and Peoria City Councils are changing. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce has the round-up of Tuesday’s municipal election:

The Peoria City Council has one returning incumbent of the five district seats. 3rd District Councilman Tim Riggenbach won a new four-year term. 

The 2nd and 5th District Council members were unseated. 2nd District Councilwoman Barbara Van Auken lost her seat to former Councilman Chuck Grayeb by 53 votes. 5th District Councilman Dan Irving lost to Casey Johnson. The 1st and 4th Districts were open. Former councilman Jim Montelongo is also returning. He’ll serve the 4th District currently held by Bill Spears. Denise Moore won the 1st District seat against at-large councilman Gary Sandberg who retains that seat. But Clyde Gulley who holds the 1st District seat lost his bid for the Peoria Township Supervisor. 20-year incumbent Joe Whalen retains that seat.      The seven member Pekin City Council is getting three new faces. Incumbent John McCabe is returning for a four year term as are newly electeds Tim Golden and Lloyd Orrick. Tim Gillespie is new to the council and will have a two year term. Tom Blanchard, Chad Schmidgall, and Fred Massaglia are departing the Pekin City Council. The one percent sales tax referendum in Tazewell and Woodford Counties was defeated by a nearly 20% margin. The tax proposal was a means to pay for schools capital projects in the face of reduced state funding. The same referendum is anticipated to be on the Peoria County ballot next Spring.