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Government
5:23 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Franchise agreement talks halt between Peoria and IL American Water

Illinois American Water and the City of Peoria have suspended talks to extend a five-year-purchase option to 20 years.  The previous franchise agreement proposal would have given the city more than a million dollars a year for a residential streets overlay program and another $1.4 million for work permit fees. The water company would have in turn passed on the cost to ratepayers with a three percent increase.  The City and the water company issued a joint statement that gave no explanation as to why the negotiations were halted. The statement does say the talks reached an impasse.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:46 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Peoria touts new South Side resident police officer effort

Peoria City officials officially welcomed its newest resident police officer on the South Side.  Officer Christopher White has been at 1916 West Kettelle Street with his family for about a month. He says the program is needed to help bring down the violent crime rate more efficiently:

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Peoria Public Radio News
9:36 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Eddlemon picked for Assistant Peoria Police Chief

Peoria City Police Captain Mike Eddlemon is now the department’s Assistant Chief. Eddlemon served has as interim assistant chief since early July. He joined the department in 1992 and served positions including Criminal Investigations, Vice, and the Street Crimes Unit. Eddlemon’s new duties include leading the city’s anti-violence program known as Don’t Shoot.

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Health
11:23 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Medical cannabis central topic at Peoria County town hall

A Peoria lawyer seeking state approval to grow and sell medical marijuana answered questions at a town hall meeting yesterday. Fadi Rustom is applying for both dispensary and cultivation permits in the city of Peoria with for his business, ‘Illinois Therapeutic Health Center’. He says the meeting was a chance to smooth out concerns about the monitoring and security of the medical cannabis:

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Government
5:04 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Peoria City Council approves school cops, medical marijuana guidelines

Five Peoria Police officers are going back to high school. The intergovernmental agreement between the City of Peoria and Peoria School District 150 received unanimous support from both governing bodies. The five officers have to have juvenile certification to take the assignment. The four year agreement will be reduced to one year if the city does not receive a Department of Justice COPS grant. The grant application period opens this fall and is to be decided by the end of the year. 

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Government
12:41 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

East Peoria working on plan to help landslide victims

East Peoria is working on ways to help residents who lost their homes during last year’s landslide. Residents affected by the 2013 floods and rainfall continue to ask the city council for long-term recovery help, not a ‘Band-Aid’.  East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says the city is working to meet the resident requests:

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Government
9:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

East Peoria OKs architectural contract for new City Hall

The East Peoria City Council approved an architectural service contract for a new city hall design.  The Council has debated for months whether to build a new city hall or renovate the current site.  Commissioner Dan Decker says the architecture service will help firm up cost estimates for a potential new building:

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Governments
6:01 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Peoria County could manage city election commission

  Peoria County could take over the financial management of the City Election Commission. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports that's one topic for tomorrow's Metro Peoria Committee:
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City
5:35 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Apartment blaze displaces Peoria residents

The City of Peoria plans to demolish an apartment complex following two fires earlier this week.  Crews responded to two reports of fire in the attic at 109 Northeast Roanoke on Monday and Tuesday.  Brad Pierson is an arson investigator for the Peoria Fire Department. He says the building was deemed an unsafe structure following the two fires:

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Government
4:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Peoria landfill settlement means $130,000 more in revenue

The Peoria City/County Landfill is set to get a revenue boost with a proposed legal settlement.  The settlement follows two years of talks between the City, County and landfill operator, Waste Management. The proposed deal would require the company to pay $130,000 more in annual fees to deposit trash in the landfill. Landfill committee member and Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain says the settlement can help tackle revenue challenges, including less trash being deposited in landfill:

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