Options given for Heddington Oaks’ future

Jan 26, 2015


Peoria County is exploring the future of its public nursing facility. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move comes as the current administrator of Heddington Oaks leaves this spring:

Peoria County Board chairman Andrew Rand is seeking applicants to fill the remaining term for the Recorder of Deeds following a retirement. Candidates must be a Peoria County resident, never convicted of a felony and a Republican. The term runs through 2016. Applications are available on the County’s website and must be turned in by January 30th.  A link to the applications can be found by clicking here.

Peoria County board going on the road

Jan 8, 2015

The Peoria County Board will hold five monthly meetings outside the courthouse building this year. Board chairman Andrew Rand says he got the idea from the Peoria City Council going on the road last year during city hall renovations:

Peoria City, County consider road agreement changes

Jan 2, 2015

Peoria City and County are looking to make it easier to repair and transfer roads between both municipalities.

Future of county rural transit service unknown

Dec 31, 2014

The rural transportation service in Peoria County lost half of its ridership last year with new census data. John Hamman is with the Peoria County that matches state funding for the service. He says CityLink is now transporting people in areas like Chillicothe and Bartonville, now considered part of the urban area. But Hamann says the County relied on agreements with area agencies to help secure the grant funding for the service:

Nearly 40 Peoria County employees are retiring early at the end of the year. The program is set to save the county more than $2 million. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says the county will still need to backfill some of the positions:

Peoria County is looking to start negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad to secure a recreational trail.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports:

Rand elected Peoria County Board chairman

Dec 1, 2014

The Peoria County Board elected a new chairman Monday night.  

Peoria County Recorder of Deeds plans to step down

Nov 23, 2014

The Peoria County Recorder of Deeds says she’s retiring next month. Nancy Horton says half of her staff is also leaving.

Peoria County approves 2015 budget

Nov 20, 2014

The Peoria County Board signed-off on the 2015 budget last night. The spending plan includes service fee hikes and an early retirement program to fill a $3.5 million spending gap. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says the budget aims for long term fixes:

Tazewell County is officially a National Weather Service StormReady County. The designation is good for three years.

More than 20 Peoria County employees are signed up for a voluntary retirement program.  

The Peoria County Board will consider road funding next year that includes no property tax increases and a delayed road project.  The Board also will take up a measure to spend up to $1 million from its economic development account to fund highway department operations.  County Board member Andrew Rand says the County needs to have a road study and get public input before raising taxes:

Mayer, Harding retain Peoria County Board seats

Nov 5, 2014

Yesterday's election results mean no changes to the Peoria County Board. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports two incumbents will keep their seats for four more years:


Peoria County is looking to get federal help in landing money for high poverty areas. The County Board will consider allowing staff to apply for a federal ‘Promise Zone’ status for areas on Peoria’s South Side and East Bluff. Mark Rothert is the county’s Assistant Administrator for Economic Development. He says the status gives the areas bonus points when applying for federal grant funding:

Elections are two Peoria offices with one purpose

Oct 31, 2014

  Often referendum language can be be complex enough it seems like a legal key is needed to decipher it. But that is not the case with the question asking Peoria voters if they want to consolidate the city and county election authorities. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

County committee delays loan vote, OKs fee hikes

Oct 31, 2014

Peoria County is spending the next month giving board members more financial and job information about an environmental tech company in line for a large loan.  A county committee deferred signing-off on a $2.5 million loan for Peoria-based ELM LLC by one month. Mark Rothert is the county’s Assistant Administrator for Economic Development. He says there are differences between ELM and the County’s loan to Firefly Energy, that went belly-up:

16th District Peoria County Board member Brad Harding, a Republican, is facing Democratic challenger and farmer Richard Burns in November’s general election. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano asked both candidates to layout their top priorities:

Two Peoria County Board candidates are vying for the sixth district seat in the November general election. Republican Zach Oyler is challenging Democratic incumbent Allen Mayer. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

The Peoria County Board will consider approving a Voluntary Retirement plan to help tackle a $3.5 million deficit next year. Officials say the goal is to get 40 employees to voluntarily retire, saving about $2 million. Peoria County Board member Andrew Rand says that both Board members and elected officials agreed to use an outside consultant to find more ways to save money:

A Chicago-based urban planner will come to Peoria this year to lead the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the commission approved an executive director contract with Pete Saunders:

Peoria County's $45 million nursing facility celebrated it's one year anniversary Thursday with cake and song. The West Peoria facility replaced the county's aging Bel-Wood Nursing home. Heddington Oaks Administrator Matt Nieukirk says residents at the new building are benefitting from short term rehab and special care services:

Peoria County talks possible adjustments for 2015

Sep 23, 2014

Peoria County could see staff reductions, delayed road projects and increased fees in 2015. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports those are some of the items discussed to fill a $3.5 million spending gap:

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Local, state and federal emergency officials responded to a mock terrorist attack on the Illinois River Monday morning. The drill was hosted by the Fondulac Park District Police and U-S Coast Guard. It was designed to test how well different groups work together to respond to an emergency.  Fondulac Park District Police Chief Michael Johnson says the mock attack involved terrorists taking over the Peoria Lock and Dam and taking hostages:

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:

Peoria County’s program aimed at helping minority and women business owners is preparing to enter its next phase. But Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports on some possible growing pains with the program:

Peoria County Highway Department eyes spending gap

Sep 2, 2014

The Peoria County Highway Department is still reeling from last winter’s severe weather. The needed overtime costs coupled with rising prices for salt and other items are driving a projected $1 million deficit by the end of the year. Amy Mclaren is Peoria County’s Engineer. She says that could force the county to draw from other revenue sources to help fill the spending gap:

Peoria County is crafting an anti-nepotism policy amid tensions between administration and a former employee with the county emergency management agency. Former EMA Assistant Director Carolyn Hayes resigned earlier this month. County Administrator Lori Curtis Luther says Hayes’ husband was paid more than $40,000 for a variety of county maintenance jobs since 2005. She says the current county anti-nepotism policy needs to be firmed up:

The November Ballot will include two government consolidation questions for Peoria County voters. 

West Nile mosquito batch tests positive in Pekin

Aug 7, 2014

Tazewell County is reporting the first mosquito sample to test positive for West Nile virus this year.  The Tazewell County Health Department says people should avoid being outdoors between dusk and dawn and keep doors and windows shut.  It says people should also wear insect repellant and report stagnant water areas that could turn into mosquito breeding grounds.