At-Large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson

More Financial Redemption for Peoria Pere and Courtyard

Jan 10, 2018

Action by the Peoria City Council last night will help keep the Hotel Pere Marquette open. Hotel owner Gary Matthews is behind in paying his lenders, which includes the city of Peoria.

The council approved a special service area (SSA) allowing the hotel to charge an additional four-percent sales tax on room nights. The tax will raise approximately $400,000 a year to help the city pay for bonds it issued to help restore the hotel.

More Financial Redemption for Peoria Pere and Courtyard

Jan 10, 2018

Action by the Peoria City Council last night will help keep the Hotel Pere Marquette open. Hotel owner Gary Matthews is behind in paying his lenders, which includes the city of Peoria.

The council approved a special service area (SSA) allowing the hotel to charge an additional four-percent sales tax on room nights. The tax will raise approximately $400,000 a year to help the city pay for bonds it issued to help restore the hotel.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

At-Large Peoria City Council Woman Beth Akeson publicly addressed her recent controversial tweets. Akeson tweeted she would not support the Black Lives Matter movement because of its divisiveness and also that those “ill-equipped” should not have children to reduce crime. But Akeson's apology and the rest of her statement wasn't enough for some. Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports:

The Peoria City Hall meeting room where Akeson addressed the matter was standing-room-only.

Outside The Horseshoe - August 12, 2014

Aug 12, 2014

  Video Gaming Parlors are becoming more and more popular in Peoria. Three proposals for that would likely amount to the creation of video poker businesses are on the Peoria City agenda. They are expected to be deferred until after the City Council has a policy session on the subject in two weeks. The council is planning that policy session at this meeting. At-large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson and Mayor Jim Ardis are our guests to talk about those issues on this Outside the Horseshoe.

Peoria's water supply remains privately owned

Nov 27, 2013

The City of Peoria will not exercise its option to buy Illinois American Water Company. The council voted eight to three against going ahead with the purchase. It’s an option that comes before the city every five years because of a purchase agreement between city leaders and Illinois American Water in 1889. Councilwoman Beth Akeson voted to pursue the buyout option.