Peoria County

Peoria County 2018 Spending Plan is Balanced

Sep 29, 2017
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Peoria County’s proposed budget for 2018 creates a surplus in revenue by the end of the year. But County Board Chairman Andrew Rand says while that may look good on paper, it’s no cause for celebration. 

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More than 2,100 Peoria residents were without power Wed. night, as a result of the afternoon and evening storms.

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The Peoria County Board has selected the long-time chief deputy treasurer to be the next treasurer. Nicole Demetreas has worked in Peoria County government finance for nearly two decades and has served as the chief deputy treasurer since 2000. Demetreas was appointed to fill the role yesterday/Tuesday during a special Peoria County Board Meeting. She is filling the position vacated by the retirement of Tripp O’Connor January 31st. The term expires November 30th, 2018. Demetreas will be sworn in after the completion of bonding paperwork.   

Peoria County Offers Buy-Out to Balance Budget

Jan 13, 2017

Peoria County hopes to reduce the number of employees it must layoff to balance its budget. The county board Thursday night approved a voluntary employee-buyout plan.

Four Illinois community health centers are receiving a combined $4.9 million in federal grants to provide services in areas where there are barriers to affordable, quality health care.  U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the Department of Health and Human Services grants will go to centers in Cook, Lake and Peoria counties.

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The Peoria County Auditor is resigning her position, effective Dec. 31, citing the recent county budget cuts.

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The Peoria County Board has three new members. The body remains a democratic majority with a 10-8 make up of Democrats and Republicans. But this board is less gender diverse than its predecessor.

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The Peoria County Board is slated to approve its 2017 budget tonight. The board has to fill a two-and-a half million dollar shortfall, for this year and next.

 

County Board Chairman Andrew Rand says fund reserves will be depleted in three years at this pace. He says expenses are outpacing revenues about one percent a year, compounded by declines in the major revenue sources of sales taxes, fines and fees.

A Canton man told a judge he went "redneck fishing" with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence.  Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley's felony conviction also got him 30 months' probation after he was sentenced last week in Peoria County Circuit Court.

Peoria County Voters Shake Up Coroner's Office

Nov 9, 2016
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Voters affirmed incumbents in the 17th and 18th Congressional Districts. But Peoria County will have a new coroner.

Republican Johnna Ingersoll lost her bid for a fourth term to Jamie Harwood, 53 to 47 percent. Harwood says his background as a forensic nurse will bring changes to the coroner’s office.

“Every day, medicine changes and we work on an evidenced based best practice system everywhere in healthcare,” Harwood said. “There’s no reason the coroner’s system for investigating death shouldn’t be the exact same premise.”

Helping Black Owned Businesses in Peoria

Oct 5, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos visited the Minority Business Development Center in Peoria Tuesday.

Much of the space at the Black Business Alliance office at 2139 SW Adams is still under reconstruction. But it’s already working to help more minority owned businesses grow and succeed.

1st District Peoria City Council Woman Denise Moore is championing the effort to link perspective businesses owners to a variety of organizations like the Small Business Administration.

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Friends of Peoria County Schools launched its 'Vote Yes’ Campaign at Richwoods High School Thursday. Many of the 18 school districts within Peoria County were represented, along with State Senator Dave Koehler and the Regional Superintendent of Schools.

Andrea Tortora is managing the ‘Vote Yes’ Campaign. She says the 1/2-percent sales tax is needed in the face of underfunded state aid.

Voters to Decide on Peoria County Roads

Sep 30, 2016
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Peoria County voters will have two sales tax questions to consider on the November ballot. The Peoria County Schools Facility 1/2-percent sales tax question is getting another go and there’s a referendum seeking an additional 1/4-percent sales tax increase for roads.

  Peoria County kicked off a series of town hall meeting last night on its referendum requesting voters approve a 1/4-percent sales tax for roads.

 

Groundbreaking to Salute Fallen Soldiers

Sep 29, 2016

Those who've worked to see the final addition to the veterans war memorial at the Peoria Courthouse Plaza are celebrating the pending construction this weekend.  

The proposed memorial called “Final Salute” is dedicated to soldiers from Peoria County who’ve served in the US military from World War II to present day. The total cost is estimated to top $400,000. Most of the funds are from private and corporate donors. Peoria County is committing $125,000 to the project. 

Kimberly Thomas is the reigning Illinois Teacher of the Year. The title doesn’t come with a satin sash and a tiara, but you might think it does once you get a taste of Thomas’s extreme effervescence. This Peoria math teacher has a lot more going for her than just bubbles and fizz, but you have to get you a sip of that first.

The Peoria Public School district and Peoria County officials plan to begin educational campaigns about the proposed tax hikes after Labor Day.

Peoria County voters face three separate tax referenda this November - a binding .25 cent sales-tax hike for roads, a binding .5 cent sales-tax increase to improve school buildings and an advisory property tax referendum that would assist veterans and the disabled.

Peoria County Voters Get Two More Questions

Aug 19, 2016
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Peoria County Voters will have two additional referenda on the November General Election Ballot. The Peoria County Board overwhelmingly approved placing the measures on the ballot last night.

 

The Peoria County State’s Attorney is requesting a judge reconsider his decision to appoint a special prosecutor to a 46-year-old murder murder case.

State’s Attorney Jerry Brady filed a motion Tues. defending his reason for calling his friend and colleague, Ron Hamm, who was the prosecutor in the trial that led to the lifelong prison sentence of Cleve Heidelberg.

Brady says in the filing he called prosecutor Ron Hamm on Apr. 22 with the intent of releasing Hamm’s number to the news media.

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The Peoria County Sheriff corrections staff is offering an inside look at the Peoria County Jail. It’s part of ICC Adult Community Programs. Sheriff Mike McCoy and corrections staff are hosting dinner and tour of the jail Thursday. Limited seating space means pre-registration is required.

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Peoria County last night shortly after polling places closed for the Illinois primary election.

Dan Walther will be the newest member of the Peoria District 150 School Board. Walther won the 3rd district school board seat with 65% of the vote to Terry Spayer’s 35%.

Voter turnout was 43.5% in Peoria County. That accounts for 47,616 votes cased. It also exceeds 2008 voter turnout in Peoria when Hillary Clinton ran against Barack Obama.

Peoria goverments look for more collaboration

Mar 2, 2016

  Five local governments participated in an informational meeting with the Peoria District 150 School Board last night. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the goals was to explore ways to cooperate.     

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Judge Alicia Washington was sworn in this afternoon at the Peoria County Courthouse. Washington is the first African-American Woman to take the bench in the 10th Judicial Circuit.

Peoria City residents will see the way they pay for garbage service change this year. The proposed Peoria City/County intergovernmental agreement will combine garbage service fees with property tax bills.

Both the Peoria City Council and Peoria County Board are scheduled to approve the deal this week. It provides for the city to pay the county $150,000 a year for billing and collection of garbage pick-up service fee. That will save the city about half of what it’s currently paying.

Peoria Encourages Shop Local Effort

Nov 23, 2015

Peoria City, County and business owners are asking residents to shop local this Thanksgiving season.  The push to shop local comes as Peoria sales tax revenues struggle to grow, in-part because of online or nearby big-box stories.  Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Griffin says Peoria isn’t unique to the challenge:

  The Peoria County Board unanimously approved contract extension with two of its employee unions during its regular meeting.

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  The Veterans Day Ceremony at the World War I and II Memorial at the Peoria County Courthouse included a rare Purple Heart pinning. 

All of Peoria County's judges are back in their courtrooms nearly nine months after a pipe burst causing water damage.

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A Peoria County committee rejected a proposed property tax hike Tuesday. 

Board members voted 7-5 against the 1.5 cent tax increase, which would have raised an additional  $500,000 for road projects and repairs. Board Chairman Andrew Rand says the tax revenue would have been a small attempt at addressing a massive problem.          

“What this board rejected today was simply pouring a spoonful of water into a bucket full of need, that’s all a half a million dollars would be,” Rand said. 

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