Tri-County

Residents Share Input On Proposed Regional Bike Plan

Sep 29, 2015
Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

The Tri-County Long Term Recovery group has helped more than 1,000 individuals or families in tornado recovery efforts.  But many residents still struggle with soil-remediation issues, or fighting with insurance companies for payments.  Group Chairman Jim Fassino says remaining money is available for residents to deal with a variety of recovery projects:

After four months on the job, Pete Saunders is out as executive director for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

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 The Executive Director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is on an extended leave of absence. That’s according to the automatic e-mail response of Pete Saunders, who took the helm at Tri-County four months ago.  The group’s Executive Board is meeting tonight for the second time in a week.  It’s expected to go into executive session to talk personnel matters.  Neither Saunders nor Tri-County officials would publicly comment on Saunders’ leave of absence.

 

Tornado recovery group helping with soil improvements

Jan 12, 2015

Tri-County residents struggling with soil problems following the 2013 tornado are getting financial help. The Tri-County Long Term Recovery group is pledging $150,000 to help residents with soil remediation issues. The funding will help pay to replace soil with lingering dangerous debris with new sod or seed. The Long-Term Recovery Group will discuss the new funding at a meeting this Wednesday.   

New Planning Commission director talks priorities

Nov 10, 2014
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Pete Saunders is on his second week leading the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. He says one top priority is to build relationships with local municipalities in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties with planning projects:

Purdue University is helping research economic development activity in Central Illinois. The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a contract with the institution to help craft a Data Center Of Excellence. The contract is paid for with money from a federal grant Peoria County received in 2008. Mark Rothert is the county’s Assistant Administrator for Economic Development. He says the online-data-center can reveal detailed information on the local economy:

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is looking to use a search firm to hire a new permanent executive director. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Planning group reports positive finances

May 6, 2014

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s monthly financial reports are in the black for the first time this year.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the news comes after months of financial uncertainty:

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is hoping to boost transparency with local and state officials. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to interim executive director Dale Risinger.

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a settlement with an economic development consultant after months of discussion. 

Planning Commission applying for $3M federal funding

Mar 20, 2014

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is applying for federal funding to help further the Eastern Bypass. That project would connect Interstate 74 with Illinois Route 6 in the north-east-region of Peoria. The Commission is applying for up to $3 million in Tiger Grant money. The next step in the study is to pick a proposed route for the bypass within a specific corridor. The money is part of $36 million in Tiger money available nation-wide for planning projects

Risinger shares priorities for Planning Commission

Mar 3, 2014

Former state senator Dale Risinger says he hopes to renew focus on some lagging Tri-County Regional Planning Commission projects. The commission last week appointed Risinger as its interim executive director. The commission has completed a corridor study to build a proposed Eastern Bypass.  That project would connect Interstate 74 with Illinois Route 6 in the north-east-region of Peoria. Risinger says he wants to focus on selecting a proposed route for the bypass:

Dale Risinger to lead Regional Planning Commission

Feb 27, 2014

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a former state senator as the group's interim director.  The commission approved Dale Risinger to head the group as it searches for a permanent replacement.  Risinger has spent years working for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Tri County chair Larry Whitaker says Risinger’s experience as a state senator can also help the commission renew its focus:  

The Woodford County Board chairman had some tough words for Tazewell County during Thursday’s commission meeting.

The Peoria County Board approved forgiving $63,000 in lobbying fees from the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports:

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is falling short of its mission to manage its finances. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s the message from some Peoria County Board members:

Peoria, Woodford and Tazewell counties will consider giving the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission $250,000.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Members of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission say it’s been months since the group’s lobbying firm has shared updates from D.C.  Tri-County, the City of Peoria and Peoria County all use The Ferguson Group to advocate for their respective issues.  Commissioner Don Gorman says the Ferguson Group hasn’t done enough to advocate for Tri-County priorities:

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission needs to get its fiscal house in order before actively searching for a new executive director.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s the message following last night’s executive board meeting:

The Center for Prevention of Abuse has visited tri-county schools this month to spread awareness of bullying prevention.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Center officials have worked with teachers to host school assemblies, videos and other activities focused on anti-bullying.  Rachel Boudreau is with the Center for Prevention of Abuse.  She says another top focus is talking to students about cyber-bullying:

A new computer tool aims to give regional government better accuracy in predicting the impact of residential or commercial development.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports on the new ‘fiscal calculator’ tool:

The longtime executive director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will resign his post.  A separation agreement with the commission states that Terry Kohlbuss will resign at the end of next March, but shall no longer perform any duties or report to work effective immediately.

Tri-County separation agreement remains murky

Oct 24, 2013

It’s been a week since the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a separation agreement with its longtime executive director, Terry Kohlbuss. But the agreement is still not official. Details on any agreement won’t be made public until both parties sign-off. 

The Tri-County regional Planning Commission is set to discuss creating a special search committee for a new executive director.  The agenda for the full commission meeting also says the body will talk about revisions to its personnel handbook.  

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Executive Board has a Separation Agreement with its long-time director. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that Terry Kohlbuss has been on extended leave for nearly a month:

Tri-County looking to extend borrowing power

Oct 15, 2013

The Tri-County Regional Planning commission is looking to extend its maximum line of credit to $300,000.  That’s a $200,000 increase from its current borrowing capacity with the Southside Bank. Board member Andrew Rand says the expanded credit line is important because of delayed state grant payments:

Official: transparency still lacking with FFCI

Aug 14, 2013

Focus Forward CI approved its bylaws as it transitions to an independent group.  The region's new economic development effort was originally a part of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.  Tri-County chair Larry Whitaker was the only no vote against the bylaws.  He says the rules should specifically allow public attendance of FFCI meetings to be more transparent:

The Peoria Civic Center is getting some new seating in the Carver Arena with $2.6 million from the state. Governor Pat Quinn visited Saturday afternoon to make the capital funding announcement and sign legislation.

Tri-County committee to review executive director

Jul 26, 2013

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Board is forming a special committee to review and make recommendations regarding the employment of  executive director Terry Kohlbuss.  The decision comes after commission members met in executive session multiple times in recent months.  Many of those meetings lasted over an hour each, and did not include the attendance of Kohlbuss.  A meeting date for the personnel committee has not been set.  

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