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The City of Peoria could delay some road projects to completely redo the University and Main intersection following a water main break last week.  City Manager Patrick Urich says the city will set up a public meeting with area business owners, Bradley University officials and neighborhood associations to discuss ways to improve the intersection.  He says the recent water main break highlights the need to talk about the future of Main and University:

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos toured the Peoria Lock and Dam system Thursday.  They renewed their push to pass legislation in the House that would help generate more money for lock and dam improvements.  Durbin urged the House to pass the Water Resources Development Act, which the Senate already approved.  He says the measure would allow private and public investment on systems that are 80-years-old:

A board with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission says it’s staying out of any possible water company buyout talks in Peoria or Pekin. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 

A potential Peoria City buyout of Illinois-American-Water will likely be discussed in the coming months.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports a group under the region’s new economic development effort could revisit the issue:


East Peoria approves meter reader upgrade

Jun 4, 2013

The East Peoria City Council unanimously approved buying an automatic water meter reader program that will cover the remainder of the community. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the goal is to reduce costs and personnel time in reading water meters: 

Some relief on Mississippi River water levels

Feb 27, 2013

  Recent heavy rains and snow falls have the region’s shippers breathing a sigh of relief.   It was feared that low water levels on the Mississippi River would shut down shipping last month, but shippers say they're now back to handling full loads.  Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Mike Peterson says despite the good news, extended drought conditions mean river levels could drop again.  “We’re still in a drought, we’re going to expect possibly low river levels if we don’t snowpack and precipitation over the spring and summer.