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Weaver decides against mayoral run

PEORIA — At-large City Councilman Chuck Weaver announced today via press release that he will not run for Peoria mayor this election cycle.

Weaver told the Peoria Chronicle that when he started exploring a mayoral run, incumbent Mayor Jim Ardis had not yet announced whether he would be seeking reelection. Now that Ardis has announced, Weaver said he thought a mayoral contest would be a distraction from the work the mayor and the council are doing.

Weaver also said that exploring a run for mayor allowed him to “get back out and talk to folks.” In the process, he learned that his base has gotten bigger and more diverse since he was first elected.

Mayor Ardis is currently the only announced candidate for mayor.

Here’s the press release:

Continue reading Weaver decides against mayoral run

Mayor/Council=pot, Journal Star=kettle

The Mayor held a press conference on Monday and released a letter that he and the rest of the City Council members signed (except for Gary Sandberg, natch) and sent to Journal Star publisher Ken Mauser. You can read it at PeoriaWatchdog.com, the official site of Peoria Unit 86 of the United Media Guild. [...]

Ardis pooh-poohs city-run ambulance service, but explanation raises more questions

The City Council candidates are often asked at forums what ideas we have for generating more revenue for the city. Gary Sandberg has suggested that the City should provide its own ambulance service, severing its contract with Advanced Medical Transport (AMT). The way he sees it, we already have a professional fire department that [...]

Education Forum to be held this week in Peoria

From my inbox:

Reforming Schools in Peoria

On Friday, February 18, 2011, Mayor Jim Ardis will host a community meeting that includes elected officials, governmental bodies, educators, business leaders and staff members.  The meeting will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., at Peoria City Hall, in Room 400.

The forum will include a [...]

Chief, Sheriff say two departments are not comparable

At Tuesday’s State of the City address, Mayor Ardis announced a new initiative to see what it would take to combine the City and County police departments. This prompted the Journal Star to gather a few basic facts about the two forces:

The city’s Police Department has 214 employees and operates on a $21 [...]

Just because it’s not illegal doesn’t mean you should do it

In an earlier post I explained why I thought the Mayor was not breaking any laws by using City stationery to write letters of support for another candidate. However, just because something is not illegal, that doesn’t make it a wise or appropriate thing to do. Another letter has surfaced written by Ardis on [...]

Journal Star judges Ardis by his own measure

On Sunday’s editorial page, the Peoria Journal Star looks back at Mayor Jim Ardis’s first election campaign — the one in which he blamed then-mayor Ransburg for increased crime in Peoria — and judges Ardis’s performance by the same measure. They couch it in language of “getting beyond politics,” but make no mistake, this [...]

The East Village Growth Cell is born

The City of Peoria is taking steps toward establishing another growth cell and tax increment financing (TIF) district. There’s even a website devoted to it. The website is very informative; it includes a map, a frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) page, and a timeline.

Here’s a brief overview of what’s happening: The City has been using [...]

PJS Editorial pretends City asset giveaways have nothing to do with budget crisis

A couple of responses to today’s Journal Star editorial. First, there’s this:

Even Mayor Jim Ardis, who never saw a tax increase he didn’t greet with contempt, seems to have come to the realization that City Hall probably can’t cut its way out of this.

That’s not exactly accurate. Mayor Ardis happily voted to [...]

Mayor's directive elevates district reps' power

It’s no secret that district council representatives are given a lot of deference on “district specific business” already. Most of the council votes in lock step with the district councilman and are happy to defer items for no other reason than the district council person requested it.

Now Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis wants [...]