One Thursday morning a month, councilmen Eric Turner and Jim Montelongo would hold a breakfast chat at City Hall where all citizens can come and talk about their concerns. It appears newly-elected councilman Chuck Weaver is going to continue that practice. A city press release states that Weaver and Turner will be in City [...]
“If (Big Al’s) doesn’t move, these hotels don’t get built,” at-large council member Eric Turner said afterward. “They’ll be built – but they’ll be in East Peoria.
“It’s essential that we do something,” Turner continued. “We have got to find a way to make this work.”
–Peoria Journal Star, 2/7/2011
Even if that “something” [...]
Big Al’s is now considering a move to a City-owned parking lot adjacent to the CityLink bus terminal at Jefferson and Harrison — a location that is within 500 feet of Swinger’s World, another adult business. Yet, according to the City’s municipal code (Sec. 18-53(a)(1) and (3)): “A sexually oriented adult use shall not [...]
There’s an article in today’s Journal Star I just couldn’t let pass without comment.
City officials including Mayor Jim Ardis have … expressed some of their frustrations with other taxing bodies in Peoria — namely Peoria Public Schools District 150 — for increasing its property tax rate while the city avoids similar hikes [...]
The Peoria City Council endorsed the creation of yet another tax Tuesday night. This time, the tax is on natural gas:
By a 7-2 vote, the council endorsed a “hybrid tax” in which two different assessments will be levied on natural gas users. The first, which will affect residential, commercial and industrial customers, is [...]
City Council hopefuls have six days to file petitions to be placed on the ballot. Today, five candidates filed:
Ryan Spain (incumbent) Eric Turner (incumbent) Chuck Grayeb (former councilman) Chuck Weaver (Zoning Board of Appeals chairman) Jim Stowell (District 150 School Board member)
Two incumbents are definitely not running:
Jim Montelongo wants to [...]
EmergePeoria thinks the City of Peoria is a little inconsistent when it comes to not discriminating against “protected classes” of citizens.
At issue is the City’s recent smackdown of the Elbo Room bar. In case you’ve been out of town for several weeks and missed the story, here’s the scoop: the owner of [...]
On Tuesday night, the Peoria City Council will consider a request to place a three-year moratorium on new liquor licenses in a three-block area downtown (see map to right for specific boundaries).
That’s what the council will consider. Why this moratorium is being proposed is sketchy. According to the Journal Star, it comes [...]
As expected, the adult use ordinance change was approved by the council 8-2 (Jacob abstaining, Sandberg and Nichting voting against) and the Class A liquor licenses for 500 Main St. (former Euro Jack’s) and 414 Hamilton were approved 9-1 (Jacob abstaining, Sandberg voting against).
But what’s really interesting to me is some of [...]