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One More ‘Thank You’ to Peoria – Josiah Williams

As a kid, I never really understood what my Mom did for a living. On Sunday, she delivered sermons at various churches. Monday would be grant writing for a STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). On Tuesday, she led CHOICES, where girls would come and celebrate the joys and struggles of being created female. [...]

CD Staff Presents at LISC Workshop on Community Revitalization

Members of the City of Peoria Community Development Department were invited to present in Champaign today at the LISC Workshop on Community Revitalization Planning & Implementation.  Staff members from various central Illinois communities including Decatur, Champaign, Urbana, Bloomington, Normal and Springfield were present to here City of Peoria staff present on their current programs in [...]

Antonio Mables Shares What He Loves About the East Bluff

The Community Development Department asked its staff: “What do you love about your neighborhood?” One response from Code Enforcement officer Antonio Mables stood out. Read his response below: What I love about the East Bluff: One of the things I love about my neighborhood is the diversity of cultures within it. I have had the [...]

Changes to Rental Registration

Peoria City Council made changes to the Peoria Municipal Code related to the registration of residential property. Under the new ordinance, a property can receive a discounted registration rate of $75.00 without needing to attend the annual landlord training. A person qualifies if: The land owner does not owe the City of Peoria any outstanding [...]

Peoria County Trustee Auction Meeting

On Wednesday night, Councilwoman Moore and the Community Development Department hosted a community meeting to inform potential buyers and concerned neighborhood residents about the Peoria County Trustee Auction Process.  The Peoria County Trustee, a tax purchaser, acquires property though the tax deed procedure. Once the property is acquired, the County sells the property at a yearly [...]

Reclaiming Vacant Lots Conference in Milwaukee, WI

Members of our staff attended the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference in Milwaukee, WI, last week! "The conference explores the latest strategies to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, providing space to showcase innovation and creating a forum in which new ideas can arise. It brings people together around these common challenges and equips them to [...]

Community Development Department Received IHDA Grant

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has announced an Abandoned Property Program Round Three grant award to the City of Peoria Community Development Department in the amount of $106,164.43. The funds will be used for demolition and lot clearing in the 61605 zip code in the City of Peoria. Since 2015, the Department has been [...]

2018 Great American Clean Up

The 2018 Great American Cleanup is scheduled to occur in the City of Peoria on Saturday, April 28th. This event provides an opportunity to build a sense of community pride and stewardship in our neighborhoods by eliminating blight. In support of this effort, the City of Peoria Community Development Department, along with Keep Peoria Beautiful, [...]

Code Enforcement Staff Attend Averyville Neighborhood Meeting

                                  On Wednesday, January 3rd, Code Enforcement Supervisor Ashley Elias and Assistant Community Development Director Joe Dulin attended the Averyville Neighborhood Association meeting.  They discussed multiple topics such as code regulations, neighborhood programs and the Peoria Cares process.  If [...]

East Bluff Good Job Sweep (Nov. 27 & 28)

On November 27 & 28, Community Development inspectors completed another sweep of the East Bluff neighborhoods. In recognition of houses with exemplary lawn maintenance, inspectors hung "Good Job!" door hangers to the well-deserving residents who maintain a healthy and beautiful environment around their home.