Councilman Grayeb’s words have some realtors up in arms

PEORIA, Il. – Peoria City Council’s methods for combating a budget deficit are raising questions throughout the community, and a new parcel fee has raised concerns in the community. The new fee will bill homeowners a one time payment of $25 to $30, depending on the size of structure. Money from that added fee will go towards public service pension needs and is expected to raise $1.2 million.

Councilman Chuck Grayeb was one of 6 council members who voted to approve the new parcel pension fee.

“I have to be concerned about codes and maintaining real estate values that the damn Peoria Association of Realtors know nothing about,” said Grayeb. He add, “They keep steering people up north because they get bigger commissions.”

Despite receiving criticism from realtors, Grayeb is asking people to c...

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Springfield Housing Authority clients won’t suffer under new pact with Peoria, director says

The time that Springfield Housing Authority executives will devote to oversee management of a similar housing agency in Peoria won’t cause services for low-income tenants to suffer in the capital city, SHA’s executive director says.

“We will certainly not compromise either housing authority,” Jackie Newman told The State Journal-Register.

Newman, 52, a Springfield native and executive director of the SHA for almost 13 years, said she will spend at least one day a week in Peoria as part of a management agreement unanimously approved by the boards of both federally funded units of local government.

The Peoria Housing Authority will pay up to $168,000 over the next 12 months for Newman, as well as the SHA’s deputy director and director of finance, to provide management consulting services to ...

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Peoria welcomes Ronald McDonald House

Peoria, IL – According to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, a brand new 40,000 square foot Ronald McDonald House is coming to Peoria.

It’ll give families with hospitalized children a close place to stay at no cost.

The new House will be located in the heart of the Peoria medical district on the corner of Spalding and Monroe and stand 4.5 stories with 22 bedrooms.

According to a press release, based on a medical feasibility study completed in the region, the new House will serve over 700 families annually and provide hundreds of volunteer opportunities for the community as well as a dozen or more new jobs.

”The new Peoria Ronald McDonald House will continue to build and expand Peoria’s growing medical district services,” stated Mayor Jim Ardis...

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Real Estate Transactions

These transactions, recorded the week of May 25, are compiled from information on file with the respective counties. They represent sales of $78,000 or more.


3505 W. Willow Knolls Road, Unit 3D, Peoria, Mark Wiltz to Susan L. Jasinski, $80,000.

416 W. Albany Ave., Peoria, Anita M. Escamilla to Jared Hirschy, $84,000.

3907 W. Farmington Road, Peoria, Billy D. and Sandra M. Randle to State of Illinois Department of Transportation, $91,000.

326 E. Elmhurst Ave., Peoria, Justin S. Jones to Amanda L. Nauman, $91,500.

1420 N. Idaho St., West Peoria, Gabriel and Valerie Tongate to Justin D. Garza, $92,000.

4307 W. Castleton Road, Peoria, Susan Stoner to Kyle J. Schuster and Tasha L. Harris, $97,500.

2509 N. Wilson Drive, Peoria, Kristy L...

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Nick in the AM: Peoria County among best Illinois spots to own home, study states

Good morning, troops. It’s Tuesday, May 8.

The Peoria-area residential real estate market is stable, according to relatively recent reports. Uncertainty related to Caterpillar Inc.’s decision last year to move its headquarters from Peoria didn’t seem to depress the market all that much.

Total transactions in 2017 were about the same as 2016, but fourth-quarter sales were up more than 10 percent.

Now, a financial technology company has calculated Peoria County is among the best in Illinois in which to buy a residence, rather than rent.

SmartAsset ranks Peoria County fourth in a top-10 Illinois list it released Tuesday morning. The firm’s study compares average rent and home prices to find where buying makes the most sense, according to a news release.

The key metric appears to be the shorte...

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The Havoc beats Peoria 6-5 in game one of the SPHL Finals

PEORIA, Il. – The past six months have all led up to the next three games. The puck dropped in game one of the SPHL finals Wednesday night in Peoria, the Huntsville Havoc taking on the Peoria Rivermen in a best of three series.

The Havoc is trying to win its first President’s Cup since 2010, but it didn’t take long for the team to fall behind in game one. Three minutes into the first period, Peoria on a power play, winger Joe Kalisz to connects on a one timer for a 1-0 lead. Huntsville would later tie the game on a power play goal of its own from Derek Perl, but the Rivermen would score two more times and lead 3-1 at the first intermission.

Peoria would score the first goal of the second period, but after that, the Havoc offense exploded...

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Illinois real estate agent fired for tweet about comedian’s deceased wife | Belleville News-Democrat

A Peoria real estate agent was fired after mocking comedian Patton Oswalt’s deceased wife during a Twitter exchange gone sour Monday night.

The Peoria Journal Star reports that Oswalt put out a humorous tweet praising former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by President Donald Trump after she instructed the Justice Department not to defend his recent executive order temporarily banning non-U.S. citizens from seven countries in Africa and the Middle East from entering the United States.

Oswalt tweeted: “Trump: ‘You leave this White House now!’ Sally Yates rides bus to city. Becomes a taxi dancer. Leads dance revolt against pimp. Triumphs.”

Trump: "You leave this White House now!" Sally Yates rides bus to city. Becomes a taxi dancer. Leads dance revolt against pimp...

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Another central Illinois death reported from use of synthetic cannabis

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PEORIA — A 46-year-old Tazewell County man has died of suspected synthetic cannabis use, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Monday.

Three deaths have been reported in the state from synthetic cannabis use, including a 22-year-old Peoria man who died March 29. Harwood has said his death is still being investigated. The third death was reported Monday afternoon by the Illinois Department of Public Health. A department spokeswoman said only that the victim was from central Illinois.

In a news release Monday night, however, Harwood said he was “notified of a death related to suspected K2/Spice use.” The victim was a 46-year-old Tazewell County man who was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m. Monday at a Peoria hospital.

His name and other details are being withheld at this time, Ha...

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He was born July 31, 1929, in Chicago to Irving and Dorothy Gordon Greenberg. He married Bonnie Mosiman on Feb. 9, 1994, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Dean Greenberg of Carbondale and Nina Dunavan of Austin, Texas; his grandson, Abraham Traverso of Carbondale; his great-grandson, Mateo Traverso; and his sister, Nancy Plotkin of Chicago.

Preceding him in death were his parents and granddaughter, Leah Dunavan.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.

He was a United States Navy veteran, serving his nation during the Korean War. Arthur was a noted attorney in the Peoria area for many years, engaging in the practice of law from 1957 to 1978, 1982 to 1997, 1999 and 2000...

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Simulating Poverty Realities in Greater Peoria

View Slideshow 1 of 4 The sign taped to the back of the chair reads, ‘home sweet home.’ Many area professionals gathered at the Peoria Dream Center Thursday, March 15, 2018, to experience a month in the life of a family living at or below the poverty line.

More than 80 area professional participated in a poverty simulation at the Peoria Dream Center.

The Heart of Illinois United Way hosted the event. Stephen Peterson is the Vice President of Resource Development for the organization. He says the simulation aims to help participants start to understand what it might be like to live at or just above the poverty level month to month.

“We want to bring that education and awareness and hopefully start even a deeper conversation about how people can get involved in their community and help out...

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