City Council Candidates Speak About Environment

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Candidates for Peoria city council are talking about the environment.  

Everything from the Riverfront Park to the future of Peoria’s sewage system was up for discussion among the candidates running for the first, fourth and fifth district seats Monday night

Mayoral candidate Couri Thomas spoke out against the Rivertrail Apartments, calling the project bad judgment from city hall. Several other candidates, including Rita Ali and Denis Cyr of the fifth district and Dave Berry from the first district, took the same position, saying they too would call for end to the project.

Others focused on health impacts that come from the environment like lead poisoning in kids, or sewage pouring into the Illinois River.

“I want Peoria to be that city that leads in this particular matter or get ahead of this particular matter,” Thomas said.

“Trying to make a difference just in the little things at home or at work or every place that you go to try and make a different in your environment,” said fourth district councilman, Jim Montelongo.

Current mayor Jim Ardis, who is seeking re-election, did not show up to the meeting, neither did fourth district candidate Mike Eddlemon.

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