Federal Government Guarantee 

Municipal Bonds For Infrastructure Stimulus

This is the year for municipalities, school districts, and other governments to build major capital projects. We need the economic stimulus and jobs. Contractor prices and interest rates will be low. A great way to stimulate our economy.

We propose that the Federal Government guarantee municipal bonds in 2009 to get the market moving again. The plan is to encourage local governments to borrow money to improve needed roads, sewer & water, curbs and sidewalks, schools, and other important infrastructure. Put America back to work. Build America now.
The goal is to help communities stay vital and not slip into an irreversable decline. Schools and community infrastructure are critical to supporting home values and stemming the declines we have seen in recent years.

Most local governments have a backlog of needed public infrastructure improvements. With support and encouragement from the Federal government, we could have major local programs underway soon.

This should be a very simple and low cost way to stimulate substantial public works expenditures this year.

More Info on the Link Below:



It's Better Here

Davis Brothers Pizza in East Peoria and Peoria Heights.

The owners called to ask about the Peoria economy, wondering what is going on in Peoria to spark such an increase in their sales?

They are installing another oven to keep up with business in East Peoria. They are also now selling frozen pizzas out of their Peoria Heights store and shipping them out all over the country with tremendous success.


It's Better Here

Peoria is not immune to the international recession, but it is still better here. 

Illinois Recovery Website

Governor Quinn Launches Illinois Recovery Website 

Website will track stimulus projects' spending and job creation

to help ensure that Illinois takes full advantage of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.

Hospitality Improvement Zone Business Development District

On Tuesday, February 2009 the City Council tabled consideration of the proposed 1% sales tax and 1% hotel tax for four weeks for the Hospitality Improvement Zone  (HIZ) Business Development District (BDD).

Staff will host a meeting with all the effected businesses on Friday March 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm at City Hall. Staff will hand deliver notices to all the effected businesses.

The purpose of the tax is to assist hospitality zone businesses to improve.  The funds would be put back into the businesses in the district.

The current BDD boundaries are shown on the several entries below.  Based on public input from the effected businesses, some properties may be taken out the district.

More information at:

Send an email to Craig Hullinger at chullinger@gmail.com, or call at 309 494 8639 if you have any questions.



Interesting Housing Article by Jim McConoughey of the Heartland Partnership


On Tuesday Feb 24, 2009 the City Council will consider the adoption of the 1% Sales and 1% Hotel tax for properties located in the Hospitality Improvement Zone Business Development Ditrict (HIZ BDD).  
The purpose of this tax is to provide revenue to assist in the improvement of the Hospitality businesses within the District.

You can learn more about the HIZ District at:



The Heart of Illinois Regional Port District (TransPORT) is composed of the Counties of Fulton, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. The port district is a powerful economic development tool with the primary objective of creating industrial and transportation employment for the region. 

Read all about it at:


Presidents Play in Peoria

Read all about it at:


New Housing Tax Credit


What does the new federal housing tax credit mean for you?
In its efforts to stimulate the economy and revive the housing market, Congress has enacted legislation providing a tax credit of up to $8,000* for first-time home buyers.

But time is of the essence for buyers who want to take advantage of this opportunity. Only homes purchased on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009 are eligible. 
$8,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit at a Glance
· The tax credit is for first-time home buyers: defined as a purchaser not having owned a home within the previous 3-year period. 

· The tax credit does not have to be repaid.

· The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000. 

· The credit is available for homes purchased on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009. 

· The tax credit can be claimed on 2008 income tax forms even if the purchase took place in 2009.

· Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 qualify for the full tax credit.

 for more information

The City of Peoria also has some great programs to help people buy homes


Federal Economic Stimulus Seminar

REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) invites you to a free seminar on March 26, 2009 from 9 am to 4 pm entitled “How National Policy Affects Regional Economies” at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, Illinois. 

Topics will include: 

  • The Economic Stimulus Package and Regional Economies
  • Ranking Public Investment Options
  • PI+: The Next Generation of Policy Insight
  • TranSight: Economic Impacts of Transportation Programs

  • At Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), our goal is to improve public policy. With the economy in a state of turmoil, and federal stimulus aid on the way, now more than ever decision makers are looking for ways to deploy economic stimulus dollars to maximize job growth while creating infrastructure to serve the needs of the 21st century. The information presented at this seminar will enable you to make more detailed and efficient forecasts about the economic effects of policy change. There is no charge to attend this event, however space is limited and advanced registration is required. 

    If you would like to participate, you may reply to this e-mail, contact us by phone, or register online at the REMI Seminar Page of our redesigned website at 
    www.remi.com. For more information on the upcoming stimulus package, please see the White Paper prepared by ICF International on our website. 

    We are confident that this will be a stimulating and productive discussion. We look forward to seeing you there! 

    Yours truly, 

    Leah Jalbert
    Business Development Assistant
    Regional Economic Models, Inc.
    433 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002
    tel. 413-549-1169
    fax. 413-549-1038


    Warehouse District Redevelopment

    The Warehouse District is adjacent to downtown Peoria and the Illinois River, just south of I-74.  The City of Peoria wants the area to convert to a great mixed use redevelopment area, with loft apartments, condos, offices, shops and resturants.

    Redevelopments in the District will get the Enterprise Zone incentive, which means no sales tax on building material. The Warehouse District Tax Increment Financing District (TIF), which has over 21 years left.  It takes a while to plan and build and get the building assessed, so a new redevelopment will probably have about 20 years of property tax incentive.
    Property taxes are almost 2.8% of fair market value, so you can figure on about 56% of the new market value you create coming back to the redevelopers over the next 20 plus years.  
    The standard city warehouse agreement gives 1/2 of the tax increment back to the developer, with the other 1/2 going for infrastructure, which can include parking lots and decks.
    Most of the buildings were built before 1936, and can therefor qualify for a 10 to 20% Federal Historic Tax Credit.

    The entire area is in a Hub Zone.  This great program enables small businesses who qualify to get the equivalent of minority business status.  Read it on the blog under Hub Zone.   http://hubzonepeoria.blogspot.com/
    The area qualifies for a grant from the City to help low and moderate income buy homes. The grant is $10,000, and single persons earning under $35,000 are qualified. There is also low interest mortgage money available.  More info on the blog.  http://housingpeoria.blogspot.com/
    Banks also have some additional mortgage down payment assistance programs.  
    The City is also developing the Peoria Urban Living Iniative with partners Methodist, OSF, Cat, Bradley U, the County, School District and City. This study is looking at possible additional incentives to get companies to help employees live close to work and in the downtown area.

    More info on the blog below. Check out the Warehouse, TIF, Hub Zone, etc under: 

    Federal Stimulus Bill

    Excellent time to buy a home in the Heart of Peoria

    FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER CREDIT First-time home buyers are eligible for a refundable tax credit equal to 10 percent of the purchase price of their home, up to $8,000, if they made the purchase after Jan. 1, 2009, but before Dec. 1, 2009.

    Unlike a similar credit that Congress provided last year, you don’t have to pay this one back over 15 years. The new credit, however, does phase out for individuals with incomes over $75,000 or married couples with incomes over $150,000 who file their taxes jointly. Also, you forfeit the credit if you sell the house within three years.

    More info here:


    In addition to the Federal Tax credit, the city has programs that help persons of moderate income buy homes._

    City of Peoria programs to help home buyers are shown on the links below:

    Housing Rehabilitation Form
    For development and management of residential rehabilitation programs in community development areas, including loans and grants, contact Neighborhood Development, Twin Towers, Room 402, 494-8656.
    Or contact your local banker.


    Southern Gateway - Eagle View

    The City of Peoria plans a significant improvement for the Southern Gateway. This area is located at I-474, the Illinois River, and Adams Street. It is in a disadvantaged area, and suffers from substantial environmental and brownfield problems.

    The area is in an:

    Enterprise Zone
    HUB Zone
    Tax Increment Financing District
    Disadvantaged Area

    The area is:

    Accessible by barge, rail, and Interstate
    Affordable land controlled by government

    The City requests Federal and State assistance:

    Improvement to Darst & Clark Street $3,000,000
    Improvements to existing city owned industrial land $3,000,000
    Help with brownfield grants $750,000
    Assistance in improving Adams Street $2,000,000
    Assistance in building new entry way bridge $4,000,000

    New City Logo


    SBA Improvements in the Stimulus Bill

    Some good news about the SBA 504 program from Charles Randle. If the President signs the proposed stimulus program, we will see the following at least through 2010:
    * Elimination of the .5% bank participation fee charged to lenders
    * Elimination of 1.5% CDC fee charged to the borrower
    * Low-interest refinancing up to 50% of the project
    * Job creation requirement from current $50,000 to $65,000 per job created
    * Regular 504 increase from $1.5 million to $3.0 million
    * Public Policy 504 increased from $2.o million to $3.5 million
    * Manufacturing 504 increased from $4.0 million to $5.5 million 
    This proposal certainly is a BIG BOOST for lenders wanting to offer exceptionally low interest rates for their borrowers with a 50 percent loan to value ratio.  Please contact Charles Randle.


    Presidents Play in Peoria

    Peoria is pleased to host President Barack Obama today.  He is meeting with workers at the Caterpillar Inc.’s Building HH in to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.

    More info on the link below:



    The maps below show the Tax Increment Financing Districts in and near downtown Peoria. These powerful redevelopment tools can provide substantial assistance for good redevelopments.

    The Green TIF on the west side of the map is Campus Town, and it expires this year.


    Enterprise Zone

    The City of Peoria Enterprise Zone provides a number of State and local incentives to encourage industrial and commercial development. The one time cost to the City and State helps create long term investment that pays property, sales, and utility taxes while creating jobs and helping to revitalize older portions of the City.

    More Info on the Links Below: 


    The map below shows the Enterprise Zone.  There are several expansions not yet shown on the map, which will be added after the State of Illinois completes their review.

    Enterprise Zone Map


    $15,000 Tax Credit for Home Purchase

    The proposed tax credit of $15,000 to homebuyers was not included in the final stimulus bill.

    Build the Block

    The chairman of the Bradley University Economics Department has developed a study on the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Caterpillar Visitor's Center development. Professor Bob Scott says the development could generate more than a half-billion dollars of local economic growth over the next two decades.

    Professor Scott and Professor Joshua Lewer believe the development would create 1,100 jobs during the construction phase.

    Our own home grown stimulus program. In my opinion, we should build the development. I will be voting yes for the sales tax increase.


    More info in the peoria Journal Star article below:

    Video of the Block


    Unemployment is growing throughout the country and the world, but it is still better in Peoria.

    City ___Unemployment Rate

    Chicago __  7.1%

    Peoria   ___ 6.3%

    St. Louis __   7.1%

    Info from the US Department of Labor:

    Unemployment rates by County

    Unemployment Rates

    Unemployment rates in Central Illinois are up more than one percent from last year. But it is better here then many other communities in the state and nation. Peoria's unemployment rate now stands at 6.3 %, better then Illinois and the United States. Part of the resiliency of the Peoria job market is owed to our strong and growing medical community.

    The map on the link below shows that Peoria and surrounding areas have a lower unemployment rate then the rest of the State and the Chicago metro area.