3rd and 4th district candidates discuss challenges ahead for Peoria

By Audrey Williams

March 23, 2013 Updated Mar 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- We're nearly two weeks away from the April 9th consolidated primary election, and that means some local races are heating up.

Saturday morning, the Greater Peoria League of Women Voters held a forum.

Community members got to hear from candidates for the Illinois Central College Board, the Peoria Township Supervisor position, and two of the five district city council seats.

In the third district, Chad Grimm will face incumbent Tim Riggenbach.

They each say finances will be one of the toughest challenges ahead for not only their district, but the city as a whole.

"I'd like to invest and restore pride into our urban neighborhoods. As well as cutting back on some of the wasteful spending that's going on, because it takes away from the basic and the basics are important here," said Grimm.

Riggenbach said, "the budget situation is far from over. Putting the procedures in place that will ensure a sound fiscal government for years to come is going to be important."

Meanwhile, two candidates are looking to fill the seat of outgoing fourth district councilman Bill Spears.

John Kunski and Jim Montelongo are focusing on stabilizing and revitalizing neighborhoods.

Kunski said, "One of the biggest things that we're going to see a big change in is with the police department doing the don't shoot program. As a council person I promise to fund all of those programs or at least vote for those programs."
"One major reason why I'm running and that's about my family, wanting to make a better community for my family. If I can accomplish that, I can accomplish that for many other families as well," said Montelongo.

The consolidated election is April 9th. Early voting starts on Monday.

For more information visit www.peoriaelections.org