New Peoria City Council members sworn in

By Audrey Williams

May 7, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 10:56 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It was a changing of the guard Tuesday night for four Peoria City Council district seats.

Clyde Gulley, Barbara Van Auken, Dan Irving and Bill Spears vacated their seats at the horseshoe. Combined they have more than 40 years of experience on the council. Bill Spears has 20 of those years.

"It's your decisions that make this community better, and that's what makes this job tough and that's what puts the pressure on this job, is that you know that every day that you go out and work hard and work hard for the citizens, it's their money that you're spending and I hope everybody remembers that," said Spears.

Taking their seats on the Council are former Council members Chuck Grayeb in the Second District and Jim Montelongo in the Fourth District. Newcomer Casey Johnson will represent the Fifth District.

Denise Moore, representing the First District will also serve as the first African American woman on the City Council.

"You have told me that you want me to first focus on the blight of vacant homes and slum lords in our community, and that is where I will start. You see, my agenda is not a black, white, single, married, business or working class agenda. It is written by those I serve," said Moore.

Retaining their seats are Third District Councilman Tim Riggenbach and Mayor Jim Ardis.

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