Peorian honored for public work

By Beau Ebenezer

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- Peoria Park District President Tim Cassidy was presented with the 50th Annual Ray A. Neumann Tri-County Citizen of the Year Award by the Kiwanis Club of Peoria.

Under Cassidy's leadership, the Park District has completed numerous projects including the RiverPlex and the expansion of the Peoria Zoo.

Also during Cassidy's tenure, the park district was named a National Gold Medal Winner three times.

"You hear the presentation, and it is really surreal," said Cassidy. "It is really humbling. It takes a lot of people that are in an organization to do things. I've never done anything on my own."

"He is what one would call a quiet leader," said State Representative, David Leitch, who attended the awards dinner. "He leads by actions and not a lot of conversation and bluster. He just goes and gets the job done."

Cassidy joined a list of notable politicians and public workers who were named Citizen of the Year in the past.

That list includes Leitch and U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, who received the honor in 2000.

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