Ardis Defends Use of City Letterhead

By WEEK Reporter

November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 11:29 PM CDT

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is being scrutinized again for his use of city letterhead.

The Peoria County State's Attorney is questioning a letter sent to a judge by Ardis on the city's letterhead.

Ardis wrote to Peoria County Judge Glenn Collier asking him to be lenient toward a man facing drug charges.

Ardis told our news partners Greg and Dan of WMBD radio this morning he did nothing wrong.

"There is no hidden agenda here. I'm saying that I, as Mayor of Peoria, put my personal reputation on the line for this young man, will come into your courtroom in person in front of everybody and say the same thing," Mayor Jim Ardis.

State's Attorney Kevin Lyons is still deciding if he'll pursue charges against Ardis for using city stationery to ask for campaign donations for then Circuit Judge candidate John Vespa.

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