City Councilman still has decision to make on running for mayor

By WEEK Producer

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:12 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- In the heat of the political season, one city leader has yet make a decision about his candidacy.

Thursday morning at city hall, At Large Peoria City Councilman Chuck Weaver says he is still considering running for Mayor in the April election.

Earlier this week, council presented a 2013 city budget with more than a $3 million surplus.

Weaver says he has been discussing his potential candidacy with residents, and the city's financial situation is one of their biggest concerns.

"People say we have been very fortunate with our local economic condition, compared to most communities," said Weaver. "And we need to be very consciousness of how we are spending our dollars. And then last, I think there is a hopefulness for 'Don't Shoot.' We've got to be dealing with crime. But I'm hearing people say, what's more important is what is causing that violence and the underlying reasons for it."

Weaver says he will make a decision on a Mayoral run, November 26, the last day for candidates to file petitions.

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