Peoria Council Will Discuss Adding Districts To City Map

By Joe Bennett

June 21, 2011 Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 10:47 PM CDT

The Peoria City Council is one step further to redrawing the city's current five districts.

That is unless the council decides to add more districts.

At a special meeting of the AD HOC committee tonight four of five district council members heard public comments on the redistricting process.

Included in those comments was the idea of dividing the city into more than five districts.

One suggestion is to create 10 districts while another is to create 8 with two council members at large.

Also included in tonight's comments was the issue of changing the city's election process to do away with cumulative voting.

Speaking on the issues, AD HOC chair Bill Spears says, "If it's brought up that people want change we're going to send it back to the full council, and the reason we should send it back to the full council is because no at larges are represented here at all."

Until the council takes action on adding districts or election changes the redistricting process will continue to move forward.

The next redistricting meeting will be at Peoria City Hall July 5th.

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