News Updates

Voters to Decide on County Election Commission

posted Aug 15, 2014, 11:58 AM by Allen Mayer

Ballot box
This November Peoria County voters will decide whether to simplify elections and put them under the control of a bi-partisan board with professional staff. Allen Mayer "led the charge for the referendum" that by some accounts has been over 25 years in the making. Mayer called it a "put up or shut up moment" for the County Board.  For many years the County Board has voted to make a countywide election commission a part of the strategic plan and legislative agenda. "Now the voters get to decide," added Mayer. 
Read more coverage from the Journal Star and WEEK-TV.

No Pay Raises for Politicians!

posted May 12, 2014, 6:18 PM by Allen Mayer   [ updated May 12, 2014, 6:37 PM ]

PJStar clipping of article about freezing Co Bd pay
Read media coverage of the vote to freeze County Board salaries for the next 4 years:
    Last week Allen succeeded, first at a Monday committee meeting and then at Thursday's full Board meeting, in convincing a majority of his colleagues that now was not the time to vote themselves a pay raise. 
    Previously the Board's Management Services Committee had recommended 2.5% raises every year for the next four years. 
    Instead, the Board accepted a substitute resolution introduced by Allen in the Executive Committee to freeze County Board salaries for the next four years.

Mayer supports Springdale Cemetery

posted Mar 2, 2014, 9:51 AM by Allen Mayer

At Thursday's Executive Committee, Allen Mayer led the effort to continue Peoria County support for Springdale Cemetery.

"Springdale is an important community asset," said Mayer. "It contains a tremendous amount of history, it's one of the largest areas of open and natural spaces in our area, and it still has tens of thousands of burial spots available in which to lay our honored dead to rest."

Springdale Cemetery

State of the County highlights accomplishments

posted Feb 12, 2014, 1:35 PM by Allen Mayer

Administrator Lori Luther highlighted some of Peoria County's accomplishments over the past year and initiatives for the upcoming year in the annual State of the County address.
State of the County address

The Peoria Journal Star headline declared that "Economic development is at the forefront" for Peoria County. 

The speech also highlighted the County's balanced $128 million budget noting that to "maintain financial stability, the County Board adheres to conservative financial policies..."

The opening of Heddington Oaks in West Peoria (at $2M under budget) was another point of pride for Peoria County this past year.

The entire speech is available online.

Mayer files for Re-Election to County Board

posted Feb 5, 2014, 8:03 PM by Allen Mayer

On November 25, 2013 Allen Mayer filed his nominating petitions to be the Democratic candidate for Peoria County Board Member from District 6.

Allen Mayer and other candidates line up to file petitions at the County Clerk's office.

“We’ve held the line on the County’s property tax rate, maintained an excellent bond rating, and balanced our budgets,” said Mayer. “While the Peoria area continues to feel the effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Peoria County government has continued to improve.”

Mayer pointed with pride to the successful opening of the County’s new Heddington Oaks nursing home.  “We’ve carried out the mandate given to us by the voters when they overwhelmingly passed the referendum supporting a county nursing home,” said Mayer. “We have a moral obligation to provide for our seniors who can no longer care for themselves.”

WCBU-FM and the Journal Star covered Allen's announcement that he would seek another term. Allen's GOP opponent, Zachary Oyler, also filed his petitions at the County Clerk's office. Both candidates are unopposed in the March 18, 2014 primary election and will face each other in the November 4, 2014 general election.

Photo linked from the Journal Star.

Mayer Resolution Saves Pre-School Funding

posted Feb 5, 2014, 11:23 AM by Allen Mayer   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 11:28 AM ]

Kids in Peoria County will continue to attend pre-school thanks to a resolution sponsored by Allen Mayer, and brought forward by Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools Beth Crider Derry.

Peoria County will extend a $120,000 line of credit to Myah's Just 4 Kids and Myah’s II Christian Learning Center in Peoria. As a result Myah's will be eligible to receive grant funds under the State's Preschool for All program.

“This is a win-win for our community,” said Allen Mayer. “It helps a small business here in Peoria, it helps some of the most at-risk children in our community, and it helps their parents who are able to work full time.”

The resolution passed on a bi-partisan majority vote of 15-1.
Myah's Just 4 Kids Learning Center

Heddington Oaks Nursing Home Opens

posted Feb 5, 2014, 10:59 AM by Allen Mayer

Peoria County's new nursing home, Heddington Oaks in West Peoria, opened for business on September 25. All 170 residents of the County's Bel-Wood Nursing Home were successfully transferred.

Heddington Oaks has 240 rooms. On move-in day there were already about 50 people on the waiting list to move into Heddington Oaks. The new facility has 80 rooms certified for Alzheimer's patients.  66 beds are for short term rehab stays. The County will be able to offer about 4 times more physical therapy at the new facility, and will eventually offer dialysis treatments.

More information about Heddington Oaks, including admissions, can be found on their website.

Bel-Wood residents successfully transferred to Heddington Oaks Nursing Home
Photo linked from WCBU-FM.

Mayer leads fight to eliminate perk for Board Members

posted Feb 5, 2014, 10:41 AM by Allen Mayer

At its September meeting, the Peoria County Board voted unanimously to eliminate subsidized county health insurance for County Board members at the end of the year.

Allen Mayer led the fight against a proposed amendment to continue the subsidized health insurance through the end of the terms of current board members - up to three additional years. The amendment failed on a 10-6 vote.

Mayer mocked the idea that Board Members would sue to maintain the perk.  "I'd love to see a suit brought against us for denying health care benefits to board members," he said. "I don't believe any County Board member is going to sue to health insurance, but if they do, that's a fight I want to take to the people."

Elimination of the perk is expect to save over $24,000 per year based on previous participation in the county's health plan.

No More Pensions for Peoria County Board Members

posted Feb 5, 2014, 10:26 AM by Allen Mayer

At its August meeting, the Peoria County Board voted 17-0 to terminate participation in the IMRF pension plan for County Board members.

"A majority of the board does not put in the minimum 1,000 hours a year so we need to withdraw, it is as simple as that," said Allen Mayer.

The move is expected to save taxpayers about $40,000 per year.

As the Journal Star noted, "It's rare to see politicians give up a financial perk, but that's exactly what the Peoria County Board did..."

Mayer resolution saves Rural Transit

posted Feb 5, 2014, 10:17 AM by Allen Mayer   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 11:04 AM ]

A resolution offered by Allen Mayer at the April County Board meeting made available funds to keep Peoria County's rural transit system operating. Mayer's resolution balanced the new authorization for rural transit by delaying two non-essential capital projects -- new carpet in part of the courthouse and a road resurfacing. 

As the Journal Star explained rural transit "is used by about 150 individuals each month... with most of the riders using it to reach physicians’ offices, dialysis treatment centers, work or shopping."

The resolution passed 15-3 with a bi-partisan majority.

County Link rural transit
Image linked from Peoria Journal Star

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