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Mayor Jim Ardis

Our Mayor is a lifelong Peorian.  He graduated from Spalding Institute in 1977.  In 1982 he graduated  from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Industrial Technology.  He and his wife Mimi have been married for over 28 years and have 3 grown children. His community activities are numerous, most notably participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run for St. Jude.  2015 marks his 21st consecutive year on the 465 mile trek from Memphis.  Jim also serves on the Board of the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, is Board President of the Tim Ardis Foundation for Hope and is the Founder and Chairman of the Board for the Peoria Promise.  On the private side, he is the Executive Director of Strategic Development at CGN Global.

Jim was first elected to the Peoria City Council in 1999 as a councilman at-large. He was re-elected to a second term in that position in 2003, and was elected to his first term as Mayor in 2005, and re-elected in 2009.  In April 2013 Jim was un-opposed and reelected to his third term as Mayor.

Message from Mayor Ardis:

I am humbled and honored to enter my 10th year as the Mayor of our great city. We received outstanding news earlier this year when Caterpillar announced that Peoria would remain the home of their world headquarters for many years to come. After a 2 ½ year headquarters study, Caterpillar decided they would indeed stay and re-build a new headquarters campus right here. We are very fortunate that Caterpillar leadership made this decision that will keep their headquarters as the foundation of our community for many decades to come. Peoria will continue to play a major role as a regional health care resource in the Midwest. The University of Illinois College of Medicine campus in Peoria recently announced they will begin offering first year medical students to attend classes in here in the next couple of years. The Jumptrade Simulation and Education Center on the Campus of OSF Medical Center continues to draw national attention. UnityPoint Methodist Hospital is also in the process of a major renovation of their downtown campus. They will also be building their new nursing college in northwest Peoria. All of these exciting announcements will help Peoria’s growth in the coming years. I encourage our citizens to play an active part in our community’s growth and success as we continue to develop, diversify and flourish. Peoria is an outstanding place to live, work and play. Spread the word.


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