Rita Ali

Mayor’s Office
Title: Mayor
Phone: 309-494-8519
Mayor Rita Ali Photo with Flag

Term in Office 

May 2021 to May 2025
At-Large City Council: May 7, 2019 – May 4, 2021


  • Ph.D., Organization & Management, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2007)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2009)
  • Master of Arts Degree, Education Administration (1992), Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Human Services Management  (1988), University of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois


Daughter Brandy; Stepdaughters Myranda, Amirah, Aishah; Many Bonus Daughters, One Bonus Son, Granddaughters BreAija, Asiya, Devy, Davina


Reading, writing, home and restoration projects, family activities, music events, the arts, travel. 

Moved to Peoria:



  • Full-Time Mayor
  • Previously worked as Vice President of Workforce and Diversity at Illinois Central College

Community Organizations:

  • Martin Luther King Holiday Committee of Peoria (President)
  • Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (Board Member)
  • Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Board Member)
  • Safety Network (Convener)
  • Illinois Municipal League (Vice President)
  • Illinois P-20 Council (Commissioner)
  • Illinois Crime Reduction Task Force (Commissioner)


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