Peoria City Council makes first move on red light cameras, ratifies union contract with firefighters

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Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 10:52 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - The Peoria City Council is unanimously in favor of asking the state legislature to allow the city to install red light cameras.

The council approved a resolution Tuesday night requesting area lawmakers sponsor an amendment expanding an existing law currently allowing red light cameras in just eight Illinois counties, including the Chicago area.

The soonest the legislature could change the law is during the fall veto session or the spring session next year.

Chuck Grayeb, who represents District 2, said the technology is badly needed to catch many motorists who ignore traffic lights.

Police Chief Eric Echevarria did not offer an opinion to the council, saying his department is doing research on the matter.

“I like any technology that would help us, but I also want to make sure it’s a technology that’s going to be fair, that it’s not going to cause any issues for our community members, undo stress on our community members and on the police officers that have to monitor this,” Echevarria said.

Also to be determined is the cost and where in the city the police would set up the red light cameras.

Council vote ratifying union contract with firefighters not unanimous

Peoria firefighters will receive pay raises following city council action Tuesday night.

Members of Peoria Firefighters Local 50 will get 2% raises in each of the first two years, and 2.5% increases in each of the final two years of the four year agreement.

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At-large council member Zachary Oyler was the only no vote because firefighters are not required to live in the city.

“I firmly believe that until our employees live in our community and the City of Peoria, it has a negative effect on our neighborhoods,” Oyler said.