ContextThe District 5 Council Member represents Far North Peoria and parts of North and Northwest Peoria. (View this map for exact district boundaries). The incumbent Council Member, Casey Johnson is not running for re-election. Instead, the seat was contested by two candidates: Rita Ali and Denis Cyr.

Roles and Responsibilities of District Council MembersAll City Council Members meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00PM. City Council seats are part-time positions and are compensated with a salary between $14,000-16,500, based on tenure (Source: City of Peoria 2015 Payroll)

Candidates (2)


Denis Cyr (Winner)
 
Age 55
Current Employment Owner at Cyr/Woertz Financial Group
Education
Residence Townsend Subdivision
Endorsements
Why do you want to be a Council Member? No response received from the candidate.
What are your top priorities, if elected? Cyr’s platform includes: fiscally responsible government, no new taxes, reduced property taxes, safe neighborhoods, good schools, new development to widen the tax base and infrastructure improvement. (Source: WMBD)
How will you use your power as a Council Member to advance these priorities? No response received from the candidate.
What sets you apart from other candidates in the race? No response received from the candidate.
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Campaign Contributions: 
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Related Media:
Ex-Rivermen Denis Cyr running for City Council (Peoria Journal Star, 11/22/16)



Rita Ali
 
  
Age 58
Current Employment Vice President of Diversity, International, & Adult Education, Illinois Central College
Education Ph.D., Capella University (Organizational Management)
M.B.A, Walden University
M.A., Bradley University (Education Administration)
B.A., University of Illinois (Human Services Management)
Residence District 5, Charter Oak, Oak Crest Subdivision
Endorsements
Why do you want to be a Council Member? I am ready to exercise my leadership on the inside of city government to make needed progress.
What are your top priorities, if elected? My platform would focus on economic and job development, property taxes, neighborhood safety and education. 
How will you use your power as a Council Member to advance these priorities? I will engage the community, build capacity, and act swiftly.
What sets you apart from other candidates in the race? I am an accomplished leader and a lifelong collaborator.
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Campaign Contributions: 
Citizens for Rita Ali

Related Media:
Endorsement: Peoria City Council, 5th District (Peoria Journal Star, 3/29/16)
Rita Ali to run for Peoria City Council (Peoria Journal Star, 10/10/16)
Community Advocate Announces City Council Run (WMBD, 10/10/16)
Civic Organizer Runs for 5th District Peoria City Council Seat (Peoria Public Radio, 10/10/16)