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BizPAC Endorsed Candidates All Successful in Recent City Council Election

(Peoria, IL, April 13, 2023) – Every candidate running in the April 4th election that received a BizPAC of Central Illinois endorsement won a seat on the new Peoria City Council. This marks the second straight At-Large election where BizPAC endorsed candidates went undefeated. The endorsement and subsequent election of John Kelly, Kiran Velpula, and Zach Oyler ensures the businesses of Peoria will have representation on the Council..

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BizPAC Announces Peoria City Council At Large Endorsements

(Peoria, IL, March 2, 2023) – BizPAC of Central Illinois, a non-partisan political organization comprised of area businesses, has announced its slate of endorsements for the April 2023 Peoria City Council elections.

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BizPAC Endorses 3 Candidates for Peoria City Council

(Peoria, IL, February 28, 2023) – BizPAC of Central Illinois announced the endorsement of three candidates for Peoria City Council.

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BizPAC conducts a candidate survey in addition to personal 1 on 1 interviews in order to select those who most strongly support the local business community.



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Score Card

Percentage of votes correlating with BizPAC recommendations.

  BizPAC Score
Zach Oyler(Council At-Large) 100%
Denis Cyr(5th District) 100%
Sid Ruckriegel(Council At-Large) 90%
John Kelly(Council At-Large) 83%
Timothy Riggenbach(3rd District) 69%
Elizabeth Jensen(Council At-Large) 52%
Check Grayeb(2nd District) 28%
Kiran Velpula(At-Large) 0%
Andre Allen(4th District) 0%
Denise Jackson(1st District) 0%
Rita Ali(Mayor) 0%