(Peoria, IL, February 8, 2021) – BizPAC of Central Illinois, a non-partisan political organization comprised of area businesses, has endorsed Aaron Chess, James Kemper, Tim Riggenbach, Andre Allen, and Denis Cyr for Peoria City Council.
The endorsed candidates were interviewed by a diverse group of Central Illinois business leaders which make up the BizPAC Board of Directors and selected for their willingness to tackle the chronic budget deficits facing the City of Peoria.
“The residents and businesses of Peoria deserve a City Council that will fight for their interests. We must improve the business climate in the City of Peoria and that begins by addressing the City’s chronic budget issues. An improved business climate in Peoria will result in more jobs and rising wages and will stop the population decline that is currently plaguing our City. We need serious candidates for office now more than ever and our endorsed candidates have exhibited a willingness to tackle our biggest challenges head-on,” said BizPAC President Sean Garrett.
The uncertainty surrounding the City’s financial future has left millions of dollars of investment on the sideline in Peoria. Annual tax and fee increases without adequately addressing growing runaway costs has made it difficult for area businesses to predict future expenses that the City will place on businesses. The City of Peoria needs to establish a long-term plan so that our small businesses can create jobs and generate new revenue for the City. Unless the City addresses its financial problems, many more businesses as well as City programs will be at risk.
Aaron Chess (District 1), James Kemper (District 2), Tim Riggenbach (District 3), Andre Allen (District 4), and Denis Cyr (District 5) will be champions for our area job-creators and taxpayers. They have all expressed an unwillingness to look at increased taxes as a way to fund additional government spending. In order for Peoria to compete for new businesses and jobs, we must stop discouraging investment by increasing taxes and fees. The BizPAC endorsed candidates will tirelessly advocate for our business community and we encourage you consider their candidacy at the polls this election.