August 24, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Peoria Mayor, City Manager on COVID-19 Recovery


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today held a virtual meeting with Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the city. Duckworth, Ardis and Urich also discussed what Peoria is looking for in a future federal relief package and how her office can help Peoria with recovering from both the economic and health impacts of the pandemic.

“Our local governments have been hit especially hard during this pandemic,” Duckworth said. “Communities are battling this virus on two fronts—leaders are trying to protect their citizens during this public health crisis and keep essential services running despite decreased revenue. It’s not easy. I’m glad I was able to connect with Mayor Ardis and City Manager Urich today, and I’ll keep working hard to make sure they have the assistance they need and deserve.”

Duckworth has been a strong supporter of providing more funding to state and local governments to help with budget shortfalls as a result of COVID-19. Earlier this year, Duckworth called for funding to local governments serving small communities in a future relief package, and called for flexibility and clarity in the distribution of relief funds to state, county and local governments.