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Peoria’s new mayor officially takes office

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PEORIA (HOI) - Peoria Mayor Rita Ali was sworn into office Tuesday night to become the city's first woman and person of color to lead the city.

Ali replaces Jim Ardis, who chose not to seek reelection after serving 16 years as mayor.

Ali takes office even as her opponent, former Council member Jim Montelongo, has asked for a discovery recovery from the mayor's race. The final vote tally had Ali winning the mayor's seat by 43 votes.

"Electing me to this role helps to address that inequality, status and equality," Ali continued, "In a leadership role, it begins to break down those perceptions."

Also sworn-in on Tuesday were five council members who were victorious in the April 6 election; Denise Jackson in District 1, Charles Grayeb in District 2, Timothy Riggenbach in District 3, Andre Allen in District 4, and Denis Cyr in District 5.

All were sworn-in by City Clerk Stefanie Tarr, who also took office Tuesday night.

Howard Packowitz

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