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BikeConnect HOI Public Participation is Underway!

Oct 30, 2015

We have begun the public participation process for BikeConnect HOI, the regional bicycle plan for the Heart of Illinois region.

If you were at our kick-off open house at the Gateway Building, thank you for stopping by. It was a fantastic event with almost 100 people stopping by to provide input, learn about the planning process, and to talk about biking in our region. If you couldn't make it, though, never fear. There are still plenty of ways to have your voice heard.

Two very easy ways to join the conversation are to follow us on Facebook and to join our MindMixer site. We are posting regular updates on our Facebook page (facebook.com/tcrpc.page) regarding the bike plan, asking questions, and providing updates on the planning process. One of our planners, David Smesrud, has vowed to bike to work every day until December and you can track his progress on the Facebook page as well.

We are also starting conversations on our MindMixer site (bikeconnecthoi.mindmixer.com). Creating an account is easy (you can link it to your Facebook page, if you'd like) and you can immediate begin answering questions and discussing your priorities for biking in the region. We add another question each week, so be sure to check in regularly and join the conversation.

If you have any additional questions, you can feel free to contact Nick Hayward at nhayward@tricountyrpc.org

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We're on Facebook!

Jul 16, 2015

And we have been for a while! Like our Facebook page and receive updates about what we're working on and what happening around the region right on your News Feed!

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Peoria County GIS to Host Public Workshop

May 28, 2015

Searching for property information? Peoria County GIS maps are now available online.

Peoria County's Information Technology (IT) Services department will host a free public workshop on the Peoria County Front Desk map application on Tuesday, June 2 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Peoria County Courthouse. The workshop is intended for anyone interested in finding property characteristics, tax assessments, and residential sales in Peoria County.

While the workshop is free, registration is required due to limited seating. For more information or to register for the GIS training, please contact Josh Thompson, GIS Manager, at (309) 495-4840.

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East Peoria Quality of Life Survey

May 8, 2015

What are your thoughts about life in East Peoria?  

East Peoria local units of government, schools, and the Chamber of Commerce are conducting a survey of residents and visitors to determine the perceptions people have of the general Quality of Life in East Peoria.  The survey should take no longer than 5 to 10 minutes, and will provide East Peoria leaders with ideas on how to improve the community.

The survey is open to both residents and non-residents, and will be available through May 31.  

East Peoria Quality of Life Survey

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You're Invited: Illinois Infrastructure Listening Tour

May 1, 2015

The Illinois Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Illinois Capital Development Board, is hosting a stop on the Illinois Infrastructure Listening Tour in Peoria on Monday, May 4th from 1 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m.  The session will be held at the Gateway Building, Room 201, at 201 E. Water St. in Peoria. 

The discussion will emphasize quality of life and economic growth, and will ultimately lead to a package of recommendations for the future investment in our transportation system, to be presented to Governor Rauner and the General Assembly for consideration this spring.

If you can't make it to the listening session but would still like to provide input, feel free to take the online survey, linked below.

Illinois Infrastructure Listening Tour Survey

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Now Hiring: Part-Time Staff Accountant

Apr 29, 2015

TCRPC is now hiring for a part-time Staff Accountant.  The details of the position are below.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Part-Time Staff Accountant provides financial support to the Commission. The position supports the Commission's goals and objectives.  The position maintains a highly professional image requiring discretion, judgment, and initiative. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Compile and analyzes financial information to prepare entries to general ledger accounts.
  • Prepare standard journal entries, adjusting entries and reversing journal entries.
  • Analyze daily banking transactions and reconciles bank transaction to the books.
  • Reconcile sub-ledger accounts and accounts receivable and payables.
  • Payroll input, processing, and reconciliation. Prepare and execute payroll tax deposits. Prepare and file quarterly and annual payroll tax returns.
  • Prepare monthly operating reports including balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statements on QuickBooks and make spread sheets for ad hoc analysis.
  • Monitor compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and company internal accounting controls, procedures and policies.
  • Provide support as needed to external auditors for annual financial statement audit.
  • Provide support to period calculation of an indirect cost rate in accordance with federal and/or state requirements.
  • Prepare and present written and oral reports to the Commission.

Minimum Qualifications:
Associate’s degree in accounting (bachelor’s degree preferred), five years of full charge general ledger financial accounting experience, and proficiency in QuickBooks.

  • Strong organizational ability of records and files is necessary to complete timely, accurate and complete financial analysis. 
  • Publicly communicate in written and oral ways with clear and concise understanding of accounting and financial related topics and issues.
  • Several years experience delivering financial accounting information to management and satisfactory establishment of this experience and skill set.
  • Honesty and integrity in professional and personal conduct, with an understanding of an ethical framework and how it applies in the workplace. 
  • Knowledge of governmental/public agency accounting, including familiarity with federal grant accounting requirements.

Hours and Wages:
Up to 20 hours per week during normal business hours. $26 to $34/hour DOQ.

Send cover letter and resume by Wednesday, May 6, 2015 to Debbie Ulrich at dulrich@tricountyrpc.org.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Now Available for Review: 2016-2019 Draft Transportation Improvement Program

Apr 20, 2015

The 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) draft is now available for review.  The TIP is prepared annually, and represents the programming of transportation improvements for the Peoria-Pekin Metropolitan Planning Area.  

The 2016-2019 TIP totals $373,005,636 in overall improvements; with $336,600,000 in roadway improvements, $2,904,035 in non-motorized improvements, and $33,500,000 in transit improvements and operating assistance.  All projects are funded with federal, state, and local funds. 

You may download and review the TIP by following the link below.  All comments on the FY 2016-2019 Draft TIP can be submitted to David Smesrud at dsmesrud@tricountyrpc.org.  The public comment period ends on May 19, 2015.

FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (DRAFT)

Click here to view all construction projects listed in the TIP on our interactive map

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Call for Accessible Transportation Projects

Apr 15, 2015

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) is opening a call for projects for the Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities federal grant program.

The Section 5310 grant program aims to assist communities and agencies in meeting the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities and older adults when the existing transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs.

Completed applications are due to Jill Goforth at jgoforth@tricountyrpc.org by Friday, May 15, 2015 at close of business.  Applications will then be scored by TCRPC staff and will be voted on by the HSTP Urban Subcommittee at the June 3, 2015 HSTP meeting. Final selection is contingent upon approval from the FTA.  Funding for selected projects will be available in Fall 2015.

For more information about the program and for a list of eligible activities, please refer to the Project Application, linked below.

Section 5310 Grant Application

If you have questions about this grant program or the application process, please contact Jill Goforth at jgoforth@tricountyrpc.org.

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Stand Up For Transportation Day Press Conference and Rally, April 9

Apr 8, 2015

Thursday, April 9 is "Stand Up For Transportation Day," where localities across the U.S. will collectively call attention to the state of the transportation infrastructure in our country.

CityLink will be hosting a rally and press conference tomorrow, April 9 at 10 a.m. at the Peoria Civic Center's Great Hall. Come join us as we make the case for long-term investment in our aging infrastructure!

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TCRPC to Begin Work on a Regional Non-Motorized Transportation Plan

Apr 7, 2015

TCRPC staff is in the beginning stages of developing the region's first non-motorized transportation plan.  

The plan will include an overview and description of existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities and will recommend a non-motorized transportation network.  Additionally, the plan will propose a variety of policy and program recommendations to complement infrastructure improvements, including best practices in trail design, maintenance of facilities, and safety education.  Finally, the plan will include recommendations that will help guide local agencies and other relevant stakeholders in implementation.  

TCRPC will keep you updated on the plan's progress, including the various ways in which you can get involved.  

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Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

456 Fulton Street
Suite 401
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309.673.9330
Fax: 309.673.9802