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Economic Development: Live and Shop Peoria County

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By shopping local, you are helping to Grow Peoria County. Your tax dollars support our local services such as our fire departments, police departments, and sheriff's office.

Live and Shop Peoria County is a collaborative economic development effort between Peoria County, City of Peoria, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Our goal is to encourage residents to shop locally.

Money spent in Peoria County supports public safety through the Peoria Police Department, Peoria Fire Department, and Peoria County Sheriff's Office. It also supports public services such as Peoria Public Works, Peoria Highways, and other local government functions. 

Scroll down to find out more about how spending locally (and small!) benefits YOUR community.

City of Peoria contact:
Leslie McKnight, PhD
419 Fulton St, Peoria
(309) 494-8651

County of Peoria contact:
Gretchen Pearsall
324 Main St Rm 502, Peoria
(309) 672-6918

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Peoria County businesses (and those who support them!) are invited to download our social media graphics below to use on business and personal pages:

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Shopping Local Supports Local Services

Mary Ardapple, former Peoria County Board member

Not only is shopping local vital to the local economy, it is also essential to delivering local government services. That's why Peoria County and the City of Peoria have partnered on "Live & Shop Peoria" and "Live & Shop Peoria County" campaigns. The retail sales tax we pay when we make a purchase at a local store has a huge impact on local government revenues. For every $100 spent on general commodities in unincorporated Peoria County, you pay $6.75 in sales tax. Of that total, $1.75 is returned back to Peoria County government. For the same $100 spent at a business in the City of Peoria, the total sales tax paid is $8.25 (with the exception of some special zones, in which an extra sales tax is applied). Of that $8.25, the City keeps $2.50, while 75 cents goes to Peoria County.

Every online purchase we make that could have been made at a local store decreases the amount of sales tax revenue both governments have available to deliver basic and critical services. Approximately $16.3 million—or 36 percent of Peoria County's general revenues—are obtained through sales taxes. Likewise, nearly 24 percent of the City of Peoria's total revenue comes from sales tax. This is significant, considering that sales tax revenues are used to help provide vital services: law enforcement, fire protection, road maintenance, snow removal, code enforcement and record keeping, among many other public services.

Another reason to shop local is the local multiplier effect. Local small businesses will more often utilize the services of other small businesses in the community; this recirculation of money is a little-known, yet extremely valuable feature of our local economy. As this money passes through more hands in the local economy, more and more people locally benefit from it. One million dollars, entering the local economy and circulating 10 times, acts like $10 million—increasing revenue and income opportunities for other local businesses.

However, money in the local economy stops circulating at the point a purchase is made outside of it. Buying online, for example, ultimately exports consumer dollars outside of Peoria. One million dollars spent in this way derives only a one-time use of such funds in the local economy, rather than several million.

Therefore, Peoria County and the City of Peoria are encouraging residents to buy local and shop where they live—keeping dollars in the local community and supporting the local services from which all of us benefit.

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"Grow Peoria County" Back to School Contest Rules




1. Contest Summary: Entry into this Giveaway begins July 22, 2017 and ends August 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Any entries received after the giveaway period will not be considered. This Giveaway consists of 13 winners drawn from all eligible entries received between these dates. To enter, fill out the form at You will be asked to enter your name, mailing address, phone number, and valid email address that is your own email address. By entering into this sweepstakes, you consent to permitting Peoria County to contact you in the event you win. No purchase necessary and purchase anywhere will not, in any way, increase chances of winning. One entry per email address. Entering more than once is prohibited and does not increase your chances of winning. Winners will be chosen after August 5, 2017 using Entry in this contest does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes. By participating in this contest, each entrant unconditionally agrees to comply with these official rules.

2. Privacy Policy: Peoria County will not to share, sell, loan, or rent entrant’s contact information (name, email address, etc.) to any third party. However, by entering into this contest you consent to allowing Peoria County to: (1) contact you via email and/or phone to alert you if you have won, and (2) post your first name, last name initial, and city in a list of winning entries on Peoria County's website and/or Facebook page and/or Twitter page and/or Live and Shop Peoria County's Facebook page.

3. Winning Entries: Entries will be accepted July 22, 2017 through August 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Any entries received after this period will not be considered. To enter, a person must fill out the form at Winners will be selected after August 5, 2017. Peoria County will announce the winners on its website and/or Facebook page and/or Twitter page and/or Live and Shop Peoria County's Facebook page and will contact the winners via email or phone. There may be up to thirteen (13) winners.

4. Prizes: Prizes consist of merchandise and gift cards to local businesses. A total of 13 prizes will be distributed. These include merchandise from Moon Dancer, merchandise from Restoration, $30 gift card to Pink Sugar, $30 gift certificate to Anytime Fitness North Peoria, two $10 gift certificates and 4 free passes to the Peoria Riverfront Museum, $25 gift card to Walter-Brothers Harley Davidson, 1-hour service certificate to Nerds on Call, $30 gift card to Relics, 2 Sign and Sing Storytime Passes to Communication Junction, $25 gift card to Running Central, $20 gift card to Thirty-Thirty Coffee, and $25 gift certificate to Five Senses Salon, Spa and Barbershop. Total value of prizes is approximately $450. Peoria County reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Prizes will be mailed to winners using the contact information they submitted.

6. Conditions of Participation: Each prize winner is responsible for any and all federal, state and local taxes, along with any other fees or expenses, associated with any prize he or she wins. Accepting a prize constitutes winner’s consents to the use of their name, city and state for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation or notice, to the extent such use is permitted by law.

7. Eligibility: To be eligible to win, entrant must fill out the form at between July 22, 2017 and August 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm. An entrant is not eligible to win if he or she is under 18 years of age as of July 22, 2017 or not a legal resident of and currently residing in one of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Peoria County is not responsible for problems encountered with computer systems, equipment, failure of email, or problems with the Internet or entrant’s Internet connection.

Peoria County assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, problems or technical malfunctions of any computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received on account of human error, technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or tampering with or hacking of website, any combination thereof, or otherwise, including any injury or damage to any entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in this contest.

8. Disputes/Governing Law/Jurisdiction: Any dispute arising out of this contest shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, without reference to its choice of law rules. By participating in this contest, all participants submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Illinois for resolution of any disputes arising hereunder.

9. Winner Information: Winners will be notified by email to the email address provided. Names of winners can also be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Peoria County Administration, 324 Main St, Rm 502, Peoria, IL 61602. Any such request must identify the title and date of the contest about which you are inquiring and must be received on or before January 22, 2018.

10. Sponsors: Sponsors of this contest are Anytime Fitness North Peoria, Communication Junction, Five Senses Spa, Salon & Barbershop, Moon Dancer, Nerds on Call, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Pink Sugar Boutique, Relics, Restoration, Running Central, Thirty-Thirty Coffee, and Walter Brothers Harley-Davidson.

11. Release: By entering and participating, entrant agrees to hold harmless, defend, and indemnify (i) Peoria County and their respective agencies, departments, employees, elected officials, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers and advertising and promotion agencies of each; and (ii) the County of Peoria as the sponsor identified above from and against any and all claims, demands, liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described), losses, costs or expenses, and attorney’s fees with respect to or arising out of or related to: (i) entrant’s participation in the contest, or (ii) entrant’s participation in any Prize-related activities (including, without limitation, any property loss, damage, personal injury or death caused to any person(s).

Local Business Partners
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Anytime Fitness North Peoria

Amigos’ Auto Repair

Avanti’s Ristorantes

Bremer Jewelry

Bullpen Bar and Grill

Central Illinois Bank

Cobblestone Corner Antiques

Commerce Bank

Communication Junction

Crawford’s Home Furnishings

Every Little Thing & More

Five Senses Spa, Salon, Barbershop

Flores Fashions

Global Village

Gold’s Gym

Hamptons Kitchens and Appliances

Illinois Valley Glass

Infuse Skin and Body

Jane’s Sweet Addictions

Jayla’s Bowtique

JB Hawks-Discount Tobacco and Vape

Kelly Seed & Hardware Co.

Landmark Cinemas

Landmark Lanes

Landmark Racquet and Health Club

Lippmann’s Furniture and Interiors

Lit. on Fire Used Books

Los Cabos Cantina & Grill

Massage Envy

Metro Centre Shopping Center

Minority Business Development Center

Mobile Maxx Storage & Moving

Moon Dancer Boutique

Mosers Shoes

Nacho Mama’s Grilled Cheese

Nerds On Call

One World Cafe & Catering

Peoria Camera Shop

Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

Peoria Riverfront Museum

Pink Sugar Boutique

Potter & Anderson Jewelers

Pottstown Meat & Deli

Quantum Health

Raber Packing Co.


Restoration @ Studio on Sheridan

Running Central

South Side Mission Mart


The Digital Store

The Kern Group, Inc.

The Lindenhof - Kristkindlmarkt

thirty-thirty Coffee Co.

Tim’s Ace Interiors Roecker’s

TJ Vape & Wireless

Tyroni’s Italian Cafe

Urban Artifacts

Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson

Wendy’s Eyeglass Shack

Whiskey City Architectural Salvage

Wildlife Prairie Park


... and more!