City of Peru, Illinois  61354

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Thu Mar 23, 2017 @12:00AM
Recycling Week
Fri Mar 24, 2017 @12:00AM
Recycling Week
Sat Mar 25, 2017 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Public Works Building Open House
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 Mayor Scott J. Harl

Statement of closing of JC Penny store

Friday March 17, 2017

Today’s announcement of the pending closure of JC Penny stores across the state and nation including the Peru mall store is a great disappointment to all of us at the city of Peru.  On behalf of everyone at the city of Peru, we are especially saddened for the many employees of the Peru store who may lose their employment.

While retail sales in Peru was at a record 600 million dollars last year and with Peru having one of the highest retail sales per capita in Illinois, the loss of any business and their employees is very sad.

The city of Peru, like all cities across the state and nation must be prepared to work towards a sustainable plan to maintain and grow our economic retail base.  While that plan has been a continued work in progress, we are committed to not only attract new business but also work with existing business to maintain their local presence both in the north retail section and equally in our Rt 6 downtown business corridor.  One need only look to these areas to see the many businesses that have either expanded or opened but we will not sit back and wait for business development.  We will continue our aggressive business friendly plan that has benefited not only Peru but also the entire Illinois Valley area.

With that in mind the council members, all city department heads, the entire economic development team and I have been working diligently to continue to have the city of Peru to be recognized as a business friendly community.

We have been working with many developers to bring business to the north retail section with many pending development in the works.  We also have had discussions with the ownership of the Peru Mall to lend our support towards any rebranding of the Peru Mall area to maintain existing business.

At the same time, we implemented our Rt 6 business incentive program that has been in existence these past three years and has been discussed for the past several months this new budget year is expected to have a major expansion of the program.  We have also started the process of a downtown business TIF district to support our current and future businesses in downtown corridor.

These efforts as well as others will continue on behalf of everyone in the city of Peru.


Request for Proposals

July 3, 2017 Fireworks Celebration

The City of Peru is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) to qualified vendors to provide Fireworks and Services for the City of Peru Parks and Recreation July 3, 2017 Celebration.

Sealed proposals shall be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the office of the City Clerk, City of Peru, 1901 Fourth Street, Peru, IL 61354.

Inquiries can be made by contacting City Clerk Dave Bartley at 815-223-0061 or

2017 Fireworks Specifications 

2017 Fireworks Site Map