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Aug 25, 2016

Peoria County and the City of Peoria are currently accepting applications for the Peoria City/County Citizens Leadership Academy. This free program offers citizens a unique opportunity to learn about municipal and county governments through a joint curriculum. Classes meet Wednesday evenings September 14 - November 2, with a graduation ceremony at the City Council meeting on November 8 and at the County Board meeting on November 10; a complete course schedule is attached. The course is limited to 25 residents of Peoria County. Residents can download an application at; deadline is September 2, 2016.

The Citizens Leadership Academy provides participants a hands-on learning experience through facility tours and open discussions with elected and appointed officials. Class participants will learn about city and county governments, including public works functions, public safety services, and senior care.

TheCitizensLeadershipAcademycreates a network of individuals who possess a commitment to improving their community and who demonstrate the necessary skills to emerge as leaders. Taught by elected and appointed officials, the free program inspires residents to take a more active role in guiding future policy decisions, be it through the elections process, by voicing concerns during public meetings, or by running for public office.

For more information or a print application, call Gretchen Pearsall, Peoria County's Director of Strategic Communications, at 672-6918, or Jennifer Schroer, City of Peoria's Neighborhood Services Coordinator, at 494-8250.  

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