Virtual Press Conference discussing the proposed HOI Reopening Plan

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Virtual Press Conference - Proposal and Slides

City of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew A. Rand, and Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson will give an overview of their proposed Heart of Illinois Sub-Region Reopening Plan at a virtual press conference on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Regional Mayors and County Board Chairpersons will also be in attendance.

The meeting will be livestreamed on Peoria County’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/peoriacountygov. It will also be available to watch on Public Access Channel 22, Peoria County’s homepage (www.peoriacounty.org), and City of Peoria YouTube page @cityofpeoriatv (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFSvbSbrYFWbq_YbYEJRR2w).

The plan identifies a phased-reopening plan for a sub-region of the larger North-Central Health Region. This sub-region, identified as the Heart of Illinois, is comprised of the following counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, Stark, McLean, Livingston, Bureau, Putnam, and LaSalle. The phases utilize metrics set forth by the Peoria City/County Health Department.

"This plan is thoughtful, thorough, and easily adaptable by other sub-regions of the state,” says City of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. “It was guided by science, and we’re proud to have the endorsement of our local hospital leadership. This plan will assist in the implementation of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan. Our medical metrics are very stable and have been for weeks. We are ready to carefully begin getting our region up and running. Area Mayors and Country Board members support this plan. We hope the Governor will, too."

County Board Chairman Andrew Rand remarked, “Central Illinois residents heeded the urgency of the Executive Order and related advisories to stem the spread of this lethal virus. We have also learned much together while enduring unprecedented disruptions to our daily lives.” When asked to comment about re-opening businesses, Rand commented, “To further validate the on-going sacrifices being made by our region we must begin to move our economy forward using evidenced-based practices in this Heart of Illinois plan as soon as possible.”

Presentation Slides Available Here

Proposed HOI Plan

Restore HOI Post Press Conference Release

City of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew A. Rand, and Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson presented an overview of their proposed Restore Heart of Illinois Reopening Plan (Restore HOI) at a virtual press conference on Wednesday, May 13.

Multiple regional leaders also attended and gave their support to the plan. These include:

  • James Dillon, Mayor, City of West Peoria
  • Scott Harl, Mayor, City of Peru
  • Mike Hinrichsen, President, Village of Germantown Hills
  • John Kahl, Mayor, City of East Peoria
  • Gary Manier, Mayor, City of Washington
  • Kent McDowell, Mayor, City of Canton
  • Mark Luft, Mayor, City of Pekin
  • Mike Phelan, Mayor, Village of Peoria Heights
  • Tari Renner, Mayor City of Bloomington
  • Leon Ricca, Mayor, Village of Bartonville 

This plan, submitted to the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) last week, is still under review. Our region, along with the rest of the state, is still operating under Phase 2 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan.

The Restore HOI plan identifies a phased-reopening for a sub-region of the larger North-Central Health Region. This sub-region, identified as the Heart of Illinois, is comprised of the following counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, Stark, McLean, Livingston, Bureau, Putnam, and LaSalle.

Business owners are encouraged to review both the Restore HOI plan and the statewide Restore Illinois plan in order to plan for their eventual reopening. These plans include creating protocols and procedures that keep staff and customers safe with respect to public health, as well as taking into consideration if they are licensed by a State of Illinois agency.

Residents and business owners can view the proposed Restore HOI plan and slideshow presentation from today’s press conference at www.peoriagov.org, www.peoriacounty.org, and www.pcchd.org/covid19.

The Restore Illinois plan is available to view at https://bit.ly/2WOqQP4.


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