A recent study by Trove Technologies shows Peoria to be among the top cities in the state of Illinois for discretionary income.

Discretionary income is defined as money left over after paying food, shelter, clothing and taxes. In other words, Peoria is a great place for existing businesses to stay and new businesses to come because the people of Peoria have more money in their pockets to spend at local businesses.

This should mean more jobs for Peoria. A job is the best anti-poverty program, anti-crime program and anti-tax program there is.

Peoria's discretionary income of $6,386 is greater than Bloomington, Carbondale, Champaign/Urbana, Chicago, Chicago Metro, Danville, Decatur, Kankakee, Rockford and Springfield. Start spreading the news.

Timothy J. Newlin

Former Peoria City Councilman