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Council member Zach Oyler’s seat empty for first city council meeting since his arrest

PEORIA (WEEK) – Tuesday, Aug. 13th, marks the first regularly scheduled Peoria City Council meeting since the arrest of councilman, Zachary Oyler.

Oyler was arrested July 30th and accused of aggravated domestic battery, unlawful restraint, and interfering with the reporting of a domestic battery. Oyler bonded out of jail the next day.

Oyler’s chair was empty Tuesday as council began their meeting. The week of the arrest, council members, the city manager, and the mayor either declined to comment on the matter or did not respond to requests for comment.

On Tuesday’s meeting agenda, the Peoria Fire Department is requesting almost $20,000 to purchase body armor for personnel in the event they would have to respond to a mass shooting or mass casualty event. Peoria Police is also asking for funding for body armor.

Council will also be assigning four Peoria Police officers to District 150 high schools, among other agenda items listed here:



Molly Jirasek

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