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East Peoria entrepreneur seeks city approval to profit from Illinois River carp

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EAST PEORIA (WEEK) - An East Peoria business is looking to make use of the plentiful Asian carp supply in the Illinois River.

The East Peoria City Council Tuesday night will consider an ordinance change and special use permit to allow Roy Source of Sorce Enterprises to freeze the fish, cut them into chunks, and package them in a building a 3201 N. Main St.

As it stands now, current city code does not allow the processing and freezing of fish for commercial purposes.

"After many years of working with various regional and state agencies, the city has the potential to host the first substantive effort to manage, and benefit from, the Asian carp population in the Illinois River," said Ty Livingston, East Peoria's planning and community development director, in a memo to the mayor and city council.

If approved, Sorce Enterprises would use a dozen local commercial fishermen who catch carp in the Illinois River. According to a city staff report, the carp would initially be used as bait for the lobster and crab industries on the east coast, and in Louisiana.

In other business, the East Peoria council will be asked to approve an agreement with Flaherty & Collins Development Inc. to build 230 luxury apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail space, and about a 300-350 space parking garage on city-owned property in the Levee District.

The agreement calls for the development firm to receive tax increment financing incentives to help pay for the estimated $45 million project.

Howard Packowitz

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