Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River. Located on Interstate 74, we’re home to Bradley University, the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (where mass production of penicillin was developed), a major medical hub with four major hospitals serving central IL, and the headquarters of Caterpillar, OSF Ministry, Maui Jim, RLI, and others.
The City serves as the regional medical hub for central Illinois with four major hospitals, a Veterans Administration Clinic (the “V.A. Clinic”), UICOMP, and Jump Simulation Center. OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (649 bed), UnityPoint Health Methodist Hospital (350 bed), St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Children’s Research Hospital of IL (127 beds), and Kindred Hospital (50 bed) serve a wide variety of needs. In the spring of 2011, a new V.A. Clinic opened with state-of-the-art equipment and expansion of health care services for veterans. The UICOMP Cancer Research Center is a 34,000 square foot, $12 million state-of-the-art research center which opened in the fall of 2011. In 2014 OSF completed the Jump Simulation Center, a $50 million state-of-the-art medical training and research facility. Also, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central IL opened in December of 2019 with 22 mini-suites available.
Peoria is globally connected. The Illinois River is used heavily by barges to transport bulk goods. More than 3 million tons of cargo pass through local locks each year, providing access from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. The Peoria area is served by three Interstate highways: Interstate 74, which runs from northwest to southeast through the downtown area, Interstate 474, a southern bypass of I-74, and Interstate 155, which runs south from I-74 in Morton to Interstate 55 in Lincoln which connects to Springfield and St. Louis.
For more information on any of these programs please contact:
City of Peoria
Economic Development Office
419 Fulton St. Ste 207
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 494-8640