About the Commission

Commission Formation

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, the Peoria County Board and the Peoria City Council voted to form a Joint Commission on Racial Justice and Equity at a special virtual joint meeting of both bodies. The charter was amended in 2021 and 2024. 

Racial Justice and Equity Charter (PDF)

View the meeting on the City of Peoria's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM_v8HRrLs8

View the presentation given by the City Manager and County Administrator: PowerPoint Presentation in PDF form

The goals of the Joint Commission on Racial Justice and Equity are:

  1. To establish racially inclusive leadership
  2. Promotion of focused discussions on racial equity
  3. Creation of a racial justice and equity strategic plan
  4. Formation of focused work groups that advance pro-equity policies, procedures, and systems in various areas where racial inequities exist (including, but not limited to, the justice system, housing, economic development and jobs, child and youth development, health and human services, information technology, mobility and transportation, environment and climate)
  5. Delivery of annual and periodic progress reports

The responsibilities of the Joint Commission on Racial Justice and Equity are to:

  1. Develop and distribute information about racial justice and equity in the City and County
  2. Promote educational activities that increase the understanding of racial justice and equity in the City and County
  3. Recommend coordinated strategies for reducing inequity in racial justice and equity in the City and County
  4. Develop a performance management platform for communicating progress towards achieving racial justice and equity
  5. Advise the Peoria City Council and Peoria County Board, their executives, and City and County agencies about racial justice and equity in the County, and recommend policies, programs, legislation, or regulations necessary to reduce racial and social justice inequity
  6. Subject Matter Experts: Engage select subject matter experts to obtain the best possible data and obtain the best possible evaluations of racial justice and equity impact
  7. Citizen Engagement: Engage a variety of citizen groups for the purpose of soliciting community feedback using a variety of techniques including, but not limited to, surveying, town hall meetings and public forums
  8. Submit an annual report by each year to the Peoria City Council and Peoria County Board on the activities of the Committee. This shall include a work plan for the upcoming year.

Workgroups

The Commission shall establish working groups to examine the condition of the County and City with respect to inequity and institutional and structural racism and to determine strategies for advancing racial justice and equity. The workgroups shall develop a policy agenda pertaining to their defined area to advance racial justice and equity. Workgroups shall recommend coordinated strategies for reducing inequity in racial justice and equity to the full Commission. The workgroups include:

  1. Child & Youth Development
  2. Economic Development & Jobs
  3. Environment & Climate
  4. Health & Human Services
  5. Housing
  6. Information & Technology
  7. Justice System
  8. Transportation & Mobility

Membership

The Steering Committee consists of 21 members. In addition to the 21 members, the City Council and County Board may each appoint one voting ex officio member to the Joint Commission on Racial Justice and Equity.  At least half and at most three-quarters of the members are racially diverse. All members shall reside in Peoria County. At least half and at most three-quarters of the members will reside in the City of Peoria. To represent the youth of the community, at least two members shall be between the ages of 17 and 25 at the time of their appointment.

The Joint Commission Steering Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of racially diverse members of the Steering Committee. The Nominating Committee shall nominate individuals for general membership, for membership on the Steering Committee, or to serve as Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee. 

Full membership details may be found in the commission's charter.

Support

The City's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer shall provide administrative support to the Committee and may participate in the Commission deliberations. Legal support shall be provided by the City. Clerical support shall be provided by the County. 

Questions? Email the commission at racialjustice@peoriacounty.gov