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Peoria, Illinois, UCAS (as of 2070)
Population: 663,265
Humans: 78%
Elves: 6%
Dwarves: 6%
Orks: 8%
Trolls: 2%
Other: 1%
Size: 2,196/km 2
Population Density: 302/km2
Per Capita Income: 6,473¥
Below Poverty Level: 42%
On Fortune's Active Traders List: 1%
Corporate-Affiliated: 54%
Felonious Crime Rate: 18 per 1,000 per annum
Education:
Less Than 12 Years: {{{ed_less12}}}
High School Equivalency: 38%
College Degrees: 2%
Advanced Degrees: 23%
Hospitals: 8
Local Telecomm Grid Access No: Regional Telecomm Grid Access: NA/UCAS-WE/IL-CE/PEO-1309, 2309, 3309, 4309, 5309, 6309

Peoria is a city of just over a half million people in, and is the county seat of, Peoria County, Illinois, of the UCAS, and the largest city on the Illinois River. Established in 1691 by the French explorer Henri de Tonti, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois, and is named after the Peoria tribe. As of the 2040 census, the city was the seventh-most populated in Illinois (and the third largest outside of the Chicago Megaplex), with a population of 641,250. The Peoria Metropolitan Area had a population of 1,553,460. Peoria had a population of 663,200 in 2040, when far northern Peoria was also included. Peoria is currently the global and national headquarters for Caterpillar-Daiatsu Corporation, one of the 30 A-rated corporations composing the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and listed on the Fortune 100.

Peoria has a total area of 2,196 km2.

Peoria is bounded on the east by the Illinois River except for the labor enclave of East Peoria, which was incorporated into the City of Peoria about 20 years back, and which itself borders the east bank of the river. Four bridges span the river, linking South Peoria, the old Downtown District, and the North Valley District with the District of East Peoria. On the south end of Peoria's western border are the Districts of Bartonville and West Peoria. The northern and western edges of the city abut the town of Dunlap.

CLIMATE[]

Peoria has a humid continental climate, with cold, snowy winters, and hot, humid summers. Monthly daily mean temperatures range from −10.3 °C to 34.0 °C. Snowfall is common in the winter, averaging 77 centimeters, but this figure varies considerably from year to year. It is not uncommon for snowdrifts to reach up to 3 meters one year, and the next year the city will see only a trace of snow. Precipitation, averaging 914 millimeters of rain, peaks in the spring and summer, and is the lowest in winter. Extremes have ranged from −43 °C in January to 50°C in July.

CITYSCAPE[]

After a prison breakout resulting in 50+ deaths and billions of nuyen in property damage in 2029, Peoria's downtown area moved south and west, and into North Valley, and now includes corporate, governmental, convention, educational, and medical facilities. There were attempts to revitalize the old downtown area as a big historic district, but it was too dangerous for anyone to go there. So, now, the old downtown was left in ruins, the only viable businesses there being the maximum-security prison complex, some homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, bail bondsman’s shops, parole corporations, and abandoned buildings that were once the jewels of Peoria. Other fixtures have long been relocated to the greener pastures of South Peoria, East Bluff, and North Valley.

South Peoria is home to the Peoria Civic Center, Theatres, and Dozer Park, as well as an arts, dining, and entertainment area near the riverfront. The new downtown area now also includes high-rise residential developments such as condominiums, apartments, and riverfront lofts. Some of these were office buildings and warehouses converted to residential use.

The city of Peoria is home to a UCAS courthouse, the Peoria Civic Center (which includes Carver Arena), and the world headquarters for Caterpillar-Daiatsu Corporation, which was based in Peoria for over 110 years until their moved to Deerfield, IL in late 2018. Since then, health care has become a major part of Peoria's economy. In addition to three major hospitals and five smaller corporate clinics, the UCASDA's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research is located in Peoria. This is the lab where mass production of penicillin was developed.

Grandview Drive, which Theodore Roosevelt purportedly called the "world's most beautiful drive" during a 1910 visit, runs through Peoria and Peoria Heights. In addition to Grandview Drive, the Peoria Park District boasts 862 km2 of parks and trails. In particular, the Illinois River Bluff Trail connects four Peoria Park District parks: Camp Wokanda, Robinson Park, Green Valley Camp, and Detweiller Park, and the Rock Island Greenway (21 kilometers) connects to the State of Illinois Rock Island trail traveling north to Toulon, IL and also connects southeast to East Peoria, IL and to the Morton Community Bikeway. Other parks (all relocated to the vast new downtown area of South Peoria, include the Forest Park Nature Center, which features 11 kilometers of hiking trails through prairie openings and forested woodlands, Glen Oak Park, and Bradley Park, which features Frisbee golf as well as a dog park. Peoria has five public golf courses as well as several corporate and semi-private golf courses.

Museums in Peoria include the Pettengill Museum, the Flanagan House of the Peoria Historical Society, and the Wheels o' Time Museum. A new Museum Square, opened in 2012, houses the Peoria Riverfront Museum, a planetarium, and the Caterpillar-Daiatsu World Visitors Center.

The Peoria Art and Magic Guild hosts the Annual Art Fair, which is continually rated as one of the 100 top art and arcane art fairs in the UCAS.

Three cultural institutions are located in Glen Oak Park, found in the new downtown district. The Peoria Zoo, formerly Glen Oak Zoo, was expanded and refurbished in recent years. The new zoo improvements more than triple the size of the zoo and feature a major African safari exhibit and a captivating Awakened Animals exhibit. One of these exhibits, Leshy Gardens, encompasses five acres and offers over a dozen theme gardens and a Conservatory, and intended to display the leshy in their natural environment. The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum is found in the Glen Oak Pavilion.

The Steamboat Classic, held every summer, is the world's largest 6 km running race and draws international runners.

The Peoria Santa Claus Parade is the oldest running holiday parade in the United Canadian and American States.

Peoria's foreign culture mostly comes from Würtemburg of South Germany; Manchuria; Munster Province of Tír na nÓg; and from Lebanon before that nation was by taken over by the New Islamic Jihad.

ECONOMY[]

Peoria’s Economy is heavily based on Caterpillar-Daiatsu and Komatsu Corporation. However, a good portion of it has diversified into healthcare, retail and agribusiness: (Wellington Bros., MegaToys, Hello Puppy, Shiawase Sim Station, Genetique, PensoDyne Biotechnical, Universal Omnitech, Gaeatronics, Wal-Mart, Khouang Combine, Kokura Biotech, Pioneer Railcorp, Archer Daniels Midland (Grain Processing)—Festival Foods—Renraku Computer Systems).

Surrounding Peoria and its satellite communities and suburbs is farmland owned by New Life Harvest, Inc., Festival Foods, Shiawase Biofoods, etc.

All corporations in these fields have corporate offices in the city as well as extensive security protecting their properties.

DEMOGRAPHICS[]

As of the census of 2050, there were 641,250 people residing in the city. The population density is 302 people per square kilometer. The cultural makeup of the city is 62% White, 27% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 5% Asian, and 4% of mixed races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5% of the population. The city has a sizable, established Lebanese population with a long history in local business and government.

Over two-thirds of the population here are human, with the largest metahuman minority being orks and trolls, combined, making up 10% of the population. They are mostly concentrated in North, Northwest, and East Peoria.

GETTING THERE[]

The Peoria area is served by three International highways: Highway 74, which runs from northwest to southeast through the old downtown area, Highway 474, a southern bypass of I-74 through portions of Peoria and the Blue Collar District of Bartonville and the suburb of Creve Coeur, and Highway 155, which runs south from Highway 74 in Morton to Highway 55 in Lincoln which connects to Springfield and St. Louis. I-74 crosses over the Illinois River via the new Murray Baker Bridge, while Highway 474 crosses via the new Shade-Lohmann Bridge. The nearest metropolitan centers accessible on Highway 74 are the Quad Cities to the west, and Bloomington-Normal to the east.

In addition, U.C.A.S. Route 150 serves as the main arterial for the northern portion of the Peoria area, becoming War Memorial Drive before heading west towards Kickapoo. It enters from the McClugage Bridge; east of the bridge, U.C.A.S. 150 runs southeast to Morton.

Rail[]

There is no passenger rail connecting Peoria to other urban centers, although this possibility and the possibility of rail service that connects the St. Louis to Chicago Sprawls (by way of Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, and Pontiac) has been and is being investigated.

Air[]

The Peoria International Airport serves Peoria and surrounding communities. The airport is served by 4 passenger airlines and numerous cargo carriers. Nonstop destinations include Chicago, Atlanta (CAS), Dallas (CAS), Las Vegas (Ute Nation), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit, Houston (CAS), Phoenix (Pueblo Corporate Council), and Charlotte (CAS). Cargo carriers serving Peoria include UPS and DHL. Peoria International is HTSC-capable only and cannot accommodate Semi-ballistic or Sub-Orbital craft. Travelers would need to connect to flights in Chicago, St. Louis, or Indianapolis for those flights.

Mount Hawley UCAS Air Force Station, on the north end of the city is for use by military assets, corporate, State, and national, only.

Pekin Corporate Airport, in Pekin (Tazewell County), across the river, serves the needs of the upper managers of the area’s corporations. It is built to accommodate VTOL and tilt-rotor craft.

GETTING AROUND[]

Public Transportation[]

Public bus service is provided by the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, which operates 100 bus routes under the name CityLink, that serve the city, Illinois Central College and much of East Peoria, Illinois, and points between Peoria and Pekin.

An elevated monorail line connects Bradley University with the corporate centers and entertainment areas, as well as those in North Valley and East Bluff, circumventing the old, ruined downtown area.

LAW ENFORCEMENT[]

Lone Star holds the law enforcement contract for Peoria.

Alta: A. Middle Class Suburban and Business Area. Walmart Supercenter. High-end electronics and media stores. Shipping Center for area soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Bartonville: D. Very Poor Business and Residential Area. Power plants. Water works. Utility services. Warehouses, supply depots, shipping centers. Peoria International Airport/Federated Boeing Field (Security Rating: A). Large blue-collar dwarven population.
Central Peoria: A-B. Business and Residential Lower-Middle Class. Peoria Stadium. Northwoods-Glenn Hollow/Dominion Square-Grand Prairie Shopping Megaplex (Security Rating: AA). Illinois Central College – Peoria Campus (Security Rating: AA). Military Recruiting Office. Knoxville Ave bar/nightclub strip. Single family homes. Lakeview Public School. High-end grocery stores. Fast-food and middle-class international restaurants.
Creve Coeur: C. Poor Business and Residential Areas. Widespread Human Supremacist sentiments. Blue-Collar.
Downtown: E. Business and Residential Slums. Abandoned Zones. Greater Peoria Sanitation Works. Caterpillar-Daiatsu Factory District. Peoria State Maximum Security Prison. Blue-Collar. Soup Kitchens. Homeless Shelters. Bail Bondsman Offices. Small problem with ghouls and devil rats.
East Bluff: AA. Upper-Middle Class Residential and Business Area. Peoria Zoo. Saint Francis/Methodist Medical Complex. Brandywine Private School.
East Peoria: C. Poor Business and Residential Areas. Very Bad Industrial District. Riverboat Casino District. Strip clubs. Widespread Human Supremacist sentiments. Local Humanis Policlub said to be centered here. Blue-Collar. Soup Kitchens. Small problem with ghouls and devil rats. Homeless Shelters. East Washington High School (Security Rating: B. Notorious for gang violence and the recruiting of anti-Metahuman Shadowrunners, but crackdowns are effective. Metahuman students and faculty are advised to take appropriate precaution and are required to sign a waiver).
Marquette Heights: A. Middle Class Suburban and Business Area. Peoria County Fair Grounds.
North Peoria: E. Residential Slum. Siemens-Nixdorf Factories. Abandoned Zones. Old Airstrip used by the Night Pistons, a gang of riggers. Black market street dealers. Streetdoc black clinics. Overcrowded mobile home plots and Squatter shacks. Soup Kitchens. Homeless Shelters. Huge problem with ghouls and devil rats.
North Valley: AA. Upper-Middle Class Residential and Business Area. Upper-Middle Class Downtown. Northern Area: Upper-Middle Class Suburban Area. Komatsu America Corporate Headquarters. Komatsu–brand high-end boutiques, restaurants, clothiers, and toy stores. Grandview Private School. Springdale Park. CBC, NBS, NABS, PBN, NN, OTQ, and ABS local trid/sim studios. Health Clubs. Matrix provider nodes. Commuter helipads. Simsense theaters.
Northwest Peoria: E. Business and Residential Slum. Phillips Corp Factories. Abandoned Zones. Black market street dealers. Streetdoc black clinics. Huge problem with ghouls and devil rats. Overcrowded mobile home plots and Squatter shacks. Large ork/troll population.
Norwood: AA. Upper-Middle Class Suburban and Business Area. Wealthy Gated Communities. Kickapoo Nature Preserve. High-end talisman’s and natural food shops. Luxury grocers.
Peoria Heights: B. Business and Residential Lower-Middle Class. Bad Industrial Area: Forest Park Industrial District. Social services offices (DMV, welfare…). Glenn Elm Public School. Peoria Farmer’s Market. Large Awakened Population. Ambrosius Publications.
South Peoria: AA. Upper-Middle Class Downtown and Business District. Upper Middle-Class Residential District South and West. Peoria Civic Center. Peoria Convention Center. Luxury boat docks. Simsense theaters. Luxury riverfront high-rise complexes and gated communities. High-end boutiques, restaurants, clothiers, and toy stores. Monarch Private School. Law Offices. Health Clubs. Matrix provider nodes. Commuter helipads.

Bradley University: Security Rating A. The acreage of the campus has shrunk to just over 50 acres, but the population of the University Community has grown six-fold. That means Bradley has become a vertical urban campus rather than the sprawling suburban one it has been before the Awakening.

Currently, 63 buildings, ranging in height from 55 to 92 stories, occupy the 51 acres of land in Downtown Peoria. They are terraced so that the Renaissance Coliseum, and the whole of the Athletics Department is actually found on floors 4 through 35 of the 86-floor Armstrong Building. The “terraces” are wide enough each to hold two football fields, five tennis courts, landscaped parks, the Michael Student Center (which includes the CampusTown Shopping Complex [floors 54 to 65], and all housing spaces for University Fraternities and Sororities), parking levels, and the historic architecture of Bradley Hall has been remarkably preserved and incorporated into the Armstrong Building. Meinen Field encompasses the entirety of the 9th floor.

The SkyPrairie Concert Hall is on the 80th to 86th floor of the Armstrong Building.

The Armstrong Building also has several lecture halls, science labs, forensics labs, dorms, and skywalks of steel and armored glass connecting to other Academic towers, the Student Rec Center and Wellness/Health Center (59 floors), Cullom-Davis Library (55 floors), Olin Hall (89 floors), the Administrative Building (80 floors [the Bookstore is on the 39th through 45th floors]), the University Police Building (56 floors), the Foster College of Business (88 floors), the the Criminal Justice Building (55 floors, and the College of Thaumaturgy (55 floors). For safety and the security of the University, all faculty are required to secure on-campus residences comparable to luxury apartments commonly found along downtown’s River Front area.

Students: 30,915
Employees: 6,259
Area: 51 acres

College of Education and Health Sciences: Shiawase
Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology: Caterpillar-Daiatsu
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Mitsuhama Computer Technologies
Foster College of Business: Saeder-Krupp
Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts: Renraku
Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Ares Macrotechnologies
Bond School of Thaumaturgical Sciences: Aztechnology
Howell School of Cybernetics and Forensics: Fuchi

Masters level graduate degrees are in five of its colleges: business, communication and fine arts, education and health sciences, engineering, and liberal arts and sciences.

West Bluff: C. Poor Residential and Business District. Bradley University (Security Rating: A). Bartlett Public School. Bail bondsmen.
West Peoria: B. Lower-Middle Class Residential Area. Peoria Speedway. Blue-Collar. Rundown apartment buildings and homes.

Outlying Towns[]

Chillicothe: C. Lower class residential and business area.
Dunlap: E. Severely depressed industrial and farming community.
Metamora: B. Middle class residences. Medium agricorp offices.
Morton: B. Middle Class Residential. The “Chinatown” of the Peoria Area. Actually home to many Japanese middle-class workers and sararimen.
North Pekin: A. Upper-middle class residential area, more Anglo than Asian.
Pekin: A. Upper-middle class residential area for upper managers and the Japanacorps. Anti-Metahuman groups lurk beneath the surface.
Tremont: A. Middle class residential town. Quaint historic town square. Town Square Mall.
Washington: AA. Upper class residences, with an historic town square. High priced shops, restaurants, and clubs.

External Links[]

Peoria, Illinois at Wikipedia

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