Tim Riggenbach


Tim Riggenbach


Tim Riggenbach



As the Third District Councilman, Tim Riggenbach has a reputation for consensus building, collaboration and bipartisanship.  A strong advocate for streamlining and consolidating government services, he has been a consistent voice for fiscal conservatism, while ensuring that the basic city services are maintained.  During his time on the Council, he has supported millions of dollars in budget cuts and over 100 staff positions have been eliminated.

Strong neighborhoods are a priority for Tim and he regularly attends the meetings of Neighborhood Associations, Home Owner Associations and Neighborhood Watch Groups.  Tim believes “neighbors knowing neighbors is an important key in keeping our neighborhoods safe.”

Each neighborhood in Peoria is unique with its own character as well as its own challenges.  Whether it is a new stop sign at Behrends & Indiana, flashing lights for the cross walk in front of Notre Dame High School on Sheridan Road or securing new sidewalks for Nebraska Avenue and Mt Hawley Road, responding to the needs of the neighborhoods is an important part of being an effective councilman.

Tim also led the efforts that formed the East Village Growth Cell TIF in 2011 which enabled the development of the OSF Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center.  A key component of the EVGC is the housing rehabilitation program that has offered over $250,000 to the home owners of the East Bluff.  In addition, thanks to Tim’s leadership, this TIF also has a mechanism in place to provide funds to Peoria Public Schools for vocational training.

With an extensive business background, Tim works as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in downtown Peoria.  His work history includes stints as a Small Business Lender, Mortgage Loan Officer as well as a Bank Manager.  He also spent ten years as an Interest Rate Analyst on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Born and raised in the Peoria area, Tim received his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business.  A graduate of East Peoria Community High School, he also attended Illinois Central College for two years before moving on to ISU.

Tim and his wife Barbara were married in July of 1995 and have lived in Peoria since 1997 where all five of their children have attended Peoria Public Schools.   

Whether it his work as Councilman, a Financial Advisor, or as a husband and father, Tim remains committed to serving the needs of others.


Working hard for Peoria, working hard for the Third District.


Fiscal Conservative

  • Balanced Budget
  • Cut spending
  • Restructured City Government to increase efficiencies
  • City Services now delivered in a more customer focused manner

Neighborhood Advocate

  • Leader in establishing the East Village Growth Cell which has provided over $250,000 for Single Family, Residential Rehab
  • Facilitated the “Taking Back Our Neighborhood” initiative which has become “East Bluff Build It Up” an ongoing community based advocacy group
  • Strong supporter of “Shot Spotter” and the “Don’t Shoot” anti-crime initiatives
  • Champion of Neighborhood Watch Groups

Pro-Growth | Pro-Jobs

  • Balanced approach to growth and preservation
  • Working with Kroger to build a new store at Evergreen Square
  • Supporter of Warehouse District Developments, the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex and Downtown/Central Business District Redevelopment


Continued Financial Stability

  • Committed to strict financial policies to ensure Balanced Budgets into the future
  • Share Service Delivery where possible to avoid duplications and save tax dollars
  • Increased transparency in how tax dollars are allocated and spent

Continued Incremental Development

  • Wisconsin Avenue Business Corridor
  • Knoxville Avenue south of McClure
  • Sheridan Village, Evergreen Square, Metro Centre and Junction City

Continued Collaboration

  • With Peoria County for an improved and more efficient delivery of services
  • With States Attorney Jerry Brady for safer streets and neighborhoods
  • With LISC and other East Village Growth Cell developers for improved housing

It is not the critic who counts,
not the man who points out how the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
the man whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.

The credit belongs to the man who strives valiantly,
who errs, who comes up short again and again;
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.

The credit belongs to the man who does actually strive to do the deeds, the one who knows great enthusiasms,  great devotions and who spends himself in a worthy cause.

The credit belongs to the man who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

President Theodore Roosevelt
“Citizenship In A Republic”
April 23, 1910
Sorbonne – University of Paris