Peoria Civic Center Awash In Red Ink

(Peoria, IL) -- The taxpayer-supported Peoria Civic Center showed an annual operating loss of 875-thousand-dollars, nine times more than projected. The loss comes in the wake of an attendance drop of some 23-percent from the previous year. The Civic Center board has approved a new three-year contract with a management firm and ended a long-standing relationship with a food and beverage service in an effort to save money.