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Peoria City Council Looking To Attract Public University

Peoria is home to small, private Bradley University, but the City Council wants to find a way to lure a public university campus to the central Illinois city.

The council on Wednesday decided to make the pursuit of a public university a priority.

City manager Patrick Urich was at the meeting with council members. He said they plan to talk over the next six months with state lawmakers and other state-level officials about the idea. Council members see the addition of a public university as a key component in developing the city.

Urich said the city shouldn't expect a 4-year public university to come to Peoria any time soon.

And he said council members don't mean to diminish the importance of Bradley.

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