Meet Sid

Sid Ruckriegel serves as an At-Large City Council member after being appointed by Mayor Jim Ardis and the Peoria City Council in November 2015 to replace Chuck Weaver.  As a member of City Council, Sid also serves as a liaison for the city to the Peoria Public Library Board, the Downtown Development Corporation and the Peoria Civic Center Authority.

As a respected businessman and entrepreneur, Sid is a long-standing member of the Peoria community and is committed to the growth and prosperity of our city.  Sid’s campaign theme, “Securing Our Future”, is focused on improving public safety; promoting economic growth, entrepreneurship and innovation; and strengthening families and neighborhoods all over the city.

Community service is at the core of Sid’s dedication to servant leadership.  Sid currently serves a Director on the Governing Board for Alignment Peoria, Director for the Heart of Illinois United Way and co-chairperson of the United Way’s Solutions Council Health & Rehabilitation grant area, Director of the mentoring program APPSCo, President of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Board of Directors, the Boys and Girls Club’s Educational Committee and Director for the Moss Bradley Residential Association

He has also served on the City of Peoria’s Historic Preservation Commission, Focus Forward Central Illinois, Peoria Public Library Board of Directors, RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Libraries) and as a Trustee and President of the Peoria Historical Society.   In 2016, Sid co-chaired the 2016 Peoria Promise Scholarship Campaign raising nearly $500,000 – exceeding the previous year’s campaign by $100,000.

Sid has been recognized for his community involvement receiving the Community Service Award from the Boys and Girls Club in 2012, the Peoria Historical Society Preservation Award in 2007 and being named a 40 Leaders Under Forty in 2003.

Professionally, Sid has been a member of the Greater Peoria Chamber of Commerce since 1992.  He has been recognized as ‘Franchisee of the Year’ twice, named as the Inaugural winner of the ‘Go Left’ Award for innovative community leadership, represented the Midwest franchisees as a member of Papa John’s National Advisory Council.  He also served as President of the Chicago & Champaign Advertising Co-ops for over 15 years.

Sid has always been a working advocate for our neighborhoods in Peoria.  Even before he was on Council, he was not about just saying he cared, he'd roll up his sleeves and get involved.  This is just the type of work ethic we need on the Council.

Carol Holford, Community Activist June 6, 2016