Tours and Speakers

If you would like a Courthouse tour, please fill out our online form: https://goo.gl/forms/6ewxGqo1JljR6LJB3

Facility Tours

We offer group tours at the county-owned facilities below. Large group tours, however, are limited to those facilities that can accommodate the entire group. Please allow two weeks advance notice.

Speakers Bureau

Looking for a speaker for your group or program? Our elected and appointed officials will be happy to address your group on any topic related to county government. Officials will present applicable topics at no cost to your organization. If your meeting falls outside of business hours, we will try to accommodate evening and weekend presentations based on staff availability. 

Suggested Topics

Situation Awareness: A Life Safety Skill

In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Chief Deputy Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as he walks through the importance of Situational Awareness as it applies to home, public places, suspicious activity, the behaviors of those around us, and making the safest decisions when facing a threat or issue of concern.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Are You Prepared?

While we can never know when or where the next disaster will strike, we can do our best to keep ourselves and our families safe when it does. Join our emergency management experts as they explain the best ways to prepare and protect your family by developing a family emergency plan, identifying points of contact, and creating an emergency preparedness kit so you can be prepared before disaster strikes.

Personal Safety: Don't Become a Victim

The first step to avoiding becoming a victim is knowing how to protect yourself. The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Coordinator, Aimee Shinall, will explain the best practices in helping to keep your family safe from abusive behaviors, residential burglary, common scams, and more.

Cyber Safety: Staying Safe on the Internet

As technology continues to play such an important role in our day-to-day lives, it is important to stay vigilant against threats in the digital world. Join Detective Scott Gamboe of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a forensic exploration into the dangers of the Internet and how you can protect yourself against Internet scams, phishing, identity theft, and more.

Finding Property Information in Peoria County

If you need assistance locating property information, subdivision plats, and maps, Peoria County's Front Desk map application is available online at no charge. This workshop is designed for both intermediate and advanced computer users interested in finding information within Peoria County such as property characteristics, tax assessments, and residential sales. Interactive maps are also available through the Front Desk map application, including aerial photos, subdivision plats, streets, and topographic maps. Users can access the application on any web browser, mobile device, or computer. Peoria County's GIS manager will demonstrate how to navigate the map application in this hands-on workshop.

Food Safety in the Home

Did you know that your own kitchen can be a high-risk environment for foodborne illness? Microscopic germs such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites can thrive in food that is improperly stored or handled. If ingested, these germs can make you, your family, and your dinner guests sick. Join the Peoria City/County Health Department's Environmental Health Coordinator, Stephanie Streight, to learn about the general principles and practices of safe food handling at home.

Comply & Complain

Learn how to do both—comply and complain—when interacting with police. Join Undersheriff Ronda Guyton and Lieutenant James Middlemas of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a frank and informative discussion regarding law enforcement communication concerns and tactics. The officers will go over statues and case law, examples of what to do if you are being questioned or arrested, and how to file a complaint if you believe you have been treated unfairly. 

Safety in Food Shopping: What's in Your Bag?

What is the difference between ‘best by’ and ‘use by’ on food packaging? Is it safe to buy those dented cans of food on the grocery store shelf? How ‘overripe’ is ‘too ripe’ for this fruit? Join the Peoria City/County Health Department's Environmental Health Coordinator, Renee Spradlin, as she explains the basics of safety in food shopping. Renee will answer audience questions about food safety during a Q&A portion of this presentation, so bring questions if you have them! 

The Basics of Property Assessment: Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

“Why are my property taxes so high? What the heck is the ‘Pleasure Driveway?’ Why does it look like my house is only worth 1/3 of what I paid for it? What do these abbreviations mean?” If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions while trying to decode your property tax bill, we invite you to join Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments Dave Ryan as he explains how your property is assessed and where your tax dollars go. Learn how property taxes are determined, how levies affect the total amount you owe, when you can appeal your property assessment, and more.

Contact Us

Please contact Gretchen Pearsall, Director of Strategic Communications, at 309-672-6918 or email with questions regarding tours or speakers.