The central theme that will continue during the campaign and time in office is to listen to what you want in the park system. By focusing on the desires of the community and not solely special interest groups we can make our Peoria Park District shine again.
"Listen...Learn..and Grow" to make the Peoria Park District what you want it to be and contribute to the growth of the Peoria area as a healthy and vibrant community. I would appreciate your support and your vote on election day April 2nd, 2019..
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A Message From Mike
In 2002, I graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois. While in college, I also competed on the university’s wheelchair basketball team due to a condition from birth.
After graduation, I moved to Chicago. I practiced architecture, focusing on design of healthcare and schools while helping companies and developers make sense of accessibility standards like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA). Clients included Fortune 500 companies, Architects, and some of the nation’s largest residential developers.
In my free time, I continued my involvement in wheelchair sports, resulting in a volunteer coaching position with a local youth wheelchair basketball team. Through coaching wheelchair basketball, I met my wife who had started the youth team serving Central Illinois.
Following the engagement to my now wife in 2007, I relocated to Peoria, IL. I continued to work in architecture focusing on healthcare, education, and accessible design until late 2010. I then transitioned into a career in residential construction and then consequently residential real estate the following year.
Today, I continue to coach youth wheelchair basketball with the Peoria Wildcats beside my wife Katie the Executive Director of the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA). We travel all around the Midwest playing in tournaments as part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Junior Division. I serve on the Board of Advocates for Access, the City of Peoria Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Citizens with Disabilities, the West Bluff Council, and several other local organizations. Together my wife and I have a five-year-old daughter, and we live in a warehouse to home conversion near Bradley University.
I love this community and want to see it thrive. Thank you for taking the time to visit the site and for your support on April 2nd, 2019.
- Mike Van Cleve