Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Ill., hires new management

The Pere Marquette Hotel in downtown Peoria has a new manager. The hotel will maintain the Marriott flag, but First Hospitality Group of Chicago takes over as third party manager July 18, 2014. 

Developer Gary Matthews says he is hoping to have a simultaneous ribbon cutting for the new Courtyard Marriott. Matthews says half the Pere’s revenues come from conference and ballroom space. He says the Pere will operate better with local managers.

Joe LoMonaco is the new manager of the Pere Courtyard Marriott.

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The move required Peoria City Council approval given the roughly $36 million taxpayer investment. Council approved the move nine to two; Members Chuck Weaver and Jim Montelongo voted no.