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Peoria Offers $1.5 Million to Attract WWII Ship

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ The city of Peoria, Illinois, is offering $500,000 to attract a World War II-era Navy ship to the city's waterfront as a tourist attraction and is pledging to work to raise an additional $1 million for the effort.
 
The Evansville Courier & Press reports reports the Peoria City Council approved the moves in an attempt to bring the LST-325, now based in Evansville, to Illinois. Council members said the vote Tuesday night vote would allow them to meet the LST board's request for a proposal by July 31.
 
Councilman Chuck Grayeb, who favors bringing the ship to Peoria, said he worries the proposal approved Tuesday won't be enough.
 
Evansville's 10-year contract to house the troop landing ship expires next year. Evansville officials have promised greater promotion of the ship.

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