Peru is strategically located in North Central Illinois in LaSalle County. The City of Peru is within a 60-mile radius of Rockford, Peoria, Bloomington- Normal, Rock Island-Moline and 90 miles from Chicago. Our community resides in a beautiful valley that provides a quality family environment and many economic opportunities and incentives for business and industrial firms.
The City of Peru has a municipally owned Hydro Electric Green Power Plant on the Illinois River. The city has owned and operated its own electric generation, transmission, and distribution system continuously since 1891. Peru remains committed to the electrical power needs of its residential and commercial customers, which is why Peru has some of the state's lowest electric rates for residents and businesses. The City of Peru serves more than 5,600 utility users consisting of three classifications; residential, commercial and economic development.