The Peoria Chiefs, of the Midwest League and briefly in High-A Central, followed the lead of both their city and county - whose name honors a local tribe that was pushed out of its ancestral lands in the 1860s. The St. Louis Cardinals farmhands play their home games at Dozer Park in Peoria, IL.
MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization raised the Chiefs, and most of the MwL, one level.
The Danville Suns moved to Peoria in 1983, playing at Meinen Field and retaining their nickname for one season as the Peoria Suns. Peoria businessman Pete Vonachen then bought the Suns, rebranding them "Chiefs" for a team nickname first used in the 1950s in honor of the Peoria Tribe. However, in 2005 the club changed logos from tribal- to firefighter-based.
Albert Pujols, Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mark Grace are among the biggest stars to have played for the Chiefs. Other alumni include Coco Crisp, Wally Joyner, Joe Girardi, and Jack Wilson.
They play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Peoria en el Rio (Peoria on the River, the river in question being the Illinois River).