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  • Karrie E. Alms: Amazing insight into the world of politics awaits any reader at pibgorn … from a Demon’s...
  • Tony: Homefield is Dynegy. Dynegy is Ameren. There Charging You twice for the same energy. Do you really thihk $.04...
  • SouthEnder: Also does anyone remember the Velvet Freeze located on Jefferson St, up the street from the Warner Homes....
  • Eric Pollitt: I flew economy class to Hong Kong for Christmas vacation, which is a 14 hour flight. When I got back...
  • Mike: Homefield has been sold to dynery. Google dynegy scandal to see who your new parent is. If this upsets you give...
  • mortified: Fun while it lasted. Godspeed!
  • aaron: your blogging will be missed but i know that your spirit of fairness will remain alive in your other...
  • Jon: CJ, your blog was a revelation and an inspiration. You have a wonderful talent that is an asset to the...
  • Billy Dennis: Of course the Chronicle is done: Screw you. The Chronicle is one of the best researched blogs...
  • Paul Wilkinson: CJ, am sorry you have ended your blog. It was well done. It seems many have given up as we keep...
  • Sharon Crews: Your voice is definitely needed in this community. Thanks for all your insights.
  • emergepeoria: Your blog is great resource to research Peoria issues. I hope you leave it up.
  • BucketHead: I was not suggesting that, I believe the both of you had very strong common sense and that lead to your...
  • C. J. Summers: Without anonymity, there is no courage among my detractors. Take a look back at the wide variety of...
  • Of course the Chronicle is done: Without Sandberg to give stores to the Chronicle there is no Chronicle.

It’s not a “film” if it’s a DVD

There was a big article in the Central Illinois Journal Star’s Cue section yesterday about the Apollo Theater showing several Alfred Hitchcock “films.” However, buyer beware! They’re not really showing the films — they’re showing DVDs.

I went to see “White Christmas” last December at the Apollo and was shocked to find out that […]

“Justice Sunday” a lesson in exploitation

In the fight against Senate Democrats blocking Bush’s judicial nominees by using the filibuster (ala Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), a new weapon has been unleashed: evangelical Christians. Last Sunday there was a broadcast called “Justice Sunday” in which several Christian leaders, including James Dobson (Focus on the Family) and Chuck Colson (Prison Fellowship), […]

One Good Show

My family enjoyed watching the updated “Little House on the Prairie” recently on ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. It was a five-part, six-hour mini-series that more closely followed the book than the ’70s TV version. This show was well-acted, entertaining, and good viewing for the whole family. I can’t remember the last time there […]

Preempt Rush, Play Cardinals

Well, once again this year, whenever the Cardinals have a day game, I’ll have to pull it in from St. Louis on KMOX because WMBD won’t preempt Rush Limbaugh. The Cardinals only play during Rush’s timeslot about 12 times over the summer, and most games don’t start until the third hour Rush is on. […]

Cable TV à la carte

A couple years ago or so, I scaled back from expanded cable to basic cable. We now just have channels 2-22 on Insight. The main reasons we cut back were (1) price and (2) objectionable material. Our cable bill was getting ridiculously expensive, and many of the channels I really wanted were only available […]

Legislation would hurt neighborhoods

It appears the City of Peoria is against some legislation snaking its way through the Illinois legislature.  Senate Bill 1727, the “Residential Inspection Ordinance Act,” passed the Illinois Senate on April 15 (Risinger voted yea, Shadid nay).  It has now gone to the House and has been referred to the Rules Committee.   Here’s a […]

George Ryan and Capital Punishment

There was an article in the (Peoria?) Journal Star today about George Ryan and his speech to the ACLU in Peoria.  I’d like to pull out a few quotes that illustrate what I think are inconsistencies in his argument against the death penalty. Ryan, a former pharmacist who never practiced law, is telling the world the […]

Whatever happened to the PEORIA Journal Star?

I’ve been wondering, when and why did the Peoria Journal Star stop putting “Peoria” in its name?  I mean, it’s still technically part of its name, but they don’t ever use it — not in the masthead or in other self-referential statements.  This seems odd to me.    Are they ashamed of being […]

Channel 59 Cardinal game audio distorted

I like to watch the Cardinals play on WAOE, channel 59 (UPN).  Of course, I don’t watch it over the air, but rather on Insight cable channel 14.  I’ve noticed lately that the audio for the Cardinals games sounds distorted.  It could be that Insight is rebroadcasting the audio too hot, but I doubt […]

Peoria has a great library

As long as I’m commending things about Peoria, I have to mention how great the library is here, especially for historical and genealogical research.  I usually go to the downtown branch of the Peoria Public Library and check out their microfilm — they have all the Peoria newspapers dating back to the mid 1800s.  […]