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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.

Is annexation helping or hurting Peoria?

From the January 26, 1979, issue of Illinois Issues: In the mid-1960s the city of Peoria proposed to annex Richwoods Township, which consisted of roughly 10 square miles of and, much of it already developed. Opposition was bitter and was fueled by fears of school integration that might result if and when the Peoria […]

Miracle on War Memorial Drive

As I reported a couple months ago, Famous Barr will be renamed Macy’s as a result of the merger between Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores. You can read all about it here.

Maybe they can start sponsoring the Santa Claus Parade and bring in some floats from New York. I want to […]

School board tells Ransburg “No Thanks”; plus, musings on school closings

I was so happy this morning when I woke up to news that the Peoria Public School District 150 board decided not to choose Dave Ransburg to fill Aaron Schock’s vacated seat.  Whew.  The last thing we need on the school board is a secretive, compulsive liar.   I don’t know anything about the new […]

My birthday gifts

Wondering what I got for my birthday? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. I got David McCullough’s new book, “1776.” Looking forward to reading that. I read his biography of John Adams and it was most enjoyable presidential biography I’ve ever read. You really felt like you knew the man after you finished reading it. […]

Happy birthday to me

Yep, today’s my birthday.  I’ve stopped keeping track of how old I am, but I still enjoy getting presents.  Tonight our family will be eating dinner with my parents (lasagna!), having cake and ice cream, and just generally having a good time.   It’s cooler outside, so Jackie can ride her bike again, finally.  She’s […]

I knew it was only a matter of time…


The Journal Star finally cobbled together another pro-trail editorial. Apparently they wanted to save it for Sunday for maximum readership.  You can read it here, but there’s not much new. One revelation was that Congressman LaHood got Noble, Ardis, and Brenkman in the same room and basically told Brenkman that he was in […]

Settlement in the works on Kellar Branch conversion


Pioneer Industrial Railway (PIRY) has filed a status report with the Surface Transportation Board that is very interesting.  The report (filed by Daniel LaKemper, general counsel for PIRY) starts by telling the STB what we already know: This is to advise the Board that on July 14, 2005 Pioneer Industrial Railway Co. and […]

DTV channels just a joking matter for Tarter

On Sunday, Steve Tarter’s column was pretty weak.  It started out promising — talking about how digital television channel numbers are different from the analog numbers we’ve become accustomed to, and even mentioning Jeff Melbourne’s blog (way to go Jeff!).  Jeff had asked in his blog if TV stations will have to change how […]

Abagnale gives moral charge

I went to CEFCU Center Stage tonight to see Frank Abagnale speak. You may remember he was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Catch Me If You Can.” The event was billed as a seminar on identity theft, but other speakers talked about that subject. When Abagnale came to the lectern, he said […]

The Big Lie

If you say it long enough and loud enough, people will start to believe it. That’s the M.O. for the Peoria Park District (PPD) when commenting on the Kellar Branch issue. The Journal Star “report” in the paper today (“Railcorp, city reach deal on rail spur”) includes this little nugget from Bonnie Noble, executive […]