August 2005
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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.

We can look back and laugh now….


Without deemphasizing the major public safety problem with CIRY (see previous post), I have to tell you that the scene is actually a bit comical.  Here’s a quote from an eye-witness (all grammatical/spelling/punctuation errors are the witness’s): my parents live next to the keller branch on rock island. saturday i was there visiting sitting […]

City’s new Kellar Branch shipper derails

The city’s new railroad company, Central Illinois Railway (CIRY), found out the hard way that you need more than a trackmobile to get a load of lumber up the Kellar Branch.

I heard from a source who will remain anonymous that CIRY tried pulling two cars up the Kellar Branch’s steep grade this past […]

Blogging will be lighter than usual

We’re moving.   We currently live in a two-bedroom home (great starter house), but have three kids.  My son’s bedroom has been the living room the past four months.  So, as they say on The Jeffersons, “we’re a-movin’ on up” to a bigger house.    If all goes as planned, we’ll be closing on the […]

Expect shorter obits, more ads

The Journal Star came out with their new obituary policies today.  Starting September 1, the Journal Star will only report “details of the person’s death, time and place of services, burial and visitation” for free.  Anything more than that will cost you $15 per column inch.  Some things for which they will now be charging include:  […]

Deep thoughts about blogging

I was reading an excerpt of Yuval Levin’s essay from the journal The Public Interest on how the speed of technology adversely affects American politics. He has a paragraph on blogging I’d like to share here for your discussion:

Another example of the quickening of politics in the Information Age — and its mixed […]

City and Journal Star continue smear campaign against Pioneer

In the Journal Star’s editorial today, they continue to insinuate wrongdoing on the part of Pioneer Industrial Railcorp:

In its filing with the [Surface Transportation Board], Pioneer suggests that customers will be “irreparably harmed” if they can’t be served on the Kellar [Branch]. It neglects to mention that it quit running trains on the […]

City votes against water buyout

The city council, to my surprise and delight, decided not to pursue the water buyout tonight on a very close vote (6-5). Here’s how they voted (a “yea” vote was to pursue the buyout):

Yea: Grayeb, Gulley, Manning, Sandberg, Van Auken Nay: Ardis, Jacob, Morris, Nichting, Spears, Turner

Jacob, who had hardly said anything […]

Water Buyout: Just Say No (Again)

Dear City Council,

There seems to be some confusion over the city residents’ wishes regarding the proposed water buyout, so this letter is to give a little clarification. When we voted “no” in the most recent referendum, that meant that we didn’t want the city to purchase the water company. It’s as simple as […]

Kellar Branch: The Saga Continues

Some interesting developments in the Pioneer Industrial Railway v. City of Peoria department today. You may recall that, over the weekend, Pioneer (PIRY) filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to reopen the adverse discontinuance case. Today, the STB published the documentation that goes with that petition, and it’s very interesting!

It […]

Internet Every Day

I was checking out the Peoria Public School District 150 website, and I came across a link that said simply “Technology.”  I thought it looked intriguing, so I clicked on it and came across a plethora of internet links for students and teachers.  The most curious one was labeled “Internet Every Day.”  This links […]