September 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.

Peoria 1977

I have here Peoria’s City Directory from 1977 (don’t ask me why), and I thought you might enjoy some of the descriptions and predictions of Peoria from 28 years ago:

Population: 134,000 Area: 40 square miles Parks: 7,000 acres Airport: City is served by Ozark Air Lines, Continental Airlines, and chartered service by Byerly […]

Hurricane Judgement?

I was listening to WMBD this morning before work, and Greg and Dan were grappling with a question I’ve heard several times now about Hurricane Katrina and now Rita. I’ll paraphrase it here: “Are these hurricanes God’s judgement on the sinfulness of the people living/partying there?” That’s a pretty heady question to tackle on […]

Police spending too much time helping citizens

The City Council will be voting on a new fee a week from today (it’s actually on tonight’s agenda, but with a motion to defer until next Tuesday). Here’s the background information from the “request for council action”:

BACKGROUND: While reviewing the process for towing private vehicles, it was determined the Police Department had […]

Don’t ever say I don’t admit when I’m wrong


Upon further review, I’m going to do an about-face on my earlier comments about Pioneer Railcorp’s chances of winning their attempt to purchase the Kellar Branch.  Apparently, if I’ve read some other Surface Transportation Board (STB) rulings correctly (and, seriously, who knows if I have?), an “offer of financial assistance,” or “OFA,” can be made […]

Cardinals magic number: WON

If the Cardinals lost the rest of their games this season and Houston won the rest of their games this season, the two teams would be tied. Since the Cardinals won the season series against Houston, the Cardinals would win the tie-breaker. So, technically, their magic number is one, but they’ve essentially won the […]

Cubs magic number: Three

Yes sir, only three more years until the Chicago Cubs can celebrate the 100th anniversary of the last time they won the World Series. Start planning now for the festivities! Let’s see, gotta get the Bartman pinata, the spit for the cursed-goat roast, a Harry Carey impersonator . . . .

Boiled Down


I was going to respond to this in the previous post’s comments section, but I thought it deserved its own blog entry.  I received this fair criticism of my last entry from an anonymous commenter: I don’t think you’ve received any comments yet because this blog is opaque. Please boil this down to something […]

Pioneer trying to force sale of Kellar Branch (told ya!)

Today, Central Illinois Railway (CIRY) filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to abandon the Kellar Branch line. And today, Pioneer Industrial Railway (PIRY) filed with the STB to purchase the Kellar Branch. Just as I predicted.

As you may recall from my previous post, “Congress and the STB have adopted procedures that make […]

Latin phrase of the day: stare decisis

I don’t know if any of you have been watching the confirmation hearings for John Roberts, but if you have, you know what I’m talking about. They must have said the phrase stare decisis (pronounced star’-ee dis-ice’-us) a million times this morning. Here’s a definition:

A Latin term meaning “to abide by decided cases”; […]

Something Unusual

Well, since I live in a different part of town now, I started looking for a good, neighborhood grocery store to support, so I went to Haddad’s for the first time. There I experienced something that I haven’t seen since I was a little kid: they bag your groceries and carry them to the […]