November 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.

One more thing before I go….

Since I’ve been covering the Kellar Branch saga for several months, I can’t go on sabbatical without first reporting its predictable conclusion.

On November 21, 2005, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) made their final ruling on the Kellar Branch. Pioneer Industrial Railway (PIRY) will not be able to force a sale of the branch. […]

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas

The first weekend each December, our church does a big Christmas program called “A Grace Family Christmas.” Portions of the program are broadcast on WEEK-TV 25 on Christmas Eve (10:30 p.m.) and Christmas Day (noon). Since I’m the video editor, that means I have just 19 days (including weekends) to edit the broadcast. And […]

Bailey lashes out at his readers

Mike Baily, the Journal Star opinion editor, tells his readers what he really thinks of them today.   More than a few readers complained that the Journal Star chose to run a large picture of a half-dressed, half-drunk woman getting sprayed with squirt guns at a Mulligan’s wet t-shirt contest on the front page of […]

Who’s misleading whom?

Everything I said in my last post is true — except who is to blame. The publishing of faulty statistics is likely not the Journal Star’s fault, but the State of Illinois’ Department of Public Health (IDPH) itself. If so, my apologies to the newspaper of record.

I just ran across the State of […]

Misleading statistics abound in Journal Star special series

The Peoria Journal Star recently concluded a three-part series titled, “Lead Poisoning: Our Silent Epidemic.” You can read reporter Clare Howard’s entire series online here. The report has already received accolades from the Peoria Pundit, who has gone so far as to suggest the City Council should act immediately on the recommendations from Dr. […]

Bin Laden: In His Own Words

Ever wondered what it would take to get Osama bin Laden to stop attacking the U.S.? A new book published today called Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden has the answers. It’s a compendium of all of his messages — in his own words (translated, of course) — from 1994-2004.


Who is that unnamed 64-year-old man in the Journal Star?

Under the “Police, Fire, and Courts” section of the Journal Star today is this little blurb:

PEORIA – A 64-year-old East Peoria man was hospitalized Tuesday night after he jumped from the Cedar Street Bridge. Peoria firefighters on their rescue boat plucked the man from the water near the East Peoria shoreline. He was […]

Council Roundup: 11/15/05

Most of the meeting last night focused on the budget. Each department head has been giving a budget presentation to the council, then taking questions from council members. Tonight, the head of the Economic Development Council presented, and all other department heads were in attendance in case the council had questions for any of […]

Most Valuable Player: Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals National League Most Valuable Player 2005

Peoria’s transportation infrastructure in top 20% of the nation

According to a new report by Expansion Management Magazine, “nothing is quite so important to a regionÂ’s economy than the transportation infrastructure upon which it moves. Without a doubt, transportation is the foundation upon which all logistics is built.” Thus, they compared 362 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the U.S. on the basis of […]