WCBU (89.9 FM) is replaying Mayor Ardis’s State of the City address tonight at 7:00, followed by an interview with Bill Dennis and me on our reaction to Ardis’s address.
One of the things I love about blogging is the dialogue that takes place in the comments section.Â I learn a lot from those [...]
No one knows more about trains–specifically Peoria trains–than my friend David P. Jordan.Â I’ve been part of the PeoriaRails Yahoo Group for quite some time now and have enjoyedÂ his insight into this little-reported part of Peoria’s transportation system.Â Now David has established his own blog to report “news, information and analysis of local rail transportation [...]
Let’s recap Central Illinois Railroad’s less-than-stellar operation in Peoria.
The Contract.Â On April 27, 2004, the City of Peoria signed a contract with Central Illinois Railroad Company (owned by DOT Rail Service of LaSalle, Ill.) to replace Pioneer Industrial Railway as the common carrier provider on the Kellar Branch.Â There was quite a bit [...]
Another plan I will pursue this year is one we may call the â€œPeoria Promise.â€ It is based on a similar successful program in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The premise is this: Any student graduating from Peoriaâ€™s Public Schools will be eligible for a scholarship to any Public University or College in Illinois. Maybe it [...]
I got to thinking about my last post, and I have an idea.
Do you remember how theÂ federal government regulated speed limits in theÂ ’70s?Â They told states they could have any speed limit they wanted, but if they wanted federal money to maintain the roads, the speed limits had to be no faster than [...]
The Journal Star reports that any renaming of Carver Arena may need City Council approval. Whether or not that’s true, what do you think of selling the naming rights for the Civic Center and Carver Arena?
I personally think it stinks.Â The reason they need to sell naming rights is because they don’t have [...]
Mayor Ardis delivered the State of the City address today at the Holiday Inn City Center.Â HOI News and 1470 WMBD each have good reports. If you’d like to see it for yourself, Insight Communications will beÂ rebroadcasting itÂ tomorrow, January 26th, atÂ noon on cable channel 22.
UPDATE: Jonathan Ahl has informed me that a podcast [...]
I just heard today that All That Matters Christian bookstore in the Metro Centre is closing, possibly by the end of the week.Â Can anyone confirm or deny?
There are few things in today’s Journal Star editorial about the Kellar Branch that deserve a response:
The park district, unable to act, has watched about half of a $400,000 state grant evaporate.
It’s worth pointing out that the park district applied for that money prematurely–before going to the STB, building the spur, etc.Â [...]
The Associated Press reports that Peoria-based Firefly Energy, Inc., has “landed a $2.5 million contract to develop its new generation of lighter, more powerful batteries for the military.”Â Firefly is a pretty new company, founded in May 2003.Â They use technology developed by Caterpillar to replace the lead plates found in batteries with a [...]