January 2006
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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.

Open Forum: What did you think of the State of the City address?

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.  I learn a lot from those […]

New Peoria Blogger

No one knows more about trains–specifically Peoria trains–than my friend David P. Jordan. I’ve been part of the PeoriaRails Yahoo Group for quite some time now and have enjoyed his insight into this little-reported part of Peoria’s transportation system.  Now David has established his own blog to report “news, information and analysis of local rail transportation […]

Why hasn’t Peoria fired Central Illinois Railroad Company?

Let’s recap Central Illinois Railroad’s less-than-stellar operation in Peoria.

The Contract.  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.  There was quite a bit […]

A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I Wanna Be Like Kalamazoo

Another plan I will pursue this year is one we may call the “Peoria Promise.” It is based on a similar successful program in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The premise is this: Any student graduating from Peoria’s Public Schools will be eligible for a scholarship to any Public University or College in Illinois. Maybe it […]

How about if Peoria buys the naming rights?

I got to thinking about my last post, and I have an idea.

Do you remember how the federal government regulated speed limits in the ’70s?  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 […]

Naming the Civic Center

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.  The reason they need to sell naming rights is because they don’t have […]

State of the City

Mayor Ardis delivered the State of the City address today at the Holiday Inn City Center.  HOI News and 1470 WMBD each have good reports. If you’d like to see it for yourself, Insight Communications will be rebroadcasting it tomorrow, January 26th, at noon on cable channel 22.

UPDATE: Jonathan Ahl has informed me that a podcast […]

Rumor Mill

I just heard today that All That Matters Christian bookstore in the Metro Centre is closing, possibly by the end of the week.  Can anyone confirm or deny?

More propaganda from the Journal Star

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.  […]

Firefly Energy given military contract via controversial “earmark”

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.”  Firefly is a pretty new company, founded in May 2003.  They use technology developed by Caterpillar to replace the lead plates found in batteries with a […]