February 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.

Times-Observer suggests Friedan tribute

At the city council meeting last night, Barbara Van Auken requested that the publisher of the Peoria Times-Observer be allowed to present his suggestion for a tribute to Betty Friedan.  He suggested renaming Pioneer Parkway “Betty Friedan Parkway” because it’s a major thoroughfare and Friedan was a “pioneer” in the women’s rights movement.

I’m […]

Random act of kindness . . . from the city

I found something almost heartwarming in Tuesday night’s city council agenda.

First, a little background:  There are some sewers in older parts of Peoria known as “wildcat” sewers.  These are sewers that were developed privately and do not conform to city code.  The city has a program, known as the Wildcat Sewer Program, that […]

Cable franchise agreement update

I decided to go straight to the source and ask City Attorney Randy Ray what the status is of the cable franchise agreement. He was kind enough to write me back this evening:

We have a meeting scheduled with Insight next week. We hope to have an agreement by April 15. Our biggest local […]

Drive 45 . . . Keep who alive?

I drove 45 tonight through East Peoria, across the bridge, and up to the University Street exit and never encountered a worker, a lane reduction, or a dangerous situation to me or others at any time. Why is the speed limit still 45? I don’t mind driving slow when workers are present or there […]

WSJ on blogging

Jason Fry of the Wall Street Journal Online gives his opinion about the future of blogging. He covers everything from the number of blogs to blog measurement, including these recent Gallup poll results:

Beyond flat to declining blog traffic, it found just 9% of Internet users read blogs frequently, 11% do so occasionally, 13% […]

Goodbye, Deputy Fife

Don Knotts 1924 – 2006

My vote: “None of the above”

PollyPeoria is sick of Gidwitz. I don’t blame her. But then, I don’t like any of the candidates for governor.

There are plenty of good reasons not to like Topinka. Here’s mine: she was the one who decided to give Jack Ryan the boot two years ago and import nutty Alan Keyes from Maryland […]

Reuters: RWE says IPO likely for American Water Co.

Just saw this news on Reuters:

German utility RWE AG . . . is more likely to have an initial public offering (IPO) for its American Water unit than sell it to financial investors, its chief financial officer said on Thursday.

Klaus Sturany said at an analysts’ conference that an IPO was “still the […]

Question for council: How are cable negotiations going?

I wonder what the status is of the city’s negotiations with Insight Communications for a new cable franchise agreement. Last June, the City hired the Varnum Riddering firm from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help them negotiate a new agreement. The current agreement expires on April 15. It looks like these negotiations are not exactly […]

Pittsburgh paper pokes at Peoria

Peoria made the Pittsburgh paper today.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Morning File with Peter Leo” listed the winners in a Great Britain contest for the craziest parking tickets issued.  After giving the five winners, including “Four cars in a funeral cortege [who] were ticketed for stopping while mourners paid their respects,” Mr. Leo turned to […]