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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.

City zoning commission okays grandfather status for unpaved lots

The city council on Tuesday will also be considering a recommendation from the zoning commission that provides some relief to businesses in the older areas of town that have unpaved (rock or gravel) parking lots or loading areas.  Right now, if someone complains about such lots, the city can require that the business pave […]

Knoxville and Prospect intersection to be upgraded

Just in case you feel like there’s not enough road construction in your life, IDOT and the city are planning to upgrade the intersection of Knoxville and Prospect roads in Peoria, according to the city council agenda for Tuesday night.  It looks to be rather extensive — they want to change the intersection so […]

File this under “I” for “Irony”

On Monday, May 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a special meeting of the Peoria Public School Board at Woodruff High School to get input from the public regarding the district’s plans to abandon — and possibly raze to make way for public housing — the current Glen Oak School building, […]

PDC concessions not likely to change outcome

Peoria Disposal Company is trying to woo Peoria County Board members into voting for their landfill expansion by making some concessions. Briefly, these concessions include (according to the Journal Star):

agree not to expand over trench C-1 (oldest part of landfill) reduce the expansion area’s life to 12 years (down from 15) shift landfill […]

Chief responds directly to blogger

Peoria Police Chief Settingsgaard didn’t have Ann Ruggles respond to Bill Dennis’s criticisms.  He responded personally.  You gotta like that in a chief.

Senator speaks with forked tongue

I was thinking about Sen. Shadid’s recent actions regarding the Public School situation, and it sounds to me like he’s speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

He’s asking the governor to delay signing SB 2477 — legislation that would allow the Peoria School District to request the Peoria Public Building Commission (PBC) […]

Surface Transportation Board rules in Carver Lumber’s favor

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) ruled today that the city can’t tear up the Kellar Branch for at least another 90 days so Carver Lumber has time to evaluate the service they receive from Central Illinois Railway (CIRY) over the spur connecting to the Union Pacific (UP) line to the west. This is exactly […]

Ordinance against loud motorcycles should be enforced

I disagree with Bill Dennis on whether the noise ordinance should pass the council tonight (I think it should pass), but I agree with one thing he said: “an overly loud motorcycle wakes people up in the middle of the night just like a ‘boom-car’ does.”

When Police Chief Settingsgaard spoke at the Uplands […]

Glen Oak relocation temporarily delayed

Peoria Public School Superintendent Ken Hinton announced last night the district will stop pursuing the Glen Oak Park school siting process until they receive public input, according to the Journal Star today.  They will have a public forum to discuss the site and the siting process at Woodruff High School on Monday, May 1, […]

District 150 School Board to meet tonight

The Peoria Public School Board of Education will meet tonight to discuss this agenda. I’ve reprinted it below for your perusal (click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below). I’d just like to comment on two items.

First, under item #9, they say they want to “engage the firm LZT / Perkins + Will to work . . . on the programming phase of the new school construction.” The programming phase is where they write up a “program statement” which explains exactly what they want to get out of the new building: what spaces are needed (classrooms, lunchroom, auditorium, lab, etc.), each space’s size and purpose, how the spaces relate to each other, etc. This is used to help them come up with cost estimates and conceptual designs.

My question is, why do they need two architectural firms to do this, and how were they chosen? They list “LZT / Perkins + Will” as if it’s one business. But LZT & Associates is a separate company (based in Peoria) from Perkins + Will, based out of Chicago. Are they saying they’re going to choose one of these two based on who will provide the service at a lower cost? If they’re planning to engage them both, what unique deliverables are expected of each firm? LZT has designed expansions for Columbia and Von Steuben Middle Schools, and is currently working on the Civic Center exhibit hall expansion. Perkins + Will doesn’t appear to have ever done anything in Peoria, if their website is any indication.

Secondly, I’m fascinated that they are poised to renew their contract with Aramark (item #10), the food service vendor that provides food so horrible that Oliver Twist would rather have gone hungry than ask for more of it. Is nutrition an area where we really want to take the lowest bid? Does quality count for anything in this process?

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