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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.

Can new director breathe new life into library?

This is old news that I somehow missed a couple of weeks ago, but is worth mentioning in case you missed it, too. The Peoria Public Library is getting a new director. Edward M. Szynaka will take the reigns August 14 and earn $100,000 a year (I’m clearly in the wrong business).

Szynaka was […]


I’ve spent the weekend reading “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War” by Nathaniel Philbrick, and just finished it tonight. What an interesting history!

While it does follow the Pilgrims from Leiden to Plymouth Rock, the most interesting part of the book to me is its history of King Philip’s War (1675-1676), a […]

Pioneer offers immediate relief for Carver Lumber

Pioneer Industrial Railway (PIRY) filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) today to provide alternative rail service to Carver Lumber over the Kellar Branch.  Pioneer argues that, since the city and Central Illinois Railroad (CIRY) are providing inadequate and overpriced service via the western connection and refuse to route cars over the […]

Questions and Questionable Answers

The Journal Star provides on their website a copy of the “Questions and Answer” sheet Ken Hinton distributed at the special District 150 School Board meeting on Monday. On pages three and four, it says this:

9. What is the actual size of the property being acquired at the park site. DW


I’m the old guy

Our church has a praise team made up of people roughly my age that leads worship most Sunday mornings. This Sunday, the high school worship team will be playing instead (although the regular praise team’s guitar player and I will be joining them). Yesterday I got to practice with them for a little while […]

Enjoy your final week of anonymity, E.M.

As most of you know, anonymous Peoria blogger, attorney/theologian, and avid gardener “Eyebrows McGee” has been raising money for the Peoria Playhouse. She said if she raised at least $1000, she would reveal her true identity.

Well, she made it to a grand and, true to her word, the big revelation will take place […]

It’s all over but the budget busting

I wasn’t at the school board meeting last night, but I didn’t need to be. It was as predictable as the sun rising in the east. I’m not quite sure why they’re continuing the charade of “evaluating” the two proposed school sites; they’re not fooling anyone.

The school board decided on this site long […]

Carver asks city to reimburse $41,000 in shipping costs

As I mentioned last Friday, Carver Lumber has filed its report to the Surface Transportation Board regarding the service it has been receiving via the newly-built western spur. You can read their letter here (84KB PDF file).

They give a lot of details, but the basic facts are these:

Deliveries that used to take […]

School board meeting tonight at 5:30

Peoria Public School District 150 will be meeting tonight at 5:30 to discuss the new school for the Woodruff High School attendance area. You can join them at 3202 N. Wisconsin Ave. and let your voice be heard, or you can watch them on cable channel 17.

I’ll be on a date with my […]

City to consider another consultant for Civic Center hotel

On the council’s agenda for Tuesday night is a request to hire yet another consultant to determine whether Peoria needs a hotel connected to the Civic Center. This one costs $21,000 and will look at demand for hotel rooms, what impact the proposed Civic Center hotel would have on existing hotels, and the quality […]