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 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.Â 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 [...]
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
ANSWER: A [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]