The Journal Star reports this afternoon that their parent company, Copley Press, is selling all its newspapers in Illinois, which includes the Peoria Journal Star, Galesburg Register-Mail, Springfield’s State Journal-Register, and the Lincoln Courier:
Journal Star publisher John McConnell revealed the news to employees at a 1 p.m. companywide meeting today.
Copley said in [...]
Jennifer Davis reports in the Journal Star today that plans are moving forward to “widen and improve” Northmoor Road:
The proposal would be to make Northmoor Road three lanes from Allen Road to Rosemead Drive, which is basically across from the Exposition Gardens entrance. Northmoor would then become five lanes from there until Sheridan [...]
Peoria is getting some national press, but not in a flattering way. A story in the most recent issue of Time Magazine begins with this anecdote:
A woman walked into a polling place in Peoria, Ill. last week and proceeded to use one of the new electronic voting machines set up for early [...]
Budget news from Peoria County:
Peoria County Administration has released its recommended 2007 Peoria County budget. The 2007 budget of $110.5 million is an increase of 6.2% over 2006. Much of this difference is attributed to twenty new funds in an effort to increase the financial transparency between the annual budget and the Comprehensive [...]
On the Peoria County website there’s an article titled “County Clerk’s Office Encourages Early Voting” (October 9):
The Peoria County Clerk’s Office is ready for the 2006 General Election. It has to be; early voting begins October 16, 2006. While Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, registered voters can begin voting at one of [...]
The Peoria Chronicle congratulates the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals on winning their 10th World Series Championship. GO CARDINALS!
Picture credit: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
I was 12 years old the last time the Cardinals won the World Series. I watched them lose in ’85, and again in ’87. Then the long, grueling [...]
O’Brien Steel’s letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding the service they received from Pioneer Railcorp several years ago has the two businesses sparring again. Pioneer fired off a response claiming O’Brien was acting as the City’s lackey because they want the City’s help for their expansion plans:
I [J. Michael Carr, President [...]
There has been some concern that I haven’t been critical enough of the anti-smoking-ban statistics coming out of Springfield. So, for those who would like to hear the other side of the story, Knight in Dragonland has a well-written pro-smoking-ban post here.
As I said in my comments on an earlier post, I’m willing [...]
I went to see the movie “Who Killed the Electric Car” the other night. It was a de facto private showing, since I was the only person in the theater, proving once again that I’m weird. Yes, I like to watch lectures on C-SPAN and documentaries on PBS, so going to a movie about [...]
Insight Communications’ cable franchise agreement with the City of Peoria expired six months ago, but renewal of the cable operator’s franchise has yet to be signed. I asked City attorney Randy Ray on Monday (10/23) what the status was, and he had this to say:
We have just completed 3 lengthy conference calls. Our [...]