October 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.

Copley Press to sell Peoria Journal Star

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 […]

Northmoor widening unwarranted

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 voter error makes Time Magazine story

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 […]

Peoria County tax rate to decrease slightly

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 […]

Maybe we should just revoke voting rights

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, Pioneer Rail reopen old wounds

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 […]

For you pro-smoking-ban readers….

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 […]

Movie Review: Who Killed the Electric Car?

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 […]

Cable franchise agreement still in the works

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 […]