November 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.

While I’m gone: Open Thread

Since I won’t be posting much the next month, I thought I’d jump on the “open thread” bandwagon and let you all comment on whatever you want. Keep it clean and civil and no one will get deleted. Enjoy!

Naturally, I write another post almost immediately

But it’s important! I’m going to be Jonathan Ahl’s guest on “Outside the Horseshoe” this Tuesday night (11/28) at 6 p.m., immediately before the city council meeting. We’ll be talking about the Heart of Peoria Commission’s presentation on the Glen Oak School siting issue and other council stuff. So, tune in at WCBU at […]

Community announcements and Chronicle hiatus

It’s just about December, and that means that work duties will be dominating my time. You may remember from last year that each December the church where I work (Grace Presbyterian) puts on a big Christmas concert called “Grace Family Christmas,” and I spend the time between the actual concerts (Nov. 30-Dec. 3) and […]

Late to The Office party

Yes, I know it’s in its third season and it’s won an Emmy, but I had never seen an episode of NBC’s comedy show “The Office” until about a week ago. And now I’m addicted to it.

It’s not that friends hadn’t told me about it before. The lead singer of my old band […]

Happy Thanksgiving

An interesting take on annexation

We always hear that annexation is good for the city because it’s “capturing” the growth just outside municipal borders. But there’s another hypothesis out there as to why municipal employees might be so gung-ho for more annexation — higher wages.

In an article originally published in 1987 for the journal “Public Choice,” Rodolfo […]

Heart of Peoria Commission takes a position on school siting

Jennifer Davis has a great article on yesterday’s Heart of Peoria Commission meeting. She even quotes me:

Commissioner C.J. Summers noted, “The Heart of Peoria plan says our schools are perfectly located where they are now.”

Another key concern of the commission is the fear that District 150 has not fully examined whether the […]

Peoria police response to exposé unacceptable

I’m with Scott Janz on this one. The WHOI (channel 19) news team recently did an exposé on child sex offenders who were living within 500 feet of Peoria area schools.

In Illinois, it’s illegal for child sex offenders to live within 500 feet of schools. The only exception is if the offender […]

Gerrymandering won’t be easy to reverse

I left the League of Women Voters meeting Saturday morning a little less hopeful than when I arrived. It’s not going to be easy to change minds in Springfield about the way the legislative districts are drawn. The meeting was dedicated to exploring ways we can make the districts contiguous and compact (as the […]

Should government get out of the education business?

Here’s an article sure to get you thinking. It’s called “Enterprising Education: Doing Away with the Public School System” (PDF file), by Andrew Young and Walter Block. Here’s their summary of their argument:

We critically examine the accepted notion that primary education is a legitimate and necessary function of the state. The notion is […]