December 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.

Current Journal Star not without its skeletons

There’s quite a bit of consternation about the prospect of someone like Dave Ransburg buying the paper. The fear, presumably, is that news stories that don’t fit the buyers’ agenda for Peoria will be suppressed. There’s fear that the new owner might not be “responsible,” thus compromising the paper’s integrity.

I share those fears, […]

Employees unite to save Journal Star from Ransburg

The Peoria Pundit is reporting that Newspaper Guild employees at the Journal Star are going to start an aggressive campaign “to ensure the paper is sold to a responsible buyer.” The campaign is set to kick off on January 1, 2007, with a full-page ad and website.

According to their website, the mission statement […]

Does allowing zoo construction portend designation denial?

Clare Jellick (who has a good blog of her own) reports in today’s Journal Star that plans to expand Glen Oak Zoo will be unhindered by the request to designate Glen Oak Park an historic site.

Section 16-86(d) of Peoria’s municipal code states (emphasis mine):

(d) Regulation during consideration period. From the date of […]

“Outside the Horseshoe” reviews top stories of 2006

Jonathan Ahl had WMBD-AM’s Dave Dahl and the Journal Star’s Jennifer Davis on WCBU’s “Outside the Horseshoe” program (listen to an .mp3 of the show) this past Tuesday to review 2006. The six top stories they identified and discussed:

At-large Council Elections — Morris and Grayeb are not seeking reelection, so there is a […] charity scam?

For Christmas, my dad got my mom a footstool through (pictured at right). It came in a box with some assembly required — basically, you have to screw the legs on and secure each of them with a screw. Once it was assembled, however, it was only a matter of hours before the […]

Historic designation not the way to save Glen Oak Park

The Journal Star has an editorial in today’s print edition (I haven’t been able to find it online to link to it), headlined “Historic or not, parks are province of Park Board,” that criticizes citizens’ attempts to declare Glen Oak Park an historic site, thus making it subject to oversight by the city’s Historic […]

The Thetford Files: Kellar Branch conversion

[In the months leading up to the at-large City Council election, I’ll be occasionally pulling out some pertinent data on Gale Thetford and posting it under the headline “The Thetford Files,” lest we forget why she was voted off the council.]

From the October 22, 2002 City Council Proceedings:


Rumors abound in Peoria

Lots of interesting rumors flying around these days:

The Word on the Street column reported yesterday that the rumor is that former mayor Dave Ransburg is trying to buy the Journal Star. When asked if there was “a nugget of truth in all the speculation,” Ransburg replied, “I have no idea,” which means “yes, […]

New theme for new year?

The Chronicle is back.

I’ve been looking for a new WordPress theme to change things up a little for the new year. I kinda like this one, called “WuCoco.” It’s based on “Wuhan,” which is the theme I was using before; it’s very similar, actually. I found the featured picture of Peoria online; it’s […]

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug […]