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Ardis to continue pushing for Amtrak service

I was happy to hear Ardis say this in his State of the City address today:

I will continue to pursue having IDOT urge AMTRAK to complete a feasibility study to bring passenger rail service back to Peoria. We are the second largest municipality outside Chicago and we deserve consideration. Senator Durbin spoke in […]

Rethinking the “Peoria Promise”

Mayor Jim Ardis delivered his “State of the City” address today (the transcript is available on the City of Peoria website), and he had a big announcement to make about the “Peoria Promise” initiative:

Last year, at this State of the City address, I asked our city to dream big dreams and consider […]

President Bush visits Peoria

President George W. Bush visited Peoria this morning, stopping by Sterling Family Restaurant for breakfast before heading over to Caterpillar in East Peoria to give a “State of the Economy” speech at Caterpillar’s building SS.

There have been a lot of “presidential sightings” all morning: people who were in the restaurant and actually got […]

Trolley service proposed for Kellar Branch line

Gomaco Trolley in PortlandWhile the Recreational Trail Advocates are stepping up their efforts to get the Kellar Branch rail line converted to a hiking/biking trail, there is another plan on the table that calls for keeping the rail line for passenger service.

Sharon Deckard, President of the Illinois Prairie Railroad Foundation, has put together a proposal for offering commuter and tourist trolley service along the Kellar Branch. The service would provide transportation from downtown, through shopping areas such as Junction City and Peoria Heights, and up through Pioneer Park to a proposed “park and ride” station. A trolley would be used from the Gomaco Trolley Company which builds replicas of historic trolley cars, but with modern train technology. They could build a replica of one of Peoria’s old street cars or an Illinois Traction interurban. (Of course, the new cars would be self-propelled, so no need to restring electric wires for power.)

Deckard has personally delivered her proposal to each Peoria City Council member and the Mayor of Peoria Heights. You can see her full proposal here: Trolley-Proposal-Full.pdf (warning: large file! 8.8 MB PDF).

If you don’t want to download the large PDF file, here is the main text of the proposal:

Using what we already have to benefit

All across the country cities are finding the need to go to commuter rail. This is a service that allows them to come from their suburban bedroom communities into the city to their jobs and businesses.

The stop and go commute, parking problems, fuel emissions in the air and a host of other things including the most important “time”, is causing these cities to install commuter rail. This ranges from park n rides to full length light rail through larger downtowns.

They are finding that providing this access to their cities is encouraging residents and businesses alike to relocate near these amenities.

The biggest problem in establishing this program for commuters is that they find it cost prohibitive and it takes many years to accomplish it. They have to buy the land, clear it, install the tracks and buy the equipment, as well as run it so that it is beneficial to itself and the community.

We, here in Peoria are way ahead of the game. We have the rail, in place and waiting. We have eliminated 90% of the cost before we start.

Peoria is a very unique community in that it has a complete ring road of trackage around the entire city. There are eight railroads that currently serve Peoria. This gives a foot in the door to numerous benefits for this community.


Bradley’s expansion plan in pictures!

Today, I’m pleased to be able to share with you pictures I received in digital format (JPG) from Bradley’s new institutional plan. They include aerial views, elevations, and other interesting information. Take a look and tell me what you think (hover over image for description; click to enlarge):


Posting will be light

I’ve got a lot of plates spinning today, but you guys always come up with such interesting topics, please feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss whatever you’d like. I have some interesting Kellar Branch news to share. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it posted tonight sometime. Also, I’ve […]

Bradley submits expansion plans to City

Bradley University submitted its new institutional plan to the City on Thursday (1/25). Since I was downtown yesterday for a meeting anyway, I stopped by the Planning & Growth department to take a look at it. It’s a comb-bound collection of mostly artistic renderings of the physical changes the University wants to make to […]

2007 Homicide #4: David L. McCreary

From the Journal Star’s breaking-news department:

David L. McCreary, 35, of 720 S. Greenlawn Ave., was pronounced dead about 11:40 p.m. during surgery at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. …Police don’t have a motive for the shooting. …No one is in custody.

In a related story, 1470 WMBD-AM reports that Mayor Jim Ardis “says […]

Civic Center TIF preposterous

They’ve got to be kidding.

The Civic Center Authority decided today “to ask the Peoria City Council next month to expand the Warehouse District TIF to include the site of a proposed hotel,” according to the Journal Star.

That’ll go over like a lead balloon. I can’t wait to see the council laugh the […]

Broski to retire; Bradley free to move on to Western

“As long as I’m president, we will not move farther west than Maplewood,” Broski, 61, said in addressing [Arbor District] neighborhood fears that the landlocked school wants to keep expanding that way.”

— August 24, 2006, as reported in the Journal Star

In an e-mail sent to faculty and staff Thursday, David Broski said […]