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Prospect properties used for fire training

Two properties on Prospect avenue owned by Peoria Public School District 150 are being used for training by the Peoria Fire Department (PFD). The graphic below shows all the properties purchased by the district:

Of those properties, two are being used by the Peoria Fire Department: 2144 and 2208. In addition, 2126 was approved […]

Is a life sentence more cruel than capital punishment?

Over 300 prisoners in Italy think so, the BBC reports today.

Convicted mobster, Carmelo Musumeci, 52, who has served 17 years of his life sentence so far, wrote a letter to Italy’s President Napolitano signed by over 300 other lifers asking that their life sentences be changed to death sentences.

Musumeci said […]


When you watch a movie and there’s a car crash, there’s always a giant crashing sound that accompanies it. Now, we all know that movies are not reality and that sound effects are often exaggerated, but since you don’t see or hear real car crashes every day, you sort of come to expect them […]

NY Times: Rethinking the kids menu

The New York Times has an interesting article today that questions whether children’s menus are good for kids. David Kamp writes, “the standard children’s menu is regressive, encouraging children (and their misguided parents) to believe that there is a rigidly delineated ‘kids’ cuisine’ that exists entirely apart from grown-up cuisine.”

Especially irritating to the […]

Woman attacked on biking trail

From the May 23 Morton Times News:

Woman assaulted on the Illinois River bike trail.

By Nathan Domenighini
Times Newspapers

A twenty-year-old woman was attacked Saturday on the Illinois River Trail, which runs between Morton and East Peoria.

At about 11 a.m., Tammy, whose name is being withheld for security purposes, said she was riding her bike along the trail when she acknowledged a man also riding a bike near her.

“I said ‘good morning’ to him (while he passed), ” Tammy, an East Peoria resident, said.

He responded. Tammy said he seemed to just be carrying on a friendly conversation.

After passing her, then letting he catch up several times, she said he fell behind one last time before speeding up and ramming the back of her bike, knocking her to the ground. He asked her if she was alright and apologized for knocking her down.

“At that point, I was just annoyed,” Tammy said. “Then, he just kept coming closer and closer and I kept telling him it was alright and to just move on.” Before she knew what was happening, “He jumped and grabbed me,” she said. “He pulled out a white rag with chemicals on it and held it over my face.”

Tammy then struggled and started barraging him with kicks and punches, she said.

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Pessimistic headline writers

Who writes the headlines for the Journal Star? Whoever it is could use a little Prozac. Lately, the negative spin on some stories has been disappointing.

For example, in today’s paper is the headline, “O’Brien Field fails to attract growth.” However, after reading the article, one could just as easily have headlined it, […]

How was the traffic forum?

Last night, instead of attending the traffic forum at Bradley, I instead took my daughter in to MedPointe where she was diagnosed with strep throat. By the time I got her prescription filled and got her back home, it was close to 7:30. She’s getting better — the trick is keeping her brother and […]

Main Street traffic forum Tuesday night

A traffic forum to discuss improving Main Street will be held Tuesday night, May 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bradley Student Center. Here’s a presentation from transportation engineer Ian Lockwood on how he helped West Palm Beach, Florida, change their public right-of-ways to not only accommodate motor vehicles, but also pedestrians and bicyclists […]

Will D150 swap Prospect properties for Harrison land?

In April 2006, the Peoria Housing Authority (PHA) was talking to Peoria Public School District 150 about possibly swapping some land. The idea was that the PHA would give District 150 some land near Harrison Primary School for the District’s plans to construct a replacement building there, and in return, District 150 would give […]

Muni WiFi Networks: “They are the monorails of this decade”

The Journal Star ran two Associated Press articles on municipal wireless fidelity (Muni WiFi) networks, and neither article was very complimentary of the systems. It seems they’re not living up to their hype.

“They are the monorails of this decade: the wrong technology, totally overpromised and completely undelivered,” said Anthony Townsend, research director at […]