June 2007
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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.

Peoria city ranking down, MSA ranking same

The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2006 population estimates this month, and the big news (via the Journal Star) is that Peoria has dropped from fifth- to seventh-largest city in Illinois:

The top 10 cities in the state ranked by population are: Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Naperville, Joliet, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan and Cicero.

True. […]

More media consolidation in Peoria

All the newspaper media in town are singing with one voice now.

The Journal Star is reporting that GateHouse Media Inc., which recently acquired the Journal Star, is also buying up TimesNewspapers, publishers of the Peoria Times-Observer and the other local weeklies.

The Peoria Chronicle and other local blogs are still independently-owned and […]

Nancy Drew

Last Friday was my oldest daughter’s birthday, and on Saturday I took her to see the Nancy Drew movie. First, we went to Nova Cinemas (formerly Landmark Theaters) just before noon to catch the 12:05 showing. Nova has a deal where it’s only $4 per person to get in, and they have a “popcorn […]

Time to shame Peoria’s most notorious slum lords

Remember when the City of Peoria tried shaming slumlords by putting a sign in front of their rundown properties with the name and number of the owner? Maybe the city should put one of those signs in front of these properties:

Know who owns these properties? The top one is the old […]

The wheels of government turn slowly

On the council’s agenda tonight is a request by the residents on West Melbourne Avenue for some ornamental lighting. What’s interesting to me is that this request was approved by the Board of Local Improvements on June 19, 2003. That’s a full four years ago. Why does it take four years for something like […]

Mapping Peoria crime

Someone recently asked to see Peoria’s homicides plotted on a map. I had mentioned that would take some time; well, as it turns out, the police already have such a map, and it was included in the agenda for tonight’s council meeting. It shows not only homicides, but also “aggravated discharge of a firearm” […]

HOPC to meet June 29

The Heart of Peoria Commission will meet this Friday, June 29, in the Twin Towers Suite 402 (front meeting room) to discuss this agenda:


2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF MAY 25,2007 – attached


Library building program gets off on wrong foot

The Peoria City Council has a library liaison. It used to be John Morris, but since he’s left the council, there’s a new liaison: Gary Sandberg. An inspired choice, if you ask me, considering they’re planning to spend a whole bunch of taxpayer money on capital improvements.

Today’s Word on the Street gives a […]

A discussion about “cheap labor”

This post is really a continuation of a conversation that started here with my post about China’s recent weaponization of space, and continued over at Knight in Dragonland’s site. Now I’m bringing it back over here because my response is essentially a new post in and of itself.

To set this up, I’m […]

HOPC meeting rescheduled

The Heart of Peoria Commission meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled and we are in the process of rescheduling. It will most likely be either next Friday (6/29) or the following Friday (7/6), or possibly both. As soon as we get everyone’s schedules coordinated, I’ll post the new meeting date(s) here.