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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.

Blogger Bash tonight

There’s a blogger bash tonight (7 p.m.) at Donnelly’s, 4908 N Renwood Ave, near the corner Glen and War Memorial Drive. More info is available here.

It’s my understanding the agenda is as follows:

I. Call to Order II. Eat/Drink III. Discuss organizing a “blogger journalist” advocacy group IV. Eat/Drink V. Watch “lovable losers” […]

HOI News picks up “so-called blog” story

Tonight on the 5:00 news on WHOI, Elaine Hopkins was interviewed regarding a Peoria judge’s ruling that bloggers aren’t part of the news media. It was an interesting segment.

My favorite line, however, was when Tim McGinnis asked Elaine if she always researches both sides of a story and she responded, “Sometimes. It depends […]

What? We’re winning the war?

Imagine my shock after reading this article about how the U.S. is winning the war in Iraq — not on Fox News, but in the New York Times! It’s written by war critics, to boot. (Note: the New York Times site may require you to register to read the article.)

Here is the […]

Sue the gangs

The Bloomington Pantagraph ran an interesting AP article today on a tactic used by some cities to fight gang-related crime: civil lawsuits. Sounds crazy, but apparently it has had some success:

Fort Worth and San Francisco are among the latest to file lawsuits against gang members, asking courts for injunctions barring them from hanging […]

It’s very clear, HRA taxes are here to stay

Altogether now: “…Not for a year, but forever and a day….” How do I know?

Though the latest phase of revitalization is nearly finished, the overall effort isn’t complete. [Former board chairwoman Rebekah] Bourland said she envisions replacing the building’s glass arcades and adding a more user-friendly entrance from Monroe Avenue.

“The Civic Center […]

Open Thread Monday

Something on your mind this morning? Type it out. It’s therapeutic.

An economist asks, Why not have students, not schools, compete?

I ran across this site recently called the Becker-Posner Blog. It’s a blog run by Gary Becker, an economist and Nobel laureate, and Richard Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Imagine a couple of guys like that having a blog, of all things!

Anyway, in an […]

My favorite music artist died 25 years ago today

Keith Green pictureAnyone who knows me well knows that my favorite singer/songwriter is Keith Green. Most of you have probably never heard of him. My uncle got me started listening to his music when I was in my pre-teen years. I borrowed his albums (yeah, for you youngsters out there, we used to listen to music on these round vinyl things with grooves in them called “albums”) for some time. It wasn’t until my twelfth birthday that I first got my very own Keith Green album (“No Compromise“).

The next day, July 28, 1982, Keith Green died in a plane crash in Texas. He was 28.

Since this is the 25th anniversary of that fateful day, I thought I’d post a little video biography of Keith that’s out on YouTube for anyone who would like to learn a little more about him. It’s a pretty interesting story, actually, even if you’re not into Christian music.

Update (7/30): The Associated Press reported over the weekend: “EMI/Sparrow Records is painstakingly going through recordings saved by [Keith’s] wife, Melody. An iTunes release with music never before heard by the public is planned for August. More material will be released next year, said Bryan Ward, director of artist development with EMI Christian Music Group.” This is great news for Keith Green fans!

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Alison Krauss concert tonight!

I’m looking forward to the concert tonight. Anyone else planning to go? Here’s a clip from YouTube of Alison, Union Station, and child prodigy Sierra Hull playing “Cluck Old Hen”:

LaHood not seeking reelection

Jonathan Ahl is reporting that Ray LaHood will not seek reelection when his term expires in 2009. Now that’s what I call a scoop, Mr. Ahl. Good work!

Let the speculation begin: Why isn’t he running? Who will take his place? What will he do after his term is up?

On that last […]