August 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.

Land Value Taxation: a fairer tax system?

When Gary Sandberg ran for at-large city councilman, one of the planks in his platform was that he’d like to see the city move toward “site value taxation.” No one asked what that was at any of the candidate forums I attended. I probably wouldn’t have heard about it again, except that I recently […]

Darin LaHood to run for states attorney, not 18th Congressional seat

Darin LaHood announced today that he will be running against Kevin Lyons for Peoria County States Attorney, ending speculation about whether he would vie for the 18th Congressional District seat being vacated by his father, the Hon. Ray LaHood.

You can read his bio/resume by clicking here. Here’s the text of the news […]

Open thread Thursday

I’ve got some posts in the works, but in the meantime, please feel free to comment on the news of the day.

Governor signs electric rate relief

Gov. Blagojevich, who had earlier threatened to scuttle the electric rate relief package agreed to by lawmakers and energy companies, finally signed the legislation yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reports:

Gov. Rod Blagojevich reluctantly signed a $1 billion electricity-rate relief package Tuesday that dramatically reshapes the Illinois electric market, saying the legislation provides a “good […]

Abud by any other name

Adams Supermarket is open now on the south side, but what’s the name of the guy who owns it?

I always thought it was a guy named Ahmad Abud — at least, when I went down there many months ago and talked to him, that’s the name he gave me. But when Jennifer […]

Rumor mill: Museum “Plan B”

Tonight at the council meeting, Councilman Bob Manning asked the museum group what they would do if the New Markets Tax Credits funding didn’t come through, or if not enough of it came through for them to be able to move forward on the museum. As he put it, “What’s ‘plan B’?”

The […]

PJStar: Museum “slightly less impressive”

The Journal Star’s Editorial Board has low expectations. How do I know that? Because they say in their editorial today that recent changes to the proposed downtown museum make it “a slightly less impressive facility, from a size and architectural standpoint.”


Since the original plans came out, the size of the museum […]

Blagojevich sues Madigan

I heard this on NPR this morning and couldn’t believe it. But here it is in the Chicago Tribune this morning:

Gov. Rod Blagojevich has sued House Speaker Michael Madigan for allegedly concocting a scheme to let lawmakers ignore the governor’s frequent calls for special legislative sessions. In the lawsuit, Blagojevich accused Madigan of […]

Mr. Spirito impresses with airport successes

Now we have not one, but two new direct flight destinations: Phoenix (Mesa), Arizona, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That brings the number of direct flight destinations to 11, over twice as many as this time last year.

So I asked Greater Peoria Regional Airport Director Ken Spirito, “to what do you attribute your success? […]

Nice guys finish last

So, on Friday morning, Jenny Davis announced to the Heart of Peoria Commission that she was promoted to Lifestyles editor at the Journal Star and would no longer be covering city hall.

“Can I put that on my blog?” I asked.

“I’d rather you didn’t,” she said, “because it hasn’t been posted yet […]