September 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.


Not a very impressive performance by the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Hampered by poor pitching and many injuries, they couldn’t even muster a winning season in 2007. But, on a positive note, they did end the season with a five-game winning streak, including a sweep of the Pirates.

But the Cardinals are […]

“Protecting the taxpayers’ interests”

Little new was discussed at last night’s community forum on where to locate District 150’s planned new school(s). But I had to chuckle when district treasurer Guy Cahill explained why the existing buildings couldn’t be fixed up. He said that the buildings had been evaluated and determined to cost more to repair than to […]

Open Thread Thursday

My week has been really busy, and I haven’t had much time to blog. But feel free to comment on whatever is on your mind in the meantime.

Also, don’t forget that tonight at Irving School there’s another public meeting on where District 150 should build their replacement school(s).

Pick a plan, any plan

The city council on Tuesday tacitly approved Craig Hullinger’s request to pursue his plan to put townhouses and a street between the Riverplex and Spring Street near the river. (Councilman Sandberg voted against having Hullinger spend his time on that project because he would like to see other projects that we’ve already started come […]

4 a.m. liquor license proposals flawed

I’m not inherently opposed to expanding the 4 a.m. liquor license area, which is on the council’s agenda for tonight. But the two proposals on the table — one from the liquor commission and one from the police department — have flaws.

The proposal from the liquor commission is a transparent attempt to grant […]

Townhouses on riverfront deserve consideration

At first glance, putting urban townhouses along the riverfront between the Riverplex and Spring Street seems like a crazy idea. But is it so crazy that it just might work?

I stopped by the Economic Development department and took a look at their proposal for this stretch of land. It would only displace […]

Open Thread Monday

What’s on your mind? Leave a piece of it here.

“The War”

I’m looking forward to watching the new documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, “The War.” It’s a seven-part series that starts tonight at 7 p.m. on PBS. Watch it and maybe we can discuss it here on the blog. There’s a viewer’s guide (PDF) available, too, and here’s an excerpt about the first […]

City recommends keeping Fleet Management in house

City Manager Randy Oliver has been looking for ways to save the city money, much to the chagrin of some council members. He suggested outsourcing the city’s Fleet Management services — the mechanics who maintain and repair the city’s many and various vehicles, like fire engines and snow plows. This caused several council members […]

HOI follows up on camera question

Kudos to HOI News for asking the Peoria Police Department about the effectiveness of their surveillance cameras. I was pleased to see they got reaction from Officer Ann Ruggles, the police department’s spokesperson. I e-mailed Ofc. Ruggles with my questions about the cameras Thursday morning and have yet to receive a reply.

They also […]