October 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’s own 9/11 suspect will have his day in court

Ali al-Marri, suspected and detained “enemy combatant” that moved to Peoria on September 10, 2001, was the subject of a news report on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning. “A federal appeals court in Virginia is set to hear arguments on whether he should be charged or released from military custody.” If the government is […]

Why do we fall back later this year?

The New York Times says it’s because the candy companies lobbied for it to help candy sales on Halloween.

Like they always say, “follow the money.” Incidentally, I always hated getting money on Halloween. I wanted candy. And if anyone wants to really ruin a kid’s night, give them mini-carrots. It will be met […]

Peoria Hardee’s restaurants have new owner


CARPINTERIA, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — CKE Restaurants, Inc. announced today the sale of 26 restaurants as part of its ongoing strategic refranchising program that was originally announced in April, 2007. The initiative is expected to involve approximately 200 Hardee’s restaurant locations in a number of markets across the Midwest and […]

Traffic calming on neighborhood streets

In a recent post about the benefits of a gridiron street system, Beth Akeson left some supporting comments and said:

Let’s explore how other communities are handling these issues and learn from their successes and failures. We can always tweak the ideas to accommodate the “uniqueness” of Peoria. I have learned so much from […]

Trib and Chronicle readers agree: Recall Blago …and others

The Chicago Tribune ran a follow-up to their Sunday editorial where they asked readers if Illinois should amend its constitution to allow the governor to be recalled. I found it interesting that the responses the Tribune got were remarkably similar to the responses Chronicle readers left here, showing that upstate, downstate, Republicans and Democrats […]

How do you grade Peoria’s traffic signals?

A couple of weeks ago, the City of Peoria released this information about the city’s traffic signals:

The American Public Works Association (APWA), as part of the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC), participated in the release of the 2007 Traffic Signal Report Card during a press conference on October 9, 2007 in Washington D.C. […]

Reader poll: Throw the bum out?

Speaking of the Chicago Tribune, they’ve published a declaration of all the reasons Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be thrown out of office. In conjunction, they’re also gathering comments from readers (until 2 p.m. today) on whether the state constitution should be amended in 2008 to allow us to recall the governor before his term […]

Did anyone fall back early?

This year, the federal government changed the date that we set our clocks back an hour. It’s usually the last Sunday in October, but this year it’s the first Sunday in November. Did anyone set back their clocks Sunday morning/Saturday night out of habit? Or did your electronic clocks set themselves back?

I […]

Let through-streets through

At the end of a Journal Star article on Friday about the new arbor at Rebecca Place being dedicated and the planned celebration for it, there was a brief mention that neighbors may want that street closed permanently:

In the coming months, [Second District Councilwoman Barbara] Van Auken said the neighborhood association and city […]

Put Ryan in the joint already

In 1994, six children burned to death in this van. WLS-TV in Chicago explains:

Rev. Scott Willis and his family were driving on a Wisconsin interstate when a piece of metal fell off a semi tractor trailer truck. It punctured the gas tank on their minivan, which burst into flames. The driver of that […]