November 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.

The Chamber of Inconsistency

In today’s article about the Peoria County Finance Committee’s meeting regarding the proposed museum, I was struck most by this line:

Roberta Parks, chief operating officer of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce . . . said the chamber at this point doesn’t have a position on whether it would support a sales tax […]

PJS: WTVP defaulted on loan

I’ve been to WTVP’s studio at State and Water streets downtown. It’s not an attractive building on the outside, but the digital television equipment and studio space inside is enviable. I’d love to work on their video editing suite. But the building and equipment came with a hefty price tag: $10.3 million.

I […]

Concerts start tonight

The big Christmas program performances start tonight, so as I stated previously, I won’t be doing much blogging. Depending on what the county decides about the museum thing or what the school board decides about the East Bluff school location, I may not be able to keep from commenting a little, but for the […]

Central Illinois Railroad stonewalling Pioneer

After the council voted to table the Kellar Branch resolution at tonight’s meeting, I talked to Mike Carr, President of Pioneer Railcorp. I found out that Central Illinois Railroad (CIRY) has been unresponsive to Pioneer’s numerous attempts to contact them and work out an operating arrangement.

In its recent decision to let Pioneer […]

Globe Energy wants to use rail service

HOI News is reporting that Globe Energy would like to use the Kellar Branch:

Over at Globe Energy they want to build the rail spurs into their building. They say it’s not about shipping costs. It’s more about the environment. David Jones with Globe Energy said, “There is a chance over the next five […]

Journal Star working overtime on Kellar Branch story

There have been lots of Kellar Branch articles in the paper the last couple of days. I hardly know where to begin.

The Editorial

Sunday was the big editorial. Mostly it was a rehash of the same tired arguments the trail proponents have had from the beginning. I have to give them credit […]

The busy season starts

As you know, each December my church (where I work) does a big Christmas production — Grace Family Christmas — and it monopolizes my time from the week after Thanksgiving until Christmas day, although I do usually find some time here and there to write a post or two.

Well, it’s that time […]

Highlights of upcoming Council meeting

There’s a city council meeting this coming Tuesday night, Nov. 27. There are a few noteworthy items on the agenda:

Public Hearing on 2008 City of Peoria Budget. This is your chance to tell the city what you think of the proposed budget, and what changes you think should be made. Heart of Peoria […]

City Manager: Illegal activity will not be tolerated

It was all I could do to refrain from blogging yesterday. I sort of made a pact with myself that on the Thanksgiving holiday I wasn’t going to post anything, but leave up a happy, holiday message all day. I did it. But it was brutal. Why? Because of this news item:

“There are […]

Happy Thanksgiving

This is an open thread for everyone to express what they’re thankful for this year. I’ll start by simply quoting the Irving Berlin classic, “I’ve Got Plenty to Be Thankful For,” from the movie “Holiday Inn”:

I’ve got eyes to see with Ears to hear with Arms to hug with Lips to kiss […]