December 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.

Closing the book on 2007

As another year draws to a close, this is a good time to say thanks. Thanks for reading, for commenting, for discussing. I really enjoy the conversations in this virtual living room where we gather and talk about the issues of the day. I’m looking forward to more of that in 2008. Stop by […]

WTVP crisis a mystery

I was talking with my father-in-law recently and we got on the subject of WTVP. I asked him if he was going to pledge any money to help “Save Our Station.” No, he said. He likes public television, but since he subscribes to cable, he’s confident he’ll continue to get PBS programming even if […]

PI the ghost of blogging past

PeoriaIllinoisan has compiled a review of 2007 in the blogosphere. I was thinking of doing something similar, but he beat me to it, and I couldn’t have done it better myself anyway. Check it out!

Trib predicts Cubs in ’08 WS

The Chicago Tribune has released its predictions for 2008. Here’s what they’re predicting for the Cubs’ 100th anniversary of their last World Series win:

Hoping to end a 100-year championship drought, the Cubs will head into September with a six-game lead in the Central Division — before a downward spiral that will conjure up […]

Randy Oliver tried to get a city manager job in Texas

I just read over at Jonathan Ahl’s blog that Randy Oliver is definitely looking for another job, although he and his wife deny it.

Jonathan doesn’t link to it, but here’s the article from The Dallas Morning News which reports that McKinney, Texas, has hired a new city manager. The new manager isn’t Randy […]

Another creative loophole for smoking ban

Nasir Salim has found a creative way around the smoking ban. The Chicago Tribune reports that Salim “owns four Dhuwan hookah [Middle Eastern water pipe] lounges in Chicago and the suburbs that all opened within the last two years.”

He said that all four would serve only prepackaged food and soft drinks after […]

Vacation day

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas. I’m taking a vacation day today. So, here’s an open thread where you can share what Christmas presents you got from Santa, or whatever else you’d like to talk about. Happy new year!

Upcoming events

Christmas Broadcast: If you’d like to see what I’ve been working on this month, just watch WEEK-TV on Christmas Eve at 10:30 p.m. or Christmas Day at noon to see the annual Grace Family Christmas broadcast. JammSammich Reunion: As some of you know, I used to be the keyboard player in the local […]

Rail/trail committee being formed

City Manager Randy Oliver updated city council members this week on plans to form a committee to look at the feasibility of building a trail alongside the Kellar Branch rail line:

Representatives of the City, Park District, Peoria Heights, and TriCounty Regional Planning met with Central Illinois Rail and Pioneer Rail in separate meetings […]

Peoria unveils new website

Today, the City of Peoria unveiled its much-talked-about new website. Take a look at it and tell me what you think.

My initial thoughts: It looks a lot better than the old one. The RSS feeds are very nice. From a coding standpoint, the Peoria County website is more sophisticated, but the city’s site […]