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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 Cares [Updated]

Dialing 494-CARE

“Hello, Mayor and City Council office.”

“Oh, I’m sorry, I thought I was calling the Peoria Cares number.”

“He’s off today, so it rolls over to us.”

“Okay, well, I was wondering if there was a problem with the City’s website today; I can’t get it to load.”

“I can give you […]

OSF sues Dr. Banno and Peoria Day Surgery for racketeering

On Wednesday, April 23, OSF Healthcare System filed suit in U. S. District Court (read the complaint here) against Dr. Joseph Banno and Peoria Day Surgery Center: three counts of racketeering and one count of consumer fraud and deceptive business practices.

There’s already bad blood between these two groups. In September 2006, Peoria Day […]

Another proud Peorian

Kirk Wessler gave his list of things he likes about Peoria in his article Sunday. He credits my “Be Positive About Peoria Day” post as his inspiration. I’m glad to see that catching on.

For all the irritating things about Peoria, there’s also a lot to like. Nowhere is that truer than sports […]

Monday open thread

What’s on your mind this morning?

Bibo gets the facts wrong on Kellar

Terry Bibo writes an opinion column for the Journal Star, so I don’t begrudge her expressing her advocacy for converting the Kellar Branch rail line into a dedicated trail, even though I obviously disagree with her. But it does bother me when she says things like this, as if it were a fact:

Even […]

Comprehensive planning not easy, City discovers

A recent “Issues Update” from the city outlined the difficulty city staff is having getting participation in the Comprehensive Planning process from certain segments of the community:

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN SURVEY – PRELIMINARY RESULTS. As part of the Comprehensive Plan re-write process, the City made an online survey available to the public in order to […]

Happy belated blogoversary to me

It’s hard to believe, but my blog started three years ago — April 15, 2005, just a couple of days before my son was born. How time flies!

The last line of my first post was, “There’s always plenty to talk about in Peoria.” Hope you all are still enjoying the discussion.

Riverfront planning session to be held May 3

The City’s Economic Development Department has been trying to drum up support for their newest riverfront plan, sometimes called the “Green Edge Plan.” In case you’ve forgotten, this is a plan to build a road along the riverfront from the RiverPlex north to Spring Street (and eventually further north to connect with Grandview Drive) […]

Darin LaHood pizza party planned

From an invitation/press release:

Dear Neighborhood Associations and Fellow Peorians:

We are writing to invite you to a Pizza Party at Agatucci’s Restaurant to meet Darin LaHood, candidate for Peoria County State’s Attorney. Please join us for an evening of pizza and beverages and to hear from Darin regarding his plans to help improve […]

D150 looking to save money by cutting instruction time, arts

“Well, I guess you can cut the arts as much as you want, Gene. Sooner or later, these kids aren’t going to have anything to read or write about.”

–Glenn Holland, “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” 1995

I went to Whittier Primary School this morning. My kids will be going there next fall (I’m sure District […]