August 2008
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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.

Happy Labor Day Weekend

I’m taking a couple days off from the blog. Feel free to use this as an open thread, and have a great holiday weekend!

Journal Star rates going up

From my mailbox today:

August 27, 2008

Dear Subscriber,

As a subscriber who has chosen to pay for your subscription through our Easy Pay Plus plan, you are among our most valued subscribers and wisest readers. That is why we are writing you today to let you know about an upcoming change in our […]

McCain picks Palin

When I heard that McCain was considering Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, I started reading up on her, and I must say, I’m impressed. The more I’ve thought about it, the more I think she would be a brilliant choice both on the merits and as a political maneuver. Palin is known for her […]

Vonachens to close Monday

My in-laws had planned to take my wife out to Vonachen’s next Wednesday for my wife’s birthday. Fortunately, they made reservations. Unfortunately, Vonachens called today and said they’re closing Monday. So, if you want to enjoy Vonachens one last time, you have the weekend.

I’ve mentioned before how disappointed I am that they’re […]

Poll: Schock leading Callahan by more than 2-to-1 margin

From a press release:

(PEORIA) With just over two months to go in the race, a new poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Virginia on August 18-20th shows Aaron Schock leading Colleen Callahan by a more than two-to-one margin with Green Party nominee Sheldon Schafer getting 2% of the vote.

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New fundraising plans for museum block to be unveiled Sept. 2

There’s a press event planned for next Tuesday regarding fundraising efforts for the proposed downtown museum. The event is sponsored by the CEO Roundtable and sports a new catchphrase and logo to replace the old “Circle the Square” campaign: “Build the Block.” Here are the details directly from the press release:

Tuesday, September […]

A sneak peek at the new Glen Oak School

If you couldn’t make it to the public hearing on Monday and are dying to know what the new Glen Oak School will look like, here’s the 3-D rendering of the new campus, as presented Monday in the gym of the existing Glen Oak School:

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Chamber of Commerce announces new officers

From a press release:

Peoria, IL (August 26, 2008) – The new board members and officers for the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce are seated and ready for the upcoming year. The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize these new members and express its appreciation for the contributions that these individuals […]

South Side Mission nationally recognized as top ministry

From a press release:

Peoria-South Side Mission has been awarded the honor of being named a top ten ministry in the United States for 2008 by the Acton Institute and published by World Magazine. Each of these ten “grassroots” non profit organizations are highly successful privately funded charities whose work is direct, personal, and […]

Illinois Democrats share the love

Rich Miller of the Capitol Fax Blog is keeping up on a most remarkable showing of reconciliation between feuding Illinois Democrats, complete with video and pictures. Some are skeptical, but all appearances are that Governor Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan have hugged and made up after months of public fighting. They weren’t the […]