November 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.


Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this press release from the City of Peoria is so delightful:

City crews are currently treating primary intersections, hills, and areas considered to be a hazard. Snow is expected to fall all of today and tonight with accumulations of up to 3 to 5 inches in some […]

A friendly holiday reminder

Reading the story about the Wal-Mart worker who was killed in a stampede yesterday reminded me to check up on Our family stopped shopping at Wal-Mart several years ago now. In fact, it’s become a little joke among our friends that whenever they say they bought something at Wal-Mart, they immediately turn to […]

Parade used for a little museum promotion

The Museum Collaboration Group doesn’t miss a single opportunity to advertise. Here they are at the 121st annual Santa Claus Parade with a banner and some little foam blocks for the kiddies.

I’m surprised the blocks didn’t have “Vote Yes!” preprinted on the other side, in anticipation of the sales tax referendum […]

Black Friday: Consumerism über alles

The other night as I watched the news, there was a story about some people who decided they were going to skip Thanksgiving — not to show symbolic solidarity with the homeless, or to work for charity, or for any noble cause. They were skipping Thanksgiving so they could be first in line at […]

A few questions about capital funding projects

The Journal Star reports today:

Five large-scale and expensive capital works projects were excluded from the city’s 2009 budget…. Each project will likely be considered for possible inclusion in a future bond issue, if the city decides to borrow money in order to complete them in the near future.

The five projects, including the […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

For flowers that bloom about our feet, Father, we thank Thee. For tender grass so fresh, so sweet, Father, we thank Thee. For the song of bird and hum of bee, For all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of […]

Durbin wants Bush to commute Ryan’s sentence

Sen. Dick Durbin has indicated that he thinks former Gov. George Ryan has been punished enough, and will ask President Bush to commute Ryan’s sentence:

“Let’s look at the price he’s paid,” Durbin told reporters. “His family name has been damaged… . He has lost the economic security, which most people count on at […]

New distance requirements for “convenience cash” stores

The Peoria City Council on Tuesday approved a new ordinance limiting how close “convenience cash” stores can be to each other and residentially-zoned areas:

With a 10-1 vote, the council endorsed an ordinance that restricts new businesses from locating closer than 1,500 feet from each other or any residentially zoned property.

Any changes to […]

4 a.m. liquor license area expanded

The Peoria City Council tonight voted in favor of expanding the 4 a.m. liquor license area downtown, 8-2 (Nichting, Manning voting against; Jacob abstaining):

Ironically, according to the language of the ordinance, Excalibur would not be included in the 4 a.m. zone, even though that bar and Club Apollo were the two bars the […]

Historic Duroc building doomed

The Peoria City Council denied historic preservation for the AMVETS building, 237 NE Monroe, at tonight’s council meeting. First district councilman Clyde Gulley moved to deny the request, seconded by at-large councilman Eric Turner. The vote was 9-1 in favor of Gulley’s motion to not landmark the building (Councilman Sandberg voted against; Councilman Jacob […]