December 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.

Sales tax referendum discussed at county finance committee meeting

I couldn’t attend the Peoria County finance committee meeting Tuesday, but activist and regular commenter Karrie Alms did and provides this scoop:

Today’s Peoria County Finance Meeting was a real treat of new information.

Peoria County feels that they will need to get the City of Peoria to title the museum property to them […]

Blagojevich appoints Burris

From the state that gave you “the audacity of hope” now comes the audacity of Blagojevich. The Chicago Tribune reports:

In a display of political bravado, disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich today appointed former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, challenging national Democratic leaders to reject the appointment of an African-American to […]

Open Soapbox Tuesday

What would you like to talk about today? General Parker running for mayor? District 150 borrowing $16 million to meet their payroll? Making wagers on how soon Governor Blagojevich will be impeached? Thoughts on the Israel-Hamas war, now in its fourth day? Or something else entirely?

This is the place to talk about it. […]

Schifeling being challenged for PFT president’s spot

Jeff Adkins-Dutro, a Peoria High School Teacher, and Hedy Elliott, a Garfield primary school teacher and daughter of popular radio personality Royce Elliott have recently launched a campaign for President and Vice-President respectively of the Peoria Federation of Teachers (PFT) Union. Dutro and Elliott are challenging current PFT President Scott Schifeling.

See the full […]

Another reason for good urban design: Peak Oil

Here’s a thought-provoking documentary from 2004 called “The End of Suburbia.” It’s basically about how much energy suburban lifestyles consume, and how that lifestyle will be threatened by peak oil. In light of the challenges peak oil presents, a return to good urban design (traditional town planning, New Urbanism, whatever you want to call […]

LDC misunderstood by developers

Attorney Bob Hall thinks the Land Development Code “certainly has a lot of bugs,” according to today’s Journal Star. But it doesn’t really. It just has a lot of things he or the developer he represents either doesn’t like or doesn’t understand, which is typical regardless of what zoning regulations are in place.

Still, […]

Smart City Radio

Awhile back, my friend Beth Akeson told me about a public radio show called Smart City. It’s not broadcast on our local public radio affiliates (although I’ve recently put in a request for it at WCBU), but it is available on the internet:

As you can see, the synopsis/tag-line for the show […]

New snow plan has unintended consequences

It all looks good on paper:

The City of Peoria has not established a “Bare pavement” policy for each and every roadway. Bare pavement will dramatically increase our costs as well as negative environmental impacts. If a citizen will drive carefully for a few blocks to a roadway with a higher level of service, […]

Did anybody not see this coming?

From today’s Journal Star:

Museum backers hope the federal economic stimulus plan includes $4 million to construct an underground parking garage for the Downtown project.

Of course they do. Especially with Mr. LaHood as Secretary of Transportation, they probably feel pretty confident they’ll get that money, too. Nevermind the fact that we don’t need […]

Merry Christmas

Yes, I really am going to take a few days off now. So, Merry Christmas everyone! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays to you. And if you don’t celebrate holidays, Seasons Greetings!