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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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.
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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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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!