Here’s an intriguing story from the Journal Star. It’s in regard to a request from City staff to raise sales taxes downtown to help repay general obligation bonds that will be used to build a new Mariott hotel:
Civic Center officials believe an extra 1 percent sales tax on concessions and catering could put [...]
Recently, Peoria County did a web-based survey regarding the proposed downtown museum with this explanation:
Your Peoria County Government is interested in your opinion regarding public funding of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Museum partners have requested public funding to complete the project, so the County Board must decide whether to proceed with a referendum [...]
Several days ago, I mentioned that audit reports the last several years for District 150 have been warning about inadequate internal controls. Things are no different this year, the Journal Star reports.
The internal financial review controls at District 150 are at the very least inadequate, resulting in errors, unsubstantiated account balances and generally [...]
HOI News is reporting that General Parker, candidate for mayor of Peoria, has a criminal past that includes two felony convictions. According to state law, convicted felons cannot hold the office of mayor.
But there’s a catch. Evidently, the only way this is enforced is if someone contests Parker’s candidacy.
The State Board [...]
Although the Journal Star says, “Group rises to oppose museum,” the group — Citizens for Responsible Spending — actually rises simply to oppose a proposed county sales tax for public facilities. The .25% tax increase would double the county’s tax rate and would be used to fill a funding gap for a museum that [...]
Voters in Peoria’s third district selected two candidates to face off in the April 7 general election: Tim Riggenbach and Beth Akeson. The final results were:
Candidate Votes Percent Timothy D. Riggenbach 507 54% Beth Akeson 394 42% Kelley C. McGownd Mammen 38 4%
Only 113 votes separate the two advancing candidates. Voter turnout [...]
A local Christian bookstore that has been serving Peoria for over 60 years has announced it will be closing its doors for good. Berean Bookstore in Evergreen Square next to Office Depot and Kroger sent this letter to those on their mailing list last week. It says, in part:
Dear Loyal Customer and Friend,
From my in-box:
Hedy Elliott and I (Jeff Adkins-Dutro) are running for vice president and president (respectively) of the Peoria Federation of Teachers. On March 8, 2009, from noon – 3pm, at Sky Harbor in West Peoria, Illinois, we will be hosting a campaign fundraiser. For fifteen bucks, you can take in a show [...]
Three candidates are vying to be the Peoria City Council’s third district representative: Beth Akeson, Kelley C. McGownd-Mammen, and Timothy D. Riggenbach. There is a primary on Tuesday, February 24, to narrow the choices down to two. The Journal Star Editorial Board is correct in their endorsement of Akeson and Riggenbach for the primary.
On February 17, Greg Batton and Dan Diorio talked to Bradley professors Dr. Robert Scott and Dr. Joshua Lewer on the Greg & Dan Show on 1470 WMBD (listen to an .mp3 of the interview here). The two professors volunteered their time to conduct an “independent economic analysis” of the proposed downtown museum project. [...]