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Gee, if only we knew of some unnecessary capital project we could cut…

This story popped up on the website tonight:

Peoria County faces $4 million deficit by year’s end

A sharp decline in revenue streams has Peoria County officials looking down the barrel of a $4 million deficit by year’s end that likely will affect budgets for years to come….

The picture has officials balancing […]

A grave situation

The proposed expansion of the Peoria Public Library’s Lincoln branch is staring in the face of death. Literally. The land on which they want to build the addition has been and could possibly still be a graveyard, and the cost to relocate the buried bodies could deep six the expansion plan.

Sorry, I just […]

Burris, caught red-handed, starts parsing language

Take a look at this interview of Sen. Burris by State Journal-Register reporter Bernard Schoenburg, and see if his protestation that he didn’t lie under oath reminds you of former President Clinton making a distinction in the definition of “is.”

Are Cat layoffs unethical?

New York Times columnist Randy Cohen thinks so.

Although the law limits the duties employers have to employees, ethics sets a different standard. Caterpillar’s workers have existed for years — sometimes generations — in profound dependence on the company. (No work, no food.) In accepting and profiting from this relationship, Caterpillar (i.e., its stockholders) […]

Name That Peoria Landmark* – Sandy’s Sheridan Road

*With apologies to PeoriaIllinoisan and NTPL.


Hint: The building still stands today.

Many readers remembered Sandy’s on Sheridan, across the street from Sheridan Village. The building is now occupied by Dairy Queen. I got the above picture and the following information from this website on the history of the fast food chain:


Plan to cut library managers surprises board members

Last week, word started getting out that District 150 was looking at possibly saving money by getting rid of nearly all library managers:

The recommendation calls for the elimination of 23 library positions, said Deb Chavez, president of the Local 6099 support staff and cafeteria union. It would affect nearly all of the primary […]

What happened to Peoria’s stimulus package? Also, will Ardis be drinking the Kool-Aid this time?

Well, it certainly is heartwarming to hear that $3 million in additional donations have rolled in for the proposed downtown museum, but it got me wondering… remember all the talk about this project putting people to work during the recession? Who was it that said that? Oh, yeah, Michael Bryant in InterBusiness Issues:

The […]


5/19 Cards 3 | Cubs 0 5/20 Cards 2 | Cubs 1 5/21 Cards 3 | Cubs 1

Oh how I wish all Cards/Cubs series would have such a perfect outcome!

What makes one speed limit more “enforceable” than another?

From the Journal Star:

Nick Stoffer, a traffic design engineer, told members of the traffic commission that the Federal Highway Administration informed the Public Works Department that a blanket 25 mph speed limit “was not enforceable” and should be avoided. Stoffer said the state’s Department of Transportation echoed the administration’s thoughts.

Huh? Why is […]

District 150 approves $38 million bond issuance

The deed is done:

The School Board unanimously approved the sale of $38 million in working cash bonds on Monday, estimated to add some 21.7 cents to the tax rate. . . .

Much like the cost of a loan to purchase a home or car is much more than what is actually […]