August 2009
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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.

Caterpillar opposes changes to Washington Street

Caterpillar, Inc., sent the following letter to all City Council members on August 20, 2009:

To the City of Peoria,

While Caterpillar has long supported downtown revitalization efforts, the latest feasibility study for reworking the Washington Street (U. S. Route 24) corridor causes significant concern for pedestrian safety.

Caterpillar believes the U. S. Route […]

Civic Center will “think about” freezing wages

The Journal Star reports that “The Civic Center Authority on Thursday approved an approximately $8 million 2010 fiscal year budget that calls for across-the-board 2 percent wage increases” (emphasis added).

So, let me see if I have this straight: The fire fighters won’t get a raise. And the library staff won’t get a […]

David Kennedy methods rolled out in Peoria

The Journal Star reports that the Peoria Police Department, in cooperation with the State’s Attorney’s office, is rolling out a Drug Market Initiative/Intervention strategy here in Peoria. Although he’s not named in the article, this is the program developed by David Kennedy on which I reported back in March, with a follow-up article in […]

Liveblogging the City Council 8/25/2009

As usual, I’ll be updating this post throughout the evening, so be sure to refresh if you’re following this live. Here’s tonight’s agenda for the Peoria City Council Meeting:

Continue reading Liveblogging the City Council 8/25/2009

News Summary 8/24/2009

Good morning! It’s Monday, August 24, and this week District 150 school kids go back to class. Mothers all over Peoria are rejoicing. In other news:

School Board member Rachael Parker is planning a run for Bud Sous’s Peoria County Board seat. The election is in 2010, and if elected, Parker would have to […]

The KCDad World View Discussion Repository

Here it is, folks: This is the place for all things KCDad. Here you can discuss communism, KCDad-style. Or you can discuss the teachings of Jesus as interpreted by KCDad. Perhaps you want to just sit and soak in the profound teaching of KCDad himself. This is the place. Now is the time.


This is no day for blogging

It’s a beautiful day outside. Watch this classic Victor Borge act to get you laughing, then go outside and play:


IDOT passes over Peoria, puts a quarter million in Morton’s coffers

You be the judge. Which sidewalk and curb do you think is in worse shape? (Both images are courtesy of Google Maps.)

Is it number 1:

Grundy Elementary School, Morton, Ill.

Or is it number 2:

Trewyn Middle School, Peoria, Ill.

If you picked number 1, then you probably work for the Illinois […]

Scroggins: Deficit could be $12 million

At the policy session Tuesday night, Finance Director Jim Scroggins was speaking and casually said something about a “$10 to $12 million deficit.” Councilman Sandberg stopped him mid-sentence after that and said, “Did you say $12 million?” Scroggins: “Ten to twelve.”

Can I just state the obvious here? The difference between ten and […]

No lack of notice of registration day

Today is registration day at District 150 schools. I know this because we’ve gotten three automated calls from District 150 (the last one coming in at 8 a.m.), plus multiple mailed notices. If anyone claims they didn’t know registration day was today, they either don’t have a phone or mail service, or they’re just […]