October 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.

Vacation almost over, but first I get an extra hour of sleep

“This is my favorite time of year,” my daughter informed me tonight in a quiet voice, as if she didn’t want anyone but me to hear. We were trick-or-treating, and she had just gotten some more of her favorite candy at one of the houses in our neighborhood.

Halloween is a nice time […]


I am on vacation this week, so blogging will be very light (if I blog at all). That means I will not be liveblogging Tuesday’s City Council meeting. However, you can watch it on Comcast Cable Channel 22, or listen to it on WCBU-FM 89.9. WCBU also streams their audio over the internet.

Have […]

What’s your favorite movie?

Mine is Apollo 13:

Questions surround D150 handling of Davis leave

Diane Vespa has a post up on her blog detailing what appears to be a clear violation of District 150 policy regarding paid administrative leave.

Board policy 5:240 states that a “professional employee” can be suspended with pay “during an investigation into allegations of disobedience or misconduct,” but, “no suspension with pay shall […]

Journal Star subscription rates going up... again

It was only last August that the Journal Star raised subscription rates to $19.50 per month. Shortly after that, the paper started getting thinner. Sections that used to have six pages only had four, for example. Then in January 2009, they gave pink slips to five reporters.

So, of course, the Journal Star is […]

PBC to D150: Get your act together and spend this money!

The Public Building Commission is worried. They still have $30 million more in bonding capacity, and they might not get to spend it if District 150 doesn’t get its act together soon.

You may recall that the Public Building Commission (PBC) was established in 1955, but school districts used it so much in the […]

New snow plan reduces routes to pre-2007 levels

Flashback: December 1, 2006. A major snowstorm hit Peoria and crippled the city for days.

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The next month, the city was “investigating ways to improve their current snow-removing plan.” They decided to collaborate with Caterpillar and make their improvement efforts a Six Sigma project. The results of that project were […]

Sigma Nu suit against Van Auken, Rand and Ruckriegel dismissed

On October 1, Associate Judge Katherine Gorman dismissed without prejudice the trespassing lawsuit brought against Second District Council Member Barbara Van Auken, District 4 County Board Representative Andrew Rand, and City Historic Preservation Commissioner Sid Ruckriegel by the Sigma Nu Fraternity and Caleb Matheny.

While the ruling allows 28 days for the complaint […]

“Wonderful Development” Update

The “Wonderful Development” (that’s what City Attorney Randy Ray called proposed downtown Marriott project when the City was still keeping it a closely-guarded secret) has yet to meet any of the deadlines in its redevelopment agreement with the City. The most recent Issues Update gives the details:


“Within walking distance”: Fact or fantasy?

I just have a minor quibble about this article from the Journal Star:

Putting a new piece in the latest lifestyle trends puzzle, Cullinan Cos. LLC said Thursday it will build upscale apartments within walking distance [emphasis added] of The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Ground was broken this week on the Apartments at Grand […]