November 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.

Santa Train

If you’re a rail fan and you love Christmas, this is a match made in heaven:

Why not request special prosecutor in McCoy case?

I was talking to my cousin over the holiday weekend. He’s a prosecutor in Indiana. I told him about the case involving Tyler McCoy and found his reaction interesting and unexpected. He asked me why the Peoria County State’s Attorney is handling this case. Normally, he said, a special prosecutor is requested to try […]

Going rogue?

I wasn’t quite sure what the title of Sarah Palin’s new book meant, so I looked it up in the American Heritage Dictionary (via

rogue n.

An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp. A wandering beggar; a vagrant. A vicious and solitary […]

DUI prosecuted aggressively; murder, not so much

State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons has arrested Sheriff Mike McCoy’s son Tyler McCoy for DUI two months after the September incident:

State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons said his case will consist mainly of observations from a motorist to stopped to assist Tyler McCoy at about 5:30 a.m. Sept. 27 as well as a deputy who responded […]

City to AFSCME: We have bargained in good faith

Here’s the official press release from the City of Peoria:


The budgetary problems of the City of Peoria projected for 2010 have been well publicized since June, 2009. A number of formal and informal meetings have been held with represented employee groups during the past five (5) months. Many […]

Liveblogging the City Council 11/24/2009

I had some time this evening to take in one more council meeting. Frankly, it wasn’t worth it. Most items were deferred, although there were a couple of interesting nuggets. This will be my last council meeting between now and Christmas. My Tuesdays (and most other days, too) are booked solid after tonight. I couldn’t live-blog the meeting tonight because internet service at City Hall (provided by Comcast) was inoperable. Comcastic, right? Nevertheless, using Windows Notepad, I “liveblogged” the council meeting offline. Here’s what happened:

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Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas

Regular readers of my blog over the past several years know that this is the time of year when I don’t do a lot of posting because of a heavy work schedule up until Christmas. So, before I go on hiatus, I just wanted to thank everyone for reading and commenting, and wish you […]

Peoria: “Better than nothing”

If there’s one phrase I could erase from all discussions about Peoria, it would be this one: “Well, isn’t it better to do something? Something is better than nothing!” I hear this all the time. Here are just a few high-profile examples:

Regarding the proposed downtown museum: If we don’t put a museum there, […]

Former Asst. Sec. General of the UN to speak in Peoria

From my inbox:

Gillian Sorensen, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations under Kofi Anan and currently Senior Advisor to the UN Foundation, will speak in Peoria on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm at Barrack’s Cater Inn. She will address the topic “The US and the UN: Controversy and Opportunity” for the […]

Prison escapee still at large CAUGHT! (Updated)

UPDATE: James Fuller, has been captured. He was found about 1:35 p.m. at 2114 N. North Street. See full report here.

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An e-mail from Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard to the City Council this morning says:

All, just wanted to let you know that as of 530 this morning, […]