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Reasons not to vote for Umholtz for judge

Valerie Umholtz is running for judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit. The 10th Judicial Circuit in Illinois covers five counties: Peoria, Marshall, Putnam, Stark, and Tazewell. Her husband is the State‚Äôs Attorney for Tazewell County, Stewart Umholtz. He’s also her campaign manager. He’s also a big monetary contributor to her campaign:

[Valerie] Umholtz raised […]

Saturday must-see links

If you haven’t already seen these this week, you’ll want to check them out:

Outside the Horseshoe for January 26, 2010, from WCBU 89.9 FM radio. Tanya Koonce has a conversation with Peoria County Administrator Patrick Urich, Peoria County State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons, and County Board Members Andrew Rand (Dist. 4) and Stephen Morris […]

Chamber says thanks for not raising (some) taxes

In Tuesday’s Peoria Journal Star, I saw that the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce took out a small ad (image at right) on the front of the Business section. It says, “The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce says THANK YOU to Peoria city and county leaders, their administrators and partners for balancing their budgets […]

Blogging Bits and Pieces

Here are some odds and ends that I just don’t feel like writing a whole post about:

It looks like District 150 has just about settled on a new superintendent, and her name is Grenita Lathan. She’s currently the “interim deputy superintendent at California’s San Diego Unified Schools.” Other than that I don’t know […]

Liveblogging the Peoria City Council 1/26/2010

Good evening, and welcome to Council Chambers at Peoria City Hall. Once again, I’ll be liveblogging the meeting tonight. If you’re following live, please remember to refresh this post frequently as I’ll be updating it throughout the meeting. All council members and the Mayor are present tonight. A hyperlinked copy of the agenda is available here.

It’s 6:26 and the City Clerk is reading the consent agenda:

Continue reading Liveblogging the Peoria City Council 1/26/2010

Savings of Woodruff closing keeps getting lower

First, District 150 officials estimated that closing Woodruff High School would save $2.7 million in salary costs plus $800-900k in operating costs. Then, on the night of the vote, the estimate was “$1.5 to $2.7 million.”

This morning on WCBU radio (89.9 FM), it was reported that closing Woodruff High School will save (drum-roll, […]

Irving crusades for three-second transitions

Councilman Dan Irving (5th District) is leading the charge for a change to the city’s electronic sign ordinance. So far, no one with the city is on his side. The Zoning Commission voted against it. City staff is recommending denial. Still, Irving is still planning to bring it to a vote on the council […]

City reaches agreement with Comcast

The City of Peoria’s cable franchise agreement with Comcast expired in 2006, and ever since then the City has been trying to negotiate a new agreement. Along the way, they have passed numerous temporary extensions and held a few public forums where residents could express their feelings about Comcast’s cable service.

Now the city […]

CAT bullying County on museum

Peoria County Board Member Merle Widmer is reporting that Caterpillar sent a threatening letter regarding the proposed Peoria Riverfront Museum (PRM) to all County Board members demanding “a positive response from the Peoria County Board by February 12, 2010.” The letter, signed by CEO Jim Owens and CEO-elect Douglas R. Oberhelman, went on to […]

Supreme Court says corporations have first amendment protection

A landmark ruling was handed down by the U. S. Supreme Court today:

Overturning a century-old restriction, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as much as they want to sway voters in federal elections.

In a landmark 5-4 decision, the court’s conservative bloc said corporations have the same right to free […]