I’ve been hearing rumors about this since last night; just received official word from the City:
Council Member George Jacob was involved in a serious motorcycle accident yesterday.
The family would like to thank everyone for their calls of support. They ask that you keep George in your prayers because it will be [...]
From this week’s Issues Update:
The first meeting of the Sign Review Committee was held on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. This committee was created at the request of the Zoning Commission to review key issues involving sign regulations of the Zoning Ordinance. The 14?member Committee will meet monthly and intends to forward its recommendations [...]
The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education stopped broadcasting their meetings live in May of this year, opting to show the meeting a week delayed and with the public comments portion of the meeting excised. The first meeting in May was recorded (audio only) by blogger Elaine Hopkins and posted on her site. This [...]
Hello everyone, and welcome to the Peoria City Council meeting for May 25, 2010. Hold on to your wallets, as a lot of your tax money is destined to be given to a private developer tonight. It’s also packed in council chambers. Outside there are a bunch of AFSCME employees chanting “chop from the top” very loudly to try to disrupt the meeting [note: the crowd was dispersed by the time the meeting got underway]. All the council members and the mayor are present, and we’re on our way. The clerk is reading the consent agenda now. As usual, I’ll be updating this post throughout the night, so please refresh your browser often to see the latest comments. Here’s the agenda:
Continue reading Liveblogging the City Council 5/25/2010
In 2005, the Peoria Civic Center broke ground on a $55 million expansion project. The project was completed on March 1, 2007. The project was approved in part because of a study done by Charles H. Johnson Consulting, Inc., in 2002 which predicted a positive economic impact for the expansion. Peoria would be able [...]
The ordinance that would authorize the Wonderful Development (downtown Marriott project) to move forward includes this justification:
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Peoria finds as follows:
That the buildings on the Project Site have remained underused for a period of at least one year. That the Project is expected to create [...]
Recreational Trail Advocates (RTA)/Friends of the Rock Island Trail Vice President David Pittman has resigned, according to an e-mail released by Merle Widmer on his blog, Peoria Watch. Why? Because the group tacitly endorsed the $140,000 payment to the cunning Kellar Branch Corridor Corporation (KBCC):
I feel that our group silence worked well for [...]
In case you were wondering why I haven’t been blogging lately, I’ve been busy vacationing. Last night, my wife and I saw Conan O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” show, and it was terrific. Special guests were Bears player Brian Urlacher and actor John C. Reilly. Reilly sang a little off-script number that went like this:
Missed Jay Leno last night
His jokes just make me snore
Awfully different without you
Don’t watch the Tonight Show anymore
And the crowd roared. It was surprising to hear a blatant anti-Leno joke, considering that Conan is prohibited from making fun of Leno or NBC under terms of his severance. But as Reilly explained, he (Reilly) isn’t prohibited from saying anything. I’ll share more later. It was a fantastic show.
Continue reading Conan! (Updated)
A couple of responses to today’s Journal Star editorial. First, there’s this:
Even Mayor Jim Ardis, who never saw a tax increase he didn’t greet with contempt, seems to have come to the realization that City Hall probably can’t cut its way out of this.
That’s not exactly accurate. Mayor Ardis happily voted to [...]