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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.

What’s the use of blogging?

I don’t often think about the medium of blogging; I’m usually focused on the message. But tonight, I’ve been thinking about blogging itself, and thinking seriously about a question that many people have asked, dismissively for the most part: What good is blogging? Isn’t it a waste of time?

If you were to ask […]

Task force sees early success

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Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard recently updated City officials on the results of his efforts to quell gun violence. So far, it’s going well:

[P]lease see attached hot spot maps relative to our current task force initiative. We are 14 days into the task force so I […]

No liveblogging tonight

I’m sure you all figured it out, but I’m not liveblogging the city council meeting tonight. It’s on WCBU this evening and Comcast cable channel 22. I’ll comment on it sometime in the next few days.

Municipal decisions and game theory

Ever wonder how our elected officials could make such terrible decisions? My father-in-law has his own hypothesis. He says it can all be explained by game theory.

He uses the Firefly fiasco as an example:

If a council person votes against loaning money to Firefly and Firefly succeeds, voters will think the council person […]

Sign committee to meet

The ad hoc committee looking at the City’s sign ordinance meets once a month, and their July meeting is on the 27th. Here is the agenda:



Bradley reaches out to geriatric alums, books Leno for homecoming

I received the following press release today from Bradley University:

Jay Leno will headline Bradley Homecoming

Peoria, IL (July 26, 2010) Late night television superstar Jay Leno will be the headline entertainer at Bradley University’s Homecoming on Saturday, October 16 in the university’s new on-campus arena. The arena will be dedicated during Homecoming.

“We […]

County is better run than City? Not anymore.

In Karen McDonald’s Sunday Journal Star article about the status of “uni-gov” negotiations between the City and County, she had a lengthy quote from Peoria County Treasurer Tripp O’Connor:

“We live within our means. The (city) lives how they want to live. We’ve done everything right,” O’Connor said.

He called the uni-gov concept […]

Spammers with a sense of humor

As I was checking my spam filter tonight to make sure there weren’t any real messages before emptying, I came across this one that made me laugh:

HELP! I’m currently being held prisoner by the Russian mafia … and being forced to post spam comments on blogs and forum! If you don’t approve this […]

Tribune Poll: Suburbia puts public transit ahead of road expansion

Here’s a positive sign that the tide is shifting in America toward more sustainable methods of transit. From the Chicago Tribune:

Reflecting the increasing strain of gridlocked traffic, a majority of Chicago-area residents think improving bus and train service is so important to the region that repairing and expanding expressways and toll roads should […]

Water line break on Sheridan; Maywood flooded

The folks on Maywood Avenue to the east of Sheridan have waterfront property tonight. There’s a break in a water line on Sheridan Road that is sending a heavy stream down both sides of Maywood, flooding driveways and front yards. Sheridan is closed from Maywood to Forrest Hill while crews work to fix the […]