November 2010
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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.

Blogger Bash tonight

What could be more fun than hanging out with a bunch of bloggers, commenters, and lurkers on Tuesday night at the Fieldhouse in Campustown?

Don’t answer that.

Just come out to Blogger Bash anyway. It’s tonight at 6 p.m.

Public skeptical of East Village plans

The Journal Star covered the public meeting Monday night on the proposed East Village TIF. They report that most people were concerned about eminent domain being used the way it was in the MidTown Plaza TIF. Also, this:

Other concerns expressed by residents focused on what type of development OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, […]

East Village TIF report raises questions

The East Village Growth Cell TIF District Redevelopment Plan and Program report by City consultant Teska Associates was published last week on the website. I read the report over the weekend and observed the following:

The report frequently made reference to the City’s updated (2010) Comprehensive Plan, which has only been published […]

Bleak Friday: China and Russia renounce U.S. dollar

This doesn’t bode well:

At a joint press conference in St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced their countries’ agreement Thursday to allow their currencies to trade against each other in spot inter-bank markets, thereby formally renouncing the U.S. dollar….

Despite the avowed assurance of not challenging the U.S. […]

123rd Santa Claus Parade steps off at 10:15 a.m.

From the PACE website:

The 123rd Annual SANTA CLAUS PARADE – the longest running holiday parade in the country – steps off at 10:15 AM on Friday, November 26th…. Please join us in this great Peoria tradition as the parade takes a magical journey through the downtown streets of Peoria. The 88 units of […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.

Fire Chief to be acting City Manager

Official press release from the City of Peoria:

The Peoria City Council has accepted the resignation of City Manager Scott Moore, effective today.

Peoria Fire Chief Kent Tomblin will serve as Acting City Manager until December 8. The Council will then name an Interim City Manager to serve until a permanent City Manager […]

City Manager fired after council meeting

After the Peoria City Council meeting, the council went into executive session for a long time. After an hour or so, Scott Moore emerged from the room alone and went up to his office, never to be seen again. The council met another half hour or so, then the meeting broke up.

Mayor […]

Liveblogging the City Council 11-23-2010

Hello everyone. I just realized tonight — if I were to get elected to the council, I would no longer be able to liveblog the council meetings. Billy Dennis will have to stop sloughing off and cover the meetings for the blogosphere again.

Well, here we are in Council chambers, and here’s tonight’s agenda (below). As always, I’ll be updating this post throughout the evening, so refresh your browser if you’re following along live. The time is 6:37 p.m., and former mayor Bud Grieves is speaking — he’s just received a proclamation celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Mark Twain Hotel, which he owns. Congrats to him. The proclamation was notable because it pointed out that he received no public funding, but made it into a successful hotel with all private investment. Just remember that the next time some developer comes to City Hall saying they can’t be successful without $40 million of your tax money.

When they voted to approve the minutes, Sandberg’s light didn’t illuminate, as it’s apparently burned out. Mayor Ardis said, “Due to non-use, Councilman Sandberg’s green light does not work.” That got a laugh from everyone.

Continue reading Liveblogging the City Council 11-23-2010

Why I’m running for Peoria City Council

What do people want from city government? They want their streets to be plowed quickly after it snows so they can get to work on time. They want to feel safe when they go outside at night. They want the fire department to respond as quickly as possible when there’s a fire or other […]