December 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.

Happy New Year!

Everybody drive safely and drink responsibly and all that… but most importantly, have a Happy New Year!

Bar Louie is gone

I thought this was kind of funny. On page B1 of the Journal Star Thursday, December 30, there’s this little blurb:

What’s up with Bar Louie?

Blogger and entertainment editor Danielle Hatch is still trying to find out details on why there’s a closed sign on the door at the Bar Louie restaurant a […]

Questions about Old Chicago and Riverfront Village

By now, you’re all aware of Old Chicago’s big announcement about their location atop Riverfront Village: they’re closing for the winter. The story was covered by WMBD-AM and the Journal Star. From WMBD:

Old Chicago along Peoria’s riverfront is closed until April 4th, according to CFO Dale Paulsen. Paulsen says it’s best for the […]

Joint Review Board approves East Village TIF

Today at 3:00, the Joint Review Board (JRB) approved the East Village Growth Cell (EVGC) TIF unanimously with no discussion. Dr. David Kinney, representing Peoria Public Schools District 150, voted “present.” The meeting lasted three minutes. A presentation on the EVGC TIF was given to the JRB at the last meeting on December 10, […]

New York Times and George Will have different answers to state crises

Yesterday I read George Will’s column in the Journal Star (here’s the same article in the Washington Post), and then the New York Times editorial. They both happened to be on the same subject: States in crisis, with Illinois in the limelight.

The New York Times says the Feds should step in and give […]

Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas! Hope the holidays are happy for you and your family.

Business PAC no longer affiliated with Chamber

As a candidate for City Council, I received an expected questionnaire from the Peoria Area Chamber PAC, except that it’s not the Peoria Area Chamber PAC anymore. It’s the Business PAC of Central Illinois, or “Biz PAC” for short. The letter explains that they are “no longer a subsidiary organization of the Chamber,” but […]

Feds to provide money for basic City services

News came yesterday that the federal government will be paying for ten of our police officers for the next three years. Nevertheless, Peoria will still be losing three officers, as 13 positions were cut from the 2011 budget. Peoria can’t afford them because it’s too busy spending its money on civic centers, hotels, risky […]

Don’t be fooled by empty rhetoric from City officials

There’s an article in today’s Journal Star I just couldn’t let pass without comment.

City officials including Mayor Jim Ardis have … expressed some of their frustrations with other taxing bodies in Peoria — namely Peoria Public Schools District 150 — for increasing its property tax rate while the city avoids similar hikes […]

Council meeting tonight

The Peoria City Council will be meeting tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 14) to approve the final 2011 budget and dispose of other regular business. Here’s the agenda. You can hear the meeting on 89.9 FM (WCBU) tonight at 6:15 p.m., either on the radio or live-streamed over the Internet. The meeting will also be broadcast […]