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The End of an Era

The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed early this morning, closing the curtain on the Space Shuttle era. The thirty-year experiment with a reusable space vehicle (takes off like a rocket, lands like a plane) has come to an end. It was expected to save money by being reusable, but it didn’t quite work out […]

Peoria City Council Special Meeting 7-19-2011 (Live Blog)

UPDATE: Here’s the audio from the meeting, as promised:

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]

There’s a special meeting (policy session) of the Peoria City Council tonight, and I’ll be live-blogging it. I’ll also put a recording of the meeting up once the meeting is over. All the council members are here except second-district council member Barbara Van Auken. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about the Washington Street corridor — specifically, what section of the street to work on improving first. After a short introduction by Patrick Urich (City Manager), the floor is opened to anyone who wants to address the council.

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Bye bye Borders

Sad news:

Looks like it’s time to close the book on Borders.

The bankrupt bookstore chain will likely begin the liquidation process after it couldn’t come to terms with a bidder that would have kept its 399 nationwide stores operating.

The second-largest book chain behind Barnes & Noble is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court […]

Fire destroys what may have been oldest standing house in Peoria

The house that burned down Monday in the North Valley wasn’t any ordinary house, a reader tells me:

517 Green street was torched early [Monday] morning by some cowardly arsonists. Everyone should know that this wasn’t just any random abandoned house. It was believed by many to have been the oldest standing house in […]

Should the West Bluff be added to the first district?

That’s one of the questions that will be debated at the West Bluff Council Redistricting Forum taking place tonight in the Michel Student Center Ballroom at Bradley University starting at 7 p.m. Of course, the West Bluff will be looking at it from their perspective (i.e., will it be good for the West Bluff […]

Shadows of their former selves

1. Bergner’s Sheridan Village

This actually happened a while ago, but I never got around to writing about it until tonight. Bergner’s in Sheridan Village has closed its basement level to shoppers. A wall has been erected around the old down-escalator. The housewares and luggage that used to be in the basement has moved […]

Now we know how Atlanta’s schools raced to the top

Georgia is one of ten states that won big grants in the “Race to the Top” competition last year. “Race to the Top” is an education incentive plan championed by President Obama that awards billions of dollars to states that have the best plans for school reforms. Illinois didn’t make the cut.

But […]

You know that phone line that was cut?

I was wondering why I didn’t have any phone or DSL service the last two days. The Journal Star answered my question today when I was finally able to log on again:

Illinois American Water said Wednesday that an underground AT&T phone line was cut in the 500 block of Main Street during construction […]

Peoria City Council 7-12-2011 (Live Blog)

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Here I am at Peoria City Hall, Room 400, waiting for the city council meeting to start at 6:15 p.m. As always, I will be providing live reaction to the city council meeting, so if you’re following along live, be sure to refresh your browser periodically. There will be some preliminaries that I won’t cover; my coverage will start once the business portion of the meeting begins. You can see a hyperlinked version of the meeting agenda on the City’s website here.

And now, without further ado, here’s tonight’s agenda:

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Growth Cell Report makes questionable assumptions

The City of Peoria has released a new report on the supposed success of the City’s “growth cell” strategy.

2011 Growth Cell Report

The report states, “based on the calculations and assumptions used in this report, the following expenditures and revenues are reported for the Growth Cells from 1996 to 2010:”

Revenue […]