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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.

Yes, I’m still rooting for the Cardinals even though I don’t like the Wild Card

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League Wild Card Wednesday night and will be going to the post-season. I’ve written before about my disdain for the Wild Card system that Major League Baseball has been using since 1995.

Naturally, the question I get asked often is whether I’ll be rooting for the Cardinals […]

Our money is burning a hole in the City Council’s pocket

I wasn’t able to attend the City Council meeting tonight, but I heard it on WCBU. The big news is, of course, that they voted 8-3 (Sandberg, Weaver, and Akeson voting “no”) to rescind (rather than ratify) the City Manager’s letter of cancellation of the hotel redevelopment agreement. So, the project lives on as […]

Channel 31 now offers Bounce TV

WMBD-TV, channel 31, has been the only terrestrial television station in the Peoria market not to offer a digital subchannel — until today. Starting today, WMBD will begin broadcasting Bounce TV, “the nation’s first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network designed exclusively for African-American audiences.” Here’s part of the new network’s press release:

The new network […]

Question of the Day: How should Illinois fill the NCLB void?

While the goals behind No Child Left Behind were admirable, experience has taught us that the law has some serious flaws that are hurting our children instead of helping them. Teachers are being forced to teach to a test, while subjects like history and science are being squeezed out. And in order to avoid […]

‘Expected’ Civic Center net loss a matter of interpretation

How do you put a positive spin on a $4.33 million loss for the Civic Center? Observe:

Peoria Civic Center net loss less than expected

The Peoria Civic Center is not immune to a wicked economy.

But having budgeted for a net loss of $4,764,988 for the 2011 fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, […]

Exploring the new Kellar Trail (UPDATED)

My dad and I rode our bikes from Alta to downtown on as much of the vaunted new Kellar trail as we could find. Getting from Alta to Pioneer Parkway was easy enough. Then we followed the blacktop sidewalk/trail to Sommer street, and rode down to Candletree. There we got a little confused, as […]

Smoking prohibited

This week’s Word on the Street column reports that the City and County have been doing smoking ban stings lately: “The county performed 203 compliance checks and wrote 45 tickets. The city performed 123 checks and wrote eight tickets.” And, “The effort was funded by a [$15,000] grant the Peoria City/County Health Department received […]

Students complain of broken promises at Main Street Commons

Bradley students and nearby residents of Main Street Commons, the new student apartment complex at the corner of Main and Bourland, have something in common: disappointment.

The Bradley Scout reported earlier this month:

Last year the apartment complex was announced as a new housing option for Bradley students and many were excited about the […]

Council brings Wonderful Development back to life, for two weeks at least

It’s alive.

The agreement was cancelled. The developer didn’t perform. The letter had been sent. All the Council needed to do was ratify the action. They could have definitively ended the hotel deal last night. They should have supported the City Manager driven the final stake into the heart of the Wonderful Development.


Peoria City Council 9/13/2011 (Live Blog)

Hello everyone. It’s 6:00 and I’m here in Council chambers at Peoria City Hall. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:15 with several proclamations. As usual, I will start live coverage once the business portion of the meeting begins. Then, refresh your browser every so often to see the latest updates; I’ll be updating this post frequently.

The place is already getting crowded. Lots of union workers have pledged to be here tonight to support the Wonderful Development. Council members are trickling in, and the City Manager is at his desk and ready to go.

All the council members are here — Gulley was a little late, but now that he’s here, we have a full council. Gary Matthews is in the audience, as well as some other investors in the hotel project.

Here’s tonight’s agenda:

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