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  • Karrie E. Alms: Amazing insight into the world of politics awaits any reader at pibgorn … from a Demon’s...
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  • 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...
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  • 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.
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  • BucketHead: I was not suggesting that, I believe the both of you had very strong common sense and that lead to your...
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Working cash bonds will raise property taxes 25¢ per $100 EAV

I recently spoke with District 150 interim comptroller Brock Butts about the $38,000,000 in working cash bonds the District wants to issue. He said the plan is to issue 15-year bonds, but hopefully pay them off early — possibly as quickly as five years. The bonds would be paid for by putting an additional […]

New snow plan has unintended consequences

It all looks good on paper:

The City of Peoria has not established a “Bare pavement” policy for each and every roadway. Bare pavement will dramatically increase our costs as well as negative environmental impacts. If a citizen will drive carefully for a few blocks to a roadway with a higher level of service, […]

Times-Observer weighs in on con-con post

The Times-Observer did a nice editorial piece in response to my post-election Constitutional Convention reaction.

Before getting into the meat of it, let me explain my most-criticized comment, which was: “Well, I don’t want to hear any complaints about state government from anyone who voted against the Con Con. You had your chance to […]

Anti-con-con forces win

Illinois voters don’t want a Constitutional Convention, 68 to 32 percent. Apparently, they’re all happy with excessive executive power, gerrymandering that allows politicians to choose their voters instead of vice-versa, and the ability for about four people to put a stranglehold on the Illinois House and Senate. Good show!

Of course the real answer, […]

Losing faith

I have lost all faith in the voters of Central Illinois. No, not because Obama won. Not because Dick Durbin got reelected. Not even because Kevin Lyons got reelected, although that did push me to the brink. But the thing that pushed me right over the edge was this election result:

Jehan Gordon (D) […]

Obama elected President

Barack Obama is President Elect of the United States of America.

Election Results ’08 (Last Update for this post)


Okay, I’m tired of typing this stuff out. If you want more updates, you can click on these links for the latest:

County results City results

Happy election night!

— 76 of 93 precincts counted in CITY of Peoria —

(Totals include early voting numbers)

President of the United States Barack Obama […]

Election Day 2008

The campaign is finally over, and all the citizens who haven’t already voted early go to the polls today. By tonight at 9 p.m. or so, we should know who our next elected representatives will be.

While we’re waiting, anyone want to venture a prediction on any of the races? If you really want […]

More endorsements for Schock

From a press release:

Aaron Schock Earns Support from 9 Unions

(PEORIA) Representative Aaron Schock picked up the support of nine unions in his bid to succeed Ray LaHood as Congressman for the 18th District.

The unions include:

National Education Association, NEA, the largest union representing teachers in the 18th District Illinois Education […]

More endorsements for Darin LaHood

There was a press conference yesterday at which several city leaders endorsed Darin LaHood for State’s Attorney:

Mayor Jim Ardis and At-large Councilman Gary Sandberg both spoke at a news conference in City Council chambers supporting LaHood. Councilmen Bob Manning and George Jacob were present. Councilmen Jim Montelongo, Patrick Nichting, Ryan Spain and Eric […]