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New council candidate chooses puzzling platform

Dan Adler (1409 W Kingsway Dr.), a 31-year-old Caterpillar engineer has announced he’s going to run for the 5th District City Council seat next spring, according to the Journal Star. His campaign will focus on “economic growth, regional competitiveness and civic participation,” according to a press release. That’s all well and good. But then […]

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 […]

Journal Star hypes Kellar Trail; ignores hidden costs

The Journal Star reports:

A group of 30 or so dedicated proponents of Kellar Trail gathered on a dreary Sunday afternoon at West Marietta Avenue and North Prospect Road and ventured onto the rail-less trail, marking the first time an organized group has walked it since the rails-to-trails conversion was finished…. Smiles abounded as […]

So-called nature enthusiasts to celebrate removal of rail line

From my in-box:

First Organized Hike on former Kellar Branch line on Nov. 21

The Pimiteoui Trail Association at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 will join other hiking and nature enthusiasts in the first organized hike on the former Kellar Branch rail line as it is being converted into a recreational trail.


Looking for a used locomotive?

The creditors of Central Illinois Railroad‘s parent company are selling theirs.

Central Illinois Railroad just got $150,000 in taxpayer dollars in May — their price to allow the Kellar Branch rail-to-trail conversion go forward.

UPDATE: The front office of CIRY states that they’re still going to be providing shortline service in Peoria to […]

Pittman resigns from RTA over silence on KBCC deal

Recreational Trail Advocates (RTA)/Friends of the Rock Island Trail Vice President David Pittman has resigned, according to an e-mail released by Merle Widmer on his blog, Peoria Watch. Why? Because the group tacitly endorsed the $140,000 payment to the cunning Kellar Branch Corridor Corporation (KBCC):

I feel that our group silence worked well for […]

PJS Editorial pretends City asset giveaways have nothing to do with budget crisis

A couple of responses to today’s Journal Star editorial. First, there’s this:

Even Mayor Jim Ardis, who never saw a tax increase he didn’t greet with contempt, seems to have come to the realization that City Hall probably can’t cut its way out of this.

That’s not exactly accurate. Mayor Ardis happily voted to […]

Liveblogging the City Council 5/11/2010

Here we go again! It’s Tuesday night in beautiful downtown Peoria in historic Peoria City Hall, Council Chambers. All the council members and the Mayor are present except for Montelongo, and they will be disposing of the following agenda. Be sure to refresh this post often as I’ll be updating it throughout the evening.

The business portion of the meeting starts at 6:41, after 25 minutes of proclamations.

Continue reading Liveblogging the City Council 5/11/2010

Journal Star shamelessly defends secrecy in government

The Journal Star Editorial Board had this to say about the recondite Kellar Branch Corridor Corporation, created by Tom Leiter:

Leiter’s group was never formally hired by anybody. But it’s not as if he acted without the knowledge of the governments involved, whose elected representatives had by majority vote publicly endorsed this rail-to-trail conversion, […]

Taxpayers to be soaked $1,250,969 for non-essential trail -- and that's just the beginning

I’ve been saying it ever since the sphynxlike Kellar Branch Corridor Corporation first appeared that its clandestine efforts were going to cost the taxpayers lots of money. Now we know just how much: $1,250,969.

That’s the amount of money in taxpayer dollars the Peoria Park District is going to pony up to buy […]