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Moving grant funds will require new application

The Journal Star reported on February 25 that, due to lower construction bids on the Peoria Riverfront Museum, taxpayers will save “the additional $4 million that otherwise would have gone to interest payments on bonds, county officials said. In addition, the county is now able to slide $3 million in grant funding from the […]

Museum bids come in lower than estimated

From a Peoria County press release:

Peoria County conducted the Peoria Riverfront Museum (PRM) bid opening this afternoon at the Peoria County Courthouse. Five companies submitted bids for construction of the PRM: Core Construction of Morton, IL; PJ Hoerr of Peoria, IL; River City Construction of East Peoria, IL; Walsh Construction of Chicago, IL; […]

Putnam looking to maximize revenue; will Peoria do the same?

Back in August, the museum group gave a presentation to the Peoria County Board in which they explained their philosophy regarding how they want to use their giant screen theater:

[Ryan] Beasley went on to say that the museum is “a mission-driven organization,” and that the theater has to fit with their mission, which […]

New fiction section added to InterBusiness Issues

I enjoyed reading Brad McMillan’s article in InterBusiness Issues this month. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea he was such a good fiction writer, or that IBI had added a fiction section. Check out some of these knee-slapping lines:

The notion that this [museum] project was elitist and was forced on the […]

Lakeview Museum reports deficit on 2008 Form 990

WEEK/WHOI reports that Lakeview Museum lost $1.1 million last fiscal year (Jul. 2008 – Jun. 2009). Lakeview Director Jim Richerson says that’s because (a) they were “spending [money] for architects and engineers to advance the [Peoria Riverfront Museum] project,” and (b) donations “were down in 2008 because many were waiting to see what would […]

Promises, Promises: 100% Local Union Labor

What did the museum group promise the local labor force before the April 2009 referendum?

Mike Everett, West Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council: “The Build the Block project offers our local construction workforce a tremendous opportunity. Over a 25-month construction schedule, this project will create over 250 jobs and put $1.8 million […]

Note to Morris: Better start downsizing now

According to Word on the Street today, County Board member Steve Morris said, “As long as I’m on the County Board and as long as I’m on the construction committee, I’m absolutely committed to bringing this thing [Peoria Riverfront Museum] in on budget. If material or labor costs go up so much that we […]

Journal Star Editorial Board has easy time pummeling straw man

The Journal Star Editorial Board has submitted this fallacy-filled essay about the Block the Bonds initiative to its readers today.

They begin by saying “it was one tall if not impossible order, trying to acquire almost 10,000 signatures in a month’s time to force a referendum on the ballot,” but then later state, […]

County Clerk throws out petitions without challenge

There’s an article in the print edition of the Journal Star today that I can’t find online. The headline is “Peoria County tosses ‘Block the Bonds’ petition,” with a subhead, “County Clerk rules Citizens for Responsible Spending failed to comply with Election Code.” Here’s what it says:

There will be no referendum on the […]

IMAX coming to Rave

The Journal Star has the not-so-surprising scoop that IMAX is coming someplace other than the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Oh, IMAX “may” still come to the museum says perpetually poker-faced Dave Ransburg. Now we know it’s not going to happen.

“Build it for me,” she pleads about the “big-city” prospect of getting an IMAX. The […]