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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...
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Public skeptical of East Village plans

The Journal Star covered the public meeting Monday night on the proposed East Village TIF. They report that most people were concerned about eminent domain being used the way it was in the MidTown Plaza TIF. Also, this:

Other concerns expressed by residents focused on what type of development OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, […]

OSF planning more development; TIF will help

On “Outside the Horseshoe” this week, WCBU News director Tanya Koonce interviewed Ron Jost, Vice President of Strategic and Facility Planning for OSF St. Francis Medical Center. You can hear a podcast of the show here.

The broadcast focused on the proposed East Village Growth Cell and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. OSF […]

The East Village Growth Cell is born

The City of Peoria is taking steps toward establishing another growth cell and tax increment financing (TIF) district. There’s even a website devoted to it. The website is very informative; it includes a map, a frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) page, and a timeline.

Here’s a brief overview of what’s happening: The City has been using […]

Big non-profits doth protest too much

The Journal Star is reporting that some area non-profit businesses are concerned about the possibility of the City Council imposing a 5% utility tax on water:

With the City Council weighing a possible 5 percent utility tax on water, not-for-profit organizations such as hospitals, colleges and local governments like the Peoria Park District are […]

Riggenbach takes neighbors to task for opposing OSF

At the last City Council meeting, the council approved a new institutional (N-1 zoning) plan for OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Part of the plan called for the future construction of an “energy center,” which is a euphemistic way of saying “industrial power plant.” Power plants are ugly, loud, smelly, and require no small […]

Times-Observer: OSF moving into K’s Merchandise building

From the Peoria Times-Observer:

OSF St. Francis, Inc. has leased about half of the [former K’s Merchandise] building to consolidate offices spread throughout Peoria.

Also in the story, fifth district councilman Pat Nichting uses this news to push for the Pioneer Parkway extension. “‘There’s a lot of folks being patient waiting for the extension […]

OSF sues Dr. Banno and Peoria Day Surgery for racketeering

On Wednesday, April 23, OSF Healthcare System filed suit in U. S. District Court (read the complaint here) against Dr. Joseph Banno and Peoria Day Surgery Center: three counts of racketeering and one count of consumer fraud and deceptive business practices.

There’s already bad blood between these two groups. In September 2006, Peoria Day […]