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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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  • 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.
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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, […]

Panetta criticizes Block the Bonds effort

Journal Star reporter Gary Panetta recycled his blog post of Sept. 2 (also see his follow-up post Sept. 3) as a print article on Sunday. He thinks the Block the Bonds group is “nitpicking and making much over nothing much at all and potentially mucking up a project that could turn out to be a real turning point for the city’s art scene.” I’ll let my comments on the two blog posts stand as my response to his article. I’ve reprinted them below the jump for archival purposes.

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Journal Star says it’s too late to turn back now… I believe they’ve fallen in love

As I read Sunday’s Journal Star editorial, “Our View: Too late to turn back now on museum project,” I couldn’t help but think of that old Cornelius Bros and Sister Rose song — perhaps that was the intention of the headline writer:

The Journal Star has fallen in love with the museum project. And […]

The incredible shrinking Journal Star

They’ve taken an axe to the staff. They’ve cut out whole sections of the paper, and reduced some sections to as few as four pages. What else can they cut at this point?

Why, the width of the paper, of course. It seems the paper is getting a bit more narrow:

“Readers will notice […]

Journal Star judges Ardis by his own measure

On Sunday’s editorial page, the Peoria Journal Star looks back at Mayor Jim Ardis’s first election campaign — the one in which he blamed then-mayor Ransburg for increased crime in Peoria — and judges Ardis’s performance by the same measure. They couch it in language of “getting beyond politics,” but make no mistake, this […]

First in . . . whoops!

According to this Journal Star story, this story is supposed to be First in Print:

Peoria’s population is likely going to be surpassed by Springfield and Joliet in totals once the 2010 U.S. Census figures are finalized next year. Still, Mayor Ardis says the city has done well to keep growing. LOCAL

But, what […]

First ‘First in Print’ disappointing

The Journal Star rolled out their very first paper featuring articles that appear in print at least a day before hitting the website. The idea is to differentiate the printed product from the web product, and offer paid subscribers some benefits free web surfers don’t get.

So what stories did subscribers get that web-only […]

‘First in Print’ comes to the Journal Star starting Monday

Remember earlier this month when I told you how Springfield’s newspaper, the State Journal-Register, was going to be offering some articles exclusively in print before they put them up on their website? The Peoria Journal Star is going to do the same thing:

Beginning Monday, you will start to see certain stories in […]

Springfield paper offers exclusive content 'first in print'

The State Journal-Register is now publishing some of its content in print before it publishes it on the web. The lag time is unspecified.

Called First in Print, the move aims to increase the value of the print edition for readers, many of whom pay to read the newspaper. Many of the articles appearing […]

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, […]