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  • Karrie E. Alms: Amazing insight into the world of politics awaits any reader at pibgorn … from a Demon’s...
  • Tony: Homefield is Dynegy. Dynegy is Ameren. There Charging You twice for the same energy. Do you really thihk $.04...
  • 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...
  • mortified: Fun while it lasted. Godspeed!
  • aaron: your blogging will be missed but i know that your spirit of fairness will remain alive in your other...
  • Jon: CJ, your blog was a revelation and an inspiration. You have a wonderful talent that is an asset to the...
  • Billy Dennis: Of course the Chronicle is done: Screw you. The Chronicle is one of the best researched blogs...
  • 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.
  • BucketHead: I was not suggesting that, I believe the both of you had very strong common sense and that lead to your...
  • C. J. Summers: Without anonymity, there is no courage among my detractors. Take a look back at the wide variety of...
  • Of course the Chronicle is done: Without Sandberg to give stores to the Chronicle there is no Chronicle.

Attention Tea Party participants: Change happens at ballot box

From the Journal Star:

A crowd estimated at more than 500 gathered outside the Peoria County Courthouse during the noon hour Wednesday to protest what they believe to be out-of-control government spending during a tax day “TEA (taxed enough already) party,” designed to echo the rebellion of the Boston Tea Party.

I don’t disagree […]

Did early voting save you time?

A co-worker of mine recently voted early in an effort to avoid the long lines on election day. As a result, he waited in line over 30 minutes to vote early — longer than he’s ever had to wait to vote in his life (and he’s been voting since the Nixon administration).

So now […]

Some voters getting wrong ballot

Eyebrows McGee ran into some trouble at the polling place today. She was only allowed to vote in federal races, not local ones. The poll workers didn’t know how to fix it, so essentially, through no fault of her own, Eyebrows was denied her right to vote in local elections.

I’ve e-mailed Tom Bride […]

Go vote, then listen to WCBU tonight

The polls are now open! Don’t forget to vote today. For information on voting in Peoria County and the City of Peoria, check out You can view a sample ballot, learn how to navigate the electronic voting machine, and find out where the polling place is for your precinct.

I’ll be joining Jonathan […]

Vote Today

Vote today and you’ll get this nifty sticker to proudly display on your lapel.

Once again, here’s a recap of the Peoria Chronicle endorsements:

City Council

Gary Sandberg George Jacob Dan Irving Dan Gillette Jim Montelongo

School Board

Beth Akeson Rachael Parker

Park Board President

Tim Cassidy

Library Referendum


Vote Today

Today is a primary election day. I voted this morning at about 8 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church which is the polling place for three or four precincts. I was the only one there other than the election judges from the minute I walked in to the minute I walked out. I didn’t pass […]

Is this a case where city/county cooperation could help?

Jennifer Davis reports in a front-page story today that the city can’t use their fancy new electronic voting machines for the council primary and election because they can’t handle so-called “bullet voting”:

The new electronic voting machines that the city spent millions on last year can’t count cumulative votes at the precincts, which is […]

Voter turnout low despite “early voting”

The Journal Star reports today that “Area voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was the lowest in years, with about 47 percent of Tri-County registered voters casting ballots.”

Yet the establishment of “early voting” was supposed to increase voter turnout. Perhaps the expense and extra staffing incurred by the County to offer early voting can […]

No signature required to vote in Peoria?

I discovered this morning that there’s a new process in voting. It used to be that the election officials there at the precinct had a book with a page for each registered voter with a digital copy of your signature printed on the page. They would tear out the page, have you verify your […]

Poll results and the future of polls

According to the Journal Star’s midday update, the latest poll numbers for governor are as follows:

Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) — 44% Judy Barr Topinka (R) — 40% Rich Whitney (G) — 7% Undecided — 9%

The margin of error for this poll (provided by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research) is ±4%, so the front […]