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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...
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Who’s actually paying for the Caterpillar Sky Walk?

Remember in my last post, how I said Caterpillar had purchased the naming rights for $1 million? Well…

Under the “Purchase” section of the Naming Rights Agreement, one of the conditions that must be met for the deal to go through is this: “Pere Marquette Hotel Associates, L.P., a Kansas limited partnership shall have […]

Peoria to put retiree funds at risk for hotel

The City Council is voting on a revised redevelopment plan tonight for the undead Wonderful Development. This new plan not only gives the developer $29 million, but also loans him an additional $7 million because he couldn’t get all the private financing he needed.

So the question is, where is this $7 million coming […]

Wonderful Development still sitting on launching pad

At the request of come commenters, I’ve been trying to get information on what’s new with the Wonderful Development. As far as I can tell, nothing.

The City Council initially approved (by a 10-1 vote) an agreement in December 2008 with EM Properties to redevelop the Pere Marquette block, upgrading the Pere and building […]

Civic Center rates the No. 1 reason conventions skip Peoria

Why do organizations skip Peoria and choose other cities to host their conventions?

The reasons were revealed by Sami Qureshi on WTVP’s public affairs program “At Issue” Thursday night. He should know. He’s the Holiday Inn City Centre’s General Manager, President of the Heart of Illinois Hospitality Association, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Peoria […]

Tough questions from IFA about hotel project

In January, hotel developer Gary Matthews appeared before the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA). According to their website, The IFA “is a self-financed, state authority principally engaged in issuing taxable and tax-exempt bonds, making loans, and investing capital for businesses, non-profit corporations, agriculture and local government units statewide.” The IFA is subject to the Open […]

Where’s the outrage?

We’re all enjoying the calm before the storm. We’ve heard the warnings — the city council is going to have to make some deep cuts in order to close the $10-12 million budget gap. They’re trying to plug the gap without raising taxes. That means the cuts will have to be made “with a […]

“Wonderful development” revealed

The much-ballyhooed “wonderful development” we’ve been hearing about — a new/expanded Pere Marquette hotel — has been revealed to the public, complete with pictures, in today’s paper:

Here are the specs:

14-stories $102 million project Developed by EM Properties $39.3 million of public financing “that would be financed through bonds and repaid […]

Hotel plans still shrouded in mystery

It’s the worst-kept secret in Peoria. Despite not getting anyone to speak on the record, information about the proposed hotel on the Pere Marquette block has been leaking like a sieve to the Journal Star and bloggers. Unfortunately, since we don’t have any official word, we don’t know how much of that information is […]