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Addendum: Rest In Peace, Billy Dennis

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:29:20 +0000

Billy Dennis

It was Billy Dennis who first got me into blogging. I had found his blog, “Peoria Pundit,” and was inspired to do my own reporting and publishing in a similar vein. Billy was generous and helped me learn the ins and outs of the blogosphere. He was always encouraging, even when he [...]

The End

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:02:37 +0000

Here lies 2005-2013. May you rest in peace.

The world will little note nor long remember what was said here. But I had a great time writing, reading, and conversing. It was fun while it lasted, and I appreciate all the friendships and support I have received during my brief sojourn here in [...]

Bookstore marvels at’s dubious success

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:45:57 +0000

Westminster Theological Seminary’s bookstore almost went out of business last Christmas, largely because they have a hard time competing with’s prices, which are so low that even Amazon itself can’t make a profit. In a recent email to their customers, they lamented:

Our great challenge is that we continue to exist in an [...]

Why a pedestrian bridge over Main is a bad idea

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 05:48:21 +0000

On Thursday, the City of Peoria held a public meeting to discuss ways to redesign the intersection of Main and University. A hundred-year-old water main recently broke there, and while patching has been done, there need to be more extensive repairs made that requires the whole intersection be rebuilt. Since it’s being redone anyway, [...]

Candidate Obama vs. President Obama on presidential power

Sat, 31 Aug 2013 23:06:51 +0000

After listening to President Obama’s speech this afternoon regarding Syria, I read an article in the newspaper. I imagine the national pundits have already made note of the contradiction I discovered, but I don’t listen to a lot of talk radio, so it struck me as a profound about-face.

Here’s what Candidate Obama [...]

Chronicle predictions of 2009 come true in 2013

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:13:16 +0000

The Journal Star reports:

Attendance was lower and the red ink was deeper than expected during the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s first year. …Board leaders pointed to a growing realization that the original White Oaks consultant study done prior to construction of the museum didn’t offer realistic projections.

It wasn’t lower and deeper than expected [...]

Who will get Sandberg’s seat?

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:02:08 +0000

I considered throwing my name in the running for Gary Sandberg’s seat. However, after talking it over with my family, I decided this just isn’t the right time (not that I had any illusions of actually being chosen, but I believe you shouldn’t apply for something unless you really are willing to serve).

There [...]

Journal Star cuts more content

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:34:51 +0000

Peoria’s newspaper of record, the Journal Star, continues its death spiral as it announces today that it is cutting still more content from the paper. Executive Editor Dennis Anderson writes in a “Note to Readers” in Monday’s edition:

The format of the Monday Journal Star is changing starting today.

The newspaper will have two [...]

To my friend, Gary Sandberg

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 02:53:10 +0000

Dear Gary,

It’s too bad you missed the All-Star Game Tuesday night. You would have loved it. The American League won, and Mariano Rivera got a standing ovation. It would have brought tears to your eyes. You know, despite being an obnoxious Yankees fan, I always appreciated the fact that you were, above all, [...]

City apparently violates Open Meetings Act; “watchdog” media don’t question it

Sat, 13 Jul 2013 14:37:32 +0000

I was dumbfounded to read this in the “watchdog” press this morning (emphasis added):

City Manager Patrick Urich confirmed Friday afternoon that the City Council ordered funding for Officer Jeff Wilson’s legal fees withdrawn as part of the marathon executive session Tuesday night….

The city decided to continue funding Wilson’s legal fees in June [...]