“It doesn’t take a majority to win, just a tireless minority that will keep starting brush fires in the mind and hearts of their fellow men.”

Samuel Adams

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Illinois has higher property taxes than every state with no income tax

Illinois has higher property taxes than every state with no income tax

And the Illinois population is finding ways to move to those states.  Local governments need to carefully use their funds because that will also be reduced with less population.

newstrib.com | Serving the Readers of North Central Illinois

newstrib.com | Serving the Readers of North Central Illinois

Surprise, suprise, the Public Works is getting its first big write up in the News Tribune.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Peru expects splash pad to be finished for summer 2018

Peru expects splash pad to be finished for summer 2018

There should be a lot of questions asked by the population about this project in a city the size of Peru 10,0016 (2014) and probably under the 10,000 now. Don't get me wrong, a splashpad is a wonderful idea but the size and making it the biggest and best in Illinois leaves me wondering why.

Ottawa has a splashpad, have you seen it? The next closest one that I am aware of is Chillicothe. Of course all the other local cities like LaSalle, Oglesby, Ottawa, Princeton, Mendota and Spring Valley have swimming pools.

This splashpad will be free to all, I assume so there will be no return on the project unless we are counting on sales tax revenue coming into the city from all the visitors.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Illinois has largest loss of union membership in region, Indiana and Missouri have largest gains

Illinois has largest loss of union membership in region, Indiana and Missouri have largest gains


We can add to that that Missouri just signed the laws to become a "right to work" state. That now means we are literally surrounded by "right to work" states: Wisconsin, Indiana, KY, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. Nothing new in Springfield and the state is making NO progress toward a budget and would like to add more taxation. The folks in Springfield just don't get it and Mr Madigan is not budging from his previous positions. Catapillar is a sign of the worst yet to come. None of this is good for smaller cities because the laws made in Springfield affect every city, no matter how good they think they are doing with their finances.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Is It a Cap or a Hat, A Derby or a Beret??

Social media describes an incident at City Hall prior to the council meeting with reference to hats etc. Those of you that live elsewhere, does your city have rules with regard to head wear at a public mtg? Does this refer to only men's heads or are women's included?

We all need a chuckle now and then and on to serious business. I have made a decision that this blog will not tolerate the kinds of political comments referencing the upcoming election. Evidently from the tone of the comments many currently seated elected or appointed at city hall or those with an ax to grind are using the Peru Town Forum to denigrate others.

There is more than enough policy decisions about what Peru is doing or is not doing to make this interesting to read. So please abide by my decision and keep your political comments in your own social groups as I have no interest in publishing them.

MY FB PERU TOWN FORUM IS OPEN TO POLITICAL COMMENTS.
That means you can express your thoughts there.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

OUR VIEW: Pension dispute goes far beyond any city hall

OUR VIEW: Pension dispute goes far beyond any city hall


Stats on Fire and Police pensions in Streator and Ottawa. Peru is not mentioned but we have already put those stats out there.

This is important to know about in comparison to the big noise about campaign signs which were blatantly violated by the current sitting aldermen in the last election where some of their own seats were in jeopardy. Don't forget about the aldermen walking door to door to save the seats of the currently seated members. Who would want to run and face that road block of unwelcoming old members. Wonder why so few are running for the Peru City Council, that is not hard to figure out.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Is The Limited's Demise Imminent?

Is The Limited's Demise Imminent? We HAD one at the Peru Mall and I understand that it has already closed.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas To All of You Blog Readers and Posters

Sincerely hope you all enjoy the day either with friends or family or both. Drive safely.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Possible end of Peru Township: A ‘marathon not a sprint’

Possible end of Peru Township: A ‘marathon not a sprint’ Interesting meeting I was unable to attend due to prior commitments. I really do not understand the involvement of Mayor Harl in the wish to dissolve the Peru Twp. Will this mean another hire to attend to the work of the Twp? The mayor has already taken himself out of the administration of the city and hired with the consent of the city council, a lobbyist for the city of Peru, so surely we would have to hire an administrator for the duties of the current township. If the twp is ever dissolved, perhaps its responsibilities would be better handled fairly by the county than by the city. Is there a position opening up as receptionist at City Hall?