“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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Right to Work is surrounding Illinois

Right to Work is surrounding Illinois

We are surrounded by Right to Work states and we are drowning in this muddy lake called Ilinois. Kentucky is interesting with not state wide right to work but zones where the areas make the decision whether to be or not to be.

OfficeMax call center in Peru reportedly closing - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

OfficeMax call center in Peru reportedly closing - LaSalle News Tribune - LaSalle, IL

Expected to close in November of this year.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Peru City Admin Task Force approved but not without a dispute

Peru City Admin Task Force approved but not without a dispute

I could have predicted this vote. Those who work for the mayor voted for only including the city administorator, but not a city manager. What did you expect that is what the mayor wants, those are the "pocket aldermen" The 2 aldermen who think long time in the best interests of the city voted against it. With only one choice, what is the purpose?

From the N.T. where the full story may be read.

Monday, February 23, 2015

IMO Peru Mayor Has An Agenda - An Administrator to Work For HIM

Does your city have a City Manager?

Does your city have a City Administrator?

Reasons why?

I know this blog reaches a wide area and would like to hear from you personally.  this blog has already received comments on the possibility of the city of Peru hiring an Administrator to do the mayors bidding because that is whom he would be responsible to, along with the city council. The chain of command with this position is Mayor- Administrator whereas a City Manager would be City Manager - Mayor.  There you see in black and white the reasons behind the mayors choice.

My question is "Is there some self serving benefits to those who do not wish to hire a City Manager?"  Change in "09 has turned into more of the same.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Breen Files First Bills Promoting Individual Freedom and Open Government

Breen Files First Bills Promoting Individual Freedom and Open Government

He would like us to be able to record officials before and after public meetings among other things.  Sounds like a good start for this suburban State Rep.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Special Meeting Regarding Sale of Peru Rail

This looks rather mundane at first glance but I have been informed that it is much more in depth and may possibly affect companies already in the area west of Walmart and not necessarily in a positive manner  In other words this is not a complete description of what is actually going to be discussed.

As usual the details are vague.





REPORT OF CITY ATTORNEY/ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT WITH PERU INDUSTRIAL
RAILROAD, LLC, A COLORADO LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF
QUITCLAIM DEED AND CLOSING DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH
AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 3752, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED: “AN ORDINANCE
ESTABLISHING RATES AND CHARGES FOR USERS OF PERURAIL

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bruce Rauner and the Winds of Change - Ricochet

Bruce Rauner and the Winds of Change - Ricochet


Sounds like we need to listen tomorrow 2/18 to the Governor's budget address, as some of this fallout will directly affect all of Illinois.  To me it sounds like Home Rule might not be the be all end all for Home Rule cities, if we are going to become responsible for the mess we have created with little state money coming our way in the future.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Do Aldermen Read the Disbursement Sheets From The City Monthly

Before this gets any bigger than it is, I want to make a comment. Since we, the citizens, are not allowed to ask questions at City Council Meetings, we can only assume that what we see on the Disbursement Sheet is correct if it is not challenged by the mayor or council members.

With that in mind, I do remember seeing a disbursement for business cards for Alderman Waldorf and I believe it was for $42.00. I stated before that I asked the city the reason for this expenditure and received no answer. I have never heard that there was a challenge to this disbursement.  Other residents evidently also saw this and have commented on it previously.

As Alderman Waldorf always says No questions, only comments please.  If there is a legitimate reason, it should have been brought out at a council meeting as a correction and not left to linger and have people wondering for months about this expenditure.  This is not a huge amount of money.

This led to a question, Does the City of Peru routinely pay for business cards for all elected officials running for office?

The expenditure is not large but has led to question the cities motives of "why"?

Perhaps Ald. Waldorf could clear this up for us.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Public Services Mtg Monday Morning Will Discuss a Public Service Complex

Discuss new Public Services building complex-Doug Bernabei/Eric Carls


Currently there are 3 buildings in use for equipment, trucks, mowers etc. The original and oldest on Peoria St., one down on a road in the southwestern part of town Main or Market St., not sure which but it is a kind of isolated area and the one where the dump truck was stolen from last year. And then the Park Barn near Washington Park.

Doug Bernabei is our Police Chief and Administrative Director of Public Service and Eric Carls in the City Engineer.
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