Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Shotspotter popping off tonight...


Witness reported a group of people looking to be about 13 years old fleeing the area.
Damage to vehicles being reported throughout the area...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CHANGE150, one BOE seat at a time...

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The goal of CHANGE150 is to unite Peoria’s communities because with a collective voice, we can be loud advocates for our children and for change. For more information on CHANGE150, please go to

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Vote for Sue Wolstenholm!

Stay strong Change 150. Make Clyod and Company put a member of your team on the Board. Laura Pettele should not be returned. This is the Board's opportunity to work with the community and at least make the appearance of giving a damn about what folks think.

PEORIA — The race for the Third District seat on Peoria District 150 School Board could get complicated.

Sue “Suzie” Wolstenholm, the likely choice of a strong contingent intent on ousting Superintendent Grenita Lathan and her cabinet, has dropped out of the contest, opening up the chance that current School Board members could select the next representative from the Third District.

Wolstenholm was running against incumbent Laura Petelle, who is seeking a second five-year term.

“I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the race,” Wolstenholm said in an email late Friday. “The need to address a personal matter will not allow the time and energy to continue in my bid.”

Citing doctor’s orders, Wolstenholm canceled an appearance Wednesday at a candidate’s forum sponsored by District 150’s teachers union and the union that represents support staff. Both unions leaned toward supporting Wolstenholm.

It’s too late to remove Wolstenholm’s name from the ballot and too late for another candidate to step in, even a write-in candidate, according to Tom Bride, executive director of the City of Peoria Election Commission.

If Petelle wins, the election is over. But if Wolstenholm wins, a drawn-out process could begin.

“As far as we’re concerned, she could still be the winner,” Bride said, referring to Wolstenholm. “We would certify the vote to the School Board, then it’s their problem.”

The School Board would have 45 days to appoint someone to fill the vacant seat until the next election, according to Stan Eisenhammer, an attorney for District 150. The next election for a School Board seat is in 2015, when board member Chris Crawford’s term ends.

Wolstenholm’s opposition to Lathan’s tenure, along with her call for more collaboration, transparency and accountability in District 150, appeared to win the support of Change150, a community group launched recently by parents, teachers and others disgruntled with Lathan and the district’s handling of testing irregularities at Charter Oak Primary School. District 150’s investigation resulted in the reassignment of Charter Oak Principal John Wetterauer. He currently is on medical leave. Four special education teachers also were disciplined in the case.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

About the current CHARGE against Grenita Lathan...

At one time this Blog held high hopes for the Lathan Administration.

To date, there is no love lost between the Blog; the School Board; and/or the Lathan Administration.

This is not an endorsement for the Lathan Administration or against the movement to remove the Lathan Administration...

The current CHARGE against Lathan:
"Removal of Superintendent Grenita Lathan, the three Instructional Improvement Officers, and the Chief Curriculum and Instructional Officer as soon as possible..."
As we all know, the Superintendent is African-American and from North Carolina ("NC"). Two (2) of the instructional improvement officers are from NC - Revonda Johnson (Caucasian) and Renee McKinnon (African-American); the Chief Curriculum Instructional Officer is from NC (LaToy Kennedy, African-American); and Peorian Tim Delininski (Caucasian the other Instructional Improvement Officer).

It's a well established fact that the people from North Carolina have been slammed for coming to Peoria and taking jobs; as a result, Revonda, of course, makes the "gotta go list". It's also a well established fact that Tim Delinski's co-workers lost respect for him a long time ago, so of course he makes the "gotta go list."

So... if you remove Revonda and Tim, what you have is a group of predominately Caucasian people calling for the removal of the three (3) top African-American School Administrators in District 150. I'm just saying... it's a thin line and those who sign on to support it, should tread carefully.

Where have all of these concerned citizens been for the last three (3) years this blog and Sharon Crews has been talking about Lathan and her Board tearing up this District? As far as I'm concerned, the Wetteraurer incident was par for the course... just another day in the world of Rick Cloyd and Grenita Lathan.

Oh... have you all forgotten, Lathan has a boss? That boss is Rick Cloyd and the School Board - the people you all elected. Why is nobody calling for the immediate removal of Cloyd, Crawford, Wolfmeyer or Petelle? Lathan is Lathan because of the Board and Rick Cloyd.

From where I sit right now, this issue is breaking down along racial lines (especially if you look at the focus of some blogs and Facebook pages).

Lathan deserves to be dealt with. I just want to go on record saying, let's not let the real issues get lost in a mob mentality, which we all know will go rouge in a heartbeat, thanks to the Internet and anonymity.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Is Dr. Grenita Lathan feeling the heat?

Superintendent Grenita Lathan didn't mask her disappointment to widespread community reaction in the aftermath of District 150's investigation into testing irregularities at Charter Oak Primary School and the subsequent reassignment of its principal and the transfer of two special education teachers.Source

Monday night,after the board meeting Lathan sat-down with reporters and made the following statement:
"I'm disappointed because I don't believe people want District 150 to succeed."

People don’t want District 150 to succeed? WHAT? I'm sorry, but that statement makes absolutely no sense. Why wouldn't people who live in this community; people who hope to live in this community; people who own homes in this community; people in this community who have children who need an education, want OUR local school District to be the absolute best it can be?

Me thinks the good Dr. is feeling somewhat victimized and what she really feels like saying is:
People don’t want Grenita Lathan to succeed.
Why would the Community of Peoria, Illinois ALLOW the School Board to pay her over $200,000 per year and bring a contingency of folks from North Carolina to Peoria, if we didn't want OUR school District to succeed. Chile please.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

FINALLY... PSD #150 looking for a permanent Comptroller/CFO

Hopefully this will prompt the Board of Education and it's Superintendent of Schools, Grenita Lathan, to STOP living off p-cards, and be more cognizant of their fiscal responsibility when laying down the people’s credit card.

Wilcockson's contract would include 20 paid vacation days a year, 13 sick days, tuition reimbursement and moving expenses not to exceed $3,000.

During his tenure at Northeastern in Chicago, Wilcockson was responsible for most administrative functions, including human resources, purchasing, facilities management and the university budget. He also taught financial accounting classes.

Wilcockson also worked in budgeting and planning for the Illinois Board of Higher Education and in the Illinois State Board of Education's school finance department. Source

A gift for Sharon Crews from PSD #150

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Check out a video here...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Brunch...

Gary Clark Jr.: Numb
Texas' Soulful Guitar Man Takes The Blues Into the 21st Century

“I can't feel a thing,” sings Gary Clark Jr. in “Numb,” a track taken from his lauded first major label studio album Blak and Blu, but the Texan guitarist, singer and songwriter’s gritty, powerful riffs are about as passionate as they come. The 29-year-old Austin native counts the likes of Eric Clapton and Barack Obama among his fans—the President notoriously dubbed him the “future” of the blues—and has shared the stage with Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews Band and The Rolling Stones. Clark’s soulful approach to genre-splicing channels the best of rock, R&B, jazz and hip-hop heritage, mashing up Jimi Hendrix’s intensity with The Beatles’ timelessness and vocals reminiscent of lo-fi act The Black Keys, updated with a contemporary hard edge. With his most recent LP ranked among Rolling Stone magazine’s 50 Best Albums of the year, Clark is also growing into something of an accidental style icon: rarely photographed without his signature brimmed hat, he can now add modelling for John Varvatos alongside Led Zeppelin guitar hero Jimmy Page to his reputation for following in the footsteps of greats.

Congratulations to the 2014 Graduating Class of the
Moonlight Coalition for Adult Learning!

Artist finds new world of fiber in Peoria

PEORIA — Fiber artist Trish Williams is experiencing a whole new side of fiber since moving to Peoria last spring.

William's work will be on display at the Downtown Peoria Public Library Monday through Feb. 26. The show is called "P.I.E.C.E.S," which is short for "Precepts Inspirited by Episodes of Creative Expressions of Self."

Williams, 63, lived in inner city Chicago her entire life before she picked up and moved to Peoria. She had the opportunity to work in the art gallery owned by Jonathon Romain, a Peoria-based artist she befriended when he had a gallery in Chicago.

In her early teens Williams started crafting her own wardrobe. She worked by hand with needle and thread until her mother found out what she was doing and bought her a sewing machine.

Williams didn't think what she was doing was art. She just felt the need to create, and clothing was a great outlet. Her unique outfits got lots of attention, and soon she found herself selling her creations.

"We used to do fashion shows at my mother's house," said Williams. "It was a big old Victorian house so there was lots of room. We'd do shows and sell the clothes."

Williams continued to sew when her children came along, but it wasn't until 1997 when she realized sewing could be art. She was at a church bazaar manning the linen and quilt table when she opened a copy of "A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories," by Roland L. Freeman. The quilts pictured in the book opened up a whole new world. Read more...

District #150 and the lost receipts...

The first in a three (3) part series by local Activist, Sharon Crews...

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