Monday, August 18, 2014

Title 1 monies - the educator's key to summer travel

From Activist, Sharon Crews:

Last Monday night's BOE put me into the thick of Title I because almost all of their travel was paid for with Title I funds--registration fees, food, transportation, lodging.

They spent $273,663.45 for summer travel
They spent $34,131.91 1st semester
They spent $80,612.29 2nd semester

For the whole year, they spent $288,179 with Title I money for travel.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Anonymous - #OpFerguson ... engaged

Anonymous' "Op Ferguson" Says It Will ID the Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

The hacktivists have also been going after the city's computer systems. Read more...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

City of Toledo, Ohio DO NOT DRINK THE WATER!

Yikes! this is scary... Lake Erie is contaminated with algae!
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The City of Toledo issued an urgent notice to residents of Toledo and Lucas County who receive water from the city of Toledo.

Customers are being asked to avoid drinking or boiling water.

Chemists testing water at Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says the United States EPA has requested multiple samples since the initial positive tests. Results of those tests are not expected until Sunday afternoon at the earliest, but Collins says "everything is trending in a positive direction."

The health department says it is critical that residents know the following:

1. It is safe for healthy adults to bathe, wash their hands, and shower. While bathing, children should be under the supervision of an adult to prevent accidental drinking of the water.

2. Do not drink tap water until the all clear is given, this also includes pets.

3. Do not use tap water to cook until the all clear is given.

4. Do not boil tap water.

5. It is ok to use and flush your toilet.


Main & University... another accident

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Four years later... Lathan's distrust of Schau bites taxpayers.

“At the end of the day, when you don’t have trust in the person responsible for the finances of the district, you’re left to wonder what will happen to the district.
Grenita Lathan, Tuesday in the second day of trial testimony in the Schau federal lawsuit against the district. Source

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Is this proof positive that Granita Lathan is a bully?

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Change 150 thinks so...

Peoria, IL July 29, 2014 -- Change150 has been asked for a response to the recent ruling by the administrative law judge for the state's Educational Labor Relations Board that says comments PDS150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan made during a bargaining session with the district's police union's bargaining unit in September, 2011 constituted a threat.

Unfortunately, the leaders of Change150, our supporters and many of the residents and parents within District 150 are not surprised by this ruling as it formally documents what we have been hearing from District 150 employees since the start of our crusade - principals are being berated in their monthly meetings, teachers and parents are being met with cold, hostile attitudes when they ask questions of the Superintendent and certain administrators and valued employees are being terminated for daring to have opinions. 
“I hope this ruling is a wake-up call to Dr. Lathan and her supporters that they can’t treat people this way. Hopefully she will look in the mirror, take responsibility for her actions, learn from this, and embrace a healthier and more effective style of leadership," said Jim Powell, President of Change150. 

Also not surprising is Superintendent Lathan’s response, which stated, “The finding by the Administrative Law Judge in this regard does not result in any penalty to the Board of Education or School District, other than posting a notice for 60 days."

Sadly, her response is just another example of her cavalier attitude and pattern of not accepting responsibility for her actions. In our opinion, a good, well-liked, successful leader would be mortified to have to publically promise to:

“NOT threaten our employees, or otherwise interfere with our employees’ right to file grievances over their terms and conditions of employment” and “NOT in any like or related manner, interfere with, restrain or coerce our employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed them in the Act.

University & Main... accident with injuries...

No doubt, the first of many.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Forget the Mayor (for a minute)... Check out Shaun Livingston in the playoffs!

Glen Oak Historic area doughnut shop robbed at gunpoint

A couple of things. This doughnut shop is around the corner from what is known as "down state's largest trauma center," OSF Saint Francis. It is not in the East Bluff... AND
Two people from surrounding businesses called this robbery in while it was taking place, how the heck did the PPD let this one get away?
"... fled on foot, heading south on North Knoxville Avenue." (i.e., towards the hospitals)

That little birdie is making a lot of noise...

The mayor of Peoria, Ill., might have saved his Police Department and a handful of residents some grief if he had just joined Twitter.

Instead, someone set up a phony but official-looking Twitter account in the name of Mayor Jim Ardis and proceeded to tweet about drugs, sexual exploits and even crack-smoking Rob Ford, the disgraced Toronto mayor who's seeking reelection.

Although Twitter suspended the account, the fraud was reported to the Peoria Police Department, which launched an investigation because the account impersonated a public official, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, Police Lt. Willie King Jr. told The Times on Thursday.

As part of their probe, investigators executed a search warrant at a local home earlier this week. Five people were questioned in connection to the scandalous tweets, the Peoria Journal Star reported. Several electronic devices were seized.

The raid yielded one arrest — for marijuana possession.

Police believe the account creator is from the area, but King said a suspect has yet to be identified.

“We’re just still in investigation mode and don’t have a suspect in custody,” King said, declining to comment on whether additional searches have been done. “We have a couple of forensic guys that do this type of crime investigation. If they come up with things, we look into them.”

Although Twitter welcomes parody accounts, there must be a clear mention that the account is just that. In violation of Twitter policy, the account in question reportedly showed a picture of Ardis, listed his email address in the "about" section and made no mention in the account name of being a fake.

The Journal Star reported that the account had about 50 tweets and 50 followers.

The mayor didn’t comment — in person or via social media — on the investigation. Source

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.