Normal: Financial Trends

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve heard from numerous sources State Farm is not done downsizing their workforce.  If local governments don’t tighten their belts, the flight of residents will do it for them. These numbers were complied from what Normal reported to the Comptroller’s office:  Source: Normal – Warehouse   Note the number of employees.  Remember […]

Happy Constitution Day

The Constitution was signed on this day in 1787 – 232 years ago. Read it lately? Note:  It doesn’t say We the Government . . . Link to the Constitution:  https://constitutionday.com/the-constitution-text.html Link to the Amendments:  https://constitutionday.com/constitutional-amendments-bill-of-rights.html The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) was ratified December 15, 1791. Teach it to your kids, the schools sure […]

Switching to Bloomington last night

By:  Diane Benjamin No one showed up for Public Comment last night at the Bloomington meeting! There is A LOT more to cover about Normal, I will get back to that meeting eventually. First on the Agenda was a presentation from VenuWorks.  I have no idea why this presentation is allowed instead of the AUDITED […]

Ah . . Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal Town Council last night: First to speak was Craig Stimpert. (4:27) The topic was pensions funding and the constant raising of property taxes to fund them.  Craig called this Town practice unsustainable.  The Town uses property taxes because they refuse to make pension funding part of the budget.   He called out […]

Part 2: Why Chemberly isn’t fit to serve

By:  Diane Benjamin See Part 1 here:  https://blnnews.com/2019/09/15/part-1-why-chemberly-isnt-fit-to-serve/ This article will explain why Chemberly should not be in any elected office deciding how to spend taxpayer money.  Lots of people find themselves in difficult spots, what matters is digging yourself out.  The only way to do that is cut-cut-cut expenses and/or increase income.  Cummings chose […]