Unit 5 half truths

By: Diane Benjamin Unit 5 didn’t have many attend their 2nd round of Community Engagement sessions last night. They really want to put a property tax increase on the ballot in November. They need attendees to get yes votes. From a person who did attend, video is not available: Kristen Weikle lamented unfunded mandates. They […]

Early Voting Starts today

By: Diane Benjamin Voting 6 weeks before the actual election date is merely a ploy to bank votes from uniformed voters. Do not vote now, the ballots aren’t even available yet to preview before you vote. The ballots were likely delayed by petition challenges. Only those who want to be uniformed vote before campaigning even […]

Unit 5: BIG raises

By: Diane Benjamin Unit 5 has another Community Engagement meeting tonight! 6-7:30 at Parkside. See the other two meetings in this story: https://blnnews.com/2022/05/18/middle-of-the-road-college-at-veterans-pkwy/ Maybe somebody will ask them to explain this: Remember Superintendent Kristen Weikle claiming on video nobody got 7+% raises between 2019 and 2020? https://blnnews.com/2022/05/07/unit-5-word-salad/ OpenTheBooks.com showed total salaries increased 7.9%. Since their […]

Bloomington Roads History and the American Rescue Plan money

By: Diane Benjamin I probably have at least 100 stories since 2012 on road conditions. Tari Renner ran for office promising to fix them – twice. https://blnnews.com/2018/01/24/its-the-roads-stupid/ In 2012 the City passed an Action Plan that included “smooth rides on quality well-maintained street”. https://blnnews.com/2015/02/26/if-you-like-your-roads-you-can-keep-your-roads/ In late 2013 or early 2014 the City borrowed $10,000,000 for […]

Failed communication in Normal

By: Diane Benjamin Remember when Kathleen Lorenz made an impassioned plea for the Council to communicate better? https://blnnews.com/2022/05/03/kathleen-now-hears-what-we-hear-when-watching-meetings/ That happened on May 3, 2022. (Two weeks ago!) Evidently she didn’t mean it. When I posted the story about Normal requesting another $6 million for the underpass, Stan Nord emailed the Council asking what they knew. […]

Public Comment from Bloomington

By: Diane Benjamin There is MUCH more to cover from last night’s meeting, stay tuned. How many people did this guy speak for last night? Just hit play: Donna Boelen had one of the many “comments of the night”. Tim Gleason stated again only Rowe Construction bids on road work. Donna thinks out of town […]

Normal’s Yellow Water

By: Diane Benjamin Normal has another water problem in an older section of the Town. Stan Nord brought it up in Council comments last night. Pam Reece claims the Town has been trying to help the woman who has contacted them over and over. Her home also had severe flooding last year that wrecked her […]

Bus service to Rivian: $1 million

By: Diane Benjamin This won’t be the only story from the Normal Town Council meeting last night. How did employees get to Diamond Star? How did they get to Mitsubishi? Neither had bus service. Who wants bus service now? How many of those buses will be empty for the low low price of $1,000,000? General […]

Know Your Child’s Rights

By: Diane Benjamin This document is amazing. Parents have rights too, schools have to provide you with ALL materials used to teach. Schools can’t use surveys to gather information on your kids without your permission. We know they are breaking that one! Schools can’t sell your child’s information without your consent. Schools can not discriminate […]

County Board: Part 2

By: Diane Benjamin In yesterday’s story I neglected to say the audio and video of this meeting don’t mesh. The first 16 minutes has no sound. Need some IT help County? Ask Bloomington, they use the same room. Refer back to this story, Sheriff Sandage is tired of Sharon Chung stirring up trouble in the […]

Surprised? They knew and let parents file lawsuits and fought them anyway!

By: Diane Benjamin Parents and people who care about kids need to be on the AwakeIl.com email list. Today they dropped a bombshell. CALL TO ACTION: JCAR BREAKING – Discovered via FOIA: In September 2021, the Governor’s office, The Attorney General’s office, the IL Education Association (teacher union), Sangamon County State’s Attorney, and educational leadership […]

WGLT silly story

By: Diane Benjamin https://www.wglt.org/local-news/2022-05-12/in-survey-attorneys-rate-mcfarland-higher-than-knapp-in-judicial-primary-race Listen to the actual interview. The reason given for McFarland rating higher than Knapp is because she is already a judge and Knapp isn’t. The few lawyers that responded thought Knapp held a political office. Next look at the current sitting judges, two are past State’s Attorneys: Jason Chambers and Bill […]

Monday: American Rescue Plan Bucks

By: Diane Benjamin If you don’t know inflation is caused by the printing of money the Feds handed out across the country, see if Heartland offers a basic economics course. (Too much money chasing too few goods) Both Bloomington and Normal are meeting on Monday. Bloomington is holding a Committee of the Whole Meeting to […]

Unit 5 meeting last night

By: Diane Benjamin The Board did not discuss any part of the Comprehensive Sexuality agenda. They called the agenda items “first reading”. Next meeting will be “second reading”. The meeting started with recognitions of the Grove Chess team that won State, quite an accomplishment. Highschool Esports teams also won state. A large number of young […]

Bloomington 5-9-2022

By: Diane Benjamin Recap: Grant Walch was appointed Ward 1 Alderman – Jeff Crabill and Julie Emig voted against him. Evidently they didn’t like replacing a self-identified progressive alderman with a more conservative one. Road funding isn’t close to what it needs to be. The $7 million was increased to $9 million, factor in inflation […]

Pics taken Sunday

By: Diane Benjamin Electricity and gas bills are going to increase because of the War on Fossil Fuels called Climate Change. The war is really to prove capitalism doesn’t work, the far left hates the voluntary exchange of goods and services. Big government wants to control your life, not let you decide how to live […]

Bloomington tonight

By: Diane Benjamin I don’t plan to watch this meeting live tonight. I will be here instead: https://blnnews.com/2022/05/06/monday-night-a-must-for-parents/ See the packet, it’s going to be a long meeting: https://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1167&Inline=True A few highlights: Ward 1 gets a replacement alderman – Grant Walch. I know zero about him. Bloomington is finally getting around to replacing the building […]

Guest Editorial

“For God Works all things together f or good to those who love him and are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 Let me begin by saying, I do not want women to have to go to back alleys or do dangerous things.   I don’t want women to be hurt or to die.  […]

Normal: Your taxes funded this

By: Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal and the Chemberly Cummings proved Fair and Balanced was never the goal of the Youth On A Mission project. The 3 presentations last Monday, that took close to 45 minutes, were nothing but democrat talking points. Tax dollars were used to lobby for one side while ignoring the […]

Sharon Chung is soft on crime

By: Diane Benjamin Chung is running as a democrat for the 91st District. She is currently on the County Board. The video below proves Chung is unfit to serve in any capacity. Sheriff Sandage addressed her personally at yesterday’s Justice Committee meeting. He read a long list of Chung communicating with and advising inmates in […]

Guess what Normal left out of the minutes!

By: Diane Benjamin Does this prove the minutes of Town of Normal Council meetings aren’t meant to reflect what happens at meetings? Are they simply a propaganda tool? McCarthy was acting mayor on 4/18/22. During the discussion of Trail East and Trail West Stan Nord mentioned the Town required a restaurant in the original agreement […]