If this group can meet in person – so can the City Councils

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington is pandering to the far left radicals.  Since regular people with common sense are not speaking up, they think everybody agrees with de-funding the police.  (Figure out why the Police Chief retired?) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-on-divestinvest-of-police-funding-tickets-115500841125 While the City Council continues to hide behind computer screens because of illegal edicts from […]

Did Koos con the Connect Transit Working Group?

By:  Diane Benjamin Thanks to the Pantagraph for pointing out that Chris Koos serves on the Advisory Board of Transportation for America.  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/watch-now-normal-mayor-chris-koos-nominated-for-amtrak-board-of-directors/article_f7dc9015-4f0a-512f-9117-e35eb5af8b0e.html Who is Transportation for America? http://t4america.org/about/ Smart Growth America is the consultant who never finished what they were hired for with the Connect To The Future Working Group. Think back.  Many citizens […]

Where do campaign contributions go?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m not going to check the Facebook or websites of every Democrat running for election, but I checked a few. If you contribute to any of the below why is ActBlue getting the money?  That’s the same organization contributions to Black Lives Matter go to.  We do know those contributions don’t end […]

Jenn can’t handle the truth

By:  Diane Benjamin It appears Jenn Carrillo has blocked me on Twitter. This morning I retweeted one of Dickie Durbin’s stupid comments about needing more money for Chicago to end poverty and violence.  Of course I added a comment: Jenn responded to me with this, when I tried to reply it appears I’m blocked. Keep […]

The Art and Camille Taylor POLICE Reports

By:  Diane Benjamin Police reports:  The Art and Camille Taylor incident These reports were received by the Edgar County Watchdogs, they forwarded them to me.  If you missed all the previous stories these reports have the same information as the body cam videos. This story has links to all the previous stories and videos:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/24/in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor-3-0-the-entire-police-interview/ […]

Jenn: Two things can’t be true

By:  Diane Benjamin You may have heard that Jenn Carrillo was ticketed for illegal parking yesterday for (as she claims) trying to protect Black Lives Matter demonstrators at the County jail. Read her shirt:   She added this later to her Facebook page: How can the police protect protesters wanting criminals and suspects released from jail […]

Justice stats – meeting tomorrow

By:  Diane Benjamin The County Board Justice Committee meets tomorrow.  https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6792 The agenda report is packed with information, below are just snippets. Here’s a stat that I can make sound really scary – watch the media, this is what they do. During the second quarter of 2020 (April-May-June) Juvenile cases of Abuse and Neglect were […]

Covid – Who needs quarantined!

By:  Diane Benjamin From McLean County Health Department Note the dates: Interesting points: The people testing positive aren’t that sick People in their 20’s are the biggest group testing positive Why was the color scheme changed? They couldn’t find a new color for adding a category? The infection rate is staying ridiculously low!  2.1% https://health.mcleancountyil.gov/708/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19 […]

Cancel culture, Normal, and more

By:  Diane Benjamin https://www.wglt.org/post/isu-change-watterson-towers-house-names-over-slavery-history ISU President Dietz has caved to the Cancel Culture.  He thinks it isn’t fair to ask students to live in Watterson Towers in houses named for historic figures ISU likely has no classes that even discuss.  His Assistant for Diversity (head divider) told him. Dietz doesn’t know the Cancel Culture never […]

UPDATE:  Normal’s illegal code

The Open Meetings Act applicable section was amended effective 1/1/2013.  That’s more than 7 years ago! _____________________ By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal under the current leadership prefers to make up their own laws.  The most obvious example is their illegal public comment policy. Here’s another one: http://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7697/Chapter-03—Council-Meetings-and-Ordinances?bidId= What does the Open Meetings Act […]

League of Women Voters are too biased to participate in elections

By:  Diane Benjamin Undo police scrutiny?  Poor investigative techniques?  Does the LWV want the police defunded to go along with their left wing bias? Obviously nobody at the LWV bothered to listen to the audio of the body cam: Short version:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/24/breaking-in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor-2-0-the-un-redacted-truth/ Entire Interview:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/24/in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor-3-0-the-entire-police-interview/ Thanks for proving you are democrats or worse LWV.  We […]

Update: Is remote learning racist?

Don’t miss Part 2:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/29/part-2-is-remote-learning-racist/ If you believe most low income people belong to minority groups, then how can remote learning not be racist?  These are the kids being hurt the most! https://money.yahoo.com/remote-school-in-the-fall-will-hurt-lowincome-students-the-most-152333355.html Remote schooling leads to a ‘shocking’ disparity between rich and poor students Excerpts: While many school-aged children were disadvantaged and lacked the […]

Susan Kalter: Explain your meeting to the Attorney General

By:  Diane Benjamin See previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2020/07/16/looks-like-a-revolt-at-isu/ https://blnnews.com/2020/07/20/isu-when-you-hear-from-the-attorney-general-just-plead-guilty/ Today I was notified by the Public Access office of the Attorney General they are going to investigate whether the first faculty meeting violated the Open Meetings Act. Excerpts: See the entire document I received:  63926 FI Letter When Kalter or ISU responds the Attorney General’s office […]

Payoffs – City of Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin I am very familiar with one of the payouts below – it’s highlighted.  What caught my attention was how this was paid – by the City of Bloomington’s insurance company.  You will hear the results soon. That got me wondering what else the insurance company pays for that we never see, the […]

Tari thinks Aldermen work for him

By:  Diane Benjamin As if it isn’t already ridiculous that Tari puts time limits on your elected representatives, now he doesn’t want them pulling items from the Consent Agenda.  Maybe he’s taking lessons from Chris Koos. Tari was upset Donna Boelen pulled two items, he claims Consent Agenda items have no need to be discussed.  […]

Disappearing Aldermen

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington has dealt with Aldermen who disrespect the flag with activist signs and refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance, just make them disappear. Next they need to work on the disrespect to their oaths of office, promoting socialism or worse is not compatible with the Constitution they swore […]

Voting by Mail? I’m not!

By:  Diane Benjamin Last week the Kathy Michael, McLean County Clerk, and Tim Mitchell, Executive Director of the Bloomington Election Commission, issued a joint Press Release. Note:  If you had voted to abolish BEC when you had the chance there wouldn’t be TWO now!  (No, I’m not letting you forget) You will be getting a […]

Bloomington Fun for tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin Source:  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1082&Inline=True I bet you thought gas taxes went to fixing roads, not if it can be diverted to other expenses:   Sewage backed up in their house after repairs to a water main break went bad: Remember the $172 MILLION Water plan discussed last week?  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/21/bloomington-met-too-last-night/ Tonight the plan is on the Consent […]

Before Carrillo makes up more history:

http://www.truenorthreports.com/Anthropologist-Says-Christopher-Columbus-Critics-Have-Their-History-Wrong It isn’t unusual for the Cancel Culture to get their facts wrong, Columbus just might be one of them.  Of course, Jenn won’t care – canceling history is popular in her circles.  She mentioned at the last Council meeting she will make changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s day a Council initiative. Excerpts: Read […]

In Support of Art and Camille Taylor 3.0 – the entire police interview

By:  Diane Benjamin See all previous stories:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/23/in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor/ and here:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/24/breaking-in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor-2-0-the-un-redacted-truth/ This incident had NOTHING to do with race – Art and Camille Taylor made it about race. Not In Our Town jumped at the chance to accuse Trump supporters of racism.  The entire video proves race played no part except to the Taylor’s.  See […]

BREAKING: In Support of Art and Camille Taylor 2.0: The un-redacted truth

By:  Diane Benjamin See both previous stories at this link:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/23/in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor/ . Art Taylor, in his four-page screed complaining of his treatment during the incident closes with this: Not being accorded the respect of the “benefit of the doubt” is what hurts the most, and that is why citizens of color feel like there are […]

What about Landlords Pritzker?

By:  Diane Benjamin People have been emailing Public Comments to the Bloomington City Council instead of calling in.  I’ve always considered Public Comment for the PUBLIC, not for the elected officials.  Most hardly pay attention.  Meanwhile citizens like hearing what other citizens have to say to elected officials. I FOIA’d these comments for 6 meetings.  […]

The Vets don’t agree with Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin At last Monday’s Bloomington Council meeting Ryan Whitehouse, Connect Transit Board Chair, declared transportation to the Veterans Clinic isn’t a problem.  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/21/bloomington-met-too-last-night/ Veterans do not agree.  No one coordinated construction of the facility with Connect Transit, Bloomington should have made sure transportation would be adequate.  Economic Development must only  matter downtown. As […]