Bloomington Council last night

By:  Diane Benjamin This Council meeting was shorter than Normal’s last night.  The video is only 38 minutes long, but the meeting didn’t start at zero. The Council gushed over departing City Clerk Cherry Lawson.  Keep in mind she has only been here since June of 2015.  Taxpayers paid over $2600 to move her here […]

Normal’s money grab

by:  Diane Benjamin Scott Preston was absent Nobody pulled the $127,000 to cover the Children’s Discovery Museum spending.  Bury it and move on.  This was by far the most read story of the week:   https://blnnews.com/2018/12/15/oops-more-on-normal-for-monday/ Three people spoke at public comment.  The first was Andy Shirk of Beer Nuts, he was in favor of the […]

Proposed Zoning may crush you

By:  Diane Benjamin Proposed Zoning ordinance:   http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20438 Normally when changes are made to existing ordinances the original version is used as a baseline document.  Parts are crossed out and the proposed changes are listed.  This document is not presented like that.  Therefore, it must be a total re-write of all zoning ordinances.  Considering the document […]

Meet David Krupa

Meet David Krupa and help him take out Mike Madigan’s General! I am sending this to my entire statewide email list and beyond.  And I am asking all of you to send this guy $10 to keep his fight going against the Madigan Machine. See how to contribute below. Here is the headline of the recent John […]

Oops: More on Normal for Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin The Children’s Discovery Museum has a new Wind exhibit.  Just like real wind turbines, it was subsidized with tax dollars.  They got a grant from the bankrupt State of Illinois – Department of Natural Resources. The grant didn’t cover the entire expense however.  The problem is somebody forgot to get Council approval […]

Housing Alert!

By:  Diane Benjamin This is from a website that helps “home flippers” find good markets.    https://www.housingalerts.com/blog/market-report/104-declining-markets-quarterly/? It has a list of the top 104 markets in the country with ONE quarter declining values.  They suggest multiplying the percent by 4 to estimate the yearly decline.   This is a nationwide list with way too many Illinois cities! […]