Illinois Corrupt? Blame Media! Update

by Diane Benjamin According to an editorial in Sunday’s Pantagraph, 58% of voters surveyed think Illinois is more corrupt than other states. They sited some culprits – 2 ex-governors in prison and voter fraud across the state, but they miss the obvious – who is in bed with the politicians?  Media. According to the survey, 41% […]


The Tea Party is regularly ridiculed and declared “dead” by the mainstream press and their elitist allies in Washington and Hollywood. Not surprisingly, when Tea Partiers show up and rally by the thousands, they get all but ignored, while 30 Occupy Wall Street crazies in masks will always get wall-to-wall coverage and admiration. TV shows […]

Fly on the Wall – Bloomington

When buzzing in my ear is too great to ignore – I must report! Buzzing around the Bloomington Council chambers, I heard Mayor Stockton wants committees!  For what – who knows. I’d bet a committee on Form Based Code would be a Big Hit.  Pack it with council members and like minded citizens who compile a […]

Vetting Dr Gill again, again, again

Quote from Dr. Gill: “Rodney Davis wants to take us back to the failed Republican policies of deregulation and more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.  I believe billionaires should pay their fair share and will fight to keep taxes low for middle-class families who make less than $250,000”. Would someone please check for the […]

Pantagraph prints more Associated Press Propaganda

by Diane Benjamin Maybe someday the Pantagraph will fact check Associated Press articles before printing, I’m not holding my breathe.  In the meantime, if the byline is labeled Associate Press don’t bother reading the story. See A2 – top of page, story about Egypt.  The last paragraph again repeats the Obama lie that the deaths […]

Farm Bill – the real truth

The Democrats have hammered the Republicans for not passing a Farm Bill.  Maybe some facts are needed in the discussion:   Shortly after the November elections, Congress will reconvene for the lame duck session and consider the farm bill at the behest of a bipartisan coalition of statists.  The farm bill is really a food […]

Fly on the Wall

When buzzing in my ear is too great to ignore – I must report!  What’s the turnover rate at some county offices?  Can employees be treated as less than slaves and be expected to not only stay, but give their best?  Maybe those in the  know need to stop covering up for incompetent managers.  (Unless taxpayers like […]

New columnist: Fly on the Wall

When buzzing in my ear is too great to ignore – I must report! Heard around the Bloomington City Council:  Very afraid to be found guilty of Open Meetings Act Violation – still awaiting determination from State’s Attorney – but now running any events by the city lawyer to make sure members comply.  Novel idea […]

Election 2012 – No brainer!

Facts alone are enough to decide the election.  The polls are meaningless, the American people aren’t stupid enough to fall for them. Gas Prices:  1.84 when Obama took office – hovering around twice that now.  Fill up once a week?  That’s is at least $40 a week x 52 – $2,080 per year – more than 1 […]

Vetting Dr Gill again

Today Dr Gill sent out this email: Dear  Today, we started airing our newest ad, entitled “Susan.” Please watch it here.I’m glad my campaign can deliver this important message the day after Mitt Romney told us on national TV that uninsured people don’t need health coverage. Mitt says they can just go to the ER to […]

Reasons the Recorder of Deeds Should Remain Elected

On November 6th, the voters in McLean County will be asked if they want to move the Recorder of Deeds office into the County Clerk’s Office.  Since private property rights are critical, and what makes us different from other countries, weakening control of land documents puts our freedom and liberty at risk.  Please vote NO – keep the Recorder an independent and and […]

Obama Losing The Muslim War Against The Constitution

By CHQ Staff | 9/21/12 Americans are uniquely unqualified to be engaged in a religious war. The very idea of a religious war goes against our history as a sanctuary for the religiously oppressed – the Pilgrims coming to New England and Catholics coming to Maryland to find religious freedom. But make no mistake, religious […]

Why is Dick Durbin giving away OUR rights?

Last night, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois tried to bring up the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and pass it by Unanimous Consent – an effort where senators can push through legislation without an actual vote.  Senator Mike Lee of Utah objected to the action, and the treaty […]

Town of Normal: Pensions?

Refer to the picture below from the 3/31/2-12 CAFR. (financial statement) Police Pensions Plan-funded Ratio has dropped from 64.83% in 2006 to 62.71% in 2012 Firefighter’s Pension Plan-funded ration has dropped from 73.05% in 2006 to 64.94% in 2012 See the chart below:  For most of the years, Normal made more than the required contribution. […]

Local Governments: Reject UN’s Agenda 21

The writer of this article is fighting the same battles that CityWatch and BLNNews have been reporting on – control of local government by the federal and state government. as directed by the United Nations.  John F. McManus is from the Rockford area.  The McLean County Regional Planning Commission recently tried to get Bloomington to […]

Town of Normal-what’s NOT reported

by Diane Benjamin Currently the Town of Normal is not in trouble because of the massive spending to create Uptown.  They have a broad source of funding, and taxes were raised to pay for it.  Unlike Bloomington’s investment in the Coliseum that CAN’T pay for itself, it’s easier to spread the Uptown cost over the […]

Pat Brady is an embarrassment and MUST GO!

The head of the Illinois GOP was interviewed on Champaign radio today discussing various area races.  He FAILS to mention a game changing race in Champaign/Danville – John Bambenek who is running for Illinois Senate against a Democrat who currently holds the seat, Mike Frerichs.  Frerichs has never met a tax hike he didn’t like.  […]

Media LIES vrs the TRUTH

by Diane Benjamin I’ve said for quite awhile:  If your newspaper gets news from Associated Press – Don’t get your news from the newspaper! Wonder what really happened in Benghazi Libya when our ambassador and 3 others were murdered? Associated Press – via the Pantagraph: Basically – the stupid video got people upset – […]


The latest news from CityWatch:   “What do you mean the McLean County Regional Planning Commission  are federal administrators?” That was the question in response to the recent discovery regarding who the McLean County Regional Planning Commission really is. So, what was the discovery, you ask?   It started with an investigation some weeks back when we became […]

More on Amendment 49-Public Unions Beware

See previous post: The amend is being promoted as: The Illinois Public Pension Amendment will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Illinois as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If passed, the measure would require a three-fifths approval by the General Assembly, city councils, and school districts that wish to increase the pension benefits […]

Stanley Wonders – the Halesville Herald’s Cheers and Jeers

Far be it from Stanley to dis a fellow media outlet.  No, you will not hear the name calling of the “Slantagraph” of the “PantaRag” from Stanley.  Let’s just respectfully refer to it as the “Halesville Herald” which pretty much sums up the “Everything’s up to date in Halesville” philosophy it exudes.  Oh and, let’s […]

Normal: Paying to Manipulated You

Below is a list of the top 50 people paid by the Town of Normal in 2010.  Go to is you want to see names.  Medium HOUSEHOLD income in McLean County 2006-2010 was $57,642. 2010    Town Of Normal         $156,585.31 2010    Town Of Normal         $134,396.06 2010    Town Of Normal         $122,905.14 2010   […]

Chris Koos and Kevin McCarthy

Attn: Everybody who applied to fill the seat of Jason Chambers on the Normal City Council You never had a chance of being selected.  Kevin McCarthy got the job because he fully supports Chris Koos and the “Sustainability” agenda the built Uptown Normal. Below is a billing sheet from the Hile Group – Kevin McCarthy […]

Pantagraph Fact-Checks Conservatives Only

by:  Diane Benjamin Two writers of Letters-to-the-Editor at the Pantagraph contacted me recently because the Pantagraph made them prove their facts were correct. Today I lady has a letter printed stating the Republican led House has passed NO jobs bills – plenty of others, but nothing for jobs.  Pantagraph:  Did she have to provide evidence? […]

Your Personal Property Rights, Hile Group, and the Town of Normal

If you haven’t watched this video – TAKE the TIME NOW.  Start at 33:51 and watch until the end. The video is a presentation by Julie Hile, hired by YOUR local government, with one purpose:  Get the agenda of government funded and implemented by controlling the conversation. This video talks specifically about people in Bloomington-Normal […]

The Paycheck Deduction Racket Every American Should Know About

by: Diane Benjamin I issued a Press Release last year, but local media wasn’t interested.  Probably explains why a site like this was necessary. Occasionally gets something right: Dan Rutherford’s office and numerous legislators in Springfield  were asked to verify the claims.  Rep Keith Sommer’s office was the first to answer.  Below is the explanation received: Sorry […]

Republicans Forfeited Right to Gloat About Chicago Teachers’ Strike – UPDATE This article may further explain. oes Republican silence on CTU strike relate to union contributions? Illinois Republican lawmakers seem strangely quiet on the CTU strike. Few press releases. Even fewer comments. Might it have something to do with teachers union support? Below are some of the contributions the Illinois Education Association – Illinois’ largest […]