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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/world/middle-east/video-shows-libyans-trying-to-rescue-us-ambassador/image_cec82c3a-dd95-5178-8fb6-9bad3bc9ee0a.html Basically – the stupid video got people upset – […]

MCLEAN COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION- What It Really Is.

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: https://blnnews.com/2012/09/12/surprise-amendment-49-in-the-nov-ballot/ 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 […]

Normal: Paying to Manipulated You

Below is a list of the top 50 people paid by the Town of Normal in 2010.  Go to OpenTheBooks.com is you want to see names.  Medium HOUSEHOLD income in McLean County 2006-2010 was $57,642.  http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/17113.html 2010    Town Of Normal         $156,585.31 2010    Town Of Normal         $134,396.06 2010    Town Of Normal         $122,905.14 2010   […]

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? […]

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 MoveOn.org gets something right: http://front.moveon.org/the-paycheck-deduction-racket-every-american-should-know-about/ 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

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2012/09/last-14-teacher-union-contributions-to-republican-leaders.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FbYHz+%28Illinois+Review%29 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 […]