More Illinois Insanity

I received the email below from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.  They are awarding their annual Leadership prize to Bill Clinton – you remember – the last president to be impeached in office for lying under oath.  Also the guy who was accused of sexual assault and oral sex in the oval office.  In […]

Campaign signs disappearing – Update

The stealing of Kevin Lower’s signs slowed after this post, but recently another 100 signs disappeared.  The police will now get involved. Campaign sign theft is a CRIME. When caught, the thief can be charged with criminal damage to property. Kevin Lower, Bloomington Alderman candidate in Ward 1, has reported dozens of signs have disappeared.  Is this […]

Dick Durbin propaganda with Media help (Update)

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ by:  Diane Benjamin Durbin was interviewed this morning on local radio.  The discussion was sequestration.  He eluded to the local airport being affected by cuts. According to Durbin, air traffic controllers at smaller airports may be lost.  He even managed to throw in a jab […]

Normal: How high is your water bill?

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ Below is what was paid for water by a Normal resident.  Prior years were with kids at home, 2012 had NONE:   1992             1997            2002          2007     […]

2nd Amendment in Illinois

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ Below is a recap of votes taken in the HOUSE yesterday.  Note how many times Dan Brady voted Present!  Keith Sommer even had a few. See the entire report:  http://tinyurl.com/a7njqw6 Legislation remains on second reading – will need another vote in House before […]

Vetting John Hanson-the record

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/   All votes can be accessed at the City of Bloomington website http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=242&parent=128 John Hanson’s last meeting was 4/25/11. Below is a summary of votes from January 2009 until Hanson left the Council.  A majority of all votes taken are unanimous,  below are the votes […]

More on Normal’s crony capitalism

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ by Diane Benjamin Update to:  https://blnnews.com/2013/02/20/uptown-and-crony-capitalism/ According to the TIF documents, the Town of Normal has an agreement with Heartland Bank to pay 30% of the interest on their new building.  The TIF documents on-line were not up to date.  Under the Freedom of […]

Vetting Tari Renner: Obama

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ by Diane Benjamin You’ve probably seen the picture below. Barack Obama taught the principles of Saul Alinsky in Chicago. Notice the flow chart indicating the flow of money and power out of productive businesses (“CORP”) and into the political class (“MAYOR”). The heading at the top […]

Columbine Survivor Letter to Obama

Mr. President, As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives: Universal Background Checks First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. […]

Are You Taxed Enough Already?

Tax hike advocates often argue that Illinois is a low-tax state. Unfortunately for taxpayers, facts are not on their side. If you add up state and local taxes, Illinois residents have the 9th-highest overall tax burden per capita in the nation as of 2010. AND that’s even before factoring in the 67% income tax hike from 2011 (tax data for […]

State Farm To Leave Illinois, Move To Texas

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ State Farm, the nationally-known insurance chain headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, has apparently had its fill of “The Land of Lincoln’s” confiscatory taxes.  The 800 million dollar company is reported to have purchased “substantial workspace” in the Dallas, Texas area. The giant insurance firm’s […]

Lisa Madigan – Illinois’s future?

by:  Diane Benjamin Polls show Lisa Madigan could easily defeat Governor Quinn if a primary election for 2014 was held today.   Under the Freedom of Information Act, the following information was received: Lisa Madigan was originally sworn into office as Illinois Attorney General in January 2003. At that time, this office had 718 employees on payroll, as […]

“Uptown” and Crony Capitalism

by:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal is required to report annually to the State on their TIF districts.  The “Uptown” 2012 TIF report can be found here: Uptown tif Basically, creating a TIF district allows the Town to keep the increase in property taxes collected because of redevelopment. This document is 191 pages long, […]

Open Letter to Mayor and City Councils

Main Street Association of Bloomington-Normal In regards to the audio/video noted below, it can be found by clicking here; The Role of Sustainable Urbanism in the Conservative Agenda Julie Hile starts speaking at the 33:40 mark. Following is the letter that was sent. Dear City Councils and Mayors of Bloomington and Normal: The Main Street […]

Sequester – Being LIED to Again-Update #2

Page Views: 1 Entry Page Time: 19 Feb 2013 12:23:12 Browser: IE 8.0 OS: WinXP Resolution: Unknown Total Visits: 1 Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States IP Address: Comptroller Of The Currency (199.83.40.34) [Label IP Address] Referring URL: (No referring link) Visit Page:  blnnews.com/2013/02/19/sequester-being-lied-to-again/ Is somebody in DC worried the truth might be told? _______________________________________________ This year the sequester […]

Aggregation?

ELECTRICITY COMPETITION SAVED ILLINOISANS $218M IN 2012, BUT LONG-TERM UNCERTAIN Electricity competition saved Illinoisans up to $218 million in 2012, but power suppliers get an overall grade of “incomplete” for reports of misleading pitches, a lack of innovation, and the looming question of whether they can offer savings after a major market shift this summer, […]

The River Is Socialist

By Richard Maybury The Mississippi offers an important lesson for investors. I’ll never forget the first time I drove along the river’s banks. I had to look up at the passing ships because in some places, the bed of the river is so high, it’s above the surrounding land. It can be kept confined to […]

Jason Barickman

Senator Barickman was the ONLY Republican to vote YES on gay marriage.  He even gave an impassioned speech on the floor to urge it’s passage. Can we all together say RINO?  (since some people still don’t know: Republican In Name Only)  Pat Brady probably loves him now. Wonder if Jason still has 2 homestead exemptions?  Did the […]

Fly on the Wall – Illinois

The State of Illinois wants to buy 400 large flags, no reason given.  Their supplier evidently cut them off because this week they called a guy in Rockford that doesn’t specialize in flags, but can order them.  Figuring the cost would be between $5000 and $6000, the supplier told them he would not extend credit.  The […]

Voters Fail to Show up! Bloomington

2011 Consolidated Election Registered Voters:  44,511 Ballots Cast:  4,453 Voter Turnout:  10.00 % See the full map:  http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/IL/Bloomington/28601/43977/en/vt.html This was a city election without a mayor’s race. ________________________________________________________________ 2009 Consolidated Election Registered Voters:  43,265 Ballots Cast:  8,613 Voter Turnout:  19.91 % See the full map:  http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/IL/Bloomington/10444/15505/en/vt.html This was a city election with a mayor’s race. […]

Comments on the State of the Union

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America ‘s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. […]

Millionaires You Paid For

Hundreds of Bloomington – Normal Government Retirees Become Pension Millionaires at Taxpayer Expense FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2013 Contact: Jim Tobin (773) 354-2076 or (312) 427-5128 View Release as PDF Bloomington—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released the results of a new pension study of the employees of the Cities of Bloomington and Normal, McLean County, McLean […]

Managed Competition – call it what it is!

by:  Diane Benjamin The employees of the City of Bloomington have no idea if their jobs are secure because of Steve Stockton, the City Council, and David Hales.  Managed Competition is nothing more than outsourcing.  It makes good sense if the private sector can do the job cheaper than City employees, but the way the […]