Fly on the Wall – the Koos Family

Why did Carol Koos write a Letter to the Editor supporting Write-In guy? First Chris Koos write’s on the guys Facebook page: Chris Koos wrote on write-in’s timeline: Jamie. You’re on a hard path. I’m not supposed to cross borders, but this just makes sense. Good luck! Then Carol Koos writes a supporting letter! Congrats Bloomington!  You […]

Why did the Chamber of Commerce support the big spenders?

This article explains why the Chamber of Commerce isn’t looking out for you – they want government spending!  The people they endorsed epitomize their goal.  Don’t miss the 2nd story below. Pro-Business Does Not Mean Pro-Freedom or Pro-Market Representatives of the business community frequently are the worst enemies of freedom. They often seek special subsidies and handouts, […]

Comparing the States

by Diane Benjamin Yesterday I posted a link showing how free each states is: The Tax Foundation issued a report comparing the states.  The full report is available: North Dakota is the most free state, Illinois ranked 45th out of 50.  Indiana is 16th, Indiana was chosen because of it’s proximity to Illinois. Tax […]


Pat Buchanan: Nation is sharply divided on serious issues of morality “Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease […]

Antiquated accounting hides true pension debt

Pension solution requires Truth In Accounting MARCH 15, 2013 | by Richard Lorenc | REBOOT ILLINOIS Reposted from Reboot Illinois. While waiting out a surprise snowstorm at the airport earlier this week, I caught a glimpse of a cable news show featuring a large headline that read, “585 days since we lost our AAA rating.” The rating downgrade, […]

Freedom in the 50 States Scroll WAY down for Illinois Freedom isn’t lost because of the elected on the state level – it starts with the local crowd.  Still going to sit out the April 9th election?  We deserve what we vote, or don’t vote for! Rankings – Overall 1.North Dakota+4 2.South Dakota-1 3.Tennessee= 4.New Hampshire-2 5.Oklahoma-1 6.Idaho+11 7.Missouri-1 8.Virginia+1 […]

Vetting Tari Renner – Again

by:  Diane Benjamin Sheriff Mike Emery recorded a commercial for Tari Renner.  The Sheriff credits Renner’s time on the County Board with ending prisoner placement in other counties due to over crowding. I can only think of a few ways that could happen: Crime is down Arrests are down The arrested are released instead of […]

The Waste List (partial)

Total Value of Government Waste: $18,224,377,097  WASTE: New NASA visitor center built next door to old NASA visitor center  – $12,400,000  WASTE: Circus classes  – $20,000  WASTE: Television rerun study  – $666,905  WASTE: Old-fashioned x-rays for prisoners  – $1,300,000  WASTE: Taxpayer-funded online lawyer training  – $500,000  WASTE: Missile Defense Agency’s research problems  – $1,000,000,000  WASTE: Arcade-style floor mats for gym class  – $90,750  WASTE: Department of Energy award for App that already exists  – $100,000  WASTE: Taxpayer-funded house renovations lose […]

Common Core: Serious stuff

Update:  All the articles posted here on Common Core are being scanned from sites across the country!  Cities, School Districts, companies, and it looks like a lot of individuals.  There are more stories on and  People who care about capitalism and freedom are at war with our government – are you going to offer up your children […]

CNN story: The only thing ‘high speed’ about ‘high speed rail’ so far is the speed at which the money is being spent

By Doug Powers  •  March 27, 2013 11:57 AM Joe Biden once laughingly (does Joe say anything that isn’t?) referred to former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as the “conductor of the train to the future.” According to the CNN story below, the “train to the future” is a boondoggle — a slow boondoggle — so slow that it just got […]

Bloomington: You have a problem

As previously reported, the pensions for the City as seriously under-funded.  City policies may be the biggest culprit!  Employees are allowed to accumulate sick days and get paid for them when they retire. Maybe the biggest rip off to the pension system is the salary spiking done by retiring employees.  Their pension is based on […]

More proof Koos against 2nd Amendment

Chris Koos was one of the first mayors to sign up for “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”.  The site has statements like this: Update: Comprehensive Study of Mass Shootings by Mayors Against Illegal Guns Feb 22, 2013  Using new data from the FBI, Mayors Against Illegal Guns updated its comprehensive study of mass shootings. The 25 percent increase in incidents — to […]

Election: Bloomington

There is a clear choice for candidates running for both mayor and alderman in Bloomington.  Most of the current council wants to redevelop downtown Bloomington.  Some candidates have stated in interviews that downtown is the future of Bloomington.  If the wrong people are elected, downtown Bloomington could become “Uptown”. 2 of the mayor candidates have […]

Attn: Chris Koos and Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg thinks he knows what’s best for us.  Last Sunday he said this:  Sometimes government does know best. And in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights. Read more: Bloomberg has billions of dollars and thinks it is his job to save the world with it, so he started “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”.  If that […]

Food For Thought

By Junius P. Long If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally …you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin […]

Chamber PAC endorses spenders!

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce PAC has endorsed local candidates.  They claim to support low taxes and fees, but their endorsement doesn’t support their claims. This is how they decide whether to endorse: Does the contest offer a clear choice between candidates who support the Chamber’s mission and values and those who do not?–criteria […]

Election: Normal has many stories about Normal, Uptown, properties purchased and given away, crony capitalism, and the debt.  The below links highlight why change is needed in Normal.  The third link has a map of the TIF district.  The southern part hasn’t been completed, so the spending, borrowing, and giving away properties will continue under Chris […]

Bloomington-Normal Tower on closure list

Closure List: In Illinois, towers will close at Decatur Airport, St. Louis Regional Airport in Alton, Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal, Southern Illinois Airport at Carbondale/Murphysboro and Waukegan Regional Airport in Chicago/Waukegan. Read more: This has NOTHING to do with sequestration! This does not mean the airport will close.  Planes can takeoff […]

We caused 911?

Common Core was throw out of Texas, but it was replaced by CScope – even worse!  Public Schools no longer teach American Exceptionalism, even though much of the world has been pulled from extreme poverty by capitalism.  Other countries are now more free than we are.  Public Schools are now teaching 911 was our fault!  Can […]

What drives Chris Koos?

by:  Diane Benjamin If you haven’t heard Sustainability over and over and over in Normal, you haven’t listened.  Look at “Uptown”.  Why are the shops on the ground level with apartments above?  Why did the Council vote to complete a study for a grocery store?  Why are shoppers mostly required to park in a garage and walk? […]

Renner and Hanson Want to Break the Law?

by:  Diane Benjamin As reported in on March 17 in the Pantagraph, both Renner and Hanson want to add a bar owner to the liquor commission. Unless they violate the law, they CAN”T: (235 ILCS 5/3-6) (from Ch. 43, par. 102) No commissioner, inspector or other employee, may, directly or indirectly, individually or as a member of a […]

The Truth has no Agenda – People do

This is a courageous man, Kirk Allen.  Watchdogs received a call from Iroquois County that there was corruption going on in the County Board.  Kirk went to work and he has made such an impact.  Kirk is getting ready to go across the state and help train up “Watchdogs” for all counties to stop corruption […]

Attn: Leroy and Dewitt County

Did you know this will be on your ballot in April? Shall the LeRoy Community Fire Protection District, McLean and DeWitt Counties, Illinois, build and equip a new fire station, improve the site thereof and demolish an existing building and issue its bonds in the amount of $1,900,000 for the purpose of paying the costs […]

Attn: Chenoa

Do you know this will appear on your ballot in April? Shall the City of Chenoa impose a Non-Home Rule Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax and Non-Home Rule Municipal Service Occupation Tax (Commonly referred to as a “municipal sales tax”) at the rate of 0.75% for expenditure on municipal operations, public infrastructure, and property tax relief? […]


March 20, 2013 National Database of School Children Launched Last week the SXSWedu Technology Conference in Austin, Texas, featured a new project that has many educational technology companies very excited – and that has many parents angry and deeply concerned. The project is called inBloom – a massive national database of personal information on public school […]

Fly on the Wall – McDade (again)

The Pantagraph is running a series of questions with answers by City Council candidates.  Has anybody noticed that McDade’s answers are ALWAYS platitudes with no substance? Example: 1) Our vibrant downtown is a gem and an economic driver in our community .  . . council must better align priorities . . . staff should leverage […]

Pantagraph covering for Renner?

This Letter to the Editor was sent to the Pantagraph: Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:12 PM To: Pantagraph Letters Subject: Pantagraph Election Letter to the Editor Vote Lex Green! Lex is what Bloomington needs. Lex is focusing on lowering taxes with limiting our debt that our city seems to unwisely acquire. Lex wants to […]

School Funding – Illinois

Chicago and downstate pols having been fighting over state money ever since the Windy City rose from the swamps along Lake Michigan. So regional funding squabbles are nothing new in the Illinois General Assembly. But to hear House Speaker Mike Madigan talk, one might think a bunch of downstate yokels are chowing down on feast […]

Illinois Infrastructure Report Card

2013 Report for Illinois Infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers Any surprise Illinois scored a D+? Complete report: Notable: Driving on roads in need of repair costs Illinois motorists $2.4 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $292 per motorist. 73% of Illinois’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Illinois has 201 high hazard dams […]

Bloomington: Scott Black a problem

by:  Diane Benjamin Scott Black stated again his desire to apply for more state and federal grants to help fund the Bloomington City budget.   I’m sure he saw the value because of his time on the County Board.  The County frequently applies for grants and is proud of their success. The problem?  Receiving grants always […]

Koos: Anti-2nd Amendment?

Previously reported – Chris Koos signed onto Mayors against Illegal Guns headed by Michael Bloomberg of New York City.  Bloomberg is the guy who banned public smoking, soft drinks bigger that 16oz, and salt in restaurants.  He wants to ban Styrofoam and ear-buds.  Bloomberg also put millions into the Democratic primary in Illinois for Jesse Jackson Jr’s congressional seat […]

Vetting for Bloomington Mayor

Questions asked of the candidates by UAW Local 2488: 7. If elected, what do you see as the problems in the Mayor’s office and what improvements do you think you could bring? Green: The problem primarily is a lack of leadership in keeping the council and administration moving toward any kind of goal. It’s […]