McLean County Transparency gets WORSE!

One of the best protections against corruption is transparency, and in today’s digital age one of the easiest ways for government to be open and accountable is through posting public documents on the Internet. The Illinois Policy Institute just updated their analysis of all 102 Illinois Counties.   The report concentrates on transparency because the […]

Europe Exits Climate Money Pit, Obama Jumps In

By Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner – June 28, 2013 What does America have to show for the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to stop climate change? Is the climate better now because of 20 years of throwing money at it? The issue is the climate, not the loads of exorbitantly expensive subsidy scandals, secretive scientists and bureaucratic claptrap […]


What does it take to get parents mad enough to act?  More on Common Core By Anita B. Hoge June 28, 2013 Experts, Parents, Lawmakers Blast Database Providing Personal Student Information To Vendors March 14, 2013 NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –” A new national database that compiles personal student information for educational companies that contract […]

One fourth of Obama supporters think Tea Party is biggest terror threat facing America

By Meghan Keenan /// June 27, 2013 Although the Tea Party may not be viewed very favorably by many liberals, it’s still surprising to find out that a quarter of Obama supporters may actually view the movement as the biggest terrorist threat facing the nation. According to a new Rasmussen poll, 26 percent of Obama supporters ranked the Tea […]

Well, Time To Go Out In Front Of A Bunch Of People And Lie To Them

Before you believe Jay Carney wrote this, consider the source.  (Not that it isn’t accurate!) COMMENTARY • Opinion • ISSUE 49•26 • Jun 25, 2013 By Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary Well, it looks like we’re about ready. The reporters have taken their seats, the photographers have set up their equipment, and everyone in the briefing room is waiting for […]

Back story to “It’s Your Money”

by:  Diane Benjamin See previous post: The entire story detailing the corruption in Illinois at the highest levels will appear in the Wall Street Journal very soon.    Illinois got involved with a company named CNSI through an intergovernmental agreement with Michigan, so not even the legislators knew what the Department of Health and […]

It’s Your Money!

“You pay your taxes and Healthcare and Family Services (Medicaid) managers think it is OK to spend that money partying out on a boat, in Boston harbor, with a vendor that was soliciting Illinois for over 100 million dollars in business.” Would you think it is appropriate for someone to spend your tax dollars for […]

From Facebook: Moving to Mexico

Dear President Obama: I’m planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me. We’re planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we’ll need your help to make a few arrangements. We plan to skip all […]

It pays to work for government

  Every once in a while you’ll hear some hokum about how poor and underpaid state workers are. I’m not buying it – and neither should you. In a recent study conducted by my colleagues at the Illinois Policy Institute, salaries for a variety of state jobs were compared with those in the private sector. […]

Pantagraph Changes Economics

by:  Diane Benjamin Maybe low-information voters are a result of low-information media sources! Quote from an article called “Mortgage rates’ rise unlikely to derail local housing market” by Pantagraph reporter Kenneth Lowe: An increase in mortgage rates is unlikely to severely harm Bloomington-Normal’s rebounding housing market . . . This quote is in the Money […]

The Soldier and the Guardian Angel

After 65 years, a battalion commander returns to France to solve the mystery of his miraculous mission. By Daniel Ellis-Ferris, New York, New York As appeared in  The narrow underpass through the mossy embankment was still there, train tracks running on top and its formidable stone walls a bit weathered with time. General Albin Irzyk marveled […]

Obama to Egyptian Christians: Don’t Protest the Brotherhood

June 25, 2013 By Raymond Ibrahim As Egyptians of all factions prepare to demonstrate in mass against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi’s rule on June 30, the latter has been trying to reduce their numbers, which some predict will be in the millions and eclipse the Tahrir protests that earlier ousted Mubarak.  Among other influential Egyptians, Morsi recently called on Coptic […]

The White House Suspends the Presidential Rank Awards

Did anyone know the program existed? June 13, 2013 The Obama administration plans to temporarily suspend the Presidential Rank Awards, a federal bonus program that rewards agency executives for distinguished service. In 2012, 122 federal employees were recognized. The Presidential Rank Awards were established in 1978. Winners are selected by the White House from a pool of agency-nominated candidates […]

Spoken like a true Dictator

The President launched the WAR on the MIDDLE CLASS today with a speech and this email: I told Congress in February that if they didn’t take action to fight climate change, then I would. Today, I announced a plan of action to make good on that promise. My administration is taking steps to cut carbon […]

Bill Brady again?

by Diane Benjamin Sen Brady ran for Governor in 2010. 5 Congressional seats were flipped to GOP in November 2010, but Bill still LOST! If Bill couldn’t win when there was a Nationwide landslide for the GOP – including Illinois – he can’t win in 2014! As a result of his loss, our entire state […]

Renner Wins – so do the People!

by: Diane Benjamin Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner won the transparency battle with city lawyer Todd Greenburg.  The ruling by the State’s Attorney’s Office to release the Wall traffic accident records will be complied with. See this previous post for more information: Now Tari, what about those Executive Committee minutes?

Senate Chooses Amnesty Over Border Security

Sen. Marco Rubio Sides with Democrats A group of renegade Republican lawmakers has put our national sovereignty in jeopardy by voting to end cloture on a controversial amnesty bill that no one had a chance to read. The Senate voted 67-27 to advance an amendment that was only submitted late last week. Critics complained that […]

Another Obama scandal?

by:  Diane Benjamin I received the following email today from the Social Security Administration – which I have never contacted or signed up to receive emails from.   This was not sent to an email address I normally use, however I do use it for emails from left wing groups like and Organizing for […]

Rubio – just another lying politician!

( – When former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio was running for the Senate in 2010–as a conservative candidate backed by the Tea Party movement–he insisted that illegal aliens inside the United States would need to go home and that giving illegal aliens “an earned path to citizenship,” such as his opponent Gov. Charlie Crist, […]

The green fraud: Wind turbines kill birds, sicken humans, but greens don’t care

by Rich Kozlovich Posted: June 23, 2013 Jessica Marszelek, federal politics reporter for Australia’s News Limited Network, recently posted an article titled, “Australia: Wind power ‘terrorising’ rural communities.” Some 150 people turned up for a three-hour rally at Canberra’s Parliament House, she reported, to express their concern about the health effects of wind turbines. The residents […]

Obama is a F*****G FRAUD

From the FAR left Daily Kos – Yes, FAR LEFT by liquidstoke Jun 20, 2013 I gave this man $5000 in 2007 and spent many hours to canvass and phonebank for him. I gave him another $500 in 2011 and again voted for him. I bought the boohoo story of those meanie Republicans obatructing everything. I bought […]

The Architect of Destruction

By Maureen Scott Obama appears to be a tormented man filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps, because, as a child, he grew up harboring […]

GOP Senators Join with Gang of 8 to Create Fig Leaf Amendment; Bill Would Still Increase Unemployment and Decrease Wages

From Numbers USA: Nearly every piece of major legislation has that one amendment that can help decide the fate of the bill. The Corker-Hoeven amendment announced yesterday is the amendment that could help determine the fate of the Schumer-Rubio-Obama amnesty bill, S.744. We must do all we can to defeat this amendment! What does the Corker-Hoeven amendment […]

So what? That’s what

Canada knows:  Now bring this obscenity to an end and save your freedom and your country. While it is still possible. By Jerry Philipson Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Why shouldn’t government spy on us all twenty four hours a day three hundred and sixty five days year for life? So what, you ask? Because reading […]

Is Chris Koos still a proud member?

  Speaker at rally supporting ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ cites Boston Marathon bomber as victim of gun violence By Doug Powers  •  June 19, 2013 Crazy with a capital “C,” but then again we are talking about a Michael Bloomberg organization. By way of The Blaze: At an event Tuesday supporting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” movement, […]


by BREITBART NEWS 19 Jun 2013 On Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the agency was already using drones to monitor specific targets inside the United States. “Our footprint is very small,” Mueller said. “We have very few and have limited use.” Mueller said that the FBI was only in the initial stages of […]

The East Side Highway Myth

by:  Diane Benjamin At the meeting last night, we were told the highway is needed because of the growth projected by 2035. The growth estimates are questionable and nothing predicted in the past has actually come to fruition, but that’s not the point. Growth.  What comes to mind?  Maybe more houses, businesses, roads, sewers, schools, […]

How Long Are You Going to be a Slave?

by:  Diane Benjamin If you continue to let government do anything it wants, spend your money, tax you more when they need it – you are a slave to government! Government’s job is to Protect your rights, not tell you which ones you are entitled to. Tonight, yet another meeting on the East-side bypass that […]

The Common Core Loses This Teacher’s Support

Your local school board members LOVE Common Core.  Either stand up or home school your kids! By Anthony Cody on June 18, 2013 8:42 AM Guest post by Katie Lapham. In April I carried a guest post written by New York City elementary teacher Katie Lapham, expressing support for the Common Core standards, but opposing the tests attached to […]

Niall Ferguson: The Regulated States of America

Tocqueville saw a nation of individuals who were defiant of authority. Today? Welcome to Planet Government. By NIALL FERGUSON In “Democracy in America,” published in 1833, Alexis de Tocqueville marveled at the way Americans preferred voluntary association to government regulation. “The inhabitant of the United States,” he wrote, “has only a defiant and restive regard for […]