by: Diane Benjamin
Maybe Mayor Renner thought he could take Alderwoman Stearns out last night because the media has given him very little push back. It was irresponsible for Cities 92.9 to run Renners degrading comments about Stearns and StarCom for 2 days without fact-checking the Mayor. After all, he is a well documented liar. Alderwoman Stearns conveyed where her information came from last night and Alderman Lower then validated why her proposed cuts were legitimate. Is Cities 92.9 going to run an apology? You aired propaganda for the Mayor on almost every newscast for 2 days! The media needs to quit calling this incident a heated discussion. It was not. It was a vicious attack by a sitting Mayor!
I hope this explains why there is very little real news in Bloomington-Normal. The media relies on elected officials to tell you the truth. The elected have a vested interest in deceit. If you want the truth, news must be obtained from City employees just trying to do a good job. BlnNews.com gets news from them, not the chief City liars.
Jim Fruin: You wanted a Code of Conduct. Did Renner violate what you were proposing last night? Obviously YES, but the real question is why did you just sit there?
Rob Fazzini, didn’t you want the Code of Conduct too? Aren’t you the one who wants everybody to just get along? You just sat there too.
What about the rest of you? Evidently you thought Mayor Renner had every right to personally attack Stearns, otherwise you would have stopped him a lot sooner. Renner thought any cuts were out of the questions and he made sure they were never discussed. The Council potted plants allowed Renner to succeed in passing 3 new taxes. The pots sat by while Renner attacked, they are therefore complicit in Renner’s attacks.
Below is just the video of just Renner’s outrageous behavior. He has NEVER asked Stearns to explain her positions. It’s obviously easier to attack than have a discussion. Anybody who thinks Alderwoman Stearns didn’t do her homework doesn’t know Alderwoman Stearns. Unlike the potted plants, she takes her job of Alderman very seriously. Later, Stearns had a more than gracious speech to the Council. I will clip it and post later.