by: Diane Benjamin
The City of Bloomington has hired Sue McLaughlin as a temporary replacement for Barb Atkins who retired. McLaughlin is being paid $85.00 per hour – at least $175,000 per year. She formerly worked as a City Administrator for Mattoon until she was fired for trying to sell City land for less than market value to her fiancée:
More on the story: http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2012/06/money-generation-a-family-affair/
Mayor Renner and (I hear) David Hales claim they didn’t know about her past. So where did she come from and how did she get hired?
Remember the project the City of Bloomington is doing to accumulate data to send to the International City Manager’s Association so Bloomington can be compared to cities all over the US? We still don’t know how much that is costing, but it’s obviously taking a lot of employee time. According to the Mayor there is nothing to cut, but we can’t cut what we don’t know now can we Mayor. Anyway, McLaughlin is the president-elect of the Illinois chapter of the International City Mangers Association:
From her Linked-In page
Served as ILCMA President-elect
Served on ICMA Boston 2013 Planning Cmte
Served on Legacy Project-Downstate
Mayor Renner used to work for the ICMA, he mentioned it again last Monday night. Browse their website: http://icma.org/en/icma/home. This is NOT an organization dedicated to good government, it is an organization dedicated to the government THEY want. They plan ways to limit your rights. It all sounds wonderful until you can’t park in Downtown Normal anymore because Chris Koos hates cars, unless they are electric.
McLaughlin was hired without a background check because she believes all the same things Renner and Hales believe in: form-based code, downtown redevelopment, land use planning (to limit your property rights), sustainability, etc, etc.
Mayor Renner continues to act like he wants to serve the citizens of Bloomington. It’s an act. He wants to control the citizens and mold you to fit his agenda. Hiring Sue McLaughlin, the new budget, and 3 new taxes is all the evidence you need.