Who has a vested interest in downtown Bloomington?

by:  Diane Benjamin It seems like an organization charged with managing downtown Bloomington would at least be mostly downtown business owners or residents. The people with a vested interest in the success of downtown should be the leaders.  From the DBA website, the Board consists of many people who aren’t downtown business owners.  The DBA […]

Heartland Wind Turbine update: Saving money?

by:  Diane Benjamin Original construction costs are in this post:   This post will update the information from last year.  The turbine was broke for all of October 2013 and March 2014.  It was broke for part of September and November 2013 and February 2014.  Note the higher Cost per KWH during those months.  Looking […]

Wisconsin Road Trip!

by:  Diane Benjamin If millions of people were travelling this weekend, they weren’t on Illinois roads.  We left Saturday morning for Wisconsin and returned yesterday.  Traffic was only a problem when a semi was in the left lane blocking traffic! To leave Illinois cost $1.90.  To come back to Illinois cost $1.90.  These toll booths […]

One budget cut that couldn’t be discussed: GOLF

by:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington owns 3 golf courses.  I previously report that these 3 courses DO NOT pay for themselves, even if Mayor Renner likes to say they do:  https://blnnews.com/2014/03/29/golf-pays-for-itself-hahaha/ It’s hard to keep track of what is in the budget and what isn’t, but I think the $250,000 for path resurfacing at Prairie Vista […]