Auditors get rich – at your expense!

by:  Diane Benjamin See this post from Friday:   Does David Hales AND the City Council care the money they spend is yours?  What explanation is there for ignoring warnings from the auditors year after year after year.  Yet, the Council renewed Hales contract and gave him a big raise. So how much did the […]

David Hales is doing his job?

Originally posted on BlnNews :
by:  Diane Benjamin David Hales loves to tout their “CLEAN AUDITS”.  FYI David:  Dixon Illinois had “Clean Audits” too – while they lost over $50,000,000 to an employed thief.  Clean Audits mean very little, especially when the Auditor sees potential problems and the City does nothing to correct them. From the…

From Tragedy to America’s Got Talent

Readers:  This isn’t what I usually post, but it’s a story and video you NEED to see. Written By Laurie Higgins IFI News (Illinois Family Institute) Twenty years ago in a horrific accident on I-94, Pastor Scott Willis and his wife Janet lost their six youngest children in a fiery inferno. This accident exposed a scandalous case of corruption that […]

David Hales is doing his job?

by:  Diane Benjamin David Hales loves to tout their “CLEAN AUDITS”.  FYI David:  Dixon Illinois had “Clean Audits” too – while they lost over $50,000,000 to an employed thief.  Clean Audits mean very little, especially when the Auditor sees potential problems and the City does nothing to correct them. From the 2010 Auditor’s letter to […]

More Executive Session – Secrets

by:  Diane Benjamin The minutes of the Executive Session held during the retreat last November offer interesting insight into what Bloomington’s Mayor, City Manager and Alderman are thinking.  Remember, this was a secret meeting.  Usually the Council votes to keep these minutes a secret because they don’t want you to know what they say.  See […]

Jesse Smart votes to continue Illinois’s demise

by:  Diane Benjamin For months citizens have been collecting signatures for a referendum on the November ballot for fair maps.  Democrats  gerrymandered the state in 2010 not only to make sure they were the permanent majority, but it also insures the many of the elected have huge winding districts making it impossible to adequately represent […]

Citizens organize against Renner

by:  Diane Benjamin You may start seeing this sign around town.  A citizens group has formed to oppose the Renner agenda of tax hikes and spending.  If you want a sign, I can put you in contact with the person distributing them.  Email me:  blnnews@yahoo.com   This isn’t the only group forming.  There are more.

Absolute proof Judy Stearns was RIGHT

by:  Diane Benjamin Last November the Bloomington City Council held a 2 day retreat that included an Executive Session – a SECRET MEETING for discussing very specific items that shouldn’t be discussed in public.  I want to stress SPECIFIC items.  The list of legal discussion items are in this story:   I’ve written about this […]

Term Limit Dickie

by:  Diane Benjamin Senator Dick Durbin has been in office in Washington DC since 1982 – 32 years.  If you believe in term limits, that’s reason enough for him to go.  If you need more, there’s plenty. Dickie thinks government is the answer to every problem. (see his latest email below)  I think government makes […]

The East-Side Bypass isn’t dead

by:  Diane Benjamin Sometime we forget about projects when there are no updates making headlines.  Millions of dollars have been spent to date for studies and more studies.  It is going to happen because government thinks it is their job to generate economic activity.  They see dollar signs and temporary jobs, so they jump thinking […]

Bloomington Budget-behind the scenes

by:  Diane Benjamin All of the following emails were received under the Freedom of Information Act. I still hear people say “Why isn’t the Bloomington Council be more like Normal’s?” Did you ever tell the kids to just go away for a while and be quiet?  You needed time, space, whatever – so the kids needed […]

Bloomington’s spin begins

by:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington has hired a new Communication Director.  The citizens will be paying a salary, benefits, and pension to make the City look good.  All the glowing press releases issued will be front-page news for the Pantagraph. The  press release below was issued today.  Why is it news when government […]

Why you are getting bike paths

by:  Diane Benjamin The opinion of average citizens don’t matter.  The only voices heard by government are the ones that make the most noise.  There is a group of ardent bike riding adults who want bike lanes on major streets.  They have been working for years to get them.  They finally succeeded because they convinced […]