Does Renner want you to know this?

by:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner is going to spend your money on downtown Bloomington!  He isn’t open to any discussions or debate.  Renner fervently believes Bloomington will cease to exist unless people move downtown. Hint Tari:  Call some votes for spending more downtown – it will make it much easier to defeat your potted plants […]

The commission you’ve never heard of

by:  Diane Benjamin It’s the McLean County Regional Planning Commission! http://www.mcplan.org/department/division.php?structureid=14 What do they do?  Make plans for Bloomington, Normal, and McLean County.  Think East-side Bypass, Bike Routes, and now Bring It Bloomington. According to the MCRPC 2013 financial statements, 46.6% of their funding came from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  Who do you […]

More on Media paid to NOT report

by:  Diane Benjamin At every Bloomington City Council meeting part of the agenda is approving bills and payroll.  On July 14th I reported the bills included 1,355.85 to Cumulus Broadcasting (WJBC) and 3,645.50 to the Pantagraph.    https://blnnews.com/2014/07/14/pantagraph-wjbc-why-they-dont-hold-government-accountable/ On Monday the council will approval more payments to both: http://www.cityblm.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=7057 Cumulus $1500.00 Pantagraph $3083.40 Totals for 1 month: […]

Amtrak: The rest of the story

by:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I posted some horror tidbits from a guy riding Amtrak.  Today He copied me on an email he sent to Amtrak with the rest of the story.  Keep in mind while reading it that Amtrak is heavily subsidized with your tax money.  Agencies funded by government doesn’t have to give good […]

Hey Tari: Since you really like the IPI now . .

Before the citizens of Bloomington are forced to fund more downtown spending: Illinois workforce shrinks by largest margin in state history 20 Jul 2014 | Michael Lucci  Illinois Policy Institute In June, Illinois suffered the largest monthly workforce loss in recorded state history. June’s workforce loss was worse than the worst month of the Great […]

Tips for letter writers to the Pantagraph

by:  Diane Benjamin Has the Pantagraph refused to print your “Letter to the Editor”? Did you criticize local government or express conservative values? Citizen can no longer voice opinions about local government or traditional values.  The Pantagraph has elected officials to protect because they have a downtown building to unload and they make too much […]