This would NEVER have been on the agenda without Renner and Hales supporting it. Upset about mis-use of taxpayer money? Now you know who to blame!
5-4 vote Bloomington is taking the money. Votes against were Kevin, Judy, Mboka, and Karen. Evidently Billy said the money had to be used for this project.
by: Diane Benjamin
Illinois can’t get much closer to bankrupt. The temporary tax increase is turning into a permanent one. Sen Bill Brady seems un-phased.
From the packet – tonight’s Bloomington City Council meeting:
WHEREAS, Illinois State Senator Bill Brady has offered a legislative grant to the City, in
the amount of $750,000, for the limited purpose of purchasing property next to McGraw Park;
Here’s the story:
- Central Catholic High school has a practice football field on airport property – they are getting kicked out by the FAA
- The soccer people are also getting kicked off their fields by the FAA
- Soccer is NOT included in this proposal – just Central Catholic
- Bill Brady just happens to be a graduate of Central Catholic
So, Billy arranges for $750,000 of our money to go to the City of Bloomington so they can buy property and lease it to Central Catholic. I’m surprised the ACLU isn’t showing up tonight to protest.
Is Billy going to spend your money on a new soccer complex next? Catholic football gets Billy money from a bankrupt state, but non-Catholics play soccer so they don’t get a State grant?
Maybe a bunch of kids in their soccer uniforms will come to the meeting tonight to show their disdain for crony grants.
Here’s my favorite part:
WHEREAS, the State of Illinois has graciously allocated seven hundred and fifty
thousand dollars ($750,000.00) of funding in hopes that a regional solution can be achieved;
Are we supposed to kneel now? They are graciously giving Bloomington our own money?
Any chance the City of Bloomington gets another park by grant because it would be illegal for the State to gift $750,000 directly to Central Catholic?