Normal: Providing chuckles (at your expense)

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal’s government is a never-ending supply of giggles as they attempt to “control” behavior.  Since the Mayor owns a bike shop, it’s easy for him to justify biking.  I’ve written before and shown pictures of the grand street plans that will evidently promote bikes.  Nobody has explained how narrowing intersections does that, […]

Tari’s Reality Check

By:  Diane Benjamin Cheer-leading for Bloomington isn’t a bad approach for an elected Mayor, but not facing facts is suicide for taxpayers.  Yes, State Farm is transferring people out of Bloomington-Normal.  Yes, people are leaving Illinois for better opportunities.  Yes, Sales Tax Revenue is down in both Bloomington and Normal. Yesterday’s report that Bloomington-Normal lost 1000 […]

No, Bloomington-Normal is NOT Okay

Mayor Renner claimed at the last Council meeting 1000 people move here every year.  He’s uniformed. Employers added new jobs in half of the state’s metro areas Metro Area Nov-14* Nov-13 Over-the-Year Change Bloomington-Normal 89,300 (5.6%) 90,300 (7.2%) -1,000 Champaign-Urbana 110,600 (5.9%) 109,600 (8.0%) 1,000 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 3,854,200 (5.7%) 3,830,500 (8.3%) 23,700 Danville 29,200 (8.1%) 29,000 […]

Stealing YOUR voice

By:  Diane Benjamin Is American History still taught?  Evidently it’s been re-written to reflect mob rule instead of a Representative Republic.  After all, the government is supposed to reflect the will of the people! Mob rule has come to Bloomington.  Bike lanes are painted on the streets (the roads that aren’t crumbling) because the McLean […]

REAL Facts Matter Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin Instead of enjoying Christmas with family and friends, Mayor Renner has been busy re-writing history through emails.  Here is his latest edition:  My comments are in red From: Tari Renner <trenner@cityblm.org> To: Dennis REDACTED Cc: City Council and Mayor <citycouncil@cityblm.org>; Tari Renner <trenner@cityblm.org> Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 7:20 PM Subject: Re: […]