Non-Partisan? They shouldn’t be

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s way past time to quit calling local elections non-partisan when the candidates bring their ideology to their elected office.  Voters deserve to know what the candidates will do when elected.  Reading campaign literature where they call themselves fiscal conservatives may be enough to fool some people, but look deeper.  When virtually […]

Early Voting already started

By:  Diane Benjamin Early voting is happening now through April 4th for the April 7th consolidated election.  Wards 4, 5, and 8 in Bloomington have contested elections.  Wards 2 and 6 aren’t contested. Elections in Bloomington are perfectly clear.  If you love Mayor Renner vote for his hand chosen picks.  (Buragas, Hauman and Painter) If […]

Pantagraph bombs out again, but what’s new

By:  Diane Benjamin Today’s Editorial (written by a no-name person) laments lobbyists in Springfield.  Elected officials leave office and become lobbyists for State funds, the paper wants it to end. Pantagraph:  What is the difference between a State lobbyist and your brand of media lapping at government’s feet?  Is your building in downtown Bloomington still […]

Public Housing for Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin The road to hell is paved with good intentions, government is laying the bricks. The elected claim it’s compassionate to provide food stamps, housing, earned income tax credits, energy assistance, healthcare, free phones, etc to low income people.  But the freebies are yanked if income increases, all incentives to a better life […]

Bills and Payroll finally posted! UPDATE!

Update:  The City promptly replied to my FOIA for missing information I amended the information received below in BOLD.  See the receipts here:  201503241124_Redacted  Even if only one person ate, why are taxpayers paying the bill?  Does your boss pay for your lunch? By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8396 ADMIN City Council Expenses American AI $ 384.20 […]

Transparency Matters Joni

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s national Sunshine Week! “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis – on the benefits of openness and transparency. The premise behind FOIA is that the public has a right to know what the government is doing. Who said that?  The Illinois Attorney General:  http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/pdf/2015_PAC_Annual_Report.pdf Page 11. Nonsense Joni? […]