When do you call it EVIL?

By:  Diane Benjamin On April 20th the Bloomington City Council held a meeting with area legislators.  I hear only 2 showed. Here’s the facts: The meeting was held in a room where live-streaming wasn’t possible. The local bird-cage liner didn’t do a story on the event. Governor Rauner has proposed cuts to dollars sent back […]


By:  Diane Benjamin BlnNews.com achieved 500,000 page views today.  Thanks readers.  I appreciate all my readers, especially those who share the site. Edgar County Watchdogs just passed 2 million views.  Of course there are two of them and they have been doing this longer.  They also write about the whole state.  I’d like to catch […]

In Honor of Judy Stearns Update

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is a link to one of my all time favorite Pantagraph pictures  In case you forgot or didn’t know, Judy Stearns was accused in 2011 of having multiple homestead exemptions because of rental properties she owns.  Then Mayor Stockton tried his best to get her thrown off the Council, hiring 2 […]

LaHood: More disturbing Cash

By:  Diane Benjamin Donations to Darin LaHood from Political Action Committees: Source:  http://fec.gov/fecviewer/CandCmteTransaction.do BILL PAC See who donates and receives contributions from this PAC here:  https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?cycle=2014&strID=C00412288 The Founder of this PAC is a career politician and heads the Transportation Committee in the House.  Bill Shuster took over his dad’s seat after a scandal involving a […]

They found the video!

By:  Diane Benjamin . Watch the public comment at the beginning of the meeting.  Deb Polzin was especially good, but some of the others were great too.  No wonder the video got lost for a while. The standing ovation for Judy Stearns and her comments after begin at 27:00.  See Sage sitting the entire time, […]

Fly on the Wall: Embarrassed?

UPDATE here:  https://blnnews.com/2015/04/28/they-found-the-video/ I was flying around looking for video from last night’s Council meeting.  The work session is on-line, but not the Council meeting. Was David Sage embarrassed when everybody in the room stood and applauded Judy Stearns while he sat? Was David Sage embarrassed by his fawning over David Hales and demand for a […]