More throwing YOUR money around

By:  Diane Benjamin

I’d love to know what this is, but last Monday I hear some Council members wanted the legislators to change the Freedom of Information Act Law so staff doesn’t have to answer them.  I hear Bill Brady told them to be more transparent if they didn’t want FOIA requests, that probably died at the hands of Renner – transparency is only for what HE wants to be transparent about.

BMI concessions is John Butler’s company at the Coliseum.  He also believes transparency is highly overrated and he therefore won’t let anybody see his reports.  Verifying the City is getting their fair share of concessions is impossible.  The Attorney General is investigating, maybe her office will rule in a year or two.  Meanwhile:  Employee Lunch for $5,664.00.  Hum, let’s play the guessing game again.  Why would it be charged as Employee Lunch and Admin Community Relations.  Too bad the City hates FOIA’s – we will just have a spread rumors instead of getting real answers.

Source:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8494

1440 BMI CONCESSIONS LLC 00000 20150322 INV 04/27/2015 EMP LUNCH 4/10/15 113370 1 10011110 79110 Admin Com Relatn 5,664.00 Invoice Net 5,664.00

CHECK TOTAL 5,664.00

Below are a few other interesting payments:

100 PANTAGRAPH PUBLISHING 00001 INV 04/27/2015 111-60000796 03/15 112362 1 10011410 70610 HR Advertise 1,575.67 Invoice Net 1,575.67

100 PANTAGRAPH PUBLISHING 00001 INV 04/28/2015 111-60077020 3/15 112681 1 10014112 70611 Recreation PrintBind 2,676.34 Invoice Net 2,676.34

100 PANTAGRAPH PUBLISHING 00001 20150077 INV 04/27/2015 111-60082545 3/15 113268 1 10014125 70610 20000 BCPA Advertise 2,255.12 Invoice Net 2,255.12

100 PANTAGRAPH PUBLISHING 00001 INV 04/27/2015 111-60082545 3/15 113270 1 10014125 70610 20000 BCPA Advertise 955.92 Invoice Net 955.92

100 PANTAGRAPH PUBLISHING 00001 INV 04/27/2015 111-60072323 3/15 113281 1 10011310 70610 CtyClerk Advertise 1,206.30 Invoice Net 1,206.30

CHECK TOTAL 8,669.35

100 PANTAGRAPH PUBLISHING 00002 INV 04/27/2015 60082545/ 4/15 113457 1 10014125 70610 20000 BCPA Advertise 3,191.04 Invoice Net 3,191.04

TOTAL 3,191.04

The below is for the Springfield Law firm – outsourced legal:

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 20150345 INV 04/27/2015 155975 113284 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 33,050.00 Invoice Net 33,050.00

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 20150345 INV 04/27/2015 155978 113285 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 8,750.00 Invoice Net 8,750.00

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 20150345 INV 04/27/2015 155980 113286 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 8,000.00 Invoice Net 8,000.00

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 20150345 INV 04/27/2015 155977 113287 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 10,700.00 Invoice Net 10,700.00

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 INV 04/27/2015 155974 113288 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 1,500.00 Invoice Net 1,500.00

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 INV 04/27/2015 155976 113289 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 150.00 Invoice Net 150.00

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 INV 04/27/2015 155979 113290 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 500.00 Invoice Net 500.00

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 INV 04/27/2015 155981 113291 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 2,000.00 Invoice Net 2,000.00

1905 SORLING NORTHRUP HANNA 00001 INV 04/27/2015 155982 113340 1 10011710 70009 Legal Contr Lega 1,900.00 Invoice Net 1,900.00

CHECK TOTAL 66,550.00

These are P-Card charges  for the Sister Cities program:

SC Special Program Expense Caffe Italia Llc $ 708.95 Dinner for Committee and Jr. High chaperones

SC Special Program Expense Abraham Lincoln Librar $ 200.00 Admission for jr high students from Asahikawa for Lincoln Museum, Springfield

SC Special Program Expense Lagondola Spaghetti House $ 296.25 Food for the Welcome party for host families and the junior high Japanese exchange students

SC Special Program Expense Steak-N-Shake $ 151.30 Food for Jr. High Students from Asahikawa

SC Travel ANA Air $ 230.00 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,009.14 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

SC Travel Delta Air $ 2,080.65 Sister Cities Jr. High to Asahikawa trip

Total:  $22,321.49

 

12 thoughts on “More throwing YOUR money around

  1. EMP LUNCH 4/10/15 $5,664.00–probably for the catered meal with the legislators since the meeting was on April 10th. I’m also amazed that the city pays the union dues for it’s workers.

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      1. Oh, didn’t know that. I was just guessing since there is no explanation for the expense. The check was written to BMI CONCESSIONS, whoever that is.

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    1. Asahikawa is 600+ miles from Fukushima. That’s like saying you’d not want to leave central IL because you want to avoid Atlanta, GA. Maps, they’re widely available. Look at them, and you might learn something!

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      1. Maybe you should take your own advice and look at a (weather) map and see how the air currents work, and hope you’ll learn from it. It’s kinda like that Erin Brockovich thing, do you want to drink the water? That was a really bad comparison you noted.

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  2. Off subject,,,but was just looking at the article about the bicycle master plan in the Pantograph. The lead picture has the BloNo bike dude posing in a bike lane against the directional arrow. Lol. Typical bike rider, disobeying common laws,,,even when they get their own lanes, they still don’t follow the law. No wonder biking for some people isn’t safe. Some people are just stupid. Stupid BloNo dude for posing opposite the arrow. Stupid cameraman for taking that picture and submitting it. Stupid proof reader for missing it. Stupid editor for allowing it to be published. Stupid paper. Stupid mayor Renner for comparing retail sales in NYC to Bloomington! Yep, a lot of stupidity on display with that article.

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