The latest EATING on your dime report

By:  Diane Benjamin

The City of Bloomington staff REALLY hates answering Freedom of Information Act requests.  Members of the Council think they shouldn’t have to waste valuable staff time answering requests from the public.  So, instead of sending FOIA requests to explain the spending below, let’s play a new game:  GUESS!  Staff doesn’t want to be bothered, okay, I won’t.

Below are just the ADMIN expenses for food and miscellaneous put on employee P-Cards.  See:  Page 112  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8494

Is Gordon Biersch a new restaurant in town, and why is Renner buying Raikes (IBEW local 197) and Mike Matejka lunch?

ADMIN City Council Expenses Gordon Biersch $ 12.78 Business Breakfast- Tari Renner

ADMIN City Council Expenses Gordon Biersch $ 50.61 Business Lunch-Tari Renner, Michael Raikes, Mike Matejka

Have you noticed Renner and Hales gaining a lot of weight?  I wonder how long they stayed at Panera?

ADMIN City Council Expenses Panera Bread $ 200.13 Business Meeting, Mayor Tari Renner, David Hales

ADMIN City Council Expenses Panera Bread $ 313.73 Business Meeting, Mayor Tari Renner, David Hales

ADMIN City Council Expenses Paypal Mclean County $ 20.00 Business Travel – 1

Who ate at Medici?  Can we just assume Tari and some people he doesn’t want you to know about?

ADMIN City Council Expenses Medici $ 31.00 Business Lunch – 1

ADMIN City Council Expenses Jimmy John’s $ 128.75 Business Dinner- Council

Who ate at Biaggi’s?  Can we just assume Tari and some people he doesn’t want you to know about?

ADMIN City Council Expenses Biaggi’s $ 41.15 Business Lunch – 2

ADMIN City Council Expenses American Air $ 25.00 Business Travel- Tari Renner

ADMIN City Council Expenses Usairways $ 25.00 Business Travel- Tari Renner

I wonder if the Ecology Action Center paid the City back?  Assume NO.

ADMIN Community Relations Wm Supercenter $ 713.10 EAC Raffle

ADMIN Community Relations Best Buy $ 199.99 EAC Raffle

Admin Imaging COPS $ 41.77 Invoice 57599 Dated 2/28/15 Departmental Shredding

ADMIN Other Misc Expense Four Seasons Hotel WA DC $ 52.00 Business Travel

How many people does $104.01 feed at Monical’s?

ADMIN Other Misc Expense Monicals Pizza $ 104.01 Sister City

ADMIN Periodicals Chicago Trib Subscriptio $ 142.48 Business Subscription

ADMIN Postage Fedex $ 26.16 Invoice 295833958 Dated 030515 Various Shipments

ADMIN Postage Fedex $ 17.57 Invoice 297310920 Dated 3/19/15 Various Shipments

ADMIN Prof Development Getty Images $ 620.00 Thinkstock graphic program for 4 departments  (Buying pretty pics?)

ADMIN Prof Development Coffee Hound $ (0.68) Business Lunch- Tari Renner, Cheryl Gaines

Who knew that Jewel sells Professional Development Office Supplies?

ADMIN Prof Development Jewel $ 31.44 Office Supplies-Beth Oakley

Or that Professional Development is available at Krispy Kreme?

ADMIN Prof Development Krispy Kreme $ 29.15 Business Meeting-David Hales

Then there is a list of other meals, labeled as Professional Development, all without any reference as to who ate.  Maybe now we know why it takes 6 months to issue financial statements!  Heard of Garbage In – Garbage Out?

ADMIN Prof Development Swingers Grille $ 13.53 Business Lunch – 1

ADMIN Prof Development Mclean County Chamber $ 140.00 Business Meeting – 7

ADMIN Prof Development IHOP $ 17.46 Business Breakfast – 3

ADMIN Prof Development Panera Bread $ 9.67 Business Breakfast – 2

ADMIN Prof Development Jewel $ 25.45 Supplies – Beverages

ADMIN Prof Development Jims Steakhouse $ 12.50 Business Lunch – 2

ADMIN Prof Development Jimmy John’s $ 13.44 Business Lunch – 1

ADMIN Prof Development Hansen Center $ 12.50 Business Lunch – 2

4 thoughts on “The latest EATING on your dime report

  1. Dirtbag thieves. They must own stock in Panera Bread too.

    Gordon Biersch according to google is a brewing company. The only one in IL that their website shows for a restaurant is at Bolingbrook. Quite a distance to drive for a business lunch and breakfast. I wonder who drove? Probably the taxpayers.

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  2. ATT: Union members, the building boom in B-N is over. State Farm has made it clear that they are leaving! There are good times, there are bad times. B-N is now experiencing bad times because the politicians that you continue to support drive businesses out of town, out of the state. Big business off shores their profits and pays little in taxes, many receive refunds after making billion$. Your buddy Obama is moving right along at fast tracking the TPP without congressional oversight and granting millions of aliens citizenship. Your local mayor is lock step with this Kenyan. What do you think that will do for Americans needing work? Duh. Seriously folks, your leadership was compromised a long, long, time ago. It’s too bad because the union movement was a good thing in it’s beginning. But now if you don’t tow the line for the union boss you don’t work. Basically you’re right back as to why the unions originally got started which was to defeat the intimidation factors.

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