I know you are sick of the Pantagraph, but . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin The ONLY reason I started this site IS the Pantagraph.  I watched years of their misreporting that turned to lack of reporting.   They messed with the WRONG person!  Citizens deserve news, the Pantagraph doesn’t report it unless it fits their purpose.  They are completely in bed with local government, Steve Vogel’s daughter was […]

Bloomington loses 400 jobs in 1 year

By:  Diane Benjamin The jobs lost by the Cub Foods closing aren’t included! FIFTY IT jobs outsourced by Country Companies are. See this report from Reboot Illinois:  http://www.rebootillinois.com/2015/06/25/editors-picks/kevin-hoffmanrebootillinois-com/metro-local-illinois-unemployment-rates-may-2015/40089/ The numbers are from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. In May of 2014 Bloomington had 95,600 jobs. In May of 2015 Bloomington had 95,200 jobs. Tari’s illegal budget […]

Bloomington’s Pantagraph should shutter its doors

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) –  http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2015/06/bloomingtons-pantagraph-should-shutter-its-doors/ The Pantagraph newspaper is doing the citizens of Bloomington, IL. a disservice by advocating for the City of Bloomington to violate the free speech rights of everyone that attends a city council meeting (read how they betray the trust of their readership here). Newspapers have a fundamental responsibility to the […]

Hales May Report is on-line

By:  Diane Benjamin Hales released the report earlier than usual.  See it here:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8754 The library continues to report LESS people using it and LESS items being circulated.  See pages 45-46  However, the march to build continues.  Do you realize it’s YOUR money Bloomington? See page 33.  Evidently Tax Receipts were really bad in May.  […]

Video of Bloomington’s future

By:  Diane Benjamin A reader found this video on-line.  Thanks Mike. Tari wants the ability to terminate comments from citizens if he doesn’t approve.  Watch the video – this is Bloomington’s future. A lady on the Council leaves the chamber and asks citizens to join her outside so they can petition their government for a redress of […]

Coliseum: Screw taxpayers again?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Coliseum contract with CIAM states negotiations for renewal must start the year before the current contract expires.  It expires next year, so negotiations are happening. Have you heard anything from Renner?  Hales?  City Council?  NOPE! When your government refuses to communicate with you, you are not just uniformed.  You are left to imagine […]

Alderman Lower wants YOUR opinions!

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington Alderman Kevin Lower will be holding a: Town Hall meeting July 7th – 7:00pm New Lafayette Club on South Main Street Bloomington Agenda Items: Public Comment Rules Ordinance Changes for City Council Meetings Downtown Strategic Plan Front and Center proposed purchase / redevelopment project The Budget Task Force This meeting is […]

What you don’t see during Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin If you have never attended a Bloomington City Council meeting, you really don’t get to see what’s going on. Most of the Council members are busy with other things during Public Comment.  It’s no wonder they want rules governing it!  At one point Joni Painter passed something to Amelia Buragas.  Scott Black […]

ECW, Stearns: the video

By:  Diane Benjamin This is the video of Kirk Allen, John Kraft, and Judy Stearns speaking at the 5:30 meeting yesterday that was not live streamed.  Kirk and John drove 2 hours to be in Bloomington to address the Council on the proposed changes to the Public Comment ordinance. Note, I intentionally filmed non-verbal reactions to the […]

Tari Tales

By:  Diane Benjamin I wonder if Renner is going to make it back from San Francisco in time for tonight’s meeting.  Maybe he will pass out souvenirs since taxpayers paid for the trip. By changing the public comment rules tonight, Tari thinks he can limited public complaints.  Most of the speakers chastise the Council for their […]

More travel at your expense!

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner and Chris Koos just got back or are on the way back from San Francisco!  I’m willing to bet it was at your expense since they were attending the US Conference of Mayors.  This link shows both signed up to attend:  http://usmayors.org/83rdAnnualMeeting/PreRegisteredMayorsPhotos.asp I’m just going to list some highlights so you can […]

Is Bloomington finally fighting fraud?

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight the City of Bloomington is holding an Executive Session, another one of their secret meetings.  Under the Open Meetings Act, they cited this section as the reason for the meeting: (29) Meetings between internal or external auditors      and governmental audit committees, finance committees, and their equivalents, when the discussion involves […]

More reasons NOT to listen to WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin Why do Tari Renner, David Hales, Dick Durbin and a slew of other so-called leaders love to do interviews on WJBC? Because they can get by with saying anything and are rarely challenged! Low information voters are easily misled by low information media. The latest case in point: Today WJBC is running a NEWS […]

Tari declares his Supremacy over YOU

By:  Diane Benjamin If the potted plants agree citizens should have no voice in their government – it will happen Monday. Tari attempted to shut down Judy Stearns while she was on the Council. Tari attempted to shut me down with his vile comments on my site.  I made a big mistake by not pressing charges against him […]

Erasing the history of you

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve always thought minutes of a meeting reflect what happened at the meeting.  I also believed that minutes were kept as a permanent record for posterity, therefore whoever took them had a duty to make sure they accurately reflected proceedings. Evidently the City of Bloomington doesn’t think so. On their website 2 items are […]

Coliseum: Numbers don’t lie

By:  Diane Benjamin Check out the Coliseum’s Income and Budget numbers from 2006-2007: Income:  $3,353,392 fell short of the budgeted $3,580,500. Now look at the numbers from 2014 – 2015: (click to enlarge) Income is over $1.3 Million less, the Budget is over $1 Million less!  Admitting defeat? In April 2008 they reported income of $3,251,651 […]

Scott Black spills the beans

By:  Diane Benjamin Alderman Tari junior, Scott Black, was just on WJBC talking about the three hour Executive Session last Monday.  It ended in the Giebelhausen downtown plan being killed. Evidently the discussion could have been held in public.  Black wasn’t shy about what was discussed.  Since the meeting was held behind closed doors, the voters will never know who said what and why. Black used […]

Econ: The lesson continues

By:  Diane Benjamin See this post from earlier today:  http://blnnews.com/2015/06/16/its-simple-econ-tari/ In just NEW taxes, Tari took $3,680,714 away from taxpayers. What that number doesn’t reflect is the Velocity of Money  (Google it) If taxpayers had kept that money, they would have spent it.  Much of it would have been spent at local stores.  Those businesses would have […]

Hillary and Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin Hillary Clinton and the City of Bloomington have a lot in common! Both think they are entitled to decide who is press and who isn’t. The UK’s Daily Mail frequently reports on things the American Press refuses to.  One of their reporters was banned from covering Hillary events.  The American press is in […]

It’s simple Econ Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari:  Congratulate your Economic Development people for bring Hy-Vee to town.  It just cost you a Cub Foods.  I wonder who Green Top Grocery will put out of business? How many hotels were put out of business when Normal decided they needed a Marriott?  What will happen when Normal’s second hotel opens?  Still want a hotel in downtown […]

What are they hiding?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve heard for years that Executive Sessions are secret.  Council members have been threatened with censure if they talk about anything said behind closed doors. The threats are illegal! Local government has used threats because either they don’t know the law or they want to keep information from the public. Read what the […]

Dukowitz: What we already knew

By:  Diane Benjamin Since no charges have been or will be filed against Fistbump for knocking on Nora Dukowitz’s door, I attempted again to get an un-redacted copy of the police report she filed.  See this post for what I previously received:  http://blnnews.com/2015/05/28/nora-dukowitz-the-police-report/ The information I received this time remains redacted, but I do have some new parts:  […]

LaHood Hijinks

By:  Diane Benjamin Darin LaHood was defeated when he ran for Peoria County State’s Attorney.  This editorial in the Peoria Journal Star calls LaHood’s campaign tactics “improper” and perhaps “unethical”.   http://www.pjstar.com/x1657300363/Our-View-A-question-of-judgment LaHood went to the home of a young rape victim trying to get dirt on his opponent.  Nobody seems to know how he found out the […]