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 committee is considering tax increases. Unelected like-minded Renner people won’t be able to find much to cut in the budget. That means tax increases are their only option. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, but the Team Tari Council will steal more of your money to balance the budget. Single mothers, senior citizens on fixed incomes, and families barely getting by will be forced to fund the Coliseum, BCPA, golf, and bike lanes – all of which they will never use.
Citizens have their own budget committee! The first meeting is July 7th: https://blnnews.com/2015/06/24/alderman-lower-wants-your-opinions/
Tax receipts are declining. Unemployment may be down, but so are the number of jobs. This Reboot Illinois article says almost 10,000 people left Illinois between 2013 and 2014: http://www.rebootillinois.com/2015/06/26/editors-picks/niucgs/report-illinois-population-shrunk-by-nearly-10000-residents-2013-2014/40158/
The unemployment rate is (in part) down in Illinois because people left. Since the Bloomington unemployment rate continues to drop AND the number of people working continues to drop, people are leaving Bloomington.
As the Council raises taxes again, the trend will continue. Obviously tax receipts will drop as the number of people here declines. The Council under Renner has brought Illinois politics home. Elections matter folks!
Normal: Koos is still planning to spend more on Uptown. I know a memo exists showing worry about declining tax receipts. At least one person on the Council must see DANGER SIGNS. That memo should be leaked now!