Stanford again, more shenanigans

By:  Diane Benjamin According to this bird-cage liner story from 2007, Allin Township Fire Protection District Trustee Mick Owen was superintendent of the Bloomington division of Entler Excavating. http://www.pantagraph.com/news/company-submits-new-plan-for-asphalt-plant/article_32724b55-645f-5c85-96e7-c12d061031f6.html In 2008 the Trustees awarded a $12,000 no-bid contract for demolition of a house to Entler Excavating.  At least Mick didn’t make the motion himself. Did Mick […]

Coliseum Catering +

By:  Diane Benjamin The management agreement for the Coliseum specifies concessions will be handled directly by CIAM or an “independent contractor”.  BMI Concessions is NOT independent, since John Butler owns both CIAM and BMI, I can’t find where BMI ever received approval from the City Council to operate as a separate company. From CIAM’s management […]

Uptown Transparency

By: Diane Benjamin I’ve wondered since Uptown Normal was completed what buildings the Town owns and rents.  I filed a Freedom of Information Request to find out.  Wendy Briggs provided the following information with a note that she forgot to put Subway on the list, otherwise, here’s what I received: First, thanks Normal for answering […]

The Tari podcast APPEARS!

By:  Diane Benjamin Surprise!  WJBC decided to post the Renner podcast.  Yes, he did call anybody who objected to spending money for flamingos “loud nasty voices”.  Listen here. http://cdn.stationcaster.com/stations/wjbc/media/mpeg/Tari_Renner__Bloomington_Mayor_8_12_15-1439477301.mp3 I bet you didn’t know the Zoo Master plan is a contract to fund their projects!  The Council is always told Master Plans don’t assure any […]

Stanford: More problems

By:  Diane Benjamin When citizens trust the people who run government, but fail to watch their actions – you get this: Scott Eidenmiller is a trustee who voted for his own raise.  In fact, they all voted to raise their own pay. Scott’s $3000 is a problem though.  According to the law, trustee salaries for […]

Tari: Still think Bloomington is growing?

By:  Diane Benjamin From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LAUMT171401000000006?data_tool=XGtable People available to work in Bloomington metro area by year   Actual number of people working in Bloomington metro area Let’s assume fewer people are now available to work because they retired.  That doesn’t explain why the number of people employed is also down.  Retirements […]

Coliseum Sham

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council is being told by City Manager David Hales there is no reason to fire CIAM (Central Illinois Arena Management) when their current contract expires.  CIAM has first right of refusal when a new contract is constructed.   Hopefully it will be so radically different from the current contract that […]

Why the Stanford Ordinance matters

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story from yesterday:  https://blnnews.com/2015/08/11/more-that-stanford-needs-to-explain/ The Allin Township Fire Protection District has the right to bill out of district victims for any assistance provided, like vehicle accidents requiring EMT services.  Illinois law states that an ordinance must be on file allowing these billings. I filed the following Freedom of Information Request […]

More that Stanford needs to explain

By:  Diane Benjamin Fire Protection Districts are allowed to bill for services performed inside the district for people who live OUTSIDE of the districts.  It makes sense because the people served aren’t paying taxes to them.  The one catch is:  an ordinance is required to be passed and signed before the billings can be enforced. […]

Can’t miss Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin If the Bloomington City Council hadn’t expanded Public Comment to 30 minutes a few weeks ago (when Renner was out of town), a lot of people wouldn’t have been allowed to speak last night. See the video below – Comments starts at 6:40. First up was Judy Stearns.  Please please please listen […]

Which represents you?

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night 2 Aldermen made their governing philosophies clear. Remember what they said when your taxes are raised again. First, listen to Amelia Buragas.  This comment came after the spending for flamingos passed and spending for new filters at the water treatment plant. . Now listen to Alderman Lower on why he […]

Flooding anybody?

By:  Diane Benjamin I was driving west on Oakland during the light rain yesterday.  There was flooding, especially in front of storm drains. This pic is NOT on Oakland – I wonder if it FLOODED? Hint Tari:  It’s close to your precious downtown!  Needs before Wants, remember?  I doubt the flamingos are going to clean […]

Stanford: Please explain this

By:  Diane Benjamin Police service used to be contracted with the Village of Danvers.  In 2012, it was $5400 per month – $64,800 per year.  In 2012 the Village of Stanford decided they couldn’t afford that anymore, so they terminated the agreement.  Note:  One of the McGrath lawyers was present, I wonder if he billed […]

Tonight: Throwing more money away

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight the Bloomington City Council will approve paying the McLean County Regional Planning Commission $54,212 for the plan they created:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8974 The plan was out of date before it was issued because it pretends Bloomington is growing.  Before Mitsubishi announced it’s closing, Bloomington was showing negative growth.  Now 1,200 jobs are being […]

Corruption in Stanford

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois Freedom of Information Law intro: (5 ILCS 140/1) (from Ch. 116, par. 201)     Sec. 1. Pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding […]

Truth about the Zoo

By:  Diane Benjamin From the Council meeting held October 8, 2012 where the Zoo Master Plan was passed (Stockton was still Mayor) The recommendation is to adopt the MPZ Master Plan, as presented without binding any financial requirements. The financial planning and funding would be decided within the citywide long term capital improvement budget which […]

Proof: Pantagraph Corrupt

By:  Diane Benjamin Steve Vogel doesn’t think he needs to disclose EVERY TIME he writes about the City of Bloomington that he is Renner’s Campaign Daddy.  His DAUGHTER ran 2 campaigns for Renner, but I’m positive he isn’t the slightest bit corrupted by his baby’s allegiances.  Just like Lisa Madigan doesn’t take any direction on […]

Stanford: Where’s your money?

By:  Diane Benjamin First, why is the Freedom of Information officer for Stanford a lawyer?  How much is it costing taxpayers to get information through a lawyer that you are entitled to under the law?  Is the FOIA officer a lawyer to hide information? Stanford residents have been paying an extra $5 per month tacked […]

Now you can’t say you didn’t know

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is a bowl full of baby parts harvested by Planned Parenthood so they can sell them.  PP gets a half a billion dollars of our tax money.  The language in the videos is even worse – they like whole cadavers the best. The Germans claimed they didn’t know what the Nazis […]

Tari’s Tragic Tyranny

By:  Diane Benjamin Either: In September, the Bloomington City Council will pass what Renner’s hand-picked Budget Task Force says needs to done (tax increases) Or: The entire exercise was another colossal wast of time if the Council rejects the recommendations. Wasting time is nothing new, think Paradigm and Giebelhausen.  How much staff time and legal […]

Replacing Mitsubishi

By:  Diane Benjamin According to an interview on WGLT, the chances of finding a buyer for the Mitsubishi Auto plant aren’t good. Paul Eisenstein, of the Detroit bureau-dot-com, said dozens of plants have closed in the US in the last decade, most have been torn down.  Cleanup will cost millions.  New plants are built away […]

Pantagraph – way over their head

.  By:  Diane Benjamin An anonymous editorial today must have been a reprint.  Maybe the bird-cage liner can’t think of new things to print. The blurb laments local school districts costing taxpayers money by bumping some salaries of teachers and administrators right before retirement so their pensions are higher.  They even spell out how much […]

Talk TAXES – tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin Alderman Kevin Lower and TEA Board member Ron Ulmer will be talking taxes tonight at the monthly TEA Party meeting:  6:30, The Launch Pad – 315 E Front Bloomington. Both Bloomington and Normal REALLY WANT a 1% Sales Tax increase.  Fight now, move, or get your wallet out. TEA stands for Taxed […]

More ineptness

By:  Diane Benjamin I will admit upfront I don’t have all the details.  I could spend the next month or more filing Freedom Of Information requests, getting the time extended by the City, then re-filing because I didn’t get what I wanted.  Since I basically work for free, I’m not spending that much time to […]