Hales October Report:

By:  Diane Benjamin The October City Manager’s report is now on-line:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9452 Miller Park Zoo Revenue from admissions was up 13.3% for the current fiscal year. Last year, the revenue from admissions broke the all-time record for the Zoo in a fiscal year. This represents the fourth consecutive year the all-time attendance revenue record was […]

Happy Thanksgiving

If today your aren’t thankful, and you don’t believe in the blessings bestowed on this great nation . . . . Stand in front of a mirror and ask yourself: What does everybody else understand that I don’t? Repeat until you figure it out. . Meanwhile, thanks readers.  I am grateful.  Diane . . . […]

Stanford: Dashcam

By:  Diane Benjamin The video from the November 11th accident that totaled the Stanford Police Car has been received under the Freedom of Information Act.  I have the video starting right before the car hit a tree in the road, start it at the beginning if you want to see more driving. Turn the sound […]

Attn: Renner, Koos and Colleen Reynolds

By:  Diane Benjamin This morning Colleen was APPALLED that anyone suggest refugees should get a religion test. Renner and Koos have publicly expressed support for importing refugees from Syria.   http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/local-mayor-pledges-support-for-syrian-refugees  There are no Christian members of ISIS  (ISLAMIC State)  All three should read this article:  http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/11/islamic_influx_why_a_religious_test_for_immigrants_is_moral_and_wise.html This story is even better:  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/427262/refugee-religious-test-shameful-and-not-american-except-federal-law-requires-it-andrew Will Colleen […]

Court Update

By:  Diane Benjamin The lawyer for the City of Bloomington was a little late, so those of us present had time to talk.  The court reporter told an interesting story: He parked downtown and forgot to hang his disabled placard in the window.  He received a ticket.  He headed to City Hall to dispute it, […]

BCPA – a BIG loser

By:  Diane Benjamin The following numbers were taken from a report received under the Freedom of Information Act. The report has all current budget detail by department.  Email me if you want the report, I can’t link to it in a readable format. ([email protected]) The first column lists everything connected to the BCPA on the […]


Conservative Talk Host Ian Bayne Back on Air: NEW “NewsTalk 98.3” Covers Bloomington + Champaign Markets  (FARMER CITY, IL –  11/22/2015): Conservative talk show host Ian Bayne will return morning drive tomorrow from 6am to 9am on the new “NewsTalk 98.3” WHP in Bloomington and Champaign, IL. Bayne had been let go from WRPW “Cities” 92.9 on September 1 […]

Vogel announces Lower is running for Mayor!

By:  Diane Benjamin Steve Vogel announced in the Pantagraph today that Alderman Lower is expected to run for Mayor against Steve’s buddy, Tari.  Remember his daughter was Renner’s campaign manager twice.  Since Vogel didn’t add that to his story, I need to make sure you know the truth. Now it’s clear why Tari Junior (Scott […]

What is Bloomington paying Monday?

By:  Diane Benjamin No mater how worthy a cause is, what City Ordinance gives the Council the right to give your money to a non-profit: HOME SWEET HOME MINIST  INV 11/10/2015 DONATION CHECK TOTAL 1,956.00 MCLEAN COUNTY HISTORIC  INV 10/26/2015 CAP CAMPGN FY16 CHECK TOTAL 50,000.00 Internal Auditors – so when are the taxpayers going […]

What should the teacher have done?

By:  Diane Benjamin This report comes from a citizen who attended the event: Last night there was a band concert at Kingsley Junior High.  One of the girls in the band refused to play the National Anthem.  She not only didn’t play, she turned her back to the crowd while it was played. When my […]

Scott Black: Remember this?

By:  Diane Benjamin May 2014. Aldermen Lower and Stearns had a list of proposed cuts. Renner would not let them speak! Instead, Renner read a prepared statement.  Watch the video: Little Scotty did an interview this week on WJBC:  http://cdn.stationcaster.com/stations/wjbc/media/mpeg/Bloomington_Ald__Scott_Black_with_Terry_James__11_19_15-1447963935.mp3 Scotty happily bashed Alderman Lower, the WJBC host was happy to join in.  I’ve never […]

So, Who is getting fired?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Saturday edition of the retreat has been cancelled. Tomorrow, expect a Pantagraph article saying the City decided to delay the meeting because they didn’t have everything ready.  Truth is immaterial. The truth is:  Somebody forgot to post it. Today’s Pantagraph story about the two-day retreat didn’t write itself.  Renner is quoted […]

No Tari, it isn’t inflation

By:  Diane Benjamin Since Tari became Mayor the citizens of Bloomington have been taxed to death: 4% Amusement Tax Utility Tax increase 4 cent a gallon gas tax 1% Sales tax increase Solid Waste Increase Other increases? Tari claims inflation is causing the budget woes. How about some facts!  Some citizens have been pouring over […]

More than a year past due!

By:  Diane Benjamin A reader sent the City of Bloomington a Freedom of Information Request for details on every receivable more than 365 days past due.  In light of the every increasing taxes the Council passes, he wanted to know who isn’t paying their bills. There is a problem though. In October 2013 I sent […]

Avoiding Transparency yet again

By:  Diane Benjamin Thursday night the Bloomington City Council is holding a retreat starting at 5:30.  It could be held in the Council Chambers where live streaming is available, but it’s not.  This time it’s at the BCPA. They aren’t holding it there because large crowds are expected.  The agenda is boring at best.  Communication […]

Nora Katherine: The video

By:  Diane Benjamin This is for the readers NOT on Facebook. You probably were totally lost on the previous posts, so this might help. The video below was done by a reader.  Sorry Nora Katherine, you didn’t take the Facebook page down fast enough. Here’s the Facebook basics: Users create their own page Then they […]

Nora, Nora, Nora

By:  Diane Benjamin I really hope Nora Dukowitz isn’t getting paid by taxpayers today.  Her social media sites have under gone some changes.  I’d hate to think taxpayers are paying for her personal activity, or maybe it isn’t personal? Luckily, I have screen shots of everything!  The three Facebook pages “Liked” by Nora Katherine are […]

Stanford: Another law ignored

By:  Diane Benjamin Many officials and government employees are required by law to file a Statement of Economic Interest.  The statement reveals conflicts of interest that could taint public service.  If the law is ignored by a public servant, what does that say to citizens? James Bridgewater should have filed his by May 1st.  He […]

Pantagraph-working against you

By:  Diane Benjamin A few weeks ago the Pantagraph deleted and closed comments on a Letter to the Editor critical of Mayor Renner’s plans to redevelop downtown.    https://blnnews.com/2015/11/05/pantagraph-reaches-a-new-low/ Yesterday  a story about downtown redevelopment appeared – No Comments Allowed. The Pantagraph is a private company, so they can do whatever they want. However, citizens have […]

Really sad you pay for this

By:  Diane Benjamin Nora Dukowitz was hired by the City of Bloomington to be the Communications Manger.  Why Bloomington needed one is still a mystery.  Hales claimed in this Pantagraph article that Nora would play a critical role in outreach to citizens, he also stated she would use social media to engage citizens:  http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/city-hires-communications-manager/article_f4bfe4e6-ec94-5cf7-a2c7-5c8a58a36771.html I […]

Allin: What are they hiding?

By:  Diane Benjamin On October 14, 2015 the Allin Township Fire Protection District held a Trustees meeting.  The minutes show they accepted an insurance payment from Selective Insurance.  See minutes here:  Minutes 10/14/2015 The check is believed to be for more than $19,000.  People at the meeting don’t remember the check being discussed. Josh Deterding […]

Illegal meeting – Allin TFPD

  By:  Diane Benjamin Last night the trustees for the Allin Township Fire Protection District held a meeting at the fire station.  It started at 6:00pm.  The problem is the meetings always start at 7:00. The Open meetings Act requires 10 days notice of a meeting change.  Starting an hour earlier than normal is a […]

Connect Transit – who is paying

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed Freedom of Information requests with ISU, Heartland, and Connect Transit based on the previous post:  https://blnnews.com/2015/11/12/connect-transit-requires-photo-id/ I appreciate ISU responding in ONE day, Heartland and Connect Transit took the 5 days permitted to respond. See the current ISU contract with Connect Transit here:  ISU-Connect Transit FY16 ISU is paying Connect […]