Goodbye Transparency

By:  Diane Benjamin On June 23, 2016 I posted an email from Alderman Hauman questioning why David Hales did a City Manager’s Report:  https://blnnews.com/2016/06/23/hauman-shows-no-respect-for-citizens/ It looks like Hales agrees and is therefore not compiling the report anymore.  For May, some data is in a folder – most is missing:  http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=9539 I’m sure posting real information, […]

Oops, they did it again

By:  Diane Benjamin Last summer I posted pictures of City employees NOT working: https://blnnews.com/2015/04/29/austere-budget-short-staffed-really/ https://blnnews.com/2015/07/09/more-fun-with-city-employees/ I thought they had finally figured out with this story: https://blnnews.com/2015/06/05/and-the-good-news-is/ Consider this lesson #2 in Common Sense vrs Government.  Part #1 was last night:  https://blnnews.com/2016/06/28/common-sense-vrs-government/ The private sector values productivity.  Employees don’t sit around and get paid for it.  […]

Chapin Rose on Illinois’s budget

By:  Diane Benjamin A number of people have asked me recently where the tax money is in Illinois if the bills aren’t being paid.  Senator Chapin Rose took the time on Tuesday to fill me in. First, he went over how we got in this mess.  Of course, this is his opinion. The Democrats didn’t […]

Common Sense vrs Government

By:  Diane Benjamin Connect Transit held another Board meeting today.  Revenue for the month of May was $136,587. Expenses were $806,208 http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/June%2028%202016%20Regular%20Board%20Meeting%20Binder1.pdf Your tax dollars subsidized empty buses! Ridership was down again – off 9.4%. The following Facebook post was used with permission: . A Private Sector business owner is intelligent enough to stop when […]

Last night’s Council meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin Hit PLAY below to hear last night’s Public Comment: Some of the speakers were REALLY good! Two things of note happened: Diana Hauman managed to get restrictions removed for a small business trying to open. (Listen to public comment)  It seems that somewhere between the Zoning Committee and the Agenda, the number […]