Renner Flashback

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch this REALLY short video: . HyVee is in a strip mall . Renner created a TIF for the old K-Mart Plaza strip mall . GreenTop Grocery is in a strip mall. . The old GE Plant may be turned into a strip mall . Eastland Mall is dying But, Renner learned […]

How much money have the Huff’s received?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Huff’s own various properties in downtown Bloomington, including Ensenberger’s and the Front and Center building. I filed a FOIA request for how much downtown TIF money was paid to the Huff’s or for their benefit. This is what I received: $728,000 paid to CEFCU $1,500,000 paid to Ensenbergers Condominiums LLC That’s […]

Mathy or Feldkamp for Ward 1?

By:  Diane Benjamin Flashback to February 2013.  Consolidated elections were coming up in April.  Kevin Lower was the only candidate on the ballot for Ward 1 because Alderman Bernie Anderson had resigned and decided not to run for reelection. Steve Stockton was mayor.  At the February 11th regular City Council meeting, Stockton wanted to appoint […]

Vote early? Why you shouldn’t

By:  Diane Benjamin If you attended the last mayoral debate at the Doubletree, you know the large room was packed.  Unfortunately, the League of Women Voters and WGLT are holding another debate in Uptown.  Yes, it makes perfect sense to hold a Bloomington mayoral debate in Normal!  (Sure) It’s being held at the ISU Galleries.  […]

December Library usage

By:  Diane Benjamin From Page 10 – City Manager’s December report:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=11954 From page 44 of the December 2015 City Manager’s report:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=9706 Information for December 2015 isn’t available.  Library information is missing from many of the new jumbled City Manager reports.  David Hales is DONE winning awards for delivering information to citizens! The transparency […]