City Code: Those “welcome” signs

By:  Diane Benjamin By now readers know sometimes laws matter, sometimes they don’t.  It all depends on how the people who are charged with enforcing them “feel”. Remember these signs popping up in yards and schools? (Do the schools still have them?) What does the Bloomington City Code say about signs in yards? (The website […]

#ResistNormal via New York

By:  Diane Benjamin Local protesters are claiming their protests are local.  The ORIGINAL #ResistNormal Meetup group tells a different story. Meetup is a website anybody can use to organize groups.  This was the post that started this “local” group: Rep. Rodney Davis is correct.  This group now has local members, but it was started from […]

More on the Pantagraph video

By:  Diane Benjamin Robert Fike says some good things, but I’m not sure he is informed enough to be mayor.  He mentioned offering early retirement to highly paid people so cheaper ones could be hired.  The last time the City did that, it cost around $4 million in Sick Leave Buy Back.  Just a view […]

Mayor candidates: #FactsMatter

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph has a video on-line of their mayoral candidate interviews.  See the video below.  Yes, as Tari likes to say FACTS do matter.  The video is less than an hour – watch it. Diane Hauman is already planning to increase fees for garbage service even though a January 17, 2017  presentation […]

Bloomington: $20 Million in cuts?

By:  Diane Benjamin Can $20 million be cut from Bloomington’s budget?  David Hales thinks disaster would strike Bloomington if the tax increases were rolled back.  (The media happily reports it!) Here’s a better question: The 2012 TOTAL budget was $165.3 million (Pre Tari) The 2013 TOTAL budget was $167 million (Pre Tari) That 2017 TOTAL […]

Pantagraph: What was your source?

Quite by chance, the Pantagraph has an anonymous editorial today concerning their version of Fake News! By:  Diane Benjamin If the Pantagraph gets their news from Tari Renner, they need a new source. See this story they did for an article on the mayoral candidates:  http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/bloomington-mayoral-candidates-taxes-streets-biggest-concerns/article_9cead315-4b3f-5c04-8516-6df801039cd1.html This statement is included: #FactsMatter The amusement tax was […]

Yes, #FactsMatter

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner is claiming this: Tari forgot to say the City borrowed $10,000,000, imposed a .04 per gallon gas tax, and a .25% Sales Tax increase to do it. Aren’t streets and infrastructure maintenance what citizens expect from government?  Previous Councils spent money recklessly on pet projects instead of essential services, Tari […]

More on the Global Warming scam

Two articles destroy the Global Warming Myth:   http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-03/un-official-admits-global-warming-agenda-really-about-destroying-capitalism Excerpt: A shocking statement was made by a United Nations official Christiana Figueres at a news conference in Brussels. Figueres admitted that the Global Warming conspiracy set by the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, of which she is the executive secretary, has a goal not of environmental activists […]

Tari Renner needs to explain:

By:  Diane Benjamin From today’s rennerformayor Twitter: What risk? I thought local elections were called non-partisan because everybody runs to make Bloomington better! Obviously Renner thinks something is at risk!   What would that be and who are these amazing residents you talked to Tari? Does this mean residents who don’t support your agenda aren’t amazing […]

Ward 9 Election: The WORST candidate

By:  Diane Benjamin Are the residents of Ward 9 happy with the direction the City of Bloomington is taking? Ward 9 got a lot of roads fixed, but what about the rest of the City? One candidate has said nothing on her website or Facebook page about the massive spending increases under Tari Renner.  She […]

Heeeeeerrrrreeees Tari!

By:  Diane Benjamin Thanks to the Vidette, video exists of Tari’s speech at the NIOT Democratic rally.  Tari’s portion is less than two minutes.  They took short clips of various speakers and put them together. I have no idea what Martin Luther King had to do with this event since it was supposedly to oppose […]

Joni Painter record (Ward 5)

By:  Diane Benjamin Besides getting the speed limit on Hershey lowered: Joni was originally appointed by Tari Renner to fill Jennifer McDade’s term after she resigned Joni called me a liar: https://blnnews.com/2015/10/28/alderman-painter-needs-to-explain-herself/ Joni wanted to charge me for FOIA requests:  https://blnnews.com/2015/03/23/transparency-matters-joni/ Joni deceived voters the last time she ran:  https://blnnews.com/2015/03/17/painter-intent-to-deceive/ Joni is a Democrat who […]

Cancel the Pantagraph yet?

By:  Diane Benjamin Anonymous editorial writer praised NIOT today.  Hope your subscription/advertising didn’t pay for this babble. Here’s a report from a person present last night – it tells a different story: This was the largest “liberal Democrat love fest”  that I have seen, BCPA was filled to capacity…standing room only.  There was applause and […]

NIOT event update

By:  Diane Benjamin I doubt any attendees of the event last night will take the time to watch this video.  Actually having a discussion of facts is no longer possible.  If you read the comments made to the Pantagraph reporter, it’s clear FAKE NEWS is rampant and now encouraged by both local mayors. Where was […]

Hershey Rd-Your money wasted

By:  Diane Benjamin Thank Alderman Joni Painter and Mayor Tari Renner for the 30 MPH speed limit.  The citizens of Bloomington paid for TWO studies of Hershey Road and BOTH were ignored. The speed limit was lowered to 30 because of 100 signatures on a petition.  The petition to change it back now has close […]

Ward 9 candidate Press Release:

Ward 9 is currently represented by Jim Fruin who is not running for reelection PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release January 31, 2017 CONTACT: Sheheryar Muftee 309.807.5290 [email protected] http://facebook.com/mufteeforc itycouncil BLOOMINGTON, IL – Sheheryar Muftee, a candidate for Bloomington City Council – Ward 9, announces an opportunity for citizens to interact with the candidate.  “In response […]