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 […]

Bloomington: Bills and Payroll for Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin From: Tari Renner is right – the City is paying around 750 employees! Look through the list and note all the temporary labor purchased!  Big government will never have enough employees, meanwhile service gets worse because BIG is inefficient. Local businesses need to ask why “Buy Local” doesn’t apply to the […]

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: 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: 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 […]

What Normal is paying tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills for approval tonight: This is for the Big Group going to DC to beg for money: The media gets paid: Bikes: Normal paid Connect $32 for their employee’s rides + this subsidy: Video for Uptown, events?  I have no idea, but it’s a frequent expense. Elections matter – this expense […]

Update: What the “welcome” sign means

This sign is at U-High.  Normal Community also has one.  Evidently being here legally isn’t a requirement. ____________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin This is the sign Not In Our Town supporters are putting around town: It means one thing to the people upset that Hillary Clinton lost the election and something totally different to everybody else. […]

BCPA response to NIOT bill

By:  Diane Benjamin First, Tina Salamone has been wonderful to work with.  Every time I asked a question I received a quick response – no FOIA needed. A reader found a rate sheet on the BCPA website Starting at the top of the rate sheet, it appears NIOT wasn’t charged enough.  I emailed Tina […]

UPDATE: NIOT: fake event advertising

I had to add this tweet – this person lives in Bloomington!  NIOT! By:  Diane Benjamin These pics are from the NIOT Bloomington-Normal Facebook page.  Obviously not all the attendees agreed with what was being said, both pics show numerous people sitting and not clapping while other are standing and cheering. Note the sign in […]

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: Joni wanted to charge me for FOIA requests: Joni deceived voters the last time she ran: 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 […]

TONIGHT! NIOT creates their own truth

By:  Diane Benjamin Mike Matejka is hosting a Not In Our Town event tonight inside the BCPA.  From the Facebook page: Who is talking about registering anybody Mike? This event is really an attack on President Trump’s Executive Order that TEMPORARILY bans travel from 7 countries until he is sure no terrorists are entering […]

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] 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 […]