By:  Diane Benjamin


State Farm is expanding again – in Atlanta.  They are building an office for up to 10,000 employees:  http://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/watch-crews-implode-dunwoody-office-building/iZnPJmTxmPswgoj4gJwEeL/


Cities 92.9 is holding a Bloomington mayoral debate next Wednesday.  They showed total disregard for church activities that normally happen on Wednesday evenings, but worse – Wednesday evening services during the lent season.  Thanks for checking a calendar before scheduling.


What is Normal paying for tonight?

Why is Normal buying bus shelters?  $150,000

Normal employees are FLOCKING to ride the bus at taxpayer expense!  Why is Normal buying Connect transit signs?

Uptown events cost you money – this is just 2 weeks of expense.  Don’t forget the staff that must be paid too for your entertainment.



  1. i have friends who work in hotlanta. they love it there. are the shelters heated? if not its highway robbery.


    • Cavewoman says:

      Do more Atlanta employees mean less in Bloomington?


      • State Farm is committed to staying in BN just like Caterpillar was committed to staying in Peoria. They are certainly not going to add employees when they are being pressed to become more efficient by startups like Lemonade. The slow downsizing the State Farm will take many forms. This Atlanta facility will be just one of them.


  2. Why have shelters, if we aren’t sure the bus service is going to continue. Ridership keeps going down, especially after the routes were changed. The state may not be able to continue making its contribution.


  3. So we will have empty bus shelters to go along with the empty buses? Great!


  4. #2. Church is the last place any rational thinking human being should be in the first place.


  5. Country Bumpkin says:

    Diane, I love your comment, I am glad to be on your side.

    As for the buses, well, at a loss of nearly a million per month, there is no one that can honestly justify running these empty behemoths around town.


  6. Fleet Management says:

    Umm, why don’t they just park some busses and use those instead.


  7. debra jeakins says:

    Must be nice for city employees to get shelters. My elderly mom who lives in senior complex was told they couldnt have one because they were too expensive.


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