Normal’s Monday Grift

By:  Diane Benjamin You decide if “grift” fits: Bills for approval at the Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting: Source: Click on any picture to enlarge. .. . Paying someone to apply for grant: . Misc: . More Baseball and More Water Main break Expense . Annual Dues – Where ridiculous ideas come from . […]

Champaign-Urbana Bus system (oops)

By:  Diane Benjamin The number of riders in Champaign-Urbana has been declining since 2012 – see PDF page 17 Below is the March snapshot – note they have MANY more riders than Bloomington-Normal, but note who they are: Taxpayers pay for the University of Illinois, then U of I gives some of that […]

FOIA goes unanswered

By:  Diane Benjamin I sent this FOIA request to the City of Bloomington on March 27th: I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act: The following documents have disappeared from the website.  They consist of Agendas and Packets:  10/24/16  10/24/16  10/24/16 10/24/16  10/17/16  10/17/16  […]

I don’t make this stuff up!

By:  Diane Benjamin Common sense doesn’t exist when government makes decisions.  They don’t have a right to your money to enact their Utopian plans of progress that does nothing but throw your money away.  This country wasn’t founded for government, it was founded so individuals could chart their own course. Sadly government has taken away […]

Everybody happy!

By:  Diane Benjamin Jim Fruin proved economics is way beyond his abilities last night.  In his farewell statement Jim said he plans to attend Council meetings, but only sit by positive people. Some people are  positive Bloomington needs to keep making ‘progress’. Others are positive we are witnessing the destruction of the jewel Bloomington used […]

Toss Money Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin $135,743.79 + an adjustment of $130.75 got paid to IMRF so one employee can have a fabulous retirement with a spike pension!  See page 130 Monday Bills and Payroll That expense was completely avoidable, but employees came before taxpayers. Page 109 – $580 for Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. […]

Normal, Fritzen, and 2%

By:  Diane Benjamin The government gods in Normal are upset a lowly citizen challenged them.  LONG time (too long) Council member Jeff Fritzen doesn’t want people looking at the facts, he wants to explain them himself.  I heard a news report saying Fritzen thinks trust in government has been broken without cause. That what every […]

Medical Update

4/17/2017 The medical emergency was my husband.  I’m assuming you read my note from last week: Andy had an extremely serious neurological event last Friday.  A very long recovery is in his future, his condition has barely begun to improve. Since there is very little I can do for him right now, I will […]

Coming soon: Utopia Crash

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday night the Bloomington City Council approved this: In case you forgot, the Council approved this payment at the March 27th meeting – PDF Page 253 The documentation for this meeting states the YWCA needs to money to continue operations until the end of their fiscal year.  They are transporting people […]

Remember that UN-USED Water Tower?

By:  Diane Benjamin I found this while looking for something else. The first time I remember writing about the Water Tower Bloomington built in Normal was August 2015: I have no idea how much money was spent on that project, but many MILLIONS is probably close.  The only thing I knew for sure is […]

It’s always fun to hear from Dickie

By:  Diane Benjamin Sen Dick Durbin was on WJBC this morning.  Listen to his interview HERE Stumbling through harsh questions from Scott Laughlin (just kidding!), Dickie attempted to justify why he is a NO vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. “Gorsuch is out of the mainstream”. Obama appointed Elena Kagan and Sonia […]

Shame Day

By:   Diane Benjamin Four years ago only 9,719 voted for mayor in Bloomington Four years ago only 4,403 voted for mayor in Normal Bloomington had 46,740 registered voters Normal had 57,279 registered voters Besides the obvious question about Normal having more registered voters with a smaller population, where were the voters? Local elections […]