By: Diane Benjamin
Jeff Jurgens needs to take his show on the road. The City of Bloomington has BOUGHT the Springfield law firm now, so any opinions he offers are obviously going to be the answer the City wants to hear. Keep in mind the City sends Sorling Northup Hanna around $60,000 every month. A local attorney could tell them what they want to hear, but Buy Local doesn’t apply to Bloomington.
The topic was Tari’s downtown task force. With a straight face, Jeff Jurgens said it’s fine that downtown stakeholders make up the vast majority of members because it’s ADVISORY only.
Let that sink in.
Tari picked people for the committee to get the recommendations he wants, but that isn’t a legal problem.
The discussion that followed proved Jurgens was wrong. Tari set a preliminary report date of August 31st, then at Alderman Diana Hauman’s urging, a final report date of December 31st. Why? So Patti-Lunn Silva can get their recommendations in next years budget!
Very advisory Jeff Jurgens. Your lack of credibility is showing. Jeff practices law in the right state – Illinois. Citizens here are used to being scammed by government. We love scammers so much we keep re-electing them over and over! Bloomington has a long history of pretending they are just discussing some topic, maybe even more than once. Then BAM – a tax hike to pay for it. Downtown 35.0 by December 31st. The first 34 attempts to get people downtown failed. They just need more money and more debt and more pretty signs and fancy street lights. (Um, sounds like Decatur’s failed plan!)
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