Bloomington Fails FOIA

By:  Diane Benjamin This isn’t the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last for the City of Bloomington employees to not care about the law.  Lavish salary and benefits frequently make people think they aren’t answerable to the people who make both happen.  Bloomington employees feel entitled to secrecy and therefore do […]

Normal’s vote recount

By:  Diane Benjamin Since I didn’t understand what was happening with the Normal mayoral recount, yesterday I dropped in at the County Clerk’s office to check it out. In case you live under a rock, the election was won by Chris Koos with only 11 votes separating him and Marc Tiritilli. As the picture shows, […]

Guest Writer on State Farm announcement

With the news release of State Farm displacing 4,200 employees in various locations throughout the country, here is what a little research has produced. The following link offers additional general information from a neutral source which includes more details than the Pantagraph article. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/05/04/450094.htm Last year it was announced that the Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington […]

Hubby update +

I’m not sure anybody thought Andy would survive 3 weeks ago.  He not only survived, he is making great progress. Today he got transferred from St. Francis to BroMenn for rehab.  He went from being unconscious for many days to trying to do more than he is capable of doing.  He has decided to play […]

Tari’s Downtown Task Force

By:  Diane Benjamin The Budget Task Force was ignored, so I have no idea why Tari is organizing another task force for downtown. More interesting is who he appointed: Justin Boyd – Tari’s campaign chairman Tricia Stiller – head of the Downtown Business Association (DBA) that was supposed to be self-sufficient years ago.  They still […]

Bloomington dying under Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin The real story of Bloomington is it is in a steep decline.  We felt it, Moody’s confirmed months ago that Bloomington-Normal is in a recession. Here’s more proof:  http://247wallst.com/special-report/2016/09/22/cities-with-the-fastest-growing-and-shrinking-economies-2/7/ Bloomington was named the NUMBER ONE city in the country with a shrinking economy! Note: this is 2015 – 2016 was worse! Also […]

Read the propaganda

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is what the YWCA sent to elected officials.  They left out the word “illegal” when describing the real agenda. Americans do not have a problem with LEGAL immigrants.  Sneaking into a country or over-staying a visa means that person has no respect for laws or citizens.  They are thinking only about […]

Illegals and the LAW

By:  Diane Benjamin Do laws matter in Bloomington and Normal? If the Bloomington and Normal Councils pass a “welcome” ordinance for illegal aliens (immigrants) they are violating federal law.  When we had a President who didn’t care about law for 8 years and the federal government has failed in their responsibility to protect our borders […]

Lake Bloomington – Docks

By:  Diane Benjamin If anybody still reads the Pantagraph, they have what looks more like a hit piece against the City of Bloomington than reporting:  http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/trespass-some-lake-residents-may-lose-their-boat-docks/article_3263bf43-a08b-5c85-90d3-5314b7417024.html Some of the people making comments on the Pantagraph site are clueless! Homeowners on Lake Bloomington are leasing the land – Bloomington owns it.  They are paying property taxes […]