13 votes: Congrats Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin The next Normal Town Council meeting will be Wednesday because of the holiday.  See the packet HERE From the agenda: Amtrak can’t afford to buy a “tram” to move handicapped people from the south platform, across Broadway, and up the north platform – so the Town taxpayers are buying it for them.  Don’t […]

Liar Liar

By:  Diane Benjamin We have an A+ rating from the Illinois Policy Institute for transparency. – Tari Renner Did is more applicable Tari. Proof:  The Attorney General found Renner and the WHOLE Council guilty of violating the Open Meetings Act by discussing Metrozone in secret.  They were ordered to release the audio of the meeting […]

Hubby update

Andy is going to work next week! We are so blessed with his recovery and the people who have pitched in to help with the medical expenses.  Thanks so much for the prayers, words of support, and financial aid. Andy will probably be very tired, but he is close to a full recovery. We have […]

Stories you probably missed

Just a few stories most media ignores: History of Illinois Fiscal Crisis (Hint:  both parties are at fault) https://www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/the-history-of-illinois-fiscal-crisis/   Austin’s Complete Streets Nightmare (Austin went with buses, since few ride buses here – local government is forcing bike lanes) http://www.texasturf.org/2012-06-01-03-09-30/latest-news/2113-austin-s-complete-streets-policy-a-complete-nightmare?mc_cid=1b7d77465e&mc_eid=26ab1cd66c   Renner didn’t sign on – Koos did Update:  Renner did sign – he […]

Connect ONLY lost $890,029!

By:  Diane Benjamin From July 2016 through May 2017 they lost $9,428,569  (PDF Page 8  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQuZzVIekJtLTVTN28/view ) May 2017 ridership was up over last year, but year to date is still behind and they are way behind projections – See PDF page 11. Are rides up because Bloomington-Normal now has more poor people who can’t afford […]

Tari travels -Bills/Payroll

By:  Diane Benjamin Maybe the P-Card spending starting on page 115 explains it:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14187 Some excerpts: In 2015 the City spent  $22,321.49 travelling to Japan:  https://blnnews.com/2015/04/24/more-throwing-your-money-around/ Tari and Hales aren’t the only travelers.  See the rest at the link.  Tari must have business lunches by himself – nobody else is listed.  Or maybe Mayor Transparency doesn’t […]

Council Monday night

By:  Diane Benjamin Every vote was 9-0 with virtual no discussion, so the Council part of the meeting was boring. Public comment was better.  Note to City:  The length of public comment isn’t 30 minutes – the time citizens spend talking is 30 minutes.  The chair is capable of wasting the public’s time. First up […]