The School Funding Showdown

By:  Diane Benjamin The Democrats needed the help of Republicans to increase taxes.  Two from this area complied:  Bill Mitchell and Mike Unes The GOP had the winning hand until 10 people pretending to be Republicans voted with the Democrats.  As a result NO reforms were passed and the path to destruction Illinois was on […]

Bloomington is Chicago

Did Tari Know a large crowd was coming?  It matters. By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Police Department was told loud and clear last night they were a huge problem.  I wonder how many officers today are questioning why they are willing to die on the job to protect and serve people who despise them.  I […]

Year end Connect Transit $$$

By:  Diane Benjamin Connect Transit ended their Fiscal Year 6/30/2017 with ridership below last year and well short of their goal: Connect Transit competes with Uber and taxi service.  Your government is assaulting the private sector by redistributing your money to their preferred transportation provider.  I wonder who Connect Transit employees voted for? See page […]

Weekend Fun – Sort of

More Monday Jocularity

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner received thousands of dollars from unions for his April election – including this one: See PDF page 120 for details of the Public Safety and Civilian Review Board:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14322 This Board will be approved because of the “feel good” Council, but it will be completely meaningless by design.  The documentation […]

Monday night Council FUN!

By:  Diane Benjamin Packet:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14322 1) Monday night Tari Renner is busy with more appointments.  One of them shows how commissions are being stacked with liberal progressives to do Renner’s bidding. He is appointing Victoria Harris to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Harris was a Democrat member of the McLean County Board, but she was […]

Per kid: Area school spending

By:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois Comptroller’s Office has lots of interesting information. Look at this site:  http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/ Virtually every level of Illinois government is required to complete information for this site.  Schools must not be required to provide much information. Cities, towns, villages, etc enter much more. I was looking at area schools and noticed […]

Yes, there is Free Lunch and Travel

By:  Diane Benjamin From Bills and Payroll for Monday night:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14312 Nothing is on the City Calendar for 6/23/17, was this a private party? This month’s eating and travelling at your expense: Why does Public Works need the Pantagraph and why is it cheaper for them than regular people? Even the police get fraudulent charges: […]

Brick Streets: FORWARD!

By:  Diane Benjamin Two truths: Bloomington road resurfacing is seriously underfunded Tari has stacked the commissions with people who think just like him Tomorrow the Historic Preservation meeting is at 5:00 in the Council Chambers.  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5532/17?backlist=%2f On the agenda is discussion of a Master Plan for Brick Streets.  Keep in mind Master Plans are suggestions […]

County OMA non-compliance

By:  Diane Benjamin The Open Meetings Act is pretty simple.  It was written to keep government from hiding their actions from the people paying the bills.  This is the 1st paragraph: Part of the OMA pertains to meeting documentation:   Evidently the County skipped this section, at least with the Zoning Board of Appeals. From […]

Hyatt hucksters or Normal nonsense?

By:  Diane Benjamin Something isn’t right with Hyatt reportedly changing their minds on wanting tax rebates from Normal. The resolution and new agreement was in the packet for last night’s meeting:  PDF page 159 and following:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2672 The Town of Normal didn’t seem to mind the handout – they put it on the agenda where […]

Normal: Buy Chicago

By:  Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council had a long meeting last night by their standards.  They discussed employee health benefits and wellness programs at length.  I didn’t write about it before the meeting because I was waiting to see their comments. Normal has worked with Advocate for over a decade developing a wellness program […]

Fantasy FOIA

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed this FOIA request on June 28th: It was due on July 5th, but I didn’t receive it.  I keep a log of FOIA requests, this morning I had a minute to review them and noticed I hadn’t received this one.  I sent a reminder to the City of Bloomington City […]

Inside ISU

The writer worked at ISU for 18 years – she walked away because she couldn’t take it anymore.  No – Nobody from this meeting has contacted her. Source and other stories from the same person:  https://justifygettinglost.wordpress.com/ I finally figured it out… This morning I showed up at the Board  of Trustees meeting and made comments (in quotes […]

You aren’t supposed to notice

By:  Diane Benjamin Whenever Bloomington and Normal “think” a spending item is beyond question they put it on the Consent Agenda.  In Normal they call it the Omnibus Vote.  The council is supposed to vote YES on lots of things at once.  An item can be pulled, but it usually gets passed anyway.  I enjoy […]

The tale of two chairs

By:  Diane Benjamin What’s the difference between these two chairs? . . . . . $294.00. That’s the difference! If either even worth $294.00? Yes when government makes you to pay for it! Details tomorrow!

Weekend fun – sort of

Begging for more taxes!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph filed this report from a meeting held last night between Parks officials and the public. http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/bloomington-residents-urge-city-to-develop-parks/article_1a548766-9440-56e6-8d33-ddbe9d47f045.html First a quote from the article: Evidently Master Plans are only non-binding when they are created.  Once approved they are thrown in the face of citizens who object. Think Bike Lanes and Complete Streets. […]

Atlanta: More small town shenanigans

By:  Diane Benjamin This paragraph in the minutes of the June meeting of the Atlanta Il Public Library Board:  http://www.atlantapld.org/board-of-trustees/ . Bill Thomas is a Board member and the owner of the building next door to the library.  He previously got the library to rent the building from him, at this meeting the Board agreed […]

Bill Mitchell’s Funding

By:  Diane Benjamin Mitchell is my representative and one of the guys who defected from the Republican Party to raise your taxes.  I wonder if he knew that bill also raises gas taxes .05 a gallon?  I doubt it since nobody had time to read the bill.  More surprises may surface. Today I got a […]

Just something I found

By:  Diane Benjamin Readers should be well aware by now that what government talks about in Executive Session remains a secret – in Bloomington’s case for a decade or more.  It’s only a secret because they want it to be a secret – I’m talking about things like City Manager evaluations. The Open Meetings Act […]

Library investigated for OMA

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember the two illegal meetings held by the library board because they weren’t posted 48 hours in advance?  https://blnnews.com/2017/06/20/followup-illegal-meetings/ Keep in mind I notified both the Sheriff and the State’s Attorney’s office prior to the meetings, they did nothing to stop the crime of violating the Open Meetings Act.  Law for government […]

Guest Writer: Bike Lanes

The truth about adding bike lanes on Washington Street has little to do with safety, as Bike BloNo would have everyone believe. There are Illinois State Statutes as well as municipal codes governing the safe use of bicycles. https://www.activetrans.org/sites/files/Illinois%20statutes.pdf City Code Article XIX Regulations for Bicycles Chapter 29:  Section 158: Traffic Laws Apply to Persons Riding Bicycles. […]

UPDATE: King Tari and Liquor

Tari denied the Liquor license to Hucks.  From notes to Liquor Commission minutes, that makes them ineligible for video gaming which is also controlled by the Liquor Commission.   The two people Tari named as his assistants didn’t show for the third meeting in a row.  That make them ineligible to serve.  Since Tari is […]

Mob Rule

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington is now run by special interest groups.  The Council will pass a Citizens Advisory Board at the next meeting if only to pacify the large crowd that showed up last night and will show at the next meeting to intimidate them. Of course, the Council will pretend to not be intimidated. […]

Bloomington is HORRIBLE!

By:  Diane Benjamin A long line of people participated in Public Comment last night for the Citizens Advisory Board.  According to most, racism is rampant among Bloomington Police officers. Evidently the BLACK Police Chief is racist too since he refuses to control the people under him. Some told tragic stories – like the lady with the […]

UPDATE: Small towns are the worst!

The subject of this story is also the President of the McLean County Mayors Association.  I hope he isn’t providing any advice to the other mayors. By:  Diane Benjamin Corruption in small towns rivals any found in large cities.  Dixon only had 15,000+ people and got taken for $50 Million by a trusted “public servant”. […]

WJBC: Scott wrong again!

By:  Diane Benjamin Scott Laughlin clarified this morning on WJBC why the local media is useless.  The host hates people who think government should do nothing. Scottie doesn’t realize “those”  people don’t want government doing nothing, they want them doing only the things the population can’t do themselves.  Like fix the roads!  How are the Bloomington […]

1st the State – local fleecing next

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois politicians at almost every level don’t understand how to live within their means.  They don’t believe you are entitled to spend your money how you want it spent.  Quality of Life!  They know what that is, you don’t. Chris Koos just got a nasty surprise: Funny how both mayors didn’t have […]

Local FAKE NEWS: The Pantagraph

By:  Diane Benjamin Thank God Steve Vogel is retiring for good!  His column today doesn’t merit commenting on and I sure didn’t read the whole thing.  If I hadn’t jumped to the comments I would have missed that he is walking off into the sunset – keep walking Steve!  I wonder what left winger will […]

Weekend Fun – Sort of

Spending Posted!

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll got posted for Bloomington Monday night:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14211 Why is the City using your money for Rotary Club Dues? Library too! Bronner isn’t conducting an annual audit, are they helping the State Police? Did you get your picnic invite? See this story: https://blnnews.com/2016/09/28/consultants-another-one-that-slipped-by/  Yocum only bills the City every six […]

Update: Illegals welcome, police questionable

Ask Tari to explain the contribution illegals make verses the cost:  https://www.nationaleconomicseditorial.com/2017/07/04/illegal-immigration-cost-illinois/ _______________________________________________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin Mayor Tari Renner wanted to lump 3 controversial items together at Monday night’s Council, but one got derailed.  The Council will consider: Bike Lanes on E. Washington to create congestion Welcoming ordinance for illegals The Citizens Advisory Board to […]

Normal: Forget something last night?

By:  Diane Benjamin See the agenda for the Town Council HERE One required item at every meeting of every public body is missing:  Public Comment. The Town Public Comment policy is still illegal because it requires signing up 2 hours in advance and speaking only to items on the agenda.  Since the agenda must be posted 48 […]

Kick the can GOP

By:  Diane Benjamin Today, if the House has a quorum, Madigan is calling a vote to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the income tax hike. 15 Republicans voted for it the first time even though no concessions were made by the Democrats and nothing gets solved.  The GOP holds all the cards because the Democrats […]

Evacuate!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois Senate needed one Republican to vote with the Democrats to override Gov Rauner’s veto of the income tax hike.  They got one:  Dale Righter. Madigan got MORE Republicans than he needed to pass the tax hike in the House – 15 of them.  (Including Bill Mitchell and Mike Unes from […]

Born Free

Refuse to let your freedom be stolen! . . .  

Pantagraph’s FRAUD, bikes

By:  Diane Benjamin I bet some lawyer would take this case as a class action suit against the Pantagraph for fraudulent selling of subscriptions. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this story, but now I hear it so often it’s worth writing.  If you are stupid enough to still be a subscriber, read this […]

Declare your Independence!

By:  Diane Benjamin The 4th of July commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.  It includes a long list of “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the Americans’ rights and liberties. FIFTEEN members of the Republican party voted yesterday in the House of Representatives to increase our income taxes 32%: Republicans voting yes […]

Weekend Fun – Sort of

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