By: Diane Benjamin
Tari Renner has been making the media tour to justify the use of government funds on his girlfriend’s plane ticket to Japan.
It’s amazing how WJBC and WGLT can let Renner spout anything and never challenge his statements.
This morning Tari was on WJBC. He claimed his girlfriend’s ticket was bought as part of a package. It wasn’t:
Tari and Margot’s tickets were purchased directly from JAL Airlines, the others were bought through a travel agency – those huge checks to IACE. https://blnnews.com/2017/08/15/more-lies-tari/
Tari continues to claim he was in Japan for 4 1/2 days. He left on July 30th. He also claims it takes two days to get there and two days to get back. Really?
See this expense report Chris Koos turned in to the Town of Normal. Remember, he put the flight on his credit card, not the Town’s: Public Records – Mayor Expenditures, Aug 2017 trip to Japan
Koos’ flight to Japan was July 30 – for activities beginning on August 1st.
The activities reported went through the following Sunday – 7 days. His flight back was the following Monday. Wasn’t this trip a combined effort of the Sister Cities Committee which is funded by both cities? Was Tari on a different trip?
Total days reported for this trip were EIGHT. It also didn’t take 2 days to fly there and two days to fly back – as Tari has repeated OVER and OVER and OVER. See page 4 – flight time 12 hours and 50 minutes from Chicago to Tokyo. Another 1 hour and 55 minutes to get close to Asahikawa.
Koos got back on Monday the 7th. Didn’t Tari too? He was most likely very jet-lagged. His vile email to Bruce Meeks was written at 2:46 am the following SUNDAY. He claims he was up in the middle of the night because of the trip. He had been sleeping in his own bed for 6 days! How many days does recovery take?
Is the City Council going to tolerate this?
How is Tari not abusing his position as mayor? Are government officials allowed to say whatever they want?
The ends justify the means?
The citizens of Bloomington deserve a mayor who isn’t an embarrassment and law-breaker.
If Renner isn’t held accountable for his lies, the rest of his term will be as ridiculous as his $90,000 request for an assistant.