By: Diane Benjamin
The oldest story I wrote about the Coliseum is from December 2013: https://blnnews.com/2013/12/11/coliseum-bleeding-bloomington-taxpayers/
But, look at this story from February 2014: https://blnnews.com/2014/02/06/is-coliseum-management-giving-bloomington-their-share/
First lines of the story:
Operations of the Coliseum are extremely complicated. Management hired by the City is operating some functions without any over-sight or accountability. The taxpayers deserve to know the truth.
That was more than 3 1/2 years ago! No, the investigation didn’t begin 18 months ago. It only began because I filed a lawsuit.
Three of the 5 indicted:
Judge Foley should be forced to testify against the City of Bloomington, David Hales, Tari Renner, and the City Council long time members for official misconduct. She sat in on the settlement negotiations. She heard the City lawyer say there wasn’t a problem, everything is fine, we have no idea why Diane filed a lawsuit.
John Butler has 44 felony counts against him.
Bart Rogers has 13 felony counts against him.
Kelly Klein has 12 felony counts against her.
When I was at the courthouse, indictments against the other two were not available because they had not posted bond.
It’s difficult to tell how much of YOUR money they are accused of stealing, the indictment calls it money “belonging to the City of Bloomington”. It’s really additional taxes you had to pay because the City of Bloomington didn’t do their job! David Hales should be kicked out TONIGHT! The total will be well over $1 Million.
Don’t forget – the Coliseum was audited every year. The loses the auditors reported were much bigger than CIAM (John Butler) reported. YOUR local media always reported Butler’s numbers – never the audited losses! The fraudulent media reporting is continuing, I’m sure my lawsuit against the City for documents from CIAM will never make it to press.
Concessions were never audited because Tom Hamilton and David Hales allowed Butler to form another company inside the Coliseum. The auditor’s reports never mentioned there might be a problem.
Common sense said there was a problem.
I won’t get an apology from anyone at the City of Bloomington. The media will try to make you believe the City rode in on a white horse and forced an investigation. Here’s the facts:
1) Audits are meaningless
2) David Hales failed in his duty to protect taxpayers
3) Tari Renner failed to protect taxpayers while eating his free lunches
4) The majority of the Council stuck their heads underground and ignored facts
5) The media will continue to cover for the City