By: Diane Benjamin
When the citizens aren’t paying attention to what their government is doing, you get the below. If you thought $100,000,000 was ridiculous for Uptown, be prepared for more folly.
PDF page 59: http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/7440
This statement is in the Town of Normal’s Annual Report:
This chart is on the same page:
Last year Normal states they had 378 full time employees. How much did those 378 employees earn? For that see this link: http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7527
That link only reports employees with total compensation of more than $75,000.
There are 298 of them!
Google “household income Normal Il” and this is what comes up first:
Of course the Town is the preferred employer!
It gets worse.
For the holidays, approximately 400 employees are receiving $60 gift cards to Target. See the response to my FOIA request HERE
The documents do state this will be included on their W-2 forms for the year.
Why did the Town choose to hand $25,048 to Target? (Source: https://blnnews.com/2017/11/20/sit-down-normal/)
How many employees are going to shop Target on the Internet? Buy local must only be for peons.
Why didn’t they pick a local Uptown business? The Garlic Press couldn’t use $25,000? Is Normal attempting to prop up a business under a national boycott? https://cabotwealth.com/daily/dividend-stocks/how-targets-bathroom-policy-killed-tgt-stock/
Something else I learned from the FOIA:
That paragraph is from City Manager Mark Peterson’s contract.
Peterson’s total compensation in 2016 was $236,159 .