By: Diane Benjamin
The local Chamber of Commerce is running radio ads claiming they help local businesses.
What does it take to make a business successful?
It’s pretty easy, businesses needs products people want and people with the money to buy them. It also needs government not hindering the ability of both parties to make the exchange.
If the McLean County Chamber of Commerce really cared about local businesses, why would their Chamber PAC endorse Tari Renner and Chris Koos in the last election?
It was nice of them to leave the website up from last April: https://www.mcleancochamber.org/advocacy/political-action-committee
These are the candidates they endorsed:
For Bloomington, Mathy had virtually no history and Bray had zero. Renner and Black had an extensive history of tax increases and government control.
In Normal, Cummings had no history. All the others are either in lock step with Koos or mostly so.
The PAC ran non-stop radio ads before the election promoting these people. Obviously the Chamber thinks government creates prosperity by taxing and spending.
Exactly the opposite is true.
I know a few businesses owners are not renewing their memberships in the Chamber of Commerce. Nothing will stop the Chamber from supporting those who abuse taxpayers faster than businesses that quit paying dues. Is that the reason for the ads?
The membership directory is available here: https://www.mcleancochamber.org/members/member-directory
I wonder if these businesses know they are being used. When taxes are constantly raised in both Bloomington and Normal, the citizens have less money to spend at the Chamber member businesses.
The Chamber supported candidates known to endlessly tax.
Connect the dots – they are openly working against their members. Why would any business join?