Who got TIF money?

By:  Diane Benjamin

Continuation from this story:  https://blnnews.com/2017/12/26/lets-talk-tifs/

Who got money to improve their properties:

215 E Douglas – E Douglas Apartments.  The owner of 215 E Douglas is listed in the County Assessor’s office as Mike Manna.

Illinois House – 201-213 W. Jefferson Ralph Turner, partner in the Darrell Hartweg Law firm

408 W Washington – Joe and Ruth Haney (RJH Living Trust)

That brings the list to Ensenbergers, the Huffs.  Remember when I reported on really low property taxes for these condos?   https://blnnews.com/2016/04/13/want-cheap-property-taxes/

Those days may be over.  See this listing for one of the condos:   https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/212-N-Center-St-UNIT-602-Bloomington-IL-61701/120199857_zpid/

Property taxes went up 142% on one year.

309 N. Main – RJV Properties Inc  Robert J. Vericella, JR.  (Red Raccoon Games is in this bldg)

507-511 and 513-515 North Main Fred Wollrab

Wonderlin Gallaries

201 E Grove – David Bentley Devyn Corp

Fred Wollrab, according to the County Assessor’s website, owns numerous properties downtown, I don’t know which ones got TIF money

The City did put some money into infrastructure

One more story next –

Spending they don’t know who received it!








  1. Angela Scott says:

    Where are the Tipton’s? I have a message from one of them stating that they received some funding for their building. I don’t see it here, but I did hear Mrs. Tipton encouraging the Council to invest in BNAdvantage. They like and according to her have earned that money.


  2. Angela Scott says:

    Speaking of panhandling I bet the people who got TIFs are the very same people who find the homeless offensive.


    • BN Deserves Better says:

      Yup! Oh, but they’re big government liberals. Aren’t they caring people? Perhaps, they should invite the homeless into their art galleries and stores to warm up and enjoy a cup of coffee. Haha! They care about the homeless, as long as the solution includes “somewhere else”.


  3. BN Deserves Better says:

    Mike Manna is a huge Tari Renner supporter! He owns a significant portion of the Downtown, including apartments, storefront (Tari’s campaign HQ in the last election), and a bar. He placed signs on his rental properties all over the city during the recent election. He’s a millionaire who lives part-time in Chicago and part-time in Bloomington. Just in case you wanted to know where your taxpayer dollars were going.



  1. […] See who got TIF money during the last downtown TIF in this story – many are quoted in the paper’s story:    https://blnnews.com/2017/12/26/who-got-tif-money/ […]


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