I reported on December 28th State Farm was leaving downtown! Nice to see SF finally admitted it. https://blnnews.com/2017/12/28/state-farm-is-leaving-downtown/
By: Diane Benjamin
Mayor Renner appeared on WJBC yesterday – hear him HERE
Couple of notes:
He called a special meeting for next Tuesday because he thinks the people who volunteered to be on his downtown task force deserve to be heard.
FIVE aldermen don’t want to hear from them, maybe Tari should have put people who represent the entire City on the committee instead of all his insider friends and Alderman Bray. Maybe those 5 have heard from the committee and wonder what they were smoking when they decided moving the library was a good idea! A lot of the public doesn’t believe the library even needs to expand, but moving it is ludicrous. It sounds like he is already expecting the five not to show up meaning they won’t have a quorum. He plans to hold an information session anyway. He mentioned maybe the public wants to hear what they have to say. That’s going to be tough since last I heard the meeting was at the police station with no video. Very transparent Tari.
Tari also really hates the Ward system. He prefers Normal’s I Don’t Represent Anybody system. It’s so much harder to get things done when you represent actual people.
Scott Laughlin asked if State Farm was really leaving downtown. Tari never directly answered the question. He mumbled something about removing asbestos and State Farm has told him they will always be around. Tari needs to find people who used to work downtown and ask them what they were told.
On another topic, I’m sure you have heard a motion was filed in the Coliseum case to remove one of John Butler’s lawyers. The reason given is because that lawyer is representing Tari in his PCard case. Tari wouldn’t have hired an expensive criminal lawyer if he wasn’t worried.
Being mayor must be getting really expensive. Tari hired a lawyer for the ballot challenge that would never have happened if he had used just a little diligence gathering signatures. Now a criminal lawyer for a still open investigation.
It would probably be cheaper if somebody got around to prosecuting instead of dragging it out!