By: Diane Benjamin
On January 19th I reported three payments of $1,600 to the Blooming-Normal Economic Development Council: https://blnnews.com/2018/01/19/mondays-bills-foias-filed/
The three payments are for Tari Renner, Scott Black, and Steve Rasmussen to go on the One Voice trip to Washington DC: https://www.bnbiz.org/programs/one-voice/
The County and the Town of Normal will probably also be sending representatives too. The purpose is to meet with local representatives in DC instead of calling them here for a meeting.
One full day and two nights for $1,600!
Some meals are included, not all.
I also filed a FOIA request for the expense report turned in by Tari Renner.
He had lunch at Biaggi’s with the Chairman of the Bloomington Housing Authority – Memuna Lee http://www.bloomingtonha.com/board-of-commissioners
LUNCH was $40.48, that doesn’t include the $8 tip: Tari Expense Report
I also filed a FOIA with Connect Transit for credit card bills of $6,120.69 labeled Travel and Meetings.
Connect answered this request quickly, I appreciate the transparency.
Included in the receipts are $32.72 at Janet’s Cakes and $60.55 from Kelly’s Bakery, along with some small purchases from Jewel.
The big items are airfare, hotels, and meals for people traveling to Atlanta Ga for an annual conference. Attendees included Issac Thorne, Mike McCurdy, Cassandra Mosier, Martin Glaze, David White, and Patrick Kuebrich.
Why did so many need to go?
Other charges are included for travel to Houston, Kansas City, and Oakbrook.
The travel took place in September and October of 2017.
See the documents here: Response and Documents