Government waste in pics

By:  Diane Benjamin When taxpayer abuse is this blatant, it’s easy to see.  Most abuse is much harder to find. This picture is from Google maps.  Note the sidewalk is perfectly flat – this is along Front Street in front of Rosie’s. Now see this picture – again look at the sidewalk. TWO concrete planter […]

Cute and inviting vrs Bloomington

The tables in Champaign stay out all night, the chairs are secured in stacks on top of them. ________________ By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner was on the radio this morning again proclaiming no city is successful without a successful downtown.  He of course learned that at the US Conference of Mayors, he’s going to another […]

Last night Council meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin The majority of the meeting was spent talking about TIF districts.  The City of Bloomington currently has two:  Empire Corridor which is a massive area along Empire street, and Downtown Southwest.  The City is trying to get approval from the other taxing bodies for two more:  The old Junior High building area […]

Gun Violence Awareness Day: Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin At every City Council meeting Mayor Renner reads at least one Proclamation, of course signed by him. Last night it was Gun Violence Awareness Day. See the proclamation here – PDF Page 13    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=17858 The numbers used weren’t hard to find a source for:    https://everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-by-the-numbers/ This groups tax return shows they advocate […]

Peterson Gift Card

By:  Diane Benjamin Earlier this month I reported Connect Transit gave Normal’s former City Manager a gift card to mark his retirement:   https://blnnews.com/2018/05/21/899191-05/ While Connect Transit lost $899,191.05 in just one month, Mark Peterson got $50.00 or it: This receipt was received by FOIA.