By: Diane Benjamin
The Illinois Supreme Court just ruled Danville is responsible for injuries a woman sustained because she tripped on an uneven sidewalk: https://www.ilnews.org/news/justice/illinois-supreme-court-rules-city-liable-in-trip-and-fall/article_c7227c6e-9ccc-11e8-945c-6725ad9095d1.html
If government stuck to essential services, like maintaining sidewalks, they wouldn’t have a problem. Bloomington has a BIG one.
WGLT held a forum to discuss local media last week. Much of the discussion concerned lack of enough reporters to cover the news. The BIG question was never asked: Why can’t you hire more? Obviously local news staffs are a shadow of what they used to be. They can’t afford to hire more reporters because people don’t want their version of the news.
My opinion: For the stories that are reported (they ignore many), they ask the Who-What-When-Where questions. They never ask WHY. The answer to that question would likely reveal the ideology behind decisions. The local media assists government in hiding the WHY because their buddies wouldn’t be in office if the truth was told. Therefore, people don’t care about their version of the other four questions. If local media gave citizens usable knowledge their newsrooms wouldn’t be shrinking. See the story and video here: http://www.wglt.org/post/media-distrust-seeping-b-n-not-enough-resources-push-back
The story doesn’t portray what was actually said. WGLT’s Charlie Schlenker and the Pantagraph’s Mark Pickering really don’t like BlnNews. Listen at –26:40.
By the way, I only started BlnNews because of the disgusting reporting of the Pantagraph. I have FIRST HAND knowledge, if I didn’t write the truth would never be told. You deserve better.
Remember this statement from the Bloomington 2019 Budget concerning Connect Transit? https://blnnews.com/2018/08/02/bloomington-2019-budget-connect-transit/
I sent a FOIA to Connect Transit, this is the response:
The operative word the City used in the budget is “could”. So far food and medical isn’t happening, but we need to watch October. I wonder if some “community organizing” will suddenly take place on the Community Bus right before the election?
They lose hundreds or thousands every month, but still spent $4,336 on a community bus? I guarantee they have a WHY.
Tari Renner was on WJBC this morning. He brought up Modified Wards again. Remember when his good buddy Rob Fazzini tried that in 2014? It was soundly defeated.
Members of the Council are elected to stand between the City and the people paying the bills. Instead of taking your representation even further away from you, voters need to elect people who will stand up for your wallet.
The Council isn’t and hasn’t.
The lawyer representing Mikey’s mom – Amber Buck – is also the chair of the Bloomington Zoning Board of Appeals: http://www.cityblm.org/government/boards-commissions/zoning-board-of-appeals
Any surprise that he was appointed by Tari Renner?
In case you missed the latest Mikey story: https://blnnews.com/2018/08/13/why-no-child-abuse-charges/