Bloomington Announcement Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin On Monday sources tell me Bloomington will announce the Water Department will be merged with Public Works.  The current head of Public Works, Jim Karch, will be in charge of everything. The Water Department is holding many millions of dollars.  $2.8 million has already been “borrowed” from this fund, $2.4 million went […]

Ever Dream about a NEW Illinois

Information only.  I’m posting this because I know two of the speakers, they are the good guys in Illinois! Speakers at this meeting will include Rep. Brad Halbrook of Shelbyville, Jim Marter, and Paul Preston, founder of New California. (New California is NOT the 3-way state split referendum that you may have heard about on […]

Bloomington: VOTE YES

By:  Diane Benjamin The wording is what is legally required.  If you want to save money by not having two separate offices conduct elections, you must vote YES to abolish the Bloomington Election Commission.  Since all BEC does is elections, what do they do when there aren’t any? Republicans and Libertarians think voters should have […]

Green Top Closing?

By:  Diane Benjamin Green Top Grocery claimed they needed $400,000 by November 12th or they would close. So far $52,500 has been raised. Below is the email sent to members yesterday.  Yes, eventually other people’s money runs out:  

Was that Shirk check illegal?

By:  Diane Benjamin Some years ago the City Council increased how much David Hales could spend without Council approval.  That Council really didn’t want to do the job of citizen watchdogs, but then we knew that. Tim Gleason is bound by that $50,000 limit too.  So how did the City write a check for $75,000 […]

Proof of government fail – Joni Painter

By:  Diane Benjamin During the discussion of business licenses alderman Joni Painter asked Economic Development guy Austin Grammer about the “One Stop Shop”.  That was supposedly a program in development for more than two years to make it easy for investors to start businesses in Bloomington. Every Wednesday a large group of bureaucrats meet, investors […]

Big Government Boot

By:  Diane Benjamin The citizens of Bloomington were shown last night that local politics is NOT non-partisan.  The heavy hand of government crushed the people and businesses. Only extremists are too blind to see the national economy booming when that hand was removed in 2016.  Unemployment is at historic lows, wages are rising, more people […]

Why did Bloomington write a check to Shirk Foundation?

By:  Diane Benjamin On September 20th I reported a check labeled “refund” written to the Shirk Foundation for $75,000.   https://blnnews.com/2018/09/20/gleason-is-going/ The City stalled my FOIA, I finally received an answer late Friday. In 2009 the Shirk Foundation made a donation to the BCPA for the Creativity Center. Since nothing is happening there, except the City […]

THUD – Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin October 2nd Board of Trustees Packet The September meeting was moved to October. August consultants: It only took 2 months to lose almost $2,000,000! PDF page 10: Cost per trip last August was $3.71, in August of 2018 it was $4.07.  Cost per trip for Connect Mobility went up too, see the next […]

Proof of ISU indoctrination

By:  Diane Benjamin This article was posted in the ISU newspaper – the Vidette – on September 27th and updated on September 30th. http://www.videtteonline.com/news/isu-students-react-to-kavanaugh-hearings/article_819fdaa0-c2bb-11e8-a372-77979e03b0e0.html These kids don’t know a thing about innocent until proven guilty.  They have never been taught what “due process” means.  If it was up to them, Brett Kavanaugh would have been […]

Bloomington – Let’s Tax Monday!

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20080 Celebrate: More employees getting a higher pension by spiking: SLBB is Sick Leave Buy Back – a penalty for allowing this will be coming I don’t know why they went to Indianapolis, the question is:  Did they have to send FIVE?  ↓ Agenda: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20090 Seriously?  A liquor license for Game Time […]

Clerk debate – laughable

By:  Diane Benjamin The room was packed with citizens last night wanting to hear the two candidates.  There was easily over 200 people, standing room only. Nikita Richards continued her attacks on Kathy Michael, including that she violated the law by delaying early voting.  It didn’t matter that Michael had the permission of the State’s […]

Mitchel Mohr guilty (Sonetz accident)

By:  Diane Benjamin Mohr was originally charged with 4 traffic violations: See these previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2018/05/15/accident-investigation/ https://blnnews.com/2018/06/18/mohr-traffic-charges/ Somehow the speed violation got reduced to 1-10 above the limit instead of what was originally reported:  71 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Keep in mind his cell phone was never checked, the […]

How you help Michael Cadena!

I found out more information on how Amber got Mikey.  She waited until the courts were closed and then filed a missing persons report for Mikey.  The police told the Cadena family that anybody hiding him would be charged with kidnapping.  She then took the police to his house and got him.  Since the judge […]

Amber Buck has Mikey

  By:  Diane Benjamin Last night Amber decided to show up at Mikey’s house with the police and take him.  Armed with Judge Hill’s order giving her temporary custody, she succeeded.  No Massachusetts court has given her permission to leave the state with Mikey, that could change today.   Meanwhile, Michael Cadena is still in jail. […]

Atlanta Library – Elevator/Alcohol update

By:  Diane Benjamin As reported in this story:     https://blnnews.com/2018/09/22/more-atlanta-library-museum-lack-of-maintenance/ The museum elevator does not have a current inspection certificate as required by law. No, the State is not behind on approving inspections, they were at one time but they aren’t now. A FOIA request for inspection reports produced this hard to read document:   inspection […]

Nikita not apologizing for lies

By:  Diane Benjamin At least 2 Peoria TV stations  and WYZZ covered the lies told by Nikita Richards in a local church last Sunday.  The local Republicans asked her to apologize for claiming Kathy Michael broke the law by delaying the start of early voting.  If you missed that story, see it here:   https://blnnews.com/2018/10/01/mclean-county-republicans-news-release/ Nikita […]

New Zoning based on faulty information!

By:  Diane Benjamin 8 of the 9 aldermen heard an hour and a half recap of the proposed zoning changes last night.  David Sage was absent, of course with no explanation.  Most people don’t need to listen to 1 1/2 hours, it got much more interesting when the alderman got to ask questions.  To hear […]

McLean County GOP News Release

Press Release:   10/1/18 Statement by Connie Beard, Chairman McLean County Republicans. “It has been brought to my attention through various sources that Ms. Nikita Richards, Democratic candidate for McLean County Clerk, appeared at a local congregation and during her campaign presentation accused Kathy Michael of breaking the law by delaying the start of early voting.  […]

Normal’s spending tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3073 Redbox Workshop does design work, why Normal is paying isn’t known: Both Bloomington and Normal contribute the same amount I’m betting you aren’t on the list to receive one Needs no explanation Did they need a consultant? Being green doesn’t matter when it’s somebody else’s money       https://environmentalsystemsresearch.springeropen.com/ Normal doesn’t […]

Bloomington rushes zoning, WHY?

By:  Diane Benjamin The zoning changes Bloomington has been working on since 2016, and paid $125,000 to a consultant for, are being heard and voted on TONIGHT! No, tonight isn’t a regular meeting, it isn’t even a Committee of the Whole.  It’s a Special meeting called only for the zoning changes. Two hours and twenty […]

Nikita: Lying in Church

By:  Diane Benjamin If breaking the law by campaigning in churches isn’t bad enough, Nikita Richards must think congregations will fall for anything – including lies. Nikita really has nothing to run on, so she has created division and racial tensions by claiming discrimination and voter suppression.  She has to create her own fact to […]