Three Blind Mice

Guest Editorial Now that Buragas is the 3rd rat to leave the ship (out of the 4 slated to run), let’s wish her goodbye with this ditty sung to the tune of Three Blind Mice. . Three Blind Mice Three Blind Mice See how they spend See how they spend . Planning and spending is […]

Supposedly Nonpartisan

By:  Diane Benjamin Municipal elections are by law nonpartisan.  The theory is party doesn’t matter, everyone wants to do what’s best for the City.  Ask those who voted against the wishes of voters if they did that when they voted for the Coliseum.  Ask the recent council members if taking $40 million+ more a year […]

Proof they are a team!

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow up to this story:   https://blnnews.com/2018/11/27/taris-candidates/ The below is posted on Jenn Carrillo’s Facebook page and copied to the Facebook page of at least one other candidate.  It proves Jenn, Jeff Crabill, Georgene Chissell, and Julie Emig are running as a team. Would these 4 solve problems or create more? They can’t […]

The budgeted BCPA loss and more

By:  Diane Benjamin I can see why the finance documents aren’t included in the packet on the Bloomington Council nights where the monthly recap is presented.  I’m sure it’s much more fun to claim everything is fine than show the proof.  See what was reported Monday night here:    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20321 When they talk about Sales Tax […]

Buragas proves council isn’t non-partisan

By:  Diane Benjamin The first day petitions for the City Council could be circulated was August 28th.  That’s almost 3 months ago.  Amelia Buragas finally decided on the final day that she wasn’t running again.  She probably notified Tari a few days ago which led to a frantic attempt to get signatures for a candidate […]

Bloomington Council last night

By:  Diane Benjamin Ward 8 wasn’t represented as Diana Hauman was absent.  Of course nobody mentioned why. The ISU kids showed up in Bloomington to support Tobacco 21 during public comment.  ISU has indoctrinated them well to believe government needs to “parent” the population for the good of the collective.  Sending your kids to college […]

UPDATE: Tari’s candidates

I hear a challenge has been filed to Julie Emig’s petitions. By:  Diane Benjamin Since yesterday was the deadline, this is what the April Bloomington ballot will look like.  These are the only Wards being elected in this cycle. Amelia Buragas was the last rat to jump ship.  She has been hurriedly replaced. The starred […]

Rivian’s vehicle

By:  Diane Benjamin As a person who doesn’t get excited by vehicles, the Rivian announcement means little to me – until the last paragraph of the second link below: It won’t be available until 2020. The largest battery is good for 400 miles. See these two links for more information: https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/11/26/18111782/rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-price-specs-la-auto-show-2018 https://www.foxnews.com/auto/the-rivian-rt1-may-be-the-american-made-electric-pickup-of-the-near-future  

UPDATE: Candidates so far

One more filed for Ward 8 By:  Diane Benjamin Today is the last day to file for the April election.  So far these candidates have filed for Bloomington City Council:    http://www.becvote.org/wordpress/electiondatesandoffices/petitions-filed/   BEC appears to only have City Council candidates posted.  School Boards, township, etc are not posted. McLean County has a new website, I […]

Bloomington: Monday’s tax and more

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll The arena continues to fleece taxpayers: I wonder how many payments there will be? Legal Fees For October (the boot of government?): History Museum and Visitors Center: Following Normal’s lead, Bloomington will be taxing short-term rentals!  All residents who rent their property will be required to register.  If the website […]

Good news for Thanksgiving

We live in a great country where everyday acts of kindness largely go unreported.  I hope these stories prove Americans are still the most generous and caring people on earth. Good Samaritan returns wallet left on Frontier flight, adds money to it just because http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/us-world-news/good-samaritan-returns-wallet-left-on-frontier-flight-adds-money-to-it-just-because Soldier Says A Stranger’s Christmas Card Got Him Through Vietnam. […]

Pepsi Ice? Coliseum? Tax increases?

By:  Diane Benjamin Pepsi hasn’t paid for naming rights at the Ice Center for years.  That doesn’t keep Bloomington from still giving them free advertising: PDF page 196 of the annual financial statements:     http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=20281 “Pepsi” is also on PDF pages 32 and 33. Grossinger Motors does pay for naming rights of the former US […]

Privilege Tax

By:  Diane Benjamin It is very easy to describe government in Normal: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Ronald Reagan Hotel occupancy in Bloomington-Normal is way down, according to […]

Visual: Why the B-N decline will continue

By:  Diane Benjamin Government does not create prosperity.  Government can only function on money it steals from citizens. The pic below is from PDF page 194 of the Bloomington financial statements:     http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=20281 10 years ago 4 of the top 10 employers were government, in 2018 it is 5 of 10.  The only government agency […]

Stan Nord running for Normal Town Council

Press Release November 18, 2018 Stan Nord to run for Normal Town Council  Stan Nord is pleased to announce his candidacy for Normal Town Council in the consolidated election on April 2nd, 2019.  He has prepared the necessary filings and is excited to start the campaign process. He looks forward to presenting his views on […]

The media won’t report this!

By:  Diane Benjamin Long time readers know the former Coliseum managers would issue their financial statements, and then the auditor would issue theirs.  The media always reported the CIAM numbers but never the audited numbers. Audited losses were much higher! The media is continuing to report fake news because the audited number from VenuWorks aren’t […]

Ward 4 Amelia Buragas

By:  Diane Benjamin I don’t think Amelia has said if she plans to run again.  Somebody needs to challenge her!  She’s never met a government program or tax increase she didn’t approve of.  You still have time to get on the ballot.  Contact the Bloomington Election Commission in the Government Center. Amelia is the one […]

Normal taxing again!

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3118 Just a few bills being paid Monday night:   Last year around 400 employees all got $60 Target gift cards for Christmas:    https://blnnews.com/2017/11/29/normal-throws-money-at-employees/ ________________________________ Proving yet again you don’t really own your property in Normal: Normal wants to tax you for short-term rental of your house! Can’t sell because your house […]

Welcoming Ordinance will be back

By:  Diane Benjamin The local progressives are possessed with bringing in illegal aliens! The latest is Illinois State University: Since we have no borders, these people aren’t illegal, merely undocumented.     Yes it was sponsored by ISU: One of the speakers is a candidate for the Bloomington City Council – a former illegal alien […]

6:00 meetings?  

The Bloomington City Council meetings never start on time now that the time has been changed to 6:00 pm.  The members that did show up are happily chatting away after 6:00: Last night Amelia Buragas, Scott Black, and Diana Hauman were no shows.  Of course no explanation to the Wards they failed to represent. Kimberly […]

State’s Attorney Emails – Cadena

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are two emails sent by Jeffry Horve to Michael Cadena concerning Amber Buck and his son Mikey.  Horve is the Felony Drug Unit Supervisor and Assistant State’s Attorney for McLean County. It is obvious Horve knew what was best for Mikey, the judges involved made their own decisions. The first two […]

Bloomington Business Friendly?

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll:   http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20301 Ending Sick Leave Buy Back and the penalties that go with allowing employees to spike their pensions is not going to end anytime soon.  What the Council passed recently was a dog and pony show designed to make you believe they heard your outrage.  Monday night you will […]

Democrats buying votes?

Why was the Democrat Party Chairman handing out pizza to the voters at ISU?  Erik Rankin just happen to be with Dan Brady’s opponent – Ben Webb.  Webb had to be asked to leave since his presence at a polling place is obviously illegal. Rankin didn’t know that?  (Seems democrats either never know the rules […]

Dear Readers

I am feeling better than two weeks ago, still not back at full strength – but getting there. I’ve been struggling with something for quite awhile.  As this site becomes more and more popular, the attacks are becoming more frequent.  I’m an expert at seeing who wants information and who doesn’t care about facts.  Arguing […]

Proof money can’t buy local elections

By:  Diane Benjamin JB might have bought the governorship, but it didn’t work in the McLean County Clerk’s race. The final contribution numbers to candidates are not yet available.  I can tell you what contributions are listed to date on the Board of Elections website. Nikita Richards received $20,720     Nikita Richards Here’s a few […]

Coliseum – one guilty

By:  Diane Benjamin One of the 5 charged in connection with the Coliseum pleaded guilty yesterday.  See this Pantagraph story:   https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/guilty-former-bloomington-arena-official-gets-fine-probation-after-plea/article_00b6cb16-2aeb-5558-9614-2a50e543d503.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2 One part of the story doesn’t make any sense: ________________________ I hope these numbers aren’t what the entire case against the five is based on.  The commissions don’t make any sense either. According to […]

Corn Crib taxes – brilliant business plan

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow up to this story:   https://blnnews.com/2018/10/20/the-corn-crib-fleece/ The property ID # in the County system for the Corn Crib was 14-17-400-004.  You can look this PIN number up on the County Assessor’s site:     http://mcleanil.devnetwedge.com/ Taxes for 2010 were $95,365.40 Taxes for 2011 were $145,019.90 Taxes for 2012 were $32,119.36 Taxes for 2013 were ZERO Heartland […]

Election Recap

By:  Diane Benjamin Congrats Illinois.  Democrats are in complete control.  Will somebody please name one place where Democrats have allowed prosperity.  Anyone?  Anyone?  Democrats create dependents, not a vibrant growing economy.   Illinois will collapse under the weight of politicians who refuse to fix the problems. Likely it is too late to leave Illinois since property […]

THE TRUTH ABOUT REPUBLICANS AND PREEXISTING CONDITIONS

https://csteventucker.wordpress.com/2018/11/06/the-truth-about-republicans-and-preexisting-conditions/ Contrary to popular belief, both Democrats AND Republicans have had a long history of ensuring that Americans have access to coverage for preexisting conditions. In fact, a bipartisan piece of federal legislation requiring coverage for preexisting conditions existed long before the implementation of the ACA – Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as “Obamacare”.  Public law […]

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Why did the Pantagraph do it?

By:  Diane Benjamin The paper decided to publish a multi-part story on sexual assault victims.  Gee, why? This is one of them:   https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/b-n-sexual-assault-survivors-reveal-trauma-lessons/article_e6a2547d-f8a2-5b55-908f-1b4ca3c6f764.html#tncms-source=infinity-scroll-summary-siderail-latest If they thought it would get out the democrat vote, they probably did the opposite.  The story claims those that have now come forward did so because of the Kavanaugh hearings.  Yes, […]