By: Diane Benjamin
The McLean County Chamber of Commerce if holding their 10th Annual Gala to hand out “Business Excellence Awards”.
The cost is a tiny $125 per person. You can be a sponsor for between $500 and $5000, depending on how many accolades you want to receive at the event.
WGLT – Public Taxpayer Funded media is an Emerald level sponsor – $2,500.
The Town of Normal, the City of Bloomington, ISU, and Heartland College are Ruby level sponsors – $1,250
See the website for the gala here: https://www.mcleancochamber.org/events/annual-events/annual-gala?platform=hootsuite&utm_campaign=HSCampaign
Taxpayers will be paying for more tickets to this event, Ruby level sponsors only get 6. That won’t be enough so all board members can attend.
So what businesses are getting “excellence awards”?
The Chamber has a Non-Profit category for awards, both Green Top and Connect Transit should have been in that one!
Green Top has been begging for more money from “owners” and Connect Transit continues to lose at least $800,000 every month. To the Chamber, this is excellence!
All the local infamous will put on their finest, the Pantagraph will take lots of pics, and all will pat each other on the back for fleecing the little guys with such grace.
If this doesn’t prove the Chamber of Commerce isn’t working for you, nothing will. Why would a business be a member of this organization? Keep this in mind when they recommend candidates for next April’s election. Their picks will love Green Top and Connect. Your wallet won’t be safe if their people are elected.