Re-elect McBride and Lorenz?

By:  Diane Benjamin I might have to say this once a week until the election:  Do Not Vote for 3 people even though the ballot says 3.  You are handing people votes who you really don’t want on the Council.  Voting for 1, maybe two, gives them a much better chance of winning since Normal […]

Subsidizing Wealth

By:  Diane Benjamin Order your electric vehicle from Rivian yet? Do you drive an electric vehicle? See this article:     https://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/taxing-the-poor-to-pay-for-your-electric-car?fbclid=IwAR0oVqcC6_ltCO7ccJgyVJQyhE_Ez2I5sGD0w8YtL86IUZn5DAOVz6xgEfw People who own electric vehicles have higher than average incomes.  They also own a second car for traveling. Of course the manufacturers get taxpayers subsidies to build them.  Buyers get tax subsidies to purchase […]

Bloomington: Socialism coming

By: Diane Benjamin It has been easy for socialists to take over Bloomington  – the citizens haven’t paid attention for years.  When they don’t show up to vote it’s easy for the far left to win.  April 2nd Tari Renner will likely get the Council he wants, and along with the Welcoming Ordinance: http://www.wglt.org/post/renner-may-revisit-welcoming-city-ordinance-after-april-election?fbclid=IwAR1tfK4ePtAvcM1W_NCE-ueb-fwb3_ZYx5uBOXirWeoISOTNXA_Li9k7QAo#stream/0 Read […]

Green Energy Fail

By:  Diane Benjamin When the actual air temp is 20 degrees below zero, thank God for fossil fuels.  This video is the field east of Bloomington Il, filmed today.  The entire field as far as I can see is not operating. Wind energy is not keeping anybody warm today.

The Illinois Progressive War on Children

By: Diane Benjamin Capitalism has proven to the world that competition produces better results than monopolies.  Costs decrease, quality increases, and better products are delivered to consumers. Illinois started a program in 2017 called Invest in Kids which provides a tax credit for parents wanting their kids in private schools but can’t afford it:   http://www.revenue.state.il.us/InvestInKids/ […]

Liars lie – More lack of Transparency

By:  Diane Benjamin I really hope the Bloomington City Council realizes how foolish they were tolerating David Hales management of the City for over 8 years.  Keep in mind they heaped praise on him and lavish raises while Council meetings dragged on and on with little being accomplished. Last night’s Council meeting was 45 minutes […]

Fox Creek gets new golf carts tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20879 Prairie Vista got new golf carts almost a year ago for $155,753.80:     https://blnnews.com/2018/02/27/bloomington-council-festivities/ Tonight the Den gets them, and it appears the money isn’t coming from the Enterprise Fund profits.  The Prairie Vista purchase didn’t either.  Remember golf is supposed to balance because it’s in an Enterprise Fund.  The documentation […]

The FACTS on the Atlanta Candidate Objections

Since there is so much confusion and misinformation regarding the election objections for the write-in candidates for the Atlanta Public Library and the City of Atlanta let’s look at the FACTS. The objections were necessary to preserve the integrity of the election process. In this article we will examine 3 documents and their purpose and […]

The Media and Numbers

By:  Diane Benjamin I don’t know how many math classes a journalism major has to pass, but evidently it isn’t enough to see obvious problems with what they are told and then regurgitate.  There is a perfect example in today’s Pantagraph. The story is about Airbnb and the new 6% City tax that starts April […]

What no one in Bloomington talks about

By:  Diane Benjamin The first thing that is NEVER discussed is what government should do verses what they are doing.  Budgeting requires making choices, Bloomington has decided roads aren’t that important.  What they want it more important.  You will probably be saddled with some type of water park and a sports complex this year. Let’s […]

BCPA: You deserve to know

By:  Diane Benjamin It wasn’t a smart move by the City of Bloomington to pretend to deny my FOIA request for the event recap of the Naked Magicians show because it was posted on the website. As I reported, no event reports between February 2018 and November 2018 have been posted – just the one […]

Tari needs reigned in AGAIN

By:  Diane Benjamin The Council held a retreat on November 4, 2017.  The minutes from the meeting show just how bad a City Manager David Hales was.  See them here, rarely do the minutes reflect contentious discussions – you can see some of it here even if they don’t reflect how bad it was:    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16276 […]

Jenn Carrillo post

By:  Diane Benjamin Ward 6 candidate for the Bloomington City Council posted the below today.  I’ve been trying to find out what her plan is to fix the problem.  I know how socialists, Marxists, and communists would fix it, but not Jenn.  If you see her please ask.  Ward 8 candidate Jeff Crabill appears to […]

ISU provides Free Abortions

By:  Diane Benjamin Thanks to the Democrats in a Springfield and the traitor Bruce Rauner, Illinois taxpayers are forced to pay for abortions.  Illinois will become the abortion capital of the Midwest as women flock here to murder their babies. That is why Rauner lost – he lied about not signing the bill. This letter […]

For: GreenTop Owners and Customers

By:  Diane Benjamin This comment is from one of GreenTop’s Facebook pages: I will explain why the comment was made in a minute. GreenTop might be a place to avoid If you believe: you have a right to defend yourself your right to protect yourself shall not be infringed – Second Amendment to the Constitution […]

NEA Community Organizing

By:  Diane Benjamin This was sent to me by a non-leftist member of the National Education Association. We all feel for the federal employees who aren’t getting paid, but the NEA got their talking points wrong. The Democrats refuse to negotiate! It’s really hard to open government while negotiations continue when there are no negotiations.  […]

Bloomington’s fun last night

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council held a Committee of the Whole meeting last night.  Scott Black was absent this time, David Sage and Diana Hauman were absent at the last meeting.  Getting the whole gang to show up must be difficult. Part of the meeting was dedicated to next years budget. As as […]

Normal citizens don’t fit the PLAN

By:  Diane Benjamin Some angry citizens of Normal appeared at Public Comment asking the Trustees to at least investigate moving the proposed fire station to a different corner.  Staff had spent too much time to backtrack, they voted to proceed with “the plan” as presented anyway.  Kathleen Lorenz and Scott Preston voted against it.  One […]

Connect Transit fleece for November and December

By:  Diane Benjamin https://drive.google.com/file/d/12GPc_b8oSqw33McgRR2arPqOi90ahvaG/view Connect Transit didn’t meet in December, so the packet for today’s meeting contains information for November and December. PDF page 8: November’s loss:         December loss – PDF page 15         December marks half way through Connect Transit’s fiscal year.  Hear’s what year to date looks […]

Another Bloomington Firefighter arrested

By:  Diane Benjamin A Bloomington Fire Fighter was arrested in Woodford County on January 11th.  The information below is available on judici.com The incident involved a second Bloomington Firefighter.  Since he wasn’t arrested I’m not going to use his name.  The incident took place in Kappa according to my sources.  (use your imagination where, there […]

Not In Our Town doesn’t care about truth

By:  Diane Benjamin Not In Our Town has done nothing to correct the #FakeNews on their Facebook page.  The hateful comments below are still on their page with no apologizes. Obviously this Facebook page only exists to create dissension.  Videos of what really happened are all over the internet.  On this Martin Luther King day, […]

Update: Matejka helps spread lies via Not In Our Town

Main stream media is now backtracking their reporting. This story has interviews with the kids: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/01/interview-parents-and-students-from-covington-catholic-demand-apology-from-diocese/ First hand account from the guy wearing the MAGA hat: https://www.toddstarnes.com/campus/catholic-teen-responds-i-will-not-stand-for-this-mob-like-character-assassination-of-my-familys-name/ By:  Diane Benjamin Saul Alinsky tactics are alive and well in Bloomington-Normal.  Not In Our Town pretends to fight against discrimination and bigotry, but more often they are […]

Justin Barr: The charges

By:  Diane Benjamin State’s Attorney Don Knapp obtained the charging statements from Will County against Justin Barr.  He forwarded them to me. When I posted the original story I had no idea how huge this story would be.  I have talked to people from multiple counties who also claim to be victims.  See it here […]

Tuesday: More Master Plans

By:  Diane Benjamin Faulty planning forced the citizens of Bloomington to pay for a Fire Station that has NEVER been used.  Tom Hamilton thought Mitsubishi would bring another 10-12000 people to the southwest side of town.  He guessed wrong and wasted millions of dollars! From Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_planning The most notable critique of economic planning came from […]

Citizens of Normal need to see this one!

By:  Diane Benjamin Town Council meeting TUESDAY   http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3172  (delayed for MLK Day) Misc spending:  CDM is Children Discovery Museum.  It’s easy to give your money as a memorial! This is what you need to see: (yes it’s complicated) The Town of Normal owns the building at 104 W. North.  It is currently rented to Dan Brady […]

The CIAM Grand Jury

By:  Diane Benjamin Some local media have reported on the grand jury testimony which laid out the case against the 5 former Coliseum Managers. The City of Bloomington continues to claim they did not know about improprieties at the Coliseum until VenuWorks took over in July of 2016. The local media continues to let them […]

100% Transparent Tari? Proof you aren’t!

By:  Diane Benjamin If you missed Tari’s State of the City address last Monday you can see my recap and listen to it here:   https://blnnews.com/2019/01/15/taris-state-of-the-city/ Recycling his talking points, Tari once again proclaimed the Illinois Policy Institute “continues” to give the City an A+ transparency score. Disregarding IPI discontinued the program in 2014, their transparency […]

Update: Justin Barr

By:  Diane Benjamin People claiming to be victims of Justin Barr are in MANY counties.  My website has been blowing up with reads. Too many people are reporting their sheriff or police refuse to take a complaint.  Some State’s Attorneys think the cases should be civil.  If you are not in McLean County and can’t […]

Are you a victim of Justin Barr?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m hearing stories from all over central Illinois about people who have hired Justin Barr and feel ripped off.  All the reports started when I published this story:   https://blnnews.com/2019/01/12/lexington-guy-arrested-in-joliet-he-has-history-here/ If you are a victim and have NOT filed a police report, you need to now.  If the police refuse to take the […]

Tari’s State of the City

By:  Diane Benjamin Hit play below to hear Tari’s message.  He spoke for around 15 minutes even though he started his speech with it would be shorter than usual. He credits cuts for balancing the budget – solid waste finally balances.  (They finally transferred all costs to taxpayers meaning you pay more now) He claims […]

Tari’s Ward 4 candidate and more

By: Diane Benjamin Clearly Emig is Tari’s pick for Ward 4, he’s holding an open house at his house for her.  If you aren’t a left winger and want to attend, just show up.  Responding on Facebook will get you blocked. Remember about a year ago when various Council people held “priority based budgeting” townhalls? […]

Bloomington Council for Monday – if the roads get cleared

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20759 Tari is giving his State of the City address – it will be a can’t miss event!  Listen for “Right Fit” and “Structural Deficit”.  Of course everything is rosy. Amelia (let’s move the library) Buragas is being reappointed to the B-N Economic Development Board.  Rob (gas taxes don’t raise the price […]

Update: Lexington guy arrested in Joliet – he has history here

Barr petitioned to get his bail reduced.  He was denied.  It also looks like the State wants to know the source of bail money – if any is posted.  There will be more on this story pertaining to McLean County. By:  Diane Benjamin Source with picture:    https://patch.com/illinois/joliet/home-fraudster-busted-joliet-police-complaint Read the details of the case against him […]