Zoning changes aren’t going away

By:  Diane Benjamin The proposed zoning changes will be before the Bloomington City Council soon.  Everybody claims it isn’t form based code which takes away your right to do with your property what is in your best interest. This is a link to what is proposed:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20438 It 246 pages of gibberish you will only […]

Bloomington does comedy – AGAIN

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington likes to pretend they are transparent.  They even have a transparency portal on their website:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/transparency One of the items listed is: As I’ve written before, the BCPA documents are mostly non-existent unless I FOIA them.  https://blnnews.com/2019/02/14/it-a-secret-bcpa-creativity-center/ These are the event reports currently on the City website, there […]

AG Investigating Town of Normal AGAIN

BY;;  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal continues to have an illegal public comment policy.  Normal was forced to change the policy in 2017 when the Attorney General told them they can not have a policy that allows a citizen to only speak every 45 days.  Instead of slapping the Town’s entire policy into oblivion, […]

Illinois bills to kill more babies

By:  Diane Benjamin The following bills are under consideration in Springfield.  Pritzker wants Illinois to be the abortion capital of the Midwest, taxpayers will be getting the bill.  One bill legalizes infanticide.  The other allows your child to get an abortion without your knowledge. What you can do: Join the rally in Springfield, IL against […]

County + Town of Normal Elections

By: Diane Benjamin What would happen to freedom if an election was held and nobody showed up to vote? I predict VERY low turnout on April 2nd.  Except for the Town of Normal, few other races are even contested.  Unit 5 residents will have much higher property tax bills this year.  When fiscally responsible candidates […]

More proof local elections aren’t non-partisan

By:  Diane Benjamin The ISU College Democrats endorsed Jenn Carrillo! Do you know what the Progressive agenda is? In short, socialism.  Progressives want to force government to run everything because they do not believe in freedom, liberty, and capitalism. They want to tell you how your property can be used.  They want higher taxes because […]

Nobody represents you!

By:  Diane Benjamin If the residents of Bloomington still haven’t figured out the Council doesn’t represent you, watch last night’s meeting.  The schmoozing was over the top with accolades for each other for everything but breathing. There were a few slaps in the face to citizens.  The first one was made by City Manager Tim […]

(Dis) Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin The financial statements from the year that ended June 30, 2018 are still not on the website.  No audits are posted under Financial Information.  What are they hiding?    https://www.connect-transit.com/about/financial_information.asp The empty buses came REALLY close to losing $1,000,000 in January:  PDF page 7  https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/Meetings/Packets/RevisedFebruary%2026,%202019%20Board%20Packet.pdf   The money borrowed from capital funds […]

Bloomington Council tonight including SPIKING

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll:    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21131 The BCPA hasn’t posted an event report since my last FOIA.  Transparency isn’t part of their game! Most artist fees are $5000 or less, not this one.  Do I really need to FOIA every report to get them on the website? Looks like throwing parties for themselves.  […]

Run by Jacka$$es

by:  Diane Benjamin According to the City mouthpiece, Bloomington will double the local gas tax to $.08 for every gallon:  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/road-weary-city-officials-eye-doubling-local-motor-fuel-tax/article_258321e6-928b-57d7-a1c0-ad250fb8e18b.html#tracking-source=home-breaking Another prediction:  Somebody will say it’s only a few bucks. Quote:       Here is what the mouthpiece forgot to add to the story: The $.04 a gallon Motor Fuel Tax was passed […]

I predicted this:

By:  Diane Benjamin Just yesterday I predicted the Hot Wheels Monster Truck event recap would magically appear after I FOIA’d it:  https://blnnews.com/2019/02/21/arena-event-reports-fail/ Surprise – here it is.  All I need now is a FOIA denial. This was four shows, average attendance per show was 2,136. Note too this show was a rental.  Many of the […]

Normal has socialists on the ballot too!

By:  Diane Benjamin See this previous story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/02/22/will-bloomington-elect-socialists/ If you didn’t think the Normal Town Council is already socialist – it could get worse.  I really appreciate socialist Sonny Garcia posting on social media which candidates fit that plan: He listed the candidates voters need to avoid: Alex Campbell, Joel Studebaker, and Pat Turner. The […]

Will Bloomington elect socialists?

By:  Diane Benjamin Some people in Bloomington admit they are democrat socialist.  The “democrat” part is added to make it sound like its real people leading the movement.  They are pure socialists, just like the ones who destroyed Venezuela.  They want to take your money, attack wealth producers, and hand money to people who didn’t […]

Arena Event Reports (Fail)

By:  Diane Benjamin According to the contract between the City of Bloomington and VenuWorks:  PDF page 17  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=10901   The good news is the Competitive Cheerleading Finals shows an estimated profit of $49,539.52. Competitive Dance Finals showed a profit of $23,655.62. One report is missing: February 10th is more than 10 days ago.  “No Later” […]

Disabled Vet, ADA, and Juvenile Detention

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m purposely going to be somewhat vague because I want to give people one more chance to do the right thing. Here’s the story – I’ve been involved for weeks. The Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) needs substitute teachers.  That facility is run by the County. A local disabled veteran applied for a […]

Local Democrats show they are pro-baby murder

By:  Diane Benjamin This item was on the Consent Agenda for the County Board meeting yesterday:    https://mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6509 This was merely a renewal of an existing lease for the Child Advocacy Center in Livingston County.  Since it was on the Consent Agent it wasn’t anything controversial and was passed the previous year with no discussion. […]

One more thing about Bloomington last Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin Someplace on the video is Tim Gleason claiming working with Normal is a high priority.  I really don’t want to re-watch it again to find the exact spot. Meanwhile, Normal is poaching two Bloomington businesses:  Farnsworth and AFNI.  Both plan to relocate in the new controversial Uptown Circle building. Normal is also […]

Response to comment left last night:

By:  Diane Benjamin A comment was left on BlnNews last night that deserves a longer response than just my reply.  The citizens of Bloomington need to understand who is REALLY responsible for the roads and new designs in recent years.  It isn’t Jim Karch. The comment: Why are few roads getting fixed and those that […]

Last night’s Bloomington Propaganda

By:  Diane Benjamin If you have never watched a City Council meeting, last night is the one you need to watch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDOCilmu80A I can’t possibly cover everything that happened.  Toward the end of the meeting Joni Painter read something that demanded no more video gaming machines.  It was pretty incoherent.  2 people demanded the same […]

Why connect runs huge empty buses

By:  Diane Benjamin Even though many of the Council people questioned Isaac Thorne of Connect Transit about the empty buses, he continued to claim at times they have 60+ boardings per hour on many routes.  Below is when Mboka asked about it – just hit play.  Thorne’s presentation and discussion starts at 11:15 if you […]

Forget the roads – unless you pay more

By:  Diane Benjamin What a scam!  Unless the citizens of Bloomington are willing to pay more to fix the roads they aren’t going to get fixed! Tim Gleason is so cute the way he talks about tax increases.  He claims he isn’t making recommendations, he’s just throwing numbers out for them to consider.  Here the […]

Find out tonight: Why Huge Empty Buses

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council is holding a Committee of the Whole meeting tonight:     http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21055 On the agenda: Annual report to be given by Isaac Thorne, General Manager at Connect Transit. Thorne will tout the new electric buses and solar infrastructure.  He will also talk about locations in downtown Bloomington for the transfer […]

Normal Travels (Again)

By:  Diane Benjamin Meeting docs:   http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/31937 In this story about Bloomington spending:    https://blnnews.com/2019/01/26/bloomington-bills-for-monday/ I listed 4 payments to the EDC for $1600 each.  It looks like Renner, Buragas, Mathy, and Tyus won the One Voice trip this year to Washington DC.  Buragas is leaving the Council April 30th and Tyus is the brand new Assistant […]

Democrats run wild

By:  Diane Benjamin Democrats have only been in complete control of the state for a short time.  Already they have passed a $15 minimum wage which make Illinois even less competitive with all of the surrounding states. Other things being seriously considered: Removing all regulations including parental notification on abortion Allowing abortion up to birth […]

Normal: LAST WORDS on the $1000 Memorial

By:  Diane Benjamin See this previous story:   https://blnnews.com/2019/02/07/normals-1000-memorial/ It does appear to be a memorial as requested in the obituary of the lady who died.  She wasn’t local and I haven’t found any connection to Normal. Since the documents say this expense will be reimbursed by MICA, I filed one last FOIA.  It was paid […]

UPDATE #2: Atlanta: Who is lying?

The TIF Administrator has confirmed that issuing a Request for Proposal was legal.  It is also still true that this Mayor and this City Council have never publicly mentioned doing this.  What that means is that a backroom deal is being set up.  Non-existent transparency caused this problem.  Obviously something is brewing, the question is […]

Bloomington Business Registration Suspended!

This Facebook post from a local lawyer with Hinch Law may have had something to do with it: The New Bloomington Business Registration Ordinance – Reasonable Clarification Is In Order I’m seeing several recent posts about the new City of Bloomington – City Hall business registration ordinance that just took effect. I’m not going to […]

Your car get damaged on city Roads?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m pretty sure the City of Bloomington doesn’t advertise this, but they pay a lot for liability insurance.  According to the proposed budget, here’s what it covers: PDF page 194:     http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=18372 Since Bloomington has refused to fund infrastructure adequately for many years, they should be responsible for any loss you incur […]

It a Secret! BCPA-Creativity Center

By:  Diane Benjamin Operations of the BCPA and the Creativity Center are looking a lot like a private club for the well-connected.  Zero transparency existed with shows until I FOIA’d the recaps, all of them have not been posted.  The last event report posted is from November.  Obviously unless I FOIA the information nobody will […]


By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Planning Commission just passed the new Zoning Ordinance.  The City council will fall right in line and pass it too. You will no longer have the right to do with your property what you want.  Congrats Bloomington! https://blnnews.com/2018/12/17/proposed-zoning-may-crush-you/ Progressives want to run your life,  they will have the law to […]

The Laws Don’t Matter Candidates

By:  Diane Benjamin After the next election Bloomington won’t be represented by a majority of alderman who understand what made America great. Jeff Crabill will be elected since he is running unopposed (congrats Ward 8). Guess who is going to a No Ice In Dwight rally?             Crabill obviously doesn’t know […]

State Sanctioned Voter Fraud Bills

By:  Diane Benjamin There are two bills making their way through the legislature that would promote Voter Fraud.  If this concerns you, please submit witness slips – directions below. What the legislation will do: Both are similar. From HB257: “Provides that for the 2020 general primary election and each election thereafter, each election authority shall […]

West-side Crime at Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin The video of last night’s Council meeting claims to be 34:26 long.  Since the meeting didn’t start until almost 14:00, the meeting was incredibly short.  I wonder if the budget will be passed in 10 minutes too? Karen Kinsella, a west-side rental property owner, addressed the Council about the recent increase in […]

Justin Barr Update

By: Diane Benjamin Justin Barr is the guy from Lexington now charged with numerous felonies in Will County:    https://blnnews.com/2019/01/20/justin-barr-the-charges/ I know other counties are looking at charging him too. The good news is Barr has been charged with a Class 2 Felony in Marshall County.  The charge is theft/deception for more than $10,000 and less […]