Decatur’s 7 TIF’s

By:  Diane Benjamin Decatur is on a calendar year.  Information for 2018 has not been filed with the Comptroller’s office.  The information below is from what was filed as of 12/31/2017. Decatur has 7 TIF districts.  It does not appear any of them were started when Tim Gleason was City Manager.  The dates below show […]

Renner and Gun Violence

By:  Diane Benjamin This is one of those stories I meant to write days ago but didn’t get to it.  Since yesterday was Illinois Gun Lobby Day in Springfield, today I got to it.    Thousands of people were in Springfield: There is one thing Democrats don’t get: Criminals don’t care about laws Last […]

Lent and Economic Development

By:  Diane Benjamin Wednesday nights used to be off limits for school and government activities because many people attended church activities. “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to […]

UPDATE: Justin Barr Arrested again!

The below was received from Livingston County: Livingston County arrested Justin Barr outside of Pontiac today.  The video isn’t great, but he is being led away in handcuffs.  More details will be added when available. I bet this isn’t his last arrest!   He still owes the County for an unpaid traffic ticket, maybe they […]

Water Fund: $27,831,465

By:  Diane Benjamin Almost $28 million is sitting in the Water Fund.  This is the same Fund that lost out on MILLIONS of Dollars because the City neglected for a decade to charge the right Fire Protection fee. Doesn’t this prove that fee isn’t needed? The fund balances were presented at Monday’s Bloomington City Council […]