How many jobs has Blm-Normal lost?

By: Diane Benjamin The Illinois Department of Employment Security issued the January report last week. The paper did a story, the rest of the media mostly ignored it or didn’t report the numbers. While Peoria gained 4,400 jobs comparing January 2018 and January 2019, Bloomington-Normal LOST 1,600. That is a lot of jobs that no […]

WHO was behind Dwight Protest?

By: Diane Benjamin The participants who disrupted the Dwight City Council meeting want you to believe they are just concerned citizens. They aren’t. The group was nice enough to do a fancy video of them marching through Dwight and commenting in the gym. No, I won’t post the video. The end has a list of […]

Arena Events finally posted

By: Diane Benjamin The missing event reports from Grossinger Motors Arena have finally been posted. Details here: https://blnnews.com/2019/03/11/more-venuworks-city-fail/ Last year the Bacon and Beer Fest made a profit of $ 12,230.53. 1319 people attended. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15976 This year the event was held earlier in the day, attendance dropped to 1166, profit dropped to $ 8,037.07. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21322 […]

What Mike Matejka failed to say

By: Diane Benjamin I don’t know how many people pay attention to the blathering on WJBC by Forum commentators, but what Matejka said about TIF’s is nothing more than government talking points. Matejka is after all Chris Koos’ good buddy. See what he said here: http://www.wjbc.com/2019/03/13/wjbc-voices-understanding-tif-investments/?fbclid=IwAR12JhuXkWjHND1rhHt_Y0UlUjfoszIG6WStPU9lVKiGpM2KofKlh3_DfII One side note first: It’s great to see Democrats […]

Tari wants to rob you again

By: Diane Benjamin When Tari ran for re-election in 2017 he promised to fix the streets, he forgot to add one line to his campaign card: Tari created a Gas Tax in 2014 to fix the roads, he raised the Sales Tax in 2015 to fix the roads. NOTHING is being spent on road resurfacing […]

Really?

By: Diane Benjamin Tari Renner’s last campaign manager posted a picture of downtown on his Facebook page, Jenn Carrillo decided to share it with added comments: Those are really nice trash containers. Just who are they for? They are on City sidewalks, so the likely intended users are people walking downtown. Do people walking BAG […]

Guess who else was in Dwight

By: Diane Benjamin Previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2019/03/12/radicals-attack-dwight/ https://blnnews.com/2019/03/12/update-to-dwight-story/ Chicago is attempting to spread their far left lunacy across the State. They need support for bailing them out of the corrupt financial mess they put themselves in. Chicago has been completely controlled by Democrats for close to 90 years. If big government and taxing you to death […]

Radicals attack Dwight

See Update too: https://blnnews.com/2019/03/12/update-to-dwight-story/ By: Diane Benjamin I wrote last week about the local Democrat Party selling T-shirts to raise money for buses to Dwight to protest the potential ICE detention facility. https://blnnews.com/2019/03/09/know-what-a-stonewall-democrat-is/ Yesterday Jenn Carrillo, Sonny Garcia, Jeff Crabill and Illinois People’s Action took two buses of radicals to the Dwight City Council meeting. […]

Bloomington Council last night

By: Diane Benjamin THREE of your representatives, a full one third, failed to attend this meeting. Mathy, Mwilambwe, and Bray were absent. Of course the ones that did attend acted like it was perfectly normal. Only a few items of note: A guy from Millennium Soccer spoke during Public Comment. (22:50) I was not aware […]

Local Democrats need economics course

By:  Diane Benjamin The local Democrats shared this on Facebook: Of course they had to pretend the Republicans are the party of the rich, facts don’t matter when talking points to keep the minions uniformed work better. Since democrats don’t bother with history before legislating, Pritzker and crew think the rich will hang around and […]

Know what a Stonewall Democrat is?

By:  Diane Benjamin Before I answer that question, local democrats and independents need to know the local democrat party is following the same course as the national party – moving so far left it’s difficult to see them as anything but socialists veering straight toward communism Keep in mind, Illinois People’s Action was the group […]

Bloomington Waiving Moratorium for friends?

By:  Diane Benjamin On the agenda for Monday night is a public hearing on next years budget.  PDF page 163 has a brief summary that says next to nothing:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21243 If you want to see details, go here:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/finance/annual-budget Also on the Agenda: PDF page 166: Allowing exceptions to the moratorium on video gaming! The […]

Normal Candidate Debate

By:  Diane Benjamin WGLT, League of Women Voters, and the Pantagraph held a debate last night for 8 of the candidates running for 3 Trustee seats.  Write-In candidate, Karl Sila, was not allowed to participate. The audio frequently “blinked” making it a little difficult to listen to, I haven’t listened to the audio at the […]

Tired of being lied to?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve been writing about the Coliseum and the lies media repeats for years! CIAM and VenuWorks created their own financial statements.  Every local media uses their numbers and repeats them like gospel.  Both can say anything they want in those statements – they create them. Numbers reported by both are not accurate, […]

More Atlanta needs to know before voting

Part 3 Previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2019/03/04/atlanta-what-you-need-to-know-before-voting/ https://blnnews.com/2019/03/05/more-atlanta-needs-to-know-before-voting/ Did you know… In the “FAQ’s” the Library Trustees claim “…because of objections to our bookkeeping system, the board engaged a professional accounting firm…”. In 2017, the accounting firm charged the Library $1575 to “clean up Quick Books file” and $1600 to “recap Palm’s Grill activity” so that they […]

Allin Township: Ready to pay more?

By:  Diane Benjamin A question is on the ballot for Allin Township:       This was passed at the December meeting.  Read the minutes, does this sound like they NEED the money or just WANT it? See the minutes here:  Allin Township Meeting Before you vote, know what the current rate you pay is, […]

Radicals on the loose

By:  Diane Benjamin These people were in downtown Normal yesterday to confront Rodney Davis: This event was put together by Sonny Garcia (Illinois People’s Action) with very little notice, they claim a total of two dozen eventually showed up.  Illinois People’s Action, Democrat Socialists of America, and the group below are all tied together by […]

McBride proves why he shouldn’t be a Trustee

By:  Diane Benjamin The WGLT story about last night’s Normal Town Council meeting doesn’t mention RC McBride voted for the water rate increase:    http://www.wglt.org/post/water-fee-increase-solar-group-buy-making-repeat-appearances-normal Readers are left to surmise he did. This one is worse: I reported this story back on February 28:    https://blnnews.com/2019/02/28/ag-investigating-town-of-normal-again/ WJBC reported it on March 4:    http://www.wjbc.com/2019/03/04/normal-mayor-probed-for-alleged-open-meetings-act-violations/?fbclid=IwAR0mVvQsAVBRPrRVSWllpx_YPGc2YvMk0iHXYXWS0AWvxrBG0FXLxYbmvCg The […]

More Atlanta needs to know before voting

By:  Diane Benjamin Did you know… The Library Trustees have stated numerous times they have never done anything wrong. The IL Dept of Revenue would disagree. While under the management of the Library Trustees, the IDOR found that Palm’s Grill filed multiple understated sales tax reports. What does that mean? The Palm’s Grill was caught […]

Correction: Normal Water Fee Increases

By:  Diane Benjamin (I’m not having a good day and tomorrow won’t be any better!) Water Rate documentation for tonight:  PDF page 72:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3230 Back when Normal wasn’t afraid of transparency, they posted the history of rates citizens pay for essential services.  Luckily, I copied them:  https://blnnews.com/2012/05/30/normal-il-what-is-up-with-the-debt/ Water rates in 2009 were:   $4.95 per 1000 […]

Atlanta: What you need to know before voting

By:  Diane Benjamin Did you know… In the Library Trustee’s “FAQ’s”, they state the liquor commission “…confirmed that the district does not violate any state liquor law by offering complimentary wine.” Will they provide documentation to that effect? Probably not. A FOIA sent to the Illinois Liquor Commission requesting all documents and findings pertaining to […]

Tari doesn’t represent you? Send him a message!

By:  Diane Benjamin Ward 8 has 2 candidates to pick from: Crabill has extreme leftists ideas which will lead to you paying more taxes.  He believes in the collective – as long as he gets to define what that means. Crabill thinks corporations should pay higher taxes.  He doesn’t understand the taxes paid by corporations […]