Normal: Say NO to hotel subsidies

By:  Diane Benjamin Town of Normal agenda for Monday:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3274 This item is listed: Discussions about subsidies is not on the agenda. According to this document, plans for Constitution Trail Centre PUD go back to 2005:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2636 A hotel was always part of the plan.  Evidently Normal doesn’t know when you pass plans specifying what […]

Bloomington Library continues traffic decline

By:  Diane Benjamin PDF page 14 – Bloomington Public Library Board Meeting: The “Active Users” is the only number that has increased. PDF pages 29 and 30 show E-book and computer use are both higher than last year. More space for books is obviously not needed since circulation numbers continue to decrease. The library does […]

Per Tari: Budgets are a figment of your imagination

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari did an interview with WGLT two days ago:  listen to the 2nd link starting around 10:30   https://www.wglt.org/post/aldermen-pass-budget-struggle-new-spending-designation-0?fbclid=IwAR2Jx7sTc9iwMkVidRvhpYMO1qW6fVsAusw2AvgTqosU6rvBSisBhLRyK84#stream/0 None of the below got covered in the WGLT story. If the current Council thought they were setting a path for spending next year, according to Tari, they are wrong.  He claimed budgets are […]

March losses at the BCPA

By:  Diane Benjamin Did the BCPA have only held 3 events during March?   Only 3 reports are listed on the City website.  All three lost money and had dismal attendance:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-1702 Other events took place according to the event calendar:  http://www.artsblooming.org/events/calendar?cury=2019&curm=3&curd=31&curview=month Zero transparency for those. The losses above do not include salaries and other operating […]

Mikey – Part 2

By:  Diane Benjamin Another hearing was held yesterday to set a date for Michael Cadena to surrender himself and serve his jail sentence.  The date if April 30th. One thing most people don’t know is that Cadena has malpractice case in Federal Court against his former lawyer who failed to tell him (when repeatedly asked) […]

Two worthy events

Volunteer to End Child Abuse in Bloomington Taking Steps to End Child Abuse is a 5k fun run and 1 mile Family walk, in honor of Jack and Duncan Leichtenberg and to benefit Children’s Home + Aid, Family Visitation Center. April 15, 2012Sunday   8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Tipton Park Volunteer opportunities available if you […]

Council: Word Twisting

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council spent around 45 minutes discussing the language for the new Concrete and Asphalt Fund which obviously didn’t mean ONLY concrete and asphalt.  See this story for more background:  https://blnnews.com/2019/04/06/bloomington-moday-agenda/ Even though City Manager Tim Gleason claimed “concrete and asphalt” around 1:01:00 the ordinance still had infrastructure wording – […]

Is Justin Barr doing comedy now?

By:  Diane Benjamin Barr is the guy from Lexington who has been charged in at least 3 Illinois counties with taking money from people who hired him to perform some work and Barr either never did any work or never finished what he started. The State’s Attorney’s office in McLean County refused to charge Barr […]

The $100,000+ Club

Open The Books has a new interactive map for Illinois which allows users to see Illinois Educators either receiving a salary or pension in excess of $100,000.  Click below to see it.  Keep in mind the pensions go up 3% every year, Pritzker refuses to put a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to change it.  […]

Yes, Hitler was a socialist

By:  Diane Benjamin April 30th marks the 7th anniversary of BlnNews.  It has evolved over time and will continue to evolve.  One thing I will no longer tolerate is re-writing history to fit somebody’s agenda.  Lately several people have tried to claim Hitler wasn’t a socialist – of course the reason for the re-write is […]

Bloomington Monday Agenda

By:  Diane Benjamin The budget will be passed with ZERO priority based funding discussions.  The City staff writes the budget, the Council members nod their head in agreement.  Nothing can ever be cut, the priorities are what the City wants, not citizens. Houseal Lavigne & Associates has already received $125,000 to rewrite the Zoning Code.  […]

$2,559,595!

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is what the failure by the Bloomington City Council to change the Sick Leave Buy Back policy has cost you.  Penalties began to be charged in 2012, they are assessed for allowing employees to spike their pensions with pay for unused days off. Received by FOIA from IMRF:  (the final cost […]

Local Socialists rebel!

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos must have taken his defeat Tuesday harder than he’s publicly saying.  Two new Trustees that have called out the “Plan” to buy people to move Uptown will be seated May 1.  Chris claimed he doesn’t take it as a rebuke of Town policies.   It was of course, but dictator types […]

Is ISU teaching Socialism?

By:  Diane Benjamin This guy ran for Normal Town Council – note the shirt: He was wearing this shirt on election night.  He is a graduate of Illinois State University.  So is Jenn Carrillo, a self-called democrat socialist. How many other kids leave ISU as socialists?  Is Illinois State University creating socialists on purpose?  Our […]

Mikey Update

By:  Diane Benjamin Update to the numerous stories about Mike and Mikey Cadena. I haven’t done a story for awhile because the judge doesn’t want either side using Mikey as a pawn.  Since that hasn’t stopped the other side, I will recap some of what happened in court yesterday. Mike will be returning to Illinois […]

WOW Normal!

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos didn’t get the lesson from two years ago when he only defeated Marc Tiritilli by 11 votes.  Last night the voters in Normal sent a baseball bat to the head message:  We demand a new direction! Two of the top three winners took on the Koos and company agenda, Stan […]

Incompetence! ISU

By:  Diane Benjamin It really isn’t difficult to stop employees from pocketing your money.  The City of Bloomington leaders buried their heads underground when they were repeatedly told about CIAM, evidently ISU did the same thing at Bone Student Center. Pantagaph article: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/woman-accused-of-stealing-from-isu/article_e6587ca4-0cf7-531b-b17d-1b3b4ec87c73.html#tracking-source=home-breaking A woman is accused of stealing $161,000 going ll the way to […]

Turnout very low and more

By:  Diane Benjamin If 10% of voters in Bloomington bother to vote I will be surprised!  Turnout is making elections a waste of time. I voted this morning.  Eight races were listed – only one had a choice.  I leave uncontested races blank since my vote doesn’t matter anyway.  Yes, we will end up losing […]

No Sweden is not a Socialist County

I realize Bernie Sanders (and other socialists) loves to mislead people, his followers are trying to pass on his lies.  I think three have attempted to comment so far. Sweden and other countries in the area are not socialist, they are capitalist countries with a lot of wealth they decided to redistribute.  They also realized […]

Sorry Jenn, I’m an American

Self proclaimed socialist and social justice warrior Jenn Carrillo posted this yesterday: She must have no idea what alt-right means.  She has no idea what it means to be American either. It proves why voting for her is like voting for Maduro in Venezuela.  It also proves she is unfit for office.  As a former […]

Campaign Signs on Public Property?

By:  Diane Benjamin Campaign signs are illegal to display on Public Property. Isn’t this Public Property? Guess who owns the property connected to this Public Property!  Page down . . . . . ⇓ ⇓ ⇓ ⇓ The Mayor of Normal! Of course the signs are for his three chosen candidates:  Shields, McBride, and Lorenz.