Expect flooding and mosquitoes

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a Reader I’ve been trying not to respond to the NUMEROUS comments on line about Bloomington parks not being mowed.  We’ve had a lot of rain, but evidently a couple blocks downtown takes priority. The City has been busy reclassifying employees, many will get raises.  They should be hiring public works […]

Carrillo thinks she’s the speech police

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a reader Remember the song by Cher:  Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves? Remember the TLC show:  My Big Fat American Gypsy wedding? Suddenly the far left has decided gypsy isn’t an acceptable word.  It’s RACIST! This is on the Facebook page for Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene announcing a new eatery downtown: It […]

Capitalism defeats government

By:  Diane Benjamin Definition of capitalism: Making your life better by providing goods or services other people want at a price they will pay. It is a simple concept that has improved the lives of millions around the globe.  It is color blind and doesn’t care who you sleep with.  It is what made America […]

TV spotlight on Renner and Nord

By:  Diane Benjamin Step back to last Friday – Tari Renner’s Open House.  Both WJBC and the Pantagraph had reporters there, they failed to do a story on what happened or Tari’s racist comment.  They have now allowed time for Tari to formulate a response.   Lost in this conversation are the people who attended to […]

Want context Tari? Here it is

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner and his supporters are trying to claim the video I posted of him was taken out of context.  Actually, with more context it is worse.  Watch the video and listen to the reaction of those present.  Tari was smiling, nobody else was.              

We knew, but here’s the proof

By:  Diane Benjamin For a long time we have known that much of what happens at Council meetings is pre-determined.  This email proves it – the council members have 3 on 1 meetings with the City Manager: Hold on before you think this is a problem! They meet three on one to keep from violating the […]

People who need Connect Transit deserve better

By:  Diane Benjamin I had the unfortunate experience of needing to drive around Bloomington today.  I decided to actually look for the Connect Transit flags signifying a stop. Head west on Lincoln from Veterans Parkway.  There are so many flags a bus could probably idle between them! The only one I saw that might be […]

Value of City properties – 2019

By:  Diane Benjamin All of this information was obtained by FOIA. This spreadsheet was included in the information I received about the Lake Bloomington Fire.  It won’t be easy to read unless you print it:  Copy of Property Values for updating 2019 – FILE G_Complete Here are some excerpts, imagine how much money would be […]

What is Bloomington paying tonight?

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21875 The BCPA has a show tomorrow night, they NEVER pay this much for an artist: https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/BLOM/?cts_legacy_app All the colored dots are tickets still available, the cheapest seats are $49, they go up to $64: Jamie Mathy went to a conference in Denver.  Room rates are normally $160-$180. Billy Tyus has a […]

Update: If Connect Transit meets tomorrow – they will be breaking the law

Meeting is rescheduled to June 4th. By:  Diane Benjamin From the Connect Transit website – they have a monthly meeting scheduled for tomorrow: https://www.connect-transit.com/about/trustees/packet.asp The agenda MUST be posted 48 hours in advance to comply with the Open Meetings Act.  It isn’t posted, therefore they must cancel the meeting: Did they fail to post it […]

Fire pics and rules don’t matter

By:  Diane Benjamin It doesn’t do any good to impose spending limits on employees when it’s so easy to get around the rules.  The employee below sounds like he is re-ordering signs that were  recently made.  It worked the first time, so do it again. Last night a reader added links to pictures of the […]

Media and the Lake Bloomington Fire

By:  Diane Benjamin The fire at a City owed building at Lake Bloomington was on March 10th.  Below is one of the emails I received by FOIA: Another email identified Mr. Penn as John Penn.  I wonder if he is still waiting for the Pantagraph to report the fire? Just so you have a small […]

I wonder if Tari will show up?

By:  Diane Benjamin The people wanting accountability from Connect Transit aren’t going away.  They will be at Tari’s Open House on Friday: Details: Join riders, advocates, and concerned community members as we call on Mayor Renner to choose rider representation over favoritism on the Connect Transit Board! With two seats vacating on the Connect Transit […]

The Lake Bloomington Fire

By:  Diane Benjamin On March 10, 2019 a fire DESTROYED a building at Lake Building that housed a lot of equipment and records.  The media never reported it.  Evidently a massive loss to government isn’t news. I only found out about the fire when replacing two pieces of equipment appeared on the April 22nd Agenda:  […]

Tari’s obsession (Connect Transit)

By:  Diane Benjamin According to Renner’s interview this morning on WJBC he has been plotting since December to appoint Amelia Buragas and Justin Boyd to the Connect Transit Board. He wants two people who know economic development and have experience spending millions of dollars.  (his words)  Keep in mind, Amelia wanted to tear down a […]

Bloomington: What’s your electric rate?

By:  Diane Benjamin The latest case for limited government: Bloomington talked residents into electric aggregation in 2013.  It was meant to save people money by contracting for lower electricity rates by buying in bulk. According to the City website the contract negotiated for you expired almost a year ago: Source:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/city-council/municipal-electric-aggregation If you click on the […]

Where was Koos?

By:  Diane Benjamin The citizens vote for people to represent them.  Those representatives then don’t attend meetings.  The ones that do pretend it’s perfectly normal for members to be absent.  Do they still get paid?  Citizens don’t have a right to know why their elected official is MIA? Last night it was Chris Koos.  Was […]

Update to the Normal Sign Ordinance story

By:  Diane Benjamin See the original story – it was a guest editorial:  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/16/guest-editorial-normal-needs-to-explain/ It turns out the writer was correct – those “Welcoming Signs” violate the Town code. WGLT has a story quoting Chris Koos claiming the City code needs changed:  https://www.wglt.org/post/koos-neighbor-signs-may-violate-town-code-0 It gets better! The story links a unanimous (!) Supreme Court case […]

WGLT’s yellow journalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Even the Pantagraph doesn’t convict people in the court of public opinion!  WGLT does. Two days ago they did a story about Carlock’s Mayor:  Carlock Mayor Arrested Not Charged Domestic Dispute No Charges Were Filed.  The police should consider themselves lucky the mayor didn’t sue them for false arrest. Even Ryan Denham, […]

What’s the mission Connect?

By:  Diane Benjamin This is what Connect claims their mission is:  https://www.connect-transit.com/about/mission.asp Here’s what citizens think the mission is:  Provide transportation to people that need the service. From yesterday’s Press Release:  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/17/idot-conspires-with-connect-transit/ Connect doesn’t agree: Connect thinks “talent” will be attracted to buses.  How do empty buses make the communities walkable, bikable, and welcoming? Another […]

Is Mayor Koos ill?

By:  Diane Benjamin Koos posted this on Facebook a little before 4:00 pm: In one brief statement the Mayor of Normal has insulted anyone living in his City who is Pro-Life.  Divider in chief? Chris Koos constantly assaults personal freedoms!  Tax Tax TAX!  The freedom to spend your money where and how you want is […]

IDOT conspires with Connect Transit

Since common sense isn’t allowed on the Connect Transit Board, I can’t ask a simple question.  Why not plan routes so people don’t have to transfer buses?  I know one answer:  No transfer and they don’t get counted twice as riding. From: Jeff Holtke <jholtke@connect-transit.com> Date: Fri, May 17, 2019 at 11:46 AM Subject: CONNECT TRANSIT TO […]

Witness slips needed AGAINST Pritzker’s tax

Since you are smart enough to know Pritzker’s Progressive tax isn’t just going to raise taxes on the rich, fill out a Witness Sip against it now!  Yes, they do matter! ilga.gov/WitnessSlip Enter NONE for any not applicable fields. Mark OPPONENT Mark Record of Appearance Only Track the witness slips here:  http://ilga.gov/legislation/witnessslip.asp?DocNum=1&DocTypeID=SJRCA&LegID=114006&GAID=15&SessionID=108&GA=101&SpecSess=