Stupidity Chronicles

By:  Diane Benjamin Today the Pantagraph printed a Letter to the Editor submitted by Roger Hellman.  I’m purposely using his name.  Although he doesn’t say what kind of gun legislation he wants to see, it’s obvious he would be delighted if every gun was confiscated.  See it  HERE Is the Pantagraph this clueless?  Roger thinks […]

Normal: Monday’s agenda and bills

By:  Diane Benjamin http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3339 This statement is in the minutes for approval from the last meeting: Koos had 7 people interested, 3 that had filled out the on-line form.  See this previous story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/06/27/more-koos-fib-and-kevin-mccarthy/ Normal allows spiking too.  CDM (Children’s Discovery Museum) Foundation Board has 13 Board members.  Since the Board is a non-profit, why did […]

Justin Barr arrested in McLean County

By:  Diane Benjamin I logged on this morning and found the previous stories about Justin Barr had been read a zillion times overnight, so I need to post the new charges against Barr in this County.  He has been charged in numerous others. The top stories read overnight: https://blnnews.com/2019/01/12/lexington-guy-arrested-in-joliet-he-has-history-here/ https://blnnews.com/2019/01/15/are-you-a-victim-of-justin-barr/ https://blnnews.com/2019/03/27/justin-barr-arrested-again/ New McLean County Charges: […]

Take the dang survey!

By:  Diane Benjamin The McLean County Regional Planning Commission is notorious for doing surveys nobody knows about and then using those results to justify things like bike lanes. They are about to wrap up a survey on how Community Development Block Grant money should be spent. Take their survey, the numbers they have now don’t […]

How can Emig lead MCLP?

By:  Diane Benjamin According to the paper, Alderman Julie Emig has been named Executive Director of the Multicultural Leadership Program.    https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/mclp-names-emig-as-executive-director/article_f62cf167-1366-568a-8882-b239c781b9cf.html She sits one person away from the racists mayor and says nothing.  Don’t forget, Not In Our Town hasn’t said a word either. According to the article:   “A program designed to develop leaders […]

Tari’s Racist comment isn’t going away

Link to WEEK TV story: https://week.com/news/bloomington-normal-news/2019/06/24/black-chamber-of-commerce-member-addressed-bloomington-mayors-racial-comments-at-council-meeting/   By:  Diane Benjamin Public Comment during the Bloomington City Council meeting featured two speakers from outside of Bloomington who felt they had to travel area to confront the mayor.  The first guy was Cornel Darden representing the South Suburban Region Black Chamber of Commerce.  Hear his comments at […]

Is Rodriguez illegal?

By:  Diane Benjamin I believe this guys court appearance has been delayed until tomorrow.  His immigration status is still trying to be determined.  He turned himself in with a lawyer.   This is a picture from the victims Facebook page, unless there is more than one Corey Cottrell living in Normal.  His death if tragic, […]

UPDATE: More Brush Pickup Mirth

There is more to this story: The homeowner has informed me their brush was the only stop on the street today.  The truck drove past many other piles to get to their house.  This likely happened because they demanded a refund for service they never received.  Instead of a refund, they sent a truck out […]

The News Thinks Dan Brady is Wrong

By:  Diane Benjamin I reported in May Dan Brady voted YES on HB 2040 – the bill (now signed into law)  bans private immigration detention centers.    https://blnnews.com/2019/05/11/dan-brady-isu-local-democrats-more-slbb-and-pay-to-play/ I asked him why he voted YES, he told me it would’t affect the Dwight location.  It sounds like Dan is the only person who believes that, the […]

Isn’t this special

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday Alderman Jenn Carrillo posted a video on her Alderman Facebook page instructing illegals on what to do if ICE comes to their house or business.  She claims she has been advocating for illegals for 10 years.  She must think illegals all speak Spanish, she used both Spanish and English.  Jenn is […]

Why I live in the country

By:  Diane Benjamin I was forced to cross Veterans Parkway today – and later drive it.  During this brief foray into population density far worse than around my house: I saw no bikes in the bike lanes downtown or on E Washington The C2 East building continues to be the downtown eyesore.  Weeds in the […]

Teaming up with Jenn?

By:  Diane Benjamin At last Monday’s Council meeting Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit had representatives speak during Public Comment.  They have legitimate complaints about route changes, ADA compliance, and fare increases.  They are being heard, but may not in the future if the Jenn tactics continue. As reported yesterday, Scott Black did not approve of […]

New Name because of Jenn

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a reader I hear the owners of the new restaurant downtown have renamed it from The Gypsy Room to The Mystic Kitchen & Tasting Room. If you remember, Jenn Carrillo took to social media demanding a name change because Gypsy is a racial slur. Leftist are always changing the meaning of […]

Bloomington’s 3 hour meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin Jenn Carrillo still had her illegal gay pride flag in front of her.  Being divisive is why she ran for Council.  Keep the popcorn ready. it’s only a matter of time before she makes a fool of herself again.. The can’t miss speech at Public Comment last night came from Gary Lambert.  […]

The Connect Disconnect

By:  Diane Benjamin Connect Transit appeared at both City Council meetings last night.  Isaac Thorne, General Manager, didn’t hang around the Bloomington meeting for long.  He rushed off needlessly to Normal since he wasn’t on the agenda until after public comment and regular business.  He could have answered more questions from the Bloomington Council. The […]

No Reimbursement for Lake Bloomington Fire – yet

By:  Diane Benjamin Original story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/23/the-lake-bloomington-fire/ I filed this FOIA request for additional information on the Lake Bloomington fire: Below are answers to two of the three questions: Four months after the fire the City has received zero from insurance.  I believe they have bought everything they plan to replace except the building.  I have […]

Government or Privatize

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve never understood why so many locals think their garbage would never be picked up if it was privatized.  Most of those who don’t agree are transplants who came from towns where garbage was privatized.  Most are appalled they have to pay the government monopoly to get garbage picked up.  Competition always […]

District 87: How about some current spending?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are the charges made in April and May 2019 – by person.  I’m going to dissect each one. Sam’s Club – no receipt Lowes:   The receipt is labeled “Skills USA”.  It includes Sales Tax of $33.92. Home Depot:  $598, the receipt doesn’t say what the “miter” equipment is for.  No sales. […]

Chateau Hotel and Conference Center

By:  Diane Benjamin Start over folks!  The City didn’t just buy the Jumer’s Conference Center.  The original lease for the Conference Center was dated in 1987.  Documents from that long ago are not on-line, but I imagine they did what Normal did with the Marriott:  The hotel is owned by the operators and Normal owns […]