The Fools at City Hall

By:  Diane Benjamin For a change the fools were outside City Hall instead of inside.   A LEGAL immigrant friend of mine who fled socialism/communism to come here tried to talk to some of the participants.  The surest way to find a fool is to find people with closed minds.  She found a bunch of them. […]

EDC has a new director

By:  Diane Benjamin How many former Decatur people are going to recruited?  Tim Gleason, Billy Tyus, and now the new director of the Economic Development Council: https://www.bnbiz.org/news/patrick-hoban-chosen-as-new-president-ceo/?fbclid=IwAR1bT5mkeg0vyoW2wiZo07OX0jOUAa65_sTAZcVCPo7UxpPIXiTv1aTt4YM Patrick Hoban gets the job.  At least he didn’t come directly from Decatur: Hoban has served as the economic development manager for the Village of Tinley Park since […]

Can you hear sucking sounds from the BCPA?

By:  Diane Benjamin That would be – sucking up your tax dollars! June event reports:    http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-1702 Read the Executive Director’s Comments.  Some shows were Free Free Free!  How did the “free” Gothic at Midnight show have revenues of exactly $10,000? Bloomington is now pretending to be Normal where people have to be lured downtown […]

IDOT contact info

By:  Diane Benjamin A reader attended the Open House at Bloomington City Hall last night concerning bike lanes on Rt 9. A representative from IDOT claimed he found out about the meeting at the last minute.  He also said the City Council can pass a resolution saying yes or no to bike lanes. Since the […]

Why IDOT wants bike lanes on Rt 9

By:  Diane Benjamin A lawyer friend/reader sent me a copy of the Illinois State Bar Association email newsletter.  This story was in it: https://www.illinoislawyernow.com/2019/07/new-illinois-transportation-budget-to-benefit-illinois-bicyclists/ July 1, 2019 is a notable day in the history of transportation in Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill that puts $45 billion towards state construction projects. Within […]

Unit 5 EATS

By:  Diane Benjamin This pic is everything I received from Unit 5 – except the MarK Daniel charges I posted earlier today. The short stack in front are statements I found nothing interesting on.  (Not many of them!) The large stack on the back left is 5 months of charges not included below.  I have […]

The War is on in Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin There is a war between the old guard and the newly elected members of the Council in Normal.  Koos and company are not happy! Chris:  Stan and Karyn were elected because the taxpayers are sick of your $35,000+ a month rent in Uptown Circle, the $2.75 million you handed the developer to […]

Bloomington Council Can’t Make Decisions

By:  Diane Benjamin Absent last night:  Jenn Carrillo and Jeff Crabill. Tari Renner claimed he is homeless because pipes broke in his house.  I wonder if he will be paying the likely high water bill?  I hope he didn’t opt out of the insurance that will cover part of the cost.  He was back from […]

Sonny Garcia: Lies will not go unchallenged

By:  Diane Benjamin Sonny Garcia, Illinois People Action and Democratic Socialist, posted this on Facebook: Sonny Garcia is teaching people to get shot with this comment.  Those who do not comply with orders by police are the ones risking getting shot.  Every officer deserves to go home to their family.  Yes, there are a few […]

Rodriguez had a deportation order

By:  Diane Benjamin It is official – Jose Rodriguez in an illegal alien.  Catch and release policies allowed him to be free in this country since 2013.  Of course he didn’t show up for his court date. STATEMENT: (on the record from Nicole Alberico as an ICE spokesperson) On June 23, 2019, deportation officers with […]

Remember the $100 a month Normal lease?

By:  Diane Benjamin It looks like this lease will not be coming back to the Council.  The taxpayers of Normal deserve to know how this “friends and family” rate got on the agenda in the first place.  Taxpayers dodged a huge bullet on this one. Details in this story from the last time this item […]

Miscellaneous

By:  Diane Benjamin Homeland Security has not issued a valid retainer for Jose Rodriguez.  They knew when they sent one signed by an immigration officer instead of a judge it wasn’t valid in Illinois because former REPUBLICAN Governor Rauner signed the Trust Act. I looked up who voted to make Illinois a sanctuary State, none […]

At least Bloomington is honest now

By:  Diane Benjamin I think Tari mentioned Mboka would be conducting Monday’s meeting, maybe he extended his taxpayer funded trip to Hawaii. Unless something gets pulled from the consent agenda, the meeting will be really short.  As of now nothing is mentioned under “Regular Agenda”. There is an interesting item on the Consent Agenda:  Using […]

Is Liberty still worth fighting for?

This week, we celebrate 243 years of independence. In 1776, the Continental Congress was deliberating over the most momentous political event of all time — 13 colonies were to become the United States of America and undertake a radical experiment in individual liberty and self-government. Even though the resolution for the Declaration of Independence had […]

Update: What is the status of State Farm’s downtown building?

WGLT is reporting the sale fell through so State Farm is going to demolish the building. https://www.wglt.org/post/state-farm-demolish-downtown-building-after-sale-falls-through?fbclid=IwAR2BOK_3V4EJPy45fon0FcQ0xNezwaPwmPlKJHOKwlCiDAm38ozCOBYExEY#stream/0 By:  Diane Benjamin According to this story from May, the 7th, 8th, and 9th floors were pre-leased:  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/22/state-farm-bldg-3-floors-leased/ Guth and Associates of Champaign no longer shows this listing on their website.  In early March, when the pending sale […]

More Democrat Brilliance

By:  Diane Benjamin The Democrats in Springfield went on a taxing spree this spring.  That’s what Democrats do, evidently the people of Illinois like being taxed to death. Here’s a tax that hasn’t been talked about much: Bloomington just spent a bunch of money on automatic fee machines, Normal already had them.  If they really […]

Why Stan and Karyn voted NO

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night’s Normal Town Council meeting was an hour long.  The longest debate was over changing the name of a major road again.  It used to be Diamond Star Parkway, now Mitsubishi Motorway, it will be getting it’s third name. Stan Nord questioned the impact to not only the businesses in the […]

Rauner did this – Homeland Security

By:  Diane Benjamin When Jose Rodriguez was arrested last week for the fatal accident his fingerprints were run through the FBI database.  That tipped off Homeland Security who issued an immigration detainer for him. Because Illinois’ former governor signed the Trust Act, McLean County could not hold him for ICE.  The retainer was signed by […]