Justin Boyd – Too funny not to comment

By:  Diane Benjamin Recently the Pantagraph put out a call for people to write editorials for them.  Evidently Justin Boyd answered the call, this was published on August 12th:  Bloomington Needs To Rethink Its Future Who is Justin Boyd? Downtown business owner Tari’s One Voice travel buddy:  https://blnnews.com/2019/03/21/bloomington-travels-one-voice/ Justin helped get signatures for Julie Emig  […]

More from the Soccer emails

By:  Diane Benjamin Received by FOIA. I seem to remember Pam Reece saying at meetings that staff can’t investigate any issues the Council doesn’t authorize.  Since the sport complex suddenly reappeared, Stan Nord sent this email to Pam: Pam responded – note she responded to the entire Council instead of who Stan copied. Is Kathleen […]

Can Tari be stopped?

By:  Diane Benjamin Had enough of “Right Fit” yet? I remember Tari telling the Council they HAD to buy the Sugar Creek Packing property to keep anybody else from buying it.  (Like anybody else was interested)  $245,000 subverting capitalism. Tari bought the old Mennonite Hospital property so he could control who built there.  When the […]

More from the Normal FOIA – the mural

By:  Diane Benjamin I wonder if Chris Koos will try to blame Stan Nord  for this: This is yet another company who contacted Stan.  They can turn the mural into a digital picture and save taxpayers a lot of money. Stan forwarded the information to City Manager Pam Reece: Have you noticed how Stan continually protects people […]

Local Winner of America’s Ugliest Kitchen

By:  Diane Benjamin See the story and video here:  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/illinois-homeowner-wins-25-000-for-having-americas-ugliest-kitchen-300897723.html Excerpts: Robin Kidwell, 69, a Bloomington, IL homeowner, won the $25,000 grand prize in a contest held by Figure, a home equity lender, to identify and help renovate America’s ugliest kitchen. “I’ve got no counters, no light fixtures, the wiring’s bad, and one wall is missing,” says Robin, a […]

Normal: Another thing found in FOIA – CIRBN

By:  Diane Benjamin CIRBN is registered with Secretary of State as an LLC – Limited Liability Corporation. They call themselves a Public Utility and claimed tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3). In 2017 they had an operating loss of $778,891 but claim to have assets of  $11,907,431.  https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/461304666/201812419349300236/IRS990 This is CIRBN in short: The Obama […]

Normal’s Stan Nord fires back

By:  Diane Benjamin Trustees Karyn Smith and Chemberly Cummings were absent. The easiest way to recap last night’s meeting is by topic.  Readers can jump in the video to topics of interest to them.  The meeting finale was priceless, don’t miss it. 4:00 – Stan Nord removes B-H on the Omnibus Agenda.  Chris Koos is […]

Rodney Davis – WJBC

I know most of you aren’t listening!  Just an FYI By:  Diane Benjamin I have never been a big Rodney Davis fan.  At times he does the right thing and at times he’s part of the swamp.  He does know a few things about mass shootings though since he was in one on a Virginia […]

Let It Go . . Let It Go

By:  Diane Benjamin Partial list of empty buildings in downtown Bloomington: CII East Front and Center and the building to the west Former Clark and Barlow Peoples Bank Elks Former Pantagraph building Ensenberger Condos – 6 for sale on Zillow A large variety of smaller spaces are also empty Bloomington doesn’t need another one! State […]

A Multi-Sport Complex is laughable

By:  Diane Benjamin It is laughable if government is involved! Normal’s City Manager Pam Reece think there is a need: https://www.wglt.org/multisport-complex-discussion-resume The sports complex will never pay for itself.  That isn’t my opinion, it was the opinion of Sports Facilities Advisory:  https://blnnews.com/2018/07/17/sports-complex-must-be-dead-on-arrival/ Reece claims tourism dollars will flow in! Did they for the Coliseum?  The […]

Flashback 2008 Bloomington – You have to see this

By:  Diane Benjamin We know why Stan Nord is being attacked in Normal – anyone actually representing citizens always has been. January 24, 2008 Pantagraph Headline: Officials not allowing city workers to talk with council members https://www.pantagraph.com/news/officials-not-allowing-city-workers-to-talk-with-council-members/article_f4228b0d-8f16-5899-b640-0ef103ab4ba3.html The first line: Since I know you can read, click the link and see the rest for yourself.   […]

The FOIA Email Treasure Trove

By:  Diane Benjamin It could take a long time to report everything I received with a FOIA of emails between Stan Nord and Normal City Manager Pam Reece.  One thing obvious is she doesn’t approve of Stan looking at what she and the “professional staff” do.  Pam thinks Stan’s job is setting policy, not looking […]