The Connect Transit Disconnect: emails

By:  Diane Benjamin We know Connect Transit had plans to buy huge electric buses regardless of what the Working Group reported about the size of buses needed:  https://blnnews.com/2019/09/27/proof-the-working-group-is-a-joke/ We know Connect Transit fabricated a response in order to delay my FOIA request:    https://blnnews.com/2019/09/27/more-proof-connect-transit-shouldnt-exist/ I did receive the FOIA last Friday, 633 pages of the […]

The Huge News!

No, I’m not moving to either Bloomington or Normal and I’m NOT running for office. This story is about YOU. I started writing this site in April of 2012 only because I saw how bad the local media was.  Today most are even worse.  The majority of them hate this site without ever reading any […]

Why recycle?

By:  Diane Benjamin Saturday mornings are a big drop off time for recycling behind the Normal Walmart.  There are two large bins for cardboard – both were 95% full this morning. The one for containers was totally full, the No Bags sign is immaterial evidently. The one for mixed paper had a little room so people […]

More proof Connect Transit shouldn’t exist

By:  Diane Benjamin We’ve all seen the empty buses We’ve all seen the inflated ridership numbers We’ve all seen them ignore pleas from people they should be serving. We’ve all seen the huge buses damaging infrastructure It’s obvious they don’t care about anything except their agenda. The agenda we see is to take as much […]

Pekin didn’t need a cannabis task force

By:  Diane Benjamin Source: https://www.pjstar.com/news/20190923/pekin-city-council-approves-3-cannabis-sales-tax Excerpts: The Pekin City Council approved an ordinance imposing a 3% sales tax on cannabis sales during Monday’s meeting. The tax will be in addition to other local sales taxes collected by the city. “Collection of municipal sales taxes on the sale of cannabis would not start until September 2020,” […]

Connect Transit fails FOIA

By:  Diane Benjamin On August 29th I filed a FOIA request with Connect Transit: Smart Growth America is the “facilitator” they hired for the Working Group in June of 2019.  See this WGLT story – $53,000  https://www.wglt.org/post/connect-transit-board-modifies-pink-route-hires-facilitator#stream/0 First Response to the FOIA: The due date of September 6th was extended 5 days. Next I got […]

Fake News from the Pantagraph matches Connect’s fake caring

By:  Diane Benjamin Pantagraph story:  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/connect-transit-to-buy-at-least-electric-buses-over-four/article_63972e20-636a-52ea-81d2-a56849c9cef2.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2 So many things are wrong with what happened at the Connect Transit meeting, but start with the fake reporting: Stan Nord wasn’t there! Bloomington Alderman Donna Boelen did and she did ask the Board to wait until the Working Group was finished.  Did a reporter even attend?  Was stating […]

Connect Transit: Huge losses

By:  Diane Benjamin Link to tonight’s meeting packet:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VnNpRDPK7mbHSOgI1fZO2yfmT4yioSrR/view Loss for the month of August: Boarders per hour: Yes, less riders.  In August of last year they lost $953,797.79.   With a couple hundred thousand more riders they might break even.  They will have to be imported however. Cost per trip in August was $4.01, down […]

Kirk Allen’s Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin You can watch Public Comment on the City website, but I filmed Kirk’s comments from a different perspective.  Kirk spoke to Council several years ago and his comments were mysteriously cut – just him – the video worked fine for all the other people.  That was one reason I filmed him. Another […]

Bloomington ranked 294th in state for resident earnings in 2017

Update: A reader found this information: By:  Diane Benjamin Just Bloomington, not including Normal. https://ilbusinessdaily.com/stories/513055916-bloomington-ranked-294th-in-state-for-resident-earnings-in-2017#.XYgF7wwE5dk.gmail Excerpt: Bloomington ranked 294th among cities in Illinois by annual earnings per resident, according to data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau in August. The median income of Bloomington residents was an inflation-adjusted $33,702 per year. Bloomington had 31,652 households […]

More things that don’t fit anywhere else:

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos’ bike shop sells electric bikes.  https://www.vitessecycle.com/product-list/bikes-1000/ebikes-electric-bikes-1038/ These bikes can reach speeds of 30 MPH, but they are not banned on Constitution Trail.  Signs on the trail say “No Motorized Vehicles”, so why are electric allowed?  Safety doesn’t matter?  Aren’t some bikers on the trail already a hazard?  How is “electric” […]

This explains the Divide in America

By:  Diane Benjamin This story should explain why Tari Renner despises Clarence Thomas.  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/25/tari-renner-clarence-thomas-doesnt-act-afro-american/ Thomas is black and successful.  Clarence proves being born poor and black in America does not mean you are doomed for life.  The same applies to Ben Carson and many other minorities who are living the American Dream because they worked […]

The Normal cover-up

By:  Diane Benjamin One more thing happened at Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting that you need to see. First, some background.  Both Bloomington and Normal have decided in recent years to write minutes that don’t reflect exactly what happens at meetings.  If citizens want to research something that happened a year ago and don’t know […]

Remember the Signs at the Creativity Center?

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/09/09/why-is-bloomington-allowing-propaganda/ Last week I was downtown so I took my own pictures of the signs in the windows on the Chestnut Street side of the GOVERNMENT owned Creativity Center.  Here are the three most offensive and obvious propaganda: I sent these pics to Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason along […]

Normal: Financial Trends

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve heard from numerous sources State Farm is not done downsizing their workforce.  If local governments don’t tighten their belts, the flight of residents will do it for them. These numbers were complied from what Normal reported to the Comptroller’s office:  Source: Normal – Warehouse   Note the number of employees.  Remember […]

Happy Constitution Day

The Constitution was signed on this day in 1787 – 232 years ago. Read it lately? Note:  It doesn’t say We the Government . . . Link to the Constitution:  https://constitutionday.com/the-constitution-text.html Link to the Amendments:  https://constitutionday.com/constitutional-amendments-bill-of-rights.html The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) was ratified December 15, 1791. Teach it to your kids, the schools sure […]

Ah . . Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal Town Council last night: First to speak was Craig Stimpert. (4:27) The topic was pensions funding and the constant raising of property taxes to fund them.  Craig called this Town practice unsustainable.  The Town uses property taxes because they refuse to make pension funding part of the budget.   He called out […]

Part 2: Why Chemberly isn’t fit to serve

By:  Diane Benjamin See Part 1 here:  https://blnnews.com/2019/09/15/part-1-why-chemberly-isnt-fit-to-serve/ This article will explain why Chemberly should not be in any elected office deciding how to spend taxpayer money.  Lots of people find themselves in difficult spots, what matters is digging yourself out.  The only way to do that is cut-cut-cut expenses and/or increase income.  Cummings chose […]

Part 1: Why Chemberly isn’t fit to serve

See part 2 here:  https://blnnews.com/2019/09/16/part-2-why-chemberly-isnt-fit-to-serve/ By:  Diane Benjamin The almost 11 minute speech Cummings gave announcing her candidacy for a seat in Springfield made it clear she isn’t running as a public servant.  If you watch Normal Town Council meetings you see the same thing. If you missed Chemberly proclaiming herself “the royal fortress”, watch […]