Update: Emails to see before tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin I don’t see video on either Normal or Bloomington’s website this morning.  A sports complex wasn’t mentioned, the meeting was more of a “what we do” presentation by the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The most noteworthy thing I heard was the EDC calling […]

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 […]

Update: Normal is hiring a Propaganda Manager

Email received by FOIA: By:  Diane Benjamin This ad was posted on September 19th in AppVault: . The Town of Normal is looking for a Communications & Community Relations Director! . The ideal candidate will be capable of translating these values into a robust communication program that supports the strategic plan of the Town of […]

Proof the Working Group is a JOKE

By:  Diane Benjamin Definitive proof the Connect Transit Connect to the Future working group is wasting their time comes from the words spoken by member and Connect Transit Board member Judy Buchanan.  Agreeing at the last Board meeting to purchase 35 foot electric buses for the next 5 years confirms it. Go back to the August […]

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 […]

Tari: Where is Ellsworth?

By:  Diane Benjamin My greatest hope is that someday people in the media realize when Tari’s lips are moving most likely he is lying. Scott Miller is the latest to let him spew his own set of facts without challenge.  This morning Tari was on WJBC with him:  http://www.wjbc.com/podcasts/ (Go to the bottom of the […]

Veterans are immaterial locally

By:  Diane Benjamin Veterans risk their lives to protect our freedom and liberty.  Locally they have to fight just to not be ignored. 1) Remember the story of the disabled vet with a service dog who just wanted to teach?  https://blnnews.com/2019/02/21/disabled-vet-ada-and-juvenile-detention/ He is able to teach now and he is assisting with the Veterans Court.  […]

FOIA lawsuit filed against U of I for hiding sexual assault allegations

By:  Diane Benjamin See the lawsuit here:  VerifiedComplaint The lawsuit was filed by a former Board of Trustees member and current graduate student – John Bambenek.  As stated in the lawsuit, he is also a recognized expert in digital forensics and computer crime investigations. Excerpts: The lawsuit goes into great detail with the history of […]

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 […]

Cannabis Task force will be a joke

By:  Diane Benjamin The Downtown Task Force was a joke, the vast majority of people did not want to build a  new library and bus transfer station by tearing down a parking garage.  Tari claimed the Budget Task force was a success, it proved that Council was incapable of making any cuts.  Huge success Tari.  […]

Captain America Strikes Again!

By:  Diane Benjamin I drove by the Creativity Center on my way to the Bloomington Council meeting last night.  The signs on the north side of the building are no longer there!  City Manager Tim Gleason has not responded to my email.  Evidently removing the signs is his response:    https://blnnews.com/2019/09/19/remember-the-signs-at-the-creativity-center/ If you watch City […]

Bloomington City Council tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin Payments for tonight:  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23165 Who did they pay moving expenses for in Administration?  More traveling at your expense! The cost of auditing, don’t forget – they aren’t looking for fraud. Can’t announce a new season without a party! I wonder if there is a course in “Right Fit”? What’s happening at the […]

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 […]

Fake Republicans on the Normal Town Council

By:  Diane Benjamin Kathleen Lorenz claims to be a Republican, so does Scott Preston.   It is Republicans like these that made me leave the Republican Party years ago.  The days of voting for party are long gone. Base your vote on the CHARACTER of the candidate, not the party. Both Lorenz and Preston know Normal’s […]

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 […]

No Human Being is Illegal? not so fast

By:  Diane Benjamin The local progressives want you to believe all illegals are law abiding citizens. Do you remember former Bloomington Police Chief Heffner telling the Council passing the Welcoming Ordinance will put public safety at risk?  https://blnnews.com/2017/12/18/chief-heffner-video/ The Council never passed it in Bloomington.  Normal did, one of their residents is dead because of […]

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 […]

A Closer look at the VenuWorks Report

By:  Diane Benjamin The only hockey that still exist at the Coliseum is ISU.  VenuWorks is charging them $2,000 a game – the event report for ISU vrs Bradley shows 120 tickets were sold, 181 people who attended got in free.  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=22627 The Flying Aces were charged $5,000 per game.  Since attendance was dismal, they […]

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 […]

Switching to Bloomington last night

By:  Diane Benjamin No one showed up for Public Comment last night at the Bloomington meeting! There is A LOT more to cover about Normal, I will get back to that meeting eventually. First on the Agenda was a presentation from VenuWorks.  I have no idea why this presentation is allowed instead of the AUDITED […]

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 […]

People who aren’t worthy – according to Koos

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night’s Normal Town Council meeting lasted over 2 1/2 hours, it will take more than one story. Chris Koos declared again last night that he was holding a “business meeting”.  Since the Town of Normal produces nothing and only has money they steal from taxpayers, he isn’t holding a “business meeting”.  […]

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 […]