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” exercise? Maybe “Quality of Life” isn’t a priority if you own the business selling these?
Yesterday I got the sweetest card ever in the mail. Since it was sent anonymously, this is the only way to thank “Friends . . ” THANKS!
Did you know the Illinois Department of Natural Resources “accidentally” published the Social Security numbers of all boat owners? Illinois-accidentally-published-social-security-numbers-of-all-boat-owners
Another Did you Know: Peoria is sending bills to residents to fund public safety pensions: Property-owners-to-be-billed-public-safety-pension-fees
Meanwhile Springfield won’t fix the pension system. They will raise taxes with a “progressive” income tax and try to sell it as decreasing property taxes. Obviously the rich aren’t going to pay up – Pritzker proved that by removing toilets.
I know at least one person who emailed Tari wanting to be considered for the Cannabis Task Force. That person never received a response from Tari. No surprise, the results are always predetermined.
Connect Transit is “testing” a huge electric bus. As proved above, the Working Group conclusions are pre-determined. They will not conclude smaller buses are needed. Empty-huge-heavy-road destroying buses will not be replaced with common sense sized vehicles.
Will Amazon be charging their Rivian electric vans at the local taxpayer funded charging stations?
The news yesterday said the number of birds are decreasing. How many have been killed by wind turbines? That’s not in the story. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-many-birds-do-wind-turbines-really-kill-180948154/
The Edgar County Watchdogs did this story pertaining to Public Comment at a Decatur Public Library Finance Committee meeting: https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2019/09/decatur-public-library-board-shows-contempt-for-citizens/
The point of the story was to show how public officials react to Public Comment. If the camera wasn’t pointed at the speaker during public comment here, you would see the same disinterest at local meetings.
Start watching the video at 8:00. A Decatur watchdog is talking about expense reports he FOIA’d. Evidently a Board member traveled all the way to Bloomington (est travel time 1 hour at most), spent $50 on food between Decatur and Bloomington, $73.00 on VIP cab ride, and $1400 for a suite at the Hilton! It sounds like people went with him without the library knowing. Without the FOIA, the taxpayers wouldn’t have known either.
There’s more, the watchdog is incredible – worth watching for a couple minutes. We need more like him!