County Slate – no wonder Rankin wants out

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are all the people who filed for County offices.  The ones in red boxes will be on the primary ballot, evidently retiring dem party chair Erik Rankin couldn’t stop leftists from competing to see who can be the most extreme.  2 races will have democrat primaries, only one republican.  I wonder […]

What area cities are threatening your safety?

By:  Diane Benjamin Here’s the list:  Danvers, Hudson, Leroy, Arrowsmith, and Gridley What are they NOT doing? Illinois is in the process of switching to Next Gen 9-1-1.  It requires the addresses to be consistent, the Geographic Information System (GIS) system across the County needs to be updated.  Many other rural communities are already in […]

Interest is NEVER part of the cost

By:  Diane Benjamin Projects governments dream up never include the true cost, interest paid for decades could increase the price by 50%.  It could be even worse for Normal because they are paying no principal on many of their bonds – just interest.  Monday night is the semi-annual bond payments approval festivities.  Of course, discussion […]

Want some GOOD NEWS?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Cornbelt Ambucs presented an Amtryke to Tri-Valley High School student Zachary Thorndyke this morning. Zac couldn’t stop smiling! This bike has been customized for Zac.  Ambucs works with a physical therapist so the recipient is not only safe but is able to build strength using it.  Ambucs also works with Easter […]

Worthless campaign promises by Lorenz?

By:  Diane Benjamin When a candidate for office declares what they plan to do if you vote them into office they should actually do it.  Some members of the Normal Town Council have openly criticized Stan Nord for doing just that.  He is accused of playing politics because he isn’t rubber-stamping “the plan”.  He is […]

BCPA reports FINALLY posted

By:  Diane Benjamin See the reports here:  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23615 All of these are new event report postings: 10/22/19  The Phantom Carriage   <$1,438.41>  106 attended, zero for artist fees 11/5/19  The Four Italian Tenors   $7,581.21   308 attended, zero for artist fees 10/20/19  The Carol King Musical  $44,535.44  1113 attended, zero for artist fees 10/25/19  Southern Fried Comedy […]

Evidently minorities can get ID’s

By:  Diane Benjamin For decades Voter ID laws have been blocked because opponents claim the minority vote would be negatively impacted. Either this isn’t true or the State of Illinois is now discriminating against minorities.  January 1st everyone wanting to purchase legal cannabis in Illinois is required to show a government issued ID. Who is […]

Peoria has Private Investors

By:  Diane Benjamin In Bloomington and Normal government believes they are required to spend your money to create economic development.  Peoria evidently doesn’t.  Maybe it’s because Peoria is too broke – they have made significant budget cuts.  Maybe broke government  is the key to allowing the private sector to flourish.   See this story:  https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191210/kim-blickenstaff-purchases-stake-in-peoria-armory-plans-renovation  Excerpts: […]

Cannabis Wars heat up

By:  Diane Benjamin Next Monday is when the Bloomington City Council will make their final decision on manufacturing, processing, distributing, selling, and use of marijuana.  Merry Christmas Bloomington, dollar signs and social justice warriors will decide Gettin’ High is the Way To Fly! 12:15  Chris Collins of Housing Our People Everywhere wants some of the […]

The Clueless in Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is another sheet the participants at the Citizens Summit worked from.  Although most of the questions show Normal has no idea what citizens think government should be – Question 5 is especially telling. The person who sent this page to me reported the entire table answered it:  NOTHING! The table was […]

Bloomington future debt and interest

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington financial statements have the same debt table as Normal in this story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/12/09/more-on-normals-credit-rating-and-debt/      PDF page 91:  https://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=23337 The chart has a typo:  the 2035-2029 probably should have been 2025-2029. $52,090,000 for bond payments and $11,576,172 for interest.  The interest adds 22% to the total repayment.   Don’t get too […]

More on Normal’s credit rating AND debt

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal reported the same credit ratings in their financial statements that I reported in this story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/12/07/moodys-normal-doesnt-have-a-aaa-credit-rating/ PDF page 33:  https://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/15625/CAFR19-FINAL-DOC What they failed to tell you is that Fitch is owned by a French company and is the smallest of the “Big Three” ratings companies.    https://www.sapling.com/7319147/sp-moodys-fitch-ratings S&P doesn’t not have […]

Bloomington Monday night 12/9/19

By:  Diane Benjamin Source:   http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1051&Inline=True Does the highlighted name look familiar?    https://blnnews.com/2019/11/04/bloomington-fireman-5-gets-off/ You might have missed the Edgar County Watchdogs version:  https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2019/11/illinois-state-university-police-let-fireman-off-of-alleged-dui-due-to-his-employment/ The BCPA staff uses this building instead of the the BCPA offices.  No event reports have been posted for the BCPA since my last FOIA.  Citizens have no idea what happens in […]

Lorenz and the Underpass

By:  Diane Benjamin Sometimes I can put puzzle pieces together on my own, sometimes I can’t.  It takes you readers filling in the missing pieces!  Many have, it is much appreciated. The underpass has MANY puzzle pieces!  Frequently I forget what I have written and what has happened at Council meetings – I am a […]

Normal Taxpayers fleeced again

By:  Diane Benjamin Surprise surprise! Normal had an agreement with IDOT to build an overhead passenger walkway at their expense: The source for the above is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by former City Manager Mark Peterson and officials from the State of Illinois and Union Pacific Railroad:  12.6.16_MOU Your elected officials decided a […]

New US GOP Senator grew up by Stanford

Since two people have contacted me with this information today: Kelly Loeffler was appointed by Gov Kemp to fill a seat vacated for heath reasons.  Pro-Life groups are not happy, the Governor tweeted this: Read more about objections to her appointment here:  https://www.lifenews.com/2019/12/02/georgia-gov-brian-kemp-names-planned-parenthood-activist-kelly-loeffler-to-open-senate-seat/?fbclid=IwAR2z7WYzEvi3FZ_zRU-4B3wNoJj5tJjzFghuTWdBNBpgvXN6FucU7BR-OOs Time will tell what kind of Senator she will be, I hear […]

Bill Brady needs some ethics!

Toggle Me The ILGOP will never reform Illinois with leadership like this:Source:  https://www.wcia.com/news/capitol-news/geez-bill-plummer-says-brady-offered-him-ethics-post-if-hed-agree-to-back-off-ethics-reform/ ‘Geez, Bill:’ Plummer says Brady offered him ethics post if he’d agree to back off ethics reform CAPITOL NEWS by: Mark Maxwell Posted: Dec 3, 2019 / 12:55 AM CST / Updated: Dec 3, 2019 / 09:03 AM CST SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Senator Bill Brady’s tenure as […]

Know what this is?

By:  Diane Benjamin A reader sent me these pics last week.  Do you know what and where this is? I can tell you this site looks even worse in person, I drove by yesterday. The location is on S. Morrisey Ave, I believe where Wildwood Industries used to be.  Drive one road west of Morrisey […]