Hypocrisy in Springfield

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday there was an Executive Committee meeting scheduled concerning the problems raised with Automatic Voter Registrations (AVR).  It was cancelled and rescheduled for February 5th. Well, sort of rescheduled.  This is the meeting February 5th: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=0682&GAID=15&DocTypeID=HR&LegID=123394&SessionID=108&SpecSess=&Session=&GA=101 Instead of discussing “glitches” that registered people to vote who aren’t entitled to that privilege, those […]

Sewage Talk

By:  Diane Benjamin Everybody likes to talk sewage!  Sure, let’s call it BNWRD instead:  Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District. The first plant opened in 1920, prior to that sewage was dumped in Sugar Creek.  That came from a discussion I had yesterday with Randy Stein the Executive Director and Tim Ervin the Asst Executive Director/Admin […]

Carlock: So who is going to watchdog?

By:  Diane Benjamin I could post many stories of government officials arrested for misuse of a credit card.  Once it’s in their pocket they “accidently” use to to fill their car with gas.  Charges for food appear because they are discussing city business with a friend.  Trips that suddenly wouldn’t have been taken without being […]

More on Christmas Presents with Public Funds

By:  Diane Benjamin Just because MANY units of government think they have to right to fork over your money to employees for Christmas that doesn’t mean it’s legal. This time I will steal some quotes from a story the Edgar County Watchdogs just posted: https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com-10000-Christmas-Bonus-Lists-Paid-With-Public-Funds Excerpt: As we have previously noted, Christmas Bonuses for public […]


By:  Diane Benjamin This won’t be the last story, stay tuned. BNWRD is the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District.  Whatever you flush they process.  Homes connected to the sanitary sewer system should be charged on the water bill AND on the property tax bill.  This is the same principle as Bloomington billing you for water […]

Bloomington council last night

By:  Diane Benjamin Public comment only had two people, one was a member of the Connect Transit Working Group.  See her comments at 13:30.  She was excited about the upcoming report.  It will be interesting to see how many members agree with her.  Those who don’t agree need to issue their own report.  She mentioned […]

Update: How many non-citizens got driver’s licenses?

See below, I received additional information at 3:30pm By:  Diane Benjamin Received by FOIA: How many of these 298,025 people were not fluent in English?  Remember, the DMV is not allowed to ask about citizenship.    https://blnnews.com/2020/01/19/dmv-isnt-allowed-to-ask-about-citizenship/ Automatic Voter Registration means everybody is asked if they want to register to vote.  How many said yes […]

BCPA posts another event report!

By:  Diane Benjamin Source:  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23753 Looks impressive, RIGHT? Not so fast, see below. The artist fees are blank again! (see previous stories) https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23691 Obviously this show lost money just like most of the others.   See the event as promoted here:  https://www.artsblooming.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/10963/710?curdate=12-13-2019&curm=12&cury=2019  

Fake News

By:  Diane Benjamin This story could go 1000 different ways.  Most readers here know Fake News when they see it. The local media doesn’t. This morning two women on a local radio station were discussing how distressing it is to be called Fake News since they are in the media. A month or so ago […]

Guess what I got – and it didn’t take 5 days!

By:  Diane Benjamin Three emails with my FOIA request showed up last night:  Public Building Commission! Almost every other government agency waits 5 days to respond to FOIA requests, even if they have the information easily available.  Thanks to Robert Porter, Commission Council. If you missed the previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2020/01/20/ever-heard-of-the-public-building-commission/ https://blnnews.com/2020/01/21/more-on-the-public-building-commission/ https://blnnews.com/2020/01/22/more-public-build-commission-3/ Evidently the records […]

Picture: Stan’s property

By:  Diane Benjamin Pam Reece claims Stan Nord’s W. College property is near housing, therefore the Town has a right to tell him what he can do with it. Actually Pam, it’s across a FOUR lane interstate: The property around it isn’t developed. Does the Town want at $1.75 billion corporation coming to town or […]

Corruption in Normal?

By:  Diane Benjamin Would anybody be surprised if there was?  We do live in Illinois after all! WGLT did a story yesterday about Stan Nord’s property on W. College.  First you need to know this: Below are payments to WGLT from Normal taxpayers while one of WGLT’s employees was a trustee:  (RC McBride) Why did […]

Update: More Public Building Commission – #3

Robert Porter received both my first and second emails – I received an automated response to my FOIA: By:  Diane Benjamin This is story number 3.  I don’t mind ruffling feathers when requests for information aren’t answered.  The people I emailed in this story still have not responded:  https://blnnews.com/2020/01/20/ever-heard-of-the-public-building-commission/ All I want is the minutes […]

Normal last night

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos and Chemberly Cummings were no-shows at Normal’s Council meeting last night,  That makes two in row for Koos, The majority of the meetings was climate activists wanting government to make a plan to protect citizens during events like last year’s polar vortex.  There was a long line at public comment […]

CT Working Group meeting tomorrow

By:  Diane Benjamin The dates and locations seem to keep changing.  Is Connect trying to keep the public from showing up? I hear the consultant won’t be there, did they get fired?  I’m told Julie Hile will be leading, leading to where the Town of Normal and Connect Transit want the discussion to end up? […]

More on the Public Building Commission

By:  Diane Benjamin See yesterday’s story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/01/20/ever-heard-of-the-public-building-commission/ Frist, there is State Law governing Public Building Commissions – it was enacted in 1955: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=683&ChapterID=11 Excerpts: They are separate from other government agencies They have to keep minutes, receipts and disbursement records They are subject to an annual audit They can sign contracts and borrow money I have […]

Update: Ever heard of the Public Building Commission?

Jim Soeldner sent this link to a 2017 Pantagraph story describing the Public Building Commission.  https://www.pantagraph.com/building-blocks-pbc-marks-years-of-construction-projects Evidently they have been violating the Open Meetings Act for years. By:  Diane Benjamin I bet you thought the County was building the addition to the Law and Justice Center.  Remember when your sales tax was raised to fund […]

Coliseum and Hockey

By:  Diane Benjamin VenuWorks finally posted 2 hockey reports for the new league playing at the Coliseum.  (Grossinger Motors Arena is too long folks) The memo states these are the top two teams in the League, a new one from here will be playing next year.  I do not know why these two games were […]

Because Bloomington and Normal can’t work together . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal wants to build a far east fire station.  Remember when the citizens just wanted it moved across the street?  Of course Normal didn’t listen.  https://blnnews.com/2019/01/23/normal-citizens-dont-fit-the-plan/ Bloomington wants a far north-east side fire station.  Most people don’t know where Bloomington stops and Normal begins, but the two cities aren’t capable of working […]

Normal and WGLT

By:  Diane Benjamin What relationship should exist between government and media? We know WGLT employee RC McBride was on the Normal Town Council until he was defeated last April. We know WGLT employee Mike McCurdy is the chair of the Connect Transit Board and appointed by the Town of Normal. Does WGLT ever do any […]