County makes it to the 21st Century!

By:  Diane Benjamin The County is FINALLY live streaming County Board meetings.  The chairs have been rearranged and two cameras are being used so almost all members are on the video. The problem now is most of the work is done in Committees.  If any controversy occurs, it is most likely going to happen in […]

Bloomington’s short meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin Short meeting last night, there was nothing worth writing about in advance.  Off course the meeting was.more interesting than the agenda predicted. One public comment speaker couldn’t understand why time wasn’t extended for cannabis comments when it had been extended previously for other items.  That’s too easy:  Nobody had anything new to […]

I need 1 minute and 17 seconds

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington Alderman Donna Boelen posted this video on Facebook yesterday.  She is a  advocate the Strong Towns philosophy. Keep in mind I can see how many people read a story.  I can also see how many people CLICK on something I post.  PLEASE watch this really short video, it sums up everything […]

Bloomington Planning Commission

By:  Diane Benjamin Planning Commission:  https://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-1682 According to the website, the Planning commission met on: December 11, 2019 November 13, 2019 October 9, 2019 One member missed all three meetings:  Eric Penn Two members missed two out three:  Kevin Suess and Megan McCann More meetings: September 11, 2019 – Joint meeting with the Zoning Board […]

Unit 5’s Task Force Guide

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I received one more document from Unit 5.  This one calls the program Standards Based Learning and Grading. PDF page 5 shows the courses  for implementation.    SBG Task Force 2019-2020 I have to refrain from commenting on the content, I’d rather hear from parents and teachers. Please let me know […]

How much has Unit 5 paid to Hillman?

By:  Diane Benjamin Standards Based Grading is causing an upheaval within Unit 5. Previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2019/12/24/unit-5-forced-my-hand/ https://blnnews.com/2020/01/07/unit-5-does-comedy/ I found this article, please take time to read it.  It attempts to promote Standards Based Grading, but read the whole thing.  The writer likely doesn’t realize it, but eventually it will make you wonder why any sane […]

Danvers: Paging Mayor Caisley

By:  Diane Benjamin I did not attend last night’s meeting but I received a report from people who did attend. The good news is the meeting was again held in the larger room where citizens could attend.  The bad news is some citizens could not hear everything because microphones were still not used.  I hear […]

Unit 5 Does Comedy!

By:  Diane Benjamin On December 5th I FOIA’d Unit 5 for emails referring to Standards Based Grading.  I was told it was way to many emails and they requested I narrow the request.  I did narrow the request to emails between Dan Lamboley and the consultant  Unit 5 hired – Garnet Hillman. I also requested […]

Normal: Professional Staff?

By:  Diane Benjamin For the second time in recent months Normal was incapable of live streaming with good audio.  The posted video still has the same problem, luckily it was fixed almost 13 minutes into the meeting.  About every 20 seconds the prior audio was replayed over the first.  In another 20 seconds a third […]

Normal: Subsidizing Culture

By:  Diane Benjamin The charts below are from the current Town of Normal budget unless otherwise stated:  https://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/14883/2019-2024 PDF page 64 – Revenue projections for Children’s Discovery Museum and the Normal Theater PDF page 121 – CDM Expense projections PDF page 123 – Theater Expensive projections Projected Revenue: Children’s Discovery Museum   $1,003,050 Normal Theater   $259,700 […]

Redeveloping Hardees

By:  Diane Benjamin I think there is consensus now on what is happening at the corner of Oakland and Veterans Parkway – where Hardies used to be.  It sounds like a car wash  wants to locate there. The Public Hearing is Wednesday: My thoughts: I’m happy somebody wants to do something with the property I […]

1 Uptown Circle – the OLD story

By:  Diane Benjamin I found this old WGLT story while looking for something else.  It’s always fun to see what taxpayers were told before a project and compare it to reality.  This article is from March of 2016. Source:   wglt.org Estimating Taxpayer Support Uptown Construction Project WGLT and the Town of Normal disagreed on the […]

Normal could have short meeting Monday!

By:  Diane Benjamin https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3510 Only 3 items are on the agenda for Monday night: Payments that aren’t supposed to be discussed: Maybe this is why the Chamber tells voters who to elect: This is in addition to the $23,920 in gift cards Normal gave their employees:    https://blnnews.com/2019/12/23/normal-giving-away-your-money-2/ If there was a “public purpose” for […]

Normal tickets Redbird fans

By:  Diane Benjamin Last week the Redbirds played a home game.  Fans park on the street when the games are played on the weekends. This game was during the week.  The street signs say no parking on weekdays, but lots of fans parked there anyway.  I’m sure they assumed it was okay since school was […]