So, is the Town paying Koos to retire?

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday night:  https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3566 See this previous story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/02/28/normals-hatred-for-citizens-is-now-legendary/ Surprise, surprise, the Budget has now been posted:  https://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/16302/2020-2025-Budget Public comment during a budget hearing can NOT be limited.  Start reading! The AGENDA will be separate story. Spending: Loss? Why is Normal writing Chris Koos a check?  Is it for his retirement or did […]

Justin Barr: Woodford and Will Counties

By:  Diane Benjamin The Justin Barr saga began when I received a tip about his arrest in Will County.  I did this story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/01/12/lexington-guy-arrested-in-joliet-he-has-history-here/ People claiming to be victims of Barr’s started appearing everywhere!  Many could not get justice through the courts because their State’s Attorneys believed these cases should be civil instead of criminal.  […]

O’Neil Park vrs a parking garage

By:  Diane Benjamin At last Monday’s Bloomington Council meeting the aldermen spent a lot of time grousing about spending $1,330,000 to extend the life of the Market Street garage.  Meanwhile, also in the budget is $738,000 to study O’Neil Park.  A comment was made about studies usually being about 10% of the eventual total cost. […]

Fact Checking Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin At last Monday’s meeting Mayor Tari Renner mentioned for the thousandth time the City of Bloomington is down 100 employees.  He claims they are doing more with fewer employees. He never mentions that possibly Bloomington at one time had too many employees and couldn’t afford them! I compiled the below from what […]

Update: Local Bernie Bros go nuts

2 National news outlets picked up this story. Sorry Sonny, they didn’t use your name. By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington’s own Democrat Socialists who support Bernie Sanders made the Champaign News last night.  They are upset Betsy Dirksen Londigron won’t have another debate with challenger Stefanie Smith.  The report claims they did have a recent debate.  […]

Bloomington Budget night

By:  Diane Benjamin Three people spoke at public comment in Bloomington last night, hear them beginning at 11:40.  Gary Lambert spoke about credit card fees and the automatic increases to charges from Bloomington for services.  He also mentioned the zoo snack bar,  He would like to know how much money is being generated and if […]

Notes from court yesterday

By:  Diane Benjamin I sat through a number of cases before the court got to Justin Barr.  If you are ever bored and want to see real live theater, attend a session of criminal court. God has been removed.  Remember when people raised their right hand and promised to tell the truth, the whole truth, […]

Dan Brady’s Fatal Flaw

By:  Diane Benjamin Dan has plenty of money to run ads, the theme seems to be: People not Politics What that tells me is he is not interested in fixing the problems in Illinois.  He wants to shake hands and show up everywhere and help people with problems who call his office.  His secretary could […]

Justice for Justin Barr victims

By:  Diane Benjamin Justin Barr appeared in court today to face felony charges of theft by deception.  He faces similar charges in Will, Livingston, Marshall, and Woodford County. Barr agreed to plea to one felony count in exchange for other charges being dropped. 2 of his victims in McLean County will receive restitution, one only […]

CIRBN and the Town of Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin The latest tax return from CIRBN available is from 2017.  They file as a non-profit.  This is a summary:  https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/461304666 The Town of Normal Comprehensive Plan done by the McLean County Regional Planning Commission in 2017 mentions CIRBN 10 times.  https://mcplan.org/file/227/Elements_Economic%20Vitality.pdf PDF page 9 shows CIRBN as a “positive contributor” and a […]

The ridiculous cost of buses

By:  Diane Benjamin February packet:  https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/Februrary%202020%20CT%20Board%20Packet%20V2.pdf Let’s look at Connect Transit a different way. PDF page 22 claims in January Connect Transit had 204,683 fixed route passengers PDF page 8 says passenger fares were $52,882.80.  The only way to have 204,683 riders is to have 75% of all riders not paying – either Medicaid, ISU, […]

Bloomington: 2/24/2020

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll:  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23995 Agenda:  https://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1059&Inline=True Congrats taxpayers!  No employees are receiving Sick Leave Buy Back payments this time to spike their pensions.  Don’t get excited though, you will be paying again: See PDF page 89 of the agenda. Denise Balagna will be receiving an extra $205.78 per month Joyce McKeon will […]

100% Green Energy? Laugh now

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember this Bernie shirt: I wonder if wind is “Just and Clean Energy”? Does “Just” mean it’s free for some people?  That sure won’t be wind since it costs more to make electricity than coal and natural gas. But is wind “Clean Energy”? NOPE I wonder if the local socialists know what […]

As Seen on Facebook:

By:  Diane Benjamin Elections reveal who people really are.  They are passionate and say things they would never say otherwise.  (In other words, they hide who they are the rest of of the time.)  If people take the time to send me things they find troubling, you probably need to see them too. Start with […]

As Seen on Facebook – Bernie supporters

By:  Diane Benjamin None of the below is even possible, but Bernie Sanders supporters are working hard to win the nomination. Why does this matter? Look closer. Bloomington elected 2 people who think the above is possible. Congrats Bloomington.  Aldermen Carrillo and Crabill are active socialists. The other 7 Council members need to stand united […]

A City Manager is NOT a CEO

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night’s Normal Town Council meeting will take more than one story. It’s becoming really easy to tell the political leanings of people just through one thing:  Do they put people in boxes? People who lean left, even if they claim to be Republican, segregate people by all possible means:  gender, race, […]

What you should know before voting

By:  Diane Benjamin Two school districts have bond referendums on the ballot.  Check to see if both just paid off bonds, to keep from lowering taxes they decided to borrow more money.  Voters do not need to choose a party to vote on these two: If you live in the City of Bloomington see a […]

Note Who is Missing!

By:  Diane Benjamin If you didn’t watch the debate between Dan Brady and David Blumenshine you missed Brady interrupting Blumenshine during an answer.  It felt just like Chris Koos shutting down citizens during Public Comment.  Kneeling is required at all times before the elite. Start watching at 57:40.  Dan Brady called David Blumenshine the “King […]

Bloomington Council “hears” budget details

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council meets tonight at 6:00, Normal meets at 7:00. Bloomington tonight:    https://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1055&Inline=True PDF page 19 Who decides what the “right” fit is and why does their opinion matter? I hope nobody still believes the Council does the budget.  See PDF page 21: The Council gets 10 MINUTES to […]

Democrats running amok!

By:  Diane Benjamin Democrats think they are so smart they need to run your life for you!  Of course that takes away your God-given right to run your own life. Here’s a little of what bills have been presented by Democrats in Springfield: Ban gas powered leaf blowers Ban you from pumping your own gas […]

Jason Chambers

By:  Diane Benjamin Fact:  Jason Chambers was formerly on the Normal Town Council.  When I asked him years ago how the debt would be paid his response was: “It’s all paid for”. (How is that working out?) Fact:  Jason Chambers became State’s Attorney after winning the November 2012 election.  He is the one who failed […]