Due Process: Illinois business and citizen road map to freedom

The Edgar County Watchdogs are on fire detailing why Pritzker orders are illegal according to the law. Catch up on the stories you have missed here:  https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/ This is the story you need to see:  https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/due-process-illinois-business-and-citizen-road-map-to-freedom “We urge each and every business and citizen to read the road map we are providing to opening up […]

Update: Ford icing plans with Rivian

By:  Diane Benjamin This news just broke, more information should be available later today or tomorrow. Ford kills Rivian deal with Lincoln (for now) amid economic challenges during pandemic See this story:  https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2020/04/28/ford-rivian-deal-lincoln-coronavirus-pandemic/3042670001/ Update: Another story:  https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/28/21240212/ford-lincoln-cancel-rivian-suv-ev-coronavirus-pandemic-investment  

Socialist exposing themselves

By:  Diane Benjamin Hitler was elected.  The people of Germany voted for a socialist because he promised to save them.  Democratic Socialism.  Those wanting to re-write history don’t want you to know his party was called:  National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Socialists always come to power promising equality and free stuff.  It’s easy to get votes […]

AFSCME wants a bailout

By:  Diane Benjamin They not only want a bailout from the Federal government, they want their members to demand a bailout. Meanwhile AFSCME is scheduled for automatic pay increases of $261 million:  https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-scheduled-to-give-261m-in-automatic-pay-raises-to-state-workers/ Excerpts from an email sent to members yesterday: Illinois has been irresponsible with tax dollars for decades.  Why should taxpayers in other […]

The entitled show up to shame 

By:  Diane Benjamin Public comment last night was loaded with those who think they are entitled to tax dollars.  Yes people have lost jobs and yes paying bills is next to impossible, but that doesn’t make them entitled to anything.  The good socialists showed up en masse to criticize the FIVE Council members who voted […]

McLean County Nursing Home-Fact left out

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed a FOIA request this morning for communication about the Nursing Home.   The long time Administrator quit.  She gave 30 days notice, evidently the County hasn’t found a suitable replacement:    Job posting I spent most of the morning listening to the last County Health Committee meeting held April 6th.  I […]

Update: More COVID local facts

4 more cases were found today, none are in the hospital. By:  Diane Benjamin ChicagoBusiness.com posted a database of Illinois hospitals last week.  It proves not only that hospitals are not overrun with Covid patients, but also they are being severely hurt by lack of elective procedures: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/static/section/hospital-beds-database.html?fbclid=IwAR3kr7t03wdAjYToEd3EbVmZhjaRN7JRqwAZ7s0jFE8KNX8eQQG8aPSzdBc Below are the local stats as of […]

Bloomington – Monday Payments

By:  Diane Benjamin A little history: A lot of department spending at the City of Bloomington is done by PCard.  Since December isn’t a month with conferences to attend and employees are more likely to take time off, it shouldn’t be a surprise PCard spending is lower than usual: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23757 https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23995 January: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=24210 February: So […]

BREAKING – Illinois Appellate Prosecutor Chief Deputy Director Memorandum VERY problematic for Governor Pritzker

From the Edgar County Watchdogs: We are of the opinion the Memorandum we obtained today is a game-changer for Illinois and a clear shot across the bow of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order. From day one we have questioned the overreach and legality of elements of the Executive Orders and now it appears all of our positions have […]

Bloomington: Business as mostly usual

By:  Diane Benjamin Make sure you read to the bottom! http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1069&Inline=True Monday there is an ordinance up for approval to prorate refunds paid for video gaming licenses since these businesses are closed.  See PDF page 374.  Anybody else hold a license you can’t use?  Demand a refund too, equality supposedly matters. PDF page 372 has […]

Bloomington: How is this Justice?

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch the Pledge of Allegiance at 1:55:00.  The only part where Jenn’s lips move is “Liberty and Justice for All”.  She obviously has no clue where liberty comes from, she must think government grants freedom, of course government must also give justice for her hommies too. Two years ago I did a […]

Fireworks, spending $230 million wasn’t a problem though

By:  Diane Benjamin With barely a peep the Bloomington City Council passed a huge budget tonight.  Did you know that NO CITY in the world is laying people off because that would cause the unemployment rate to rise?  Did you know just because an item is budgeted that doesn’t mean it will get done?  Somebody […]

Do you Want the United Nations running your life?

By:  Diane Benjamin Five days a week I get a newsletter form ICMA – International City/County Management Association.  The email is links to stories, sometimes around the world, detailing actions taken in various places. Both local City Managers attend their conferences, we never hear reports on what they learned. This story is in today’s edition: The […]

As seen on Facebook

By:  Diane Benjamin Jenn and buddies are using Saul Alinsky’s rules: From the PATH website: https://www.pathcrisis.org/community-resources/2-1-1/ Cash Jenn?  Why CASH?  Fiscal responsibility means assistance is paid directly to landlords etc, not to the person needing help. If Jenn thinks forking over tax dollars to the Township is going to get CASH in peoples hands she […]

Normal last night – Part 2

By:  Diane Benjamin The reason I love these remote meetings is it’s easy to catch your elected officials proving they don’t care: This is Kathleen Lorenz – 55:42.  The others have similar moments we would never see at a regular Council meeting.  Stan had pulled a water project that was going to be over $400,000 […]

Normal last night – Part 1

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town held a Liquor Commission meeting that went way over time allotted.  The regular meeting started 1/2 hour late. 35:40 – one public comment by Ron Ulmer.  His comments were on recycling and contract employees being required to wear masks 38:00 Pam Reece reviewed some items on the Omnibus Agenda. Stan […]

UPDATE: Bloomington: Handouts will be back

I forgot to mention one of the callers to Public Comment is running for the County Board:  RJ McCracken.  Since he demanded handouts with no facts just feelings, he is unqualified to serve. By:  Diane Benjamin The meeting started with Public Comment.  The Crabill gang had 4 people lined up to beg for money.  Jeff […]

Response to Illinois wanting Federal money

By:  Diane Benjamin One group doing some great reporting is Wirepoints.org.  They printed excerpts from the letter Illinois Senate Democrats sent to DC wanting a bailout.  See the story here:  https://wirepoints.org/illinois-senate-democrats-seek-massive-federal-bailout-for-state-going-far-beyond-coronavirus-impact-wirepoints/ Excerpt: Yesterday they printed the response from the Illinois House Republicans:  https://wirepoints.org/illinois-republican-congressional-delegation-respond-to-request-for-federal-bailout-wirepoints/ Excerpt: The letter is long but it says exactly what anybody with […]

Alinsky Monday: Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin City of Bloomington has a Committee of Whole meeting Monday.  Agenda:  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1072&Inline=True On the agenda: How the Budget Overview is presented will be fascinating.  If it is “sugar-coated” it will be to promote the discussion following.  Tax revenue has to be plummeting:  Income tax, Sales Tax, Food and Beverage Taxes, Hotel/Motel Tax, […]

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it

By:  Diane Benjamin The local socialist lost the case for setting prisoners free, so they are moving on.  Below is the latest email sent to every elected and appointed official with any power to hand out money.  Note the writer wasn’t smart enough to put it in her own words, she copied and pasted the […]

Normal: 4-20-20

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Peoria is facing a $31 million deficit because of COVID-19:  https://week.com/2020/04/14/peoria-city-council-facing-31-million-hole-cuts-likely-on-the-way/ Normal is missing close to half of their population because of college closures.  What is their deficit?  (crickets) http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3608 Since bills were not included in the last packet, there are two lists in this one. Previously Normal paid […]

The difference couldn’t be more clear

By:  Diane Benjamin The local political parties elected their leadership this week.  The Republicans picked Connie Beard for a second term.  Connie works in the private sector.  The Republicans previous leader was John Parrott.  He worked in the private sector. The Democrats chose Nikita Richards.  She works for the City of Bloomington.  Their previous chairman […]

Update: The latest LOCAL Covid-19 facts

A third death was reported today.  I can confirm that 2 of the 3 deaths recorded in McLean County had pre-existing conditions.  I do not have any information on the third. By:  Diane Benjamin Source:  https://health.mcleancountyil.gov/708/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19 What the McLean County Health Department doesn’t report is how many people have been tested.  So I asked: 82 […]