By: Diane Benjamin
Ever feel like government is conspiring behind your back to force their agenda on you?
Julie Hile is a progressive. She knows how you should live your life, your opinions are immaterial. All progressives want to reshape daily life to whatever their vision is. Hile has a long history of pushing her world view on everybody else. Currently she is doing it from the Connect Transit Board, appointed by another progressive – Chris Koos. What happened to the consultant CT hired? Poof – disappeared.
Julie Hile is behind another initiative you know nothing about. This time she is using the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, another organization you know little about unless you’ve been a long time reader.
The MCRPC gets paid by Bloomington, Normal, and McLean County to create plans. Years ago they were a nice conservative operation. Today they want to force changes on you and of course make you pay for it. Think bike trails, bike lanes, and Smart Cities just to start..
What’s Hile up to this time?
At the February 5, 2020 meeting of the Regional Planning Commission her group gave a presentation on the Vision Zero Action Plan. PDF page 2: https://mcplan.org/upload/files/Document%20Center/Minutes/Commission/2020/Commission%20Meeting%20-%20February%205%202020.pdf
If you read the minutes of that meeting the plan is to address pedestrian deaths and cell phone usage while driving. They want to promote public education. Then you will see this:
… national program based on the ideas that zero traffic fatalities is an achievable goal, that crashes are largely preventable, and there are systemic and public education strategies to achieve this goal.
The first problem is “national”. We are not the same as Portland, Seattle, or Chicago – all cities signed up to implement the plan. See a map here – most are in California: https://visionzeronetwork.org/resources/vision-zero-cities/
Vision Zero website: https://visionzeronetwork.org/about/what-is-vision-zero/
What does it take to achieve ZERO traffic deaths and serious injuries?
The website is littered with words like: “fundamentally” and “equity”.
Of course a grant is involved with funding this Hile Group initiative. The minutes don’t say from where.
It should be a conflict of interest for the Hile Group to be involved in any transportation project since Julie Hile is on the Connect Transit Board. Think riding a bus won’t be part of the plan?
The minutes and website don’t have specifics of the plan. Those will be a surprise.
Eventually a public survey will appear that few will answer. Remember “Bring It On Bloomington”? Previously a bike survey was conducted but only Bike Blono knew about it. That plan of course got overwhelming support. This is how the “public ” is engaged.
By FOIA both Bloomington and Connect Transit claim they haven’t made any payments to Julie Hile or Hile Group in the last 3 years. Normal paid Hile Group:
I also FOIA’d McLean County and the McLean County Regional Planning Commission. Even though this bill is to the MCRPC, it was paid by McLean County. They are separate entities, the County needs to explain why they paid the bill:
The McLean County Regional Planning Commission has NOT answered my FOIA.
Hile is using a group called Firebrand to structure how to con you into believing “if it saves one life . . .”
See their website: https://firebrand.coop/
Julie Hile wants to fundamentally transform transportation. Of course that means you have to be talked into surrendering freedom and liberty. That is why “EQUITY” is mentioned. Hile plans to eliminate the risk of being alive.
Are You Ready to Submit?
If not, quit voting for anyone who uses the word “progress“. That means their agenda, not yours.
The MCRPC Board is appointed by various units of government – many are other progressives: https://mcplan.org/about-mcrpc/who-we-are/the-commission
From the minutes – people present at the February meeting: