By: Diane Benjamin
Anybody remember BN Advantage? It was a huge collaboration of the unelected who got your money to operate. This story explains who: https://blnnews.com/2015/10/29/round-2-bn-advantage/
It would take a lot of research to figure out how much of your money was thrown to this group. This story shows $423,867 just from Bloomington: https://blnnews.com/2019/04/29/bn-advantage-magazine/
Where is BN Advantage now? Only in the way back machine (internet archive), unless you count their link now takes you to the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council website.
What it used to be: (March 31, 2018)
Click on it, a really pretty and likely expensive website that is now ashes.
It’s only your money though. Why do both Town have economic development departments when they also pay the EDC to do it for them? (Just asking!)
Why did I mention this?
Because BN Advantage is mentioned in the nasty statement the Normal Town Council released on 2/27/2017 in response to the Bloomington Council voting to end Metrozone. Kevin McCarthy and Scott Preston signed on to it, as well as the others on council at the time: Cheryl Gaines, Jeff Fritzen, Kathleen Lorenz, and RC McBride. Of course Koos did too.
See the statement here:
Read the rest, Normal is at war with Bloomington.
The minutes of the Bloomington Council meeting tell a different story:
Koos makes it sound like the Bloomington vote came out of nowhere, the Bloomington minutes say it didn’t. Who is lying?
Of course WGLT would take Koos’ side: https://www.wglt.org/post/normal-bloomington-rift-growing-over-metro-zone#stream/0
Pantagraph version contains more details: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/bloomington-council-nixes-metro-zone-tax-deal/article_bb09a977-1687-56db-81ae-176d6c2807fd.html
I’ve written many stories proving Normal is using your tax dollars to wage this war. If Koos and his buddies are elected the war will continue. There is only one way to end it:
Marc Tiritilli – mayor of Normal
Normal Trustees: Harsh, Blumenshine, and Sila