Tonight! 7:00

By: Diane Benjamin There were even more people at yesterday’s hearing than at the first meeting. Of course tonight’s meeting won’t be Live Streamed, so you need to be there. Standing Room only would send a powerful message! I will be there filming. Please help fund David Shestokas! All donations are being deposited in an […]

2023 Local Elections: April 4

By: Diane Benjamin I am convinced Illinois has local elections so close to national elections to discourage voting. It works! Turnout is dismal. In Bloomington only 21.89% of voters showed up for the 4/6/2021 election. That was higher than usual because a mayor was being elected. The rest of the County turnout was 20.32%. Both […]

3:00 TODAY

By: Diane Benjamin This is another round in Normal’s effort to not allow their citizens a choice. Koos and company do not want you to be able to decide if Trustees should be elected At-Large or in Districts. Government closest to the people is the most representative government. Obviously Normal doesn’t want you to have […]

Dullard needs to pay!

By: Diane Benjamin Patrick Dullard continued to question signatures until the County Clerk’s office closed yesterday. Attorney David Shestokas objected to everything Dullard stated, DULLard didn’t care. His effort was a complete waste of time because his objection can not be amended. He didn’t challenge correctly the first time, he’s finished. Therefore: He should get […]

Year End: Connect Transit

By: Diane Benjamin See what CT spent on solar panels in June: $654,088.77 Year end numbers for 6/30/2022: Look at the amount of local dollars you are forced to pay for the privilege of having empty buses wreck the roads. $760,000 + $423,333 = $1,183,333. All of those other numbers are taxes too. Those numbers […]

Ride the bus for free in September

By: Diane Benjamin This was posted to the Bloomington Public Library Facebook page. Connect Transit wouldn’t exist without massive amounts of tax dollars, now they will sacrifice a few bucks to try to get riders. All you need is a library card. Expect to see full buses everywhere! 😎

Koos is showing his desperation!

By: Diane Benjamin Tomorrow Koos and company are convening the Normal Election Commission at the McLean County Clerk’s office to verify signatures of over 2200 people collected to put a Yes or No question on the November ballot concerning electing Trustees by Districts. Normal: You mayor thinks it is legal to pay Town staff to […]

Continuing 4H

By: Diane Benjamin The most important thing right now is holding the County Board to only $30,000 in funding for Extension. There is something seriously wrong this organization, participants in 4H are far less than half of just 10 years ago, and Extension is sitting on huge reserves. Local 4H groups are largely self funded, […]

Voting for Dan Brady? I’m not!

By: Diane Benjamin Dan Brady spent years in the leadership of the ILGOP. He is part of the reason Republicans are a super minority in Illinois. He makes sure Republicans don’t inspire anyone to vote for them. My large disappointment with Brady goes all the way back to 2010. State Senator James Meeks (D) led […]

Fly on the Wall: Unit 5

Did Normal West High School really spend the entire first day of school in EVERY class reviewing pronouns? Maybe rename the school to Normal Woke West. No education, no syllabus review, just propaganda. Unit 5 need more money however.

The Hearing Video

By: Diane Benjamin The hearing was short. The two Public comments are in the third video, if you watched them from yesterday’s story you can skip through them. They aren’t the entire video. If you want to see what happened, now you can:

Remember the giveaways to redevelop CII East?

By: Diane Benjamin See this story is you forgot: That story is from last April. I was in Downtown Bloomington yesterday. Many of the roads are new, the flowers pots are gorgeous, and the raised beds have actually been taken care of. I don’t see why downtown needs a streetscape plan since by day […]

Koos delayed everything

By: Diane Benjamin Kevin McCarthy didn’t bother to show up so the commission is Koos and the Clerk. Maybe Kevin knows Dullard doesn’t have a case and doesn’t want to look stupid voting with Koos. Essentially Koos doesn’t want the referendum and Angie Hounker won’t vote against him if she wants to keep her job. […]

Bloomington tonight 8-22-2022

By: Diane Benjamin FYI: Committee of the Whole meeting information from 8/15/2022 is missing from the City website. Tonight: The mayor continues to reappoint the same people to Boards and Commissions, tonight the Transportation Commission. As a comment here stated – Renner is still running the City. Spending more of the free money that […]

Fly on the Wall: Sharon Chung

Democrat deliver? Deliver what? Why don’t Chung’s TV commercials say she’s a Democrat? Is it in tiny letters somewhere meant to deceive voters? Why doesn’t Chung mention defunding police in commercials like she did on the County Board? Democrats Deliver: deceit to get elected, tax increases, and criminals back on the streets. Dems gave Illinois […]

WGLT campaigns against districts – with your tax dollars

By: Diane Benjamin One would think Public Radio would be fair and balanced since they are supported by taxpayers that don’t all lean far left. They should also strive for accuracy, WGLT fails at both. See their latest hit piece here: Start with this ridiculous paragraph: Since it is unclear which signatures Dullard is […]

What the referendum really is:

By: Diane Benjamin Putting a referendum on the ballot to ask if voters want to elect Trustees by districts instead of at-large is nothing more then a: Those who want to prevent a Yes or No question from being on the ballot what to prevent voters from having that choice. Isn’t it nice to have […]

Is Normal Racist? Patrick Dullard?

By: Diane Benjamin Patrick Dullard is quoted in this story saying he is challenging the referendum because he wants to preserve his right to vote for every Trustee in the Town of Normal: The circulators will prove on Monday Dullard is wrong about his other claims. Dullard wants to deny the right of every […]

Highlighting Great Teachers

By: Diane Benjamin If you know a great local teacher let me know! I was told about one at Normal West: John Bierbaum, Social Studies Teacher. Bierbaum also teaches civics the way it should be taught, no ideology just facts. Your kids have one chance to learn about their country, they will learn truth in […]

Not even trying to hide them!

By: Diane Benjamin Propublica is a website that has every tax return filed for non-profits: Even if the non-profit files a short form return, they have it. Friends of the Constitution Trail has tax returns filed: At the end of 2020 they were sitting on $276,842 with no outstanding debt. The return looks […]

Who is Patrick Dullard?

By: Diane Benjamin The Districts referendum challenge will be heard on Monday at 3:00 pm in the Town of Normal Council Chambers. It will be held before Chris Koos, Kevin McCarthy, and Town Clerk Angie Huonker. This biased Election Board doesn’t have to give a reason for voting against the referendum, so it likely won’t matter […]

Of course I wasn’t done with Normal!

By: Diane Benjamin Normal has money for everything except microphones that work. Kevin McCarthy had to hold his when he spoke, the sound still wasn’t clear. Brian Day had a large hand-held microphone because he is always hard to hear from his perch, his did work. Chemberly Cummings is now Chemberly Harris, no explanation. Scott […]