By: Diane Benjamin
This pic from the Illinois Municipal League says everything you need to know about them: https://www.iml.org/notices
IML refuses to post required information on their website! Yes, they are hiding.
They don’t file tax returns either even though their employees receive large pensions: https://blnnews.com/2016/03/29/the-iml-scam/
IML exists to represent government in Springfield, they don’t represent taxpayers.
IML held a conference in Chicago last September. Bloomington sent two people: Deputy City Manager Billy Tyus and Alderman Jeff Crabill.
Much smaller Normal sent FIVE people: Mayor Chris Koos, Assistant City Manager Eric Hanson, Trustees Karyn Smith, Kathleen Lorenz, and Chemberly Harris.
Registration for each attendee was $360. Koos paid $310, maybe less since he’s on their board now. https://www.iml.org/page.cfm?key=16158
Normal had expenses listed for this conference of over $5000 on the last Council documents. The FOIA I received did not reflect expenses that high. https://www.normalil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4474
Below is a summary of what I did receive. (I asked them to look again, so far nothing)
Koos must not have been happy with a regular room that cost $282 a night, he paid for an upgrade:
Keep in mind this is the same Koos who ordered two luxury Rivians. Koos feels entitled to the best since taxpayers get the bills. He turned in an expense report for that hotel bill plus $74 in a per diem food allowance.
Chemberly Harris’ hotel bill was $1,174.11. She stayed for 3 nights instead of 2, the bill included $110.60 for valet parking.
There was another hotel bill with no name for two nights totaling $662.14. That must be Kathleen Lorenz’s bill.
Karyn Smith’s room was also $662.14.
Eric Hanson had a room upgrade and valet parking charges – total $890.14.
The “Let Them Eat Cake” bill is below:
Spending other people’s money is so easy when it’s obvious these 5 don’t care about your money. Keep in mind the underpass will likely cost $30,000,000 to save 50 feet. https://blnnews.com/2022/05/09/no-surprise-normal-needs-6-million-more-to-build-the-underpass/
See all the expenses I received to date here:
How much did the two from Bloomington spend?
These expense were on last Monday’s Bills and Payroll: https://www.bloomingtonil.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/28645/638036019076000000
Tyus stayed at a cheaper hotel. I asked Jeff about lodging expenses, he had Communication Manager Kathrine Murphy answer instead. He was reimbursed $332.16 for 1 night.
Bloomington spent $1,012.97.
Normal spent over $5,000.00 and can’t produce all the receipts. Is alcohol on those missing receipts Normal? That would be illegal but might explain why they don’t want me to have them.
Taxpayers in Normal have one last chance to return to sanity – next April. I know some people running for office need help getting signatures.
Email me if you want to know who to contact: [email protected]