By: Diane Benjamin
I had another meeting to attend last night so I didn’t watch either Normal or Bloomington live. Normal’s was only around 1/2 hour so I did watch it. I heard 2 media outlets showed up with video cameras, maybe they were expecting fireworks that didn’t happen.
Mayor Koos wasn’t there, maybe not much was contentious because he wasn’t. Acting mayor Kevin McCarthy did announce the name of the appointee to the police pension board before the vote: Police Chief Bleichner. (Baby steps toward transparency!) Stan Nord asked if Unit 5 was aware of all the new property tax revenue coming soon because of home construction. McCarthy didn’t want to discuss it. Meanwhile, Unit 5 will be asking you to pay more on April 4th.
Bloomington’s meeting was much longer. It’s impossible to watch because the sound and speaker’s mouths don’t sync. The longest discussion was on spending the state grant for violence reduction. We do know what works because violent crime reduced substantially when incarceration rates increased. Violent crime has increased substantially with “wokeness” and soft on crime politicians. Career criminals commit a large percentage of crimes, going soft on them promotes more criminal activity.
Some members of the Council think they know better than the police how to fight violent crime: Molly Ward wants community groups and nonprofits to submit ideas. Julie Emig doesn’t want street lights fixed, she called it light pollution.
Sheila Montney recapped ideas Peoria developed, the murder rate in Peoria skyrocketed in response.
A formal vote will take place on Monday because the money has to spent by June. That vote will prove why Bloomington needs better representation on the Council. Programs some Council members want to promote will have the same results as seen in Peoria.
Maybe Molly can figure out how to make sure every child has two parents living in the home and actively involved in raising them . (she is a minister!)
Just hit play to see what the police are proposing and hear the discussion. I suggest not watching the video, only listen. You will get a headache trying to watch it. Slides are available that show what the police are proposing.
WGLT reported numerous people spoke at Public Comment about drones. Numerous means TWO, one of which was of course representing the ACLU. FYI – Normal is also looking at buying drones.