HB 3337 is unconstitutional

By: Diane Benjamin Of course democrats won’t care if they pass an unconstitutional law, they do it all the time. The Town of Normal sure doesn’t care either since they are behind HB 3337. Rep Sharon Chung and Sen Dave Koehler have proven they just do what they are told. https://www.normalil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7696/Chapter-02—Officers-Elected-and-Appointed?bidId= PDF page 10 It […]

Tips from 2 readers

By: Diane Benjamin h/t a reader Uptown attractive! Where Normal is headed now that many residents have no representation in their government: h/t another reader In a Unit 5 classroom: What is PFLAG? Interpretation: Trans students get EQUITY, females get erased. See Lia Thomas and Riley Gaines. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/restoring-america/equality-not-elitism/gaslit-into-silence-swimmer-riley-gaines-explains-why-she-spoke-out-against-lia-thomas-and-trans-athletes This is Unit 5’s gender affirming care: […]

Unit 5 does Gender Affirming Care

By: Diane Benjamin I did this story about Unit 5 for a reason: https://blnnews.com/2023/04/13/unit-5-doesnt-have-a-policy/ That story is dated April 13th, responding to FOIA requests accurately is not a Unit 5 strong suit. I finally received the rest of my request yesterday although I still don’t know if everything was produced as required by law. This […]

A Democrat is keeping Koos off Amtrak Board

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2023/04/25/montana-senator-joe-biden-amtrak-board-nominees/9221682460906/ Evidently each of Biden’s nominees can’t be voted on separately. Montana Senator Jon Tester claims 5 of the 6 nominees represent the northeast corridor which leaves the rest of the country without adequate representation. He is therefore going to block all of the nominees. Koos was nominated for the 3rd time in January. This […]

Recap of Bloomington last night

By: Diane Benjamin 33:10 – Mayor Mwilambwe recognized the 4 aldermen that are leaving office April 30th. Mboka gave a short speech and presented each with a plaque. (Remember when Normal totally ignored Stan Nord’s 4 years?) Public comment starts at 44:00. Two speakers thanked their outgoing aldermen. Gary Lambert is a can’t miss at […]

Bloomington unloads Market Street Garage

By: Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington has wanted to destroy the Market Street Garage since at least 2018. Remember when the Downtown Task Force recommended moving the library there? https://blnnews.com/2018/10/16/library-expansion-sinks-water-park-doesnt/ Tonight documents – PDF page 246: https://d3n9y02raazwpg.cloudfront.net/cityblm/258aad0d-7d4f-11ed-9024-0050569183fa-791fe512-602c-4d20-98c8-ecdbbed39134-1682127141.pdf The documentation doesn’t say why the old Pantagraph property didn’t work. It was February of 2021 when […]

Normal: Democrats move bill to take away your rights to representation

By: Diane Benjamin Sen Dave Koehler is doing Normal’s bidding in the Illinois Senate by sponsoring HB 3337. This is the Chung bill ONLY for Normal that exempts them from complying with Municipal Code for Incorporated Towns and allows them to continue operating with a City Manager instead of a Supervisor. An elected Clerk would […]

More on the Olympia Solar Panels that caught on fire

By: Diane Benjamin If you haven’t checked the Illinois Report Card for Olympia, see the High School and some District information here: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/school.aspx?source=profile&Schoolid=170640160260009 The other schools are also available by searching. The high school is below State averages in Language and Math. They also have a 42% chronic absenteeism rate. 82% of 9th graders are […]

Chat GPT not ready for primetime

By: Diane Benjamin I’m sure you’ve heard Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking over. If you want to try it, go here for a free account: chat.openai.com Interesting AI story: https://www.theblaze.com/news/google-ceo-admits-he-doesnt-know-how-his-own-ai-works I tried typing in a few different things but the program didn’t like either, so I tried something easier. Everything below AI wrote, it is […]

Another edition of: BCPA Event Reports

By: Diane Benjamin I had to file a FOIA request to get this reports posted. Some dates of performance fees don’t match any performance dates. Loss: $206.84 Loss: $7,932.72 Loss: $6,854.53 Here’s where report dates don’t match event reports: There wasn’t an event on 2/23/2023. https://www.artsblooming.org/events/calendar?cury=2023&curm=2&curd=28&curview=month Three performance fees are listed as 3/23/2023, there were […]

Koos Dream Goes Up In Natural Gas

By: Diane Benjamin Watch which local media sources report this story. It will prove who is #FakeNews and who isn’t. Refer back to this story: https://blnnews.com/2023/03/07/normal-buy-local-is-immaterial/ Chris Koos wants Uptown 2.0 built without any natural gas pipelines. Normal thinks that is “sustainable”. It’s also illegal. In Koos world laws don’t matter however. He didn’t want […]

Blessent: James or Michelle?

By: Diane Benjamin Media is reporting this is a female who has been charges with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault: Michelle Blessent isn’t “her” birth name. Go to the Circuit Clerk’s Public Access page: https://publicaccess.mcleancountyil.gov/PubAC_SearchCriminal.aspx Type Blessent and James in and then click Search Criminal Records. This is what appears: Most of the […]

Update: $10 Million won’t fix much in Bloomington

Roads resurfacing scheduled: https://www.bloomingtonil.gov/Home/Components/News/News/9524/1394?backlist=%2fdepartments%2fpublic-works%2fbloomington-streets Oakland isn’t one of them. by: Diane Benjamin Oakland and Macarthur are major roads, they both become one way streets in West Bloomington. Oakland is a disgusting mess of holes and patches long before it becomes one way. I drove the whole thing today and heading back East on Macarthur. It […]

Tri-Valley: Reconsidering whatever you discussed? (Solar)

By: Diane Benjamin More to this story: https://blnnews.com/2023/04/13/guess-what-caused-the-olympia-school-fire/ The March 15th School Board meeting had this on the agenda: https://www.tri-valley3.org/documents/board-meeting-agenda—minutes/2022-2023-agenda-%26-notices/402369 Since TV doesn’t Live Stream or video School Board meetings, unless you were there you have no idea what was discussed. The minutes don’t provide details of discussions, so you won’t know much more when […]

Unit 5 doesn’t have a policy

By: Diane Benjamin All of the emails below were received by FOIA. The redactions were rightfully done by Unit 5, I have no interest in the names of students. This is not the only email talking about “dead name”. This is yet another made-up term your kids are expected to normalize. If a student has […]

School District Facts – maybe move to Indiana

By: Diane Benjamin Tax-Rates.org summarizes property taxes by state. Indiana property tax rates as a percentage of home value is less than half what Illinois is. Of course everyone knows schools drive Illinois property taxes. Indiana School Districts: The largest public school district in Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is an agile, innovative educational organization […]

No Water Park this year

By: Diane Benjamin Last nights meeting was over two hours long, it will take more than one story to cover. You will find out next week why the Water Park won’t open this year when 4 presentations will be heard at the Committee of the Whole. Grant Walsh revealed the Water Park during budget discussions: […]

Too good not to post

By: Diane Benjamin Kelby Cumpston does a good job recapping Bloomington’s agenda on Facebook before meetings. I like reading his views since they can be insightful. I have no idea why Greg Koos made the comment below because the Bloomington Election Commission isn’t on the Agenda. Does Greg know BEC couldn’t tell candidates how many […]

Bloomington’s tonight fun

By: Diane Benjamin Tonight’s Agenda: https://d3n9y02raazwpg.cloudfront.net/cityblm/25885a08-7d4f-11ed-9024-0050569183fa-791fe512-602c-4d20-98c8-ecdbbed39134-1680815202.pdf PDF page 56: Police buying 3 drones. See this link recapping an early morning crime spree on 4/2/23: https://www.bloomingtonil.gov/Home/Components/News/News/9507/1394 At least drones are cheaper than a helicopter! PDF page 66: The Lake Bloomington Maintenance Facility burned down in March of 2019. Now 4 years later bids are being rejected […]

Too Much Hilarity: Connect Transit

By: Diane Benjamin March 28, 2023 meeting: https://www.connect-transit.com/file/1222/03%2028%202023_BoT%20Meeting%20Packet.pdf Connect had an operating deficit in March of $1,231,478. Every Fixed Route passenger was subsidized $5.13, celebrate though! February was $6.23. Every ride on Mobility was subsidized $34.75. Celebrate again because in February it was $34.90. Read the Congressional Update starting on page 13. It details the […]