By: Diane Benjamin 5 socialists sit on the Bloomington City Council. There aren’t have enough common sense votes to stop spending that increases the size and scope of local government. You better see the downtown vision: https://downtownforeveryone.com/renders/ Government never produces prosperity. Bloomington will try anyway since they know where to get money. I’m sure they […]
The speech below is almost 20 years old, the plan recapped is very current however. Google it, references are numerous. Although this isn’t what I typically print, I thought it was vital for all to know. Former Democrat Governor of Colorado gave this speech in 2004 in Washington DC. I have a plan to destroy […]
By: Diane Benjamin Does Unit 5 know September 30 was 30 days ago? I FOIA’d the current enrollment last week, eventually we will know. You can look at the Report Cards for every Illinois Public school here: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/PublicSchoolDistrictLookup.aspx After you pick a school – click Academic Progress. Tons of information is on this site. This […]
By: Diane Benjamin Can you read the gas price? By the border in Wisconsin gas was $3.05, farther north it was $2.98. By the Illinois border gas was at least $3.25. Some of the roads in Illinois are improving since the gas tax got doubled. In Wisconsin they don’t wait until they turn into cow […]
By: Diane Benjamin The Gun Back Back event held Sunday was as much of a fiasco has the Gun Safe giveaway with safes that aren’t made for guns. The ordinance passed by the City Council allotted $60,000, reports from John Boch, Executive Director of Guns Save Life, said $50,000 was handed out to the first […]
By: Diane Benjamin Where are the Event Reports for Coliseum events? Anybody have a problem with government entertainment? Instead of capitalism determining what people want, tax dollars are used to promote what government employees want. No event reports other than ISU hockey have been posted since September on the City website: https://www.bloomingtonil.gov/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-2063#docan2735_6873_64 There was a […]
By: Diane Benjamin Source: https://files.illinoiscomptroller.gov/LocGovTIF/FY2023/06409531/23TIF06409531Downtown_volpment_1.pdf Page 1 states the TIF was formed on 5/5/2003. Now see page 11. Why did the Town of Normal use 1999? The TIF wasn’t active in 1999, was this to make the return on investment look better? What private or public investment took place between 11/1/99 and 5/4/2003 that shouldn’t […]
By: Diane Benjamin At this week’s meeting it was mentioned that Champaign is trying hydrogen buses. It was mentioned Connect Transit might go that direction when they need more buses. Of course that would require different infrastructure. It would have been a lot easier to keep diesel buses and a lot faster to refuel them. […]
By: Diane Benjamin I didn’t get this read early enough for you to attend for meals, but you can still attend sessions and find out more about New Illinois. Downstate has very little in common with Chicago, New Illinois divides the state. The main speaker this weekend is working on doing the same in California. […]
By: Diane Benjamin Last month the Connect Transit Board had an Executive Session to discuss the performance of the General Manager. It wasn’t an in depth discussion, they just set the parameters used to give him more money. Judy Buchanan wanted to make sure the salaries of area managers were included, every board uses them […]
By: Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Police gun buyback event is 10/29. When the money runs out the event will end. From the Facebook page: Gun Buyback Event The Bloomington Police Department will be holding a Gun Buyback Event on Sunday, 10/29/23, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or until funds run out. The buyback will […]
By: Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council was back to meeting in the Government Center last night. The Committee of the Whole last week was also back. Initially the Council was to meet at the BCPA on July 24th and all 3 August meetings. Note the work wasn’t done until the 10/15 meeting. It appears […]
By: Diane Benjamin We laid our precious daughter to rest on Saturday. A large crowd of her friends and ours came in support. We appreciate all the love and prayers that surrounded us. Thanks too to the Bloomington Police who shut down the intersection of Ireland Grove Road and Towanda Barnes so we could all […]
https://everloved.com/life-of/carly-benjamin/obituary/?flow=201 Carly Anna Benjamin died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 7, 2023 in Champaign, Illinois. Born to parents Diane and Andrew Benjamin at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bloomington on April 12, 1990, Carly was the beloved sister of Bryan Benjamin (Rebekah) of Hartland, Wisconsin. See the link for details and funeral arrangements.
I had a tragedy in my family this morning. I’m not going to write for an an unknown number of days.
By: Diane Benjamin I remember statements like: “The library was built when the population was only 40,000 people.” Remember this chart from past stories? https://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org/sites/default/files/content/minutes/BPL%20June%202023%20Board%20Packet.pdf This chart is in the June 2023 packet. That is also the last month this chart is included in a packet. Did somebody decide to quit including it because it […]
By: Diane Benjamin It was worth going to a few Tri-Valley School Board meetings to ask for more transparency. I hope someday they decide to live stream meetings! Of course District 87 still doesn’t. The new transparency Tri-Valley is doing is worthless unless people READ what’s being discussed. Evidently nobody read the September 20th Superintendent’s […]
By: Diane Benjamin Shows are heading in the right direction. How many years did it take? Profit: $15,783.33 See the description of the show below: https://www.artsblooming.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/16140/762?toggle=allpast I’m not sure this show had any artist fees:
By: Diane Benjamin These things only exist because of the FAKE WAR on fossil fuels while they require fossil fuels to work. In case you missed this story: https://www.thecollegefix.com/more-than-1600-scientists-and-other-scholars-sign-no-climate-emergency-declaration/ I’ve done many stories about oil leaking from turbines. Where do you think that leaking oil ends up? You think it stays on the turbine? It […]
By: Diane Benjamin Profit: $1,687.90 Profit: $6,321.60 Loss: $6,083.84 Not sure what this cost is, but it is labeled RAIN: Loods like it added to the loss.
If you received this survey I suggest you answer it. The results will drive decisions, don’t let just the small number of people who respond make decisions for you.
By: Diane Benjamin McLean County Regional Planning Commission: Metropolitan Long-Range Transportation Plan 2050 This report will be used by all local governments to make transportation decisions. Reading it will make you aware of what is coming. It is 311 pages, you don’t have to read every page since many are just the same information in […]
Fire Department? The only cash they have comes from you. Even grants are still your money. Google gun buyback programs for more information. When the majority of the Council is socialist . . . .
By: Diane Benjamin Another reader temporarily sucked me back into covering Normal. If you didn’t know Normal adapted Smart Cities a few years ago it is likely because they don’t want you to know. See this link: https://www.normalil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19666/Smart-City-Report-January-2022 Smart Cities aren’t locally run, they take marching orders from international organizations that exist for government, not […]