Unit 5 tomorrow – they already decided

By: Diane Benjamin Thanks to Becky Swan for letting me know Unit 5 is holding a special meeting tomorrow. From their website, they already decided your kids need to wear masks: If you have to wear a mask if you aren’t vaccinated to attend, think kids are going to exempt? Maybe they will discriminate against […]

Claim denied!

By: Diane Benjamin Since Facebook will not allow truth, find me on Gab.com: BlnNews – Diane Benjamin. I will post stories on Facebook (when the ban is over) but I might not respond to comments. I am also on Parler since it is working again: Blnnews Most of the 500+ people who filed claims with […]

BNTU: I’ve got a better a idea

By: Diane Benjamin Note: Facebook banned me from posting for 24 hours because I posted a newspaper article about COVID treatments. Please share stories on Facebook since I can’t. Two representatives from the Bloomington Normal Tenant Union showed up at City Council to protest Jenn resigning because she is moving out of her Ward. Contrary […]

Fly on the Wall: BNTU

Word is the disgruntled B-N Tenants Union is demanding Jenn gets to keep her seat without living in her Ward. They think landlords refused to rent to her, thus subverting democracy. Instead of celebrating Carrillo’s achieving the American Dream of home ownership, they anonymously demand the City Council change the law. Maybe they will show […]

Bloomington Council tonight

By: Diane Benjamin http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1126&Inline=True On the Consent Agenda: Ordering a new ambulance ($284,444.00) upgrading the City’s Voice Over Internet Protocol (3 yr cost $117,266.71) receiving $70,000 to demolish abandoned properties from Il Housing Authority Zoo is proceeding with a South American Exhibit – all grant money $1,000,000 The Grove will get another 33 lots Didn’t […]

Communists Right Here!

While the Cuban people are dying for freedom – yes actually dying: The local freedom-stealers just change their group names to push communism here. Cubans have no dignity or security. These locals want the same for you! Free stuff always sounds great until the free stuff doesn’t exist anymore. How about starting a fund to […]

Charge for rides, rides decrease

By: Diane Benjamin No financial information is available as of 6/30/21 because it is Connect Transit’s year end. Next month we will know the loss for the year. Fares went back into affect in June, ridership on the huge buses went down. Was that because rides are no longer free? Mobility rides are up since […]

Connect Transit Tosses your money

By: Diane Benjamin Don’t forget – there is no penalty for stupid government! Participants just move on to being stupid elsewhere 2019 Story: https://blnnews.com/2019/11/16/connect-transit-empty-buses-and-brains/ BEB is Battery Electric Buses March 4, 2021 story: https://blnnews.com/2021/03/04/pulling-the-plug-on-electric-buses/ Minneapolis abandoned electric buses for biodiesel Today: https://www.westernjournal.com/california-city-bought-electric-bus-company-promoted-white-house-now-considering-scrapping-expensive-fleet-nonstop-disasters/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=conservativetribune&utm_content=2021-07-23&utm_campaign=manualpost&fbclid=IwAR2w9iJr0t2OuY09oA-K4uRCSbifA1V7dKuZ2gLx4Y2JMY0kg8IsypGYh_A Another story from today: https://djhjmedia.com/steven/california-agency-looking-to-scrap-electric-buses-because-they-melt-catch-on-fire-and-costs-a-fortune-to-repair/ Quote: One Southern California city’s test run of […]

Teaching Media Literacy?

By: Diane Benjamin Pritzker has signed a bill requiring schools to teach media literacy. How will this be implemented? Will the Russia hoax media be recommended? How about the Charlottesville hoax media? Why is only conservative media reporting Covid-positive illegals flooding the southern border and being flown across the country by the military and released? […]

Spend it on sewers Bloomington!

By: Diane Benjamin Below are two screen shots from Monday’s Council video: All the free money awarded to Bloomington can be spent on separating sewer and storm water lines. The current project on East Washington cost around $4.2 million. Citizens with sewage in the homes need to demand it is only spent on health and […]

52 years of sewage

By: Diane Benjamin There was a time when Bloomington grew rapidly and had money to burn. Instead of investing in replacing ancient infrastructure the Council built a fire station that has never been used, the Coliseum, a water tower built too short to use, created give-a-ways to developers, and rehabbed the BCPA. The City Manager […]

Adios Jenn

By: Diane Benjamin Jenn has been marginalized since all her candidates lost last April. She is now persona non grata among her former base. Maybe she bought a house outside her ward on purpose! Unwilling to believe the American dream is alive and well for those who choose to reach for it, Jenn couldn’t go […]

Normal’s FOIA problem

By: Diane Benjamin With the 2 recent firings from the Normal Police force, I wondered how many officers they have, I FOIA’d it. Results: That is a total of 75 officers. Problem: This list contains the officer fired June 15th, weeks before I filed the FOIA. A source tells me 4 additional officers no longer […]

Must watch video: Critical Race Theory

The video is 18 minutes by (actual) journalist Christopher Rufo who has been exposing this Marxist ideology for years. It is in schools and government right now disguised as Equity, Diversity, Inclusiveness, Social Justice, White Supremacy, Anti-Racism, Social and Emotional learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and probably others. This video-essay explores the intellectual history of critical […]

Normal just can’t drop it!

By: Diane Benjamin Remember back to last year. Usually when a zoning change is requested it is because some entrepreneur wants to develop a property in a way it isn’t zoned for. That isn’t the case with One Normal Plaza. The Town is pushing allowing alcohol in the park. Yes, it is a park setting […]

Normal Trustees think they make policy. Ha Ha Ha

By: Diane Benjamin See this link: https://normal.org/bids.aspx?bidID=310 That link is the Town requesting bids. Remember when the “professional staff” picked an insurer because they liked the people – even though they were more expensive? https://blnnews.com/2021/05/12/normals-deception/ The “professional staff” threw that ol’ Buy Local philosophy out the window because they wanted to. Obviously that only applies […]

Sewer flooding will be fixed by 2030

By: Diane Benjamin I asked Public Works Director Kevin Kothe if the work currently being done on East Washington would alleviate the sewer flooding in Eastgate. I’m not sure I got an answer to that question. Below is his response. Moving up the completion date from 2030 has numerous problems, the first being funding. Another […]

The Difference between Equality and Equity

I’ve been saving this story since March. It clearly explains where we are and why. Excerpts: Benjamin Franklin explained it best when he said “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself”. That is equality! I just saw another simple explanation of the difference between equality and […]

BCPA still closed

By: Diane Benjamin The event calendar for the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts is mostly blank. They do have one event scheduled for October. Unfortunately it is a fund raiser for themselves: https://www.artsblooming.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/13308/762 Remember the grand plans for the Creativity Center? Details here: https://blnnews.com/2019/01/26/what-no-one-in-bloomington-talks-about/ The City even hired a fundraiser for the Friends of […]

The Bloomington show last night

By: Diane Benjamin The start time of the meeting was changed to 6:30 because of scheduling problems now that the room is shared with the County. I hear it’s temporary. The video was not fun, the group wasn’t socially distanced but not together either. Toward the end of the meeting the audio was fine but […]

Economics should be required in school

By: Diane Benjamin Some locals aren’t happy paying rent. Having a place to live isn’t something you work for, according to them it’s a RIGHT. How many haven’t paid rent in over a year? Why do they think a place to live is a RIGHT? It isn’t, just like food isn’t a RIGHT. If it […]

Unit 5: Explain this

By: Diane Benjamin The below is from an email announcing Institute Day for Teachers. Look at who sent it and what the teachers are TRAINED to teach: When kids are divided by race you are teaching the teachers Critical Race Theory so they can use it in the classroom. Nikki Mauer thinks she has white […]

Bike vrs Car

By: Diane Benjamin A week or so ago a reader made a comment about a bike vrs car accident somewhere near the library. I’m not a reader of local news, so if this was reported I didn’t hear it. I FOIA’d information, I had to pay $5 for the Illinois Traffic Crash Report. I’m the […]

IEPA reportable event

By: Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District has a Board meeting today. BNWRD sends me their Board packet every month. Citizens of Bloomington and Normal are billed with your water bill and as a line item on your property tax bill. The June 26th flooding did create a sewage overflow event that required […]

5 More things you need to know

By: Diane Benjamin 1) Tom DeVore is the bravest attorney in Illinois. He is the one that filed lawsuits against Pritzker’s illegal executive orders and won. Pritzker appealed and, since this is Illinois, the Supreme Court will hold out as long as possible before ruling. School Districts who claim they will lose funding if they […]