UPDATE: 2 people on a bus!

Originally posted on BLNNews:
Writing articles at night is never a good idea for me – I’m a morning person!  Spending so much time at the Peoria hospital makes writing difficult though.  Hubby continues to improve slowly! I need to correct a few things in this post.  Riders for March were 220,804  up for the…

UPDATE: 2 people on a bus!

Writing articles at night is never a good idea for me – I’m a morning person!  Spending so much time at the Peoria hospital makes writing difficult though.  Hubby continues to improve slowly! I need to correct a few things in this post.  Riders for March were 220,804  up for the first time I remember […]

Everybody happy!

By:  Diane Benjamin Jim Fruin proved economics is way beyond his abilities last night.  In his farewell statement Jim said he plans to attend Council meetings, but only sit by positive people. Some people are  positive Bloomington needs to keep making ‘progress’. Others are positive we are witnessing the destruction of the jewel Bloomington used […]

Another Guest Writer

Today’s medical update:  The doctors are amazed at my husband’s progress the last 48 hours.  He is wide awake, off the ventilator and only on Tylenol for pain.  He knows who we are and is trying to talk – even though he isn’t suppose to yet.  Three days ago the medical staff wasn’t sure he […]

Spending Spree Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin First a medical update:  Prayer does work!  My husband has had people all over the globe praying for his recovery.  Today he woke up, opened his eyes and responded to our voices and commands from the medical staff.  He had a brain aneurysm that burst on Good Friday.  The ICU neurology staff […]

Weekend Fun – Sort of

Medical Update: Slight Improvement!

Toss Money Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin $135,743.79 + an adjustment of $130.75 got paid to IMRF so one employee can have a fabulous retirement with a spike pension!  See page 130 Monday Bills and Payroll That expense was completely avoidable, but employees came before taxpayers. Page 109 – $580 for Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. […]

Normal, Fritzen, and 2%

By:  Diane Benjamin The government gods in Normal are upset a lowly citizen challenged them.  LONG time (too long) Council member Jeff Fritzen doesn’t want people looking at the facts, he wants to explain them himself.  I heard a news report saying Fritzen thinks trust in government has been broken without cause. That what every […]

Guest Writer:

“I’m mad as hell and I’m NOT going to take it anymore!”  This is a quote from the movie, Newsroom.  When did the use of the word NO become unacceptable in civilized society? The norms of our society include NO lying, stealing or cheating.  NO infringement on the rights of others.  Police D.A.R.E. officers tell […]

Medical Update

4/17/2017 The medical emergency was my husband.  I’m assuming you read my note from last week: https://blnnews.com/2017/04/15/readers-2/ Andy had an extremely serious neurological event last Friday.  A very long recovery is in his future, his condition has barely begun to improve. Since there is very little I can do for him right now, I will […]

Readers:

Due to a medical emergency in my family, I’m not sure when I will be able to write. Prayers needed and very appreciated. Diane  

Open letter to the Bloomington Council

By:  Diane Benjamin Go ahead and pretend you have a mandate. 4644 people voted AGAINST Tari Renner Jamie Mathy only won by 319 votes, more than that voted against him. Close to half the people in Ward 3 voted AGAINST Mboka Mwilambwe Joni Painter only won by 97 votes The guy ineligible to serve from […]

Coming soon: Utopia Crash

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday night the Bloomington City Council approved this: In case you forgot, the Council approved this payment at the March 27th meeting – PDF Page 253  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12448 The documentation for this meeting states the YWCA needs to money to continue operations until the end of their fiscal year.  They are transporting people […]

Destination: Champaign

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember when Normal’s Town Council was giddy over handing money to a developer for a Portillos?  Normal was going to be a destination – people would drive to Normal from all over Central Illinois!  People traveling the interstates would go out of their way for a Portillos hot dog! Champaign is going […]

For Steve Vogel:

Stevie, I received an anonymous donation today with this note: Many thanks to whoever sent it. Evidently many people are dying for real news.  I will continue to investigate and write as long as people are willing to contribute. I might even be able to afford a new computer soon!  Without the daily numerous crashes […]

Remember that UN-USED Water Tower?

By:  Diane Benjamin I found this while looking for something else. The first time I remember writing about the Water Tower Bloomington built in Normal was August 2015:  https://blnnews.com/2015/08/04/more-ineptness/ I have no idea how much money was spent on that project, but many MILLIONS is probably close.  The only thing I knew for sure is […]

Last night’s CIRCUS

By:  Diane Benjamin I will be on Cities 92.9 today at 3:30 with Ben Yount to discuss the future of BlnNews. Now for last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting: Bring in the CLOWNS! Oops, they were already there! Starting at 1:05, and ending 45 minutes later, the Council droned on about spending $300,000 at The […]

The Council forced me!

Tomorrow I’m back, for one story! The unbelievable Bloomington City Council tonight is forcing me to report. (and all you supporters!)  

Followup to a previous story

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m only writing because I received a ruling from the Attorney General yesterday regarding the Bloomington Election Commission’s violation of the Open Meetings Act. It still stands that I am not going to work for mostly free.  If everything I have exposed the last five years isn’t worth $5 or $10 a […]

This is goodbye

To all my readers: The time has come for me to quit writing BlnNews.  I simply can’t afford to do it anymore.  If you thought readers contributed, you are wrong.  Very few ever did. I really appreciate the THOUSANDS of readers over the past 5 years who were dying for information the rest of the […]

It’s always fun to hear from Dickie

By:  Diane Benjamin Sen Dick Durbin was on WJBC this morning.  Listen to his interview HERE Stumbling through harsh questions from Scott Laughlin (just kidding!), Dickie attempted to justify why he is a NO vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. “Gorsuch is out of the mainstream”. Obama appointed Elena Kagan and Sonia […]

Democrat and Independent?

By:  Diane Benjamin A voter in Ellsworth brought this to my attention this morning.  I don’t vote in the local Ellsworth election since I don’t live in Ellsworth. One guy is running for the Village Board as an Independent AND Township Trustee as a Democrat.  He probably thought he would have a challenger for Trustee, […]

No, you don’t!

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s ELECTION DAY! If the only race you want to vote is MAYOR:  only vote Mayor. You aren’t required to vote in every race. Yes, you can same day register! Today is the day to send your message to City Hall. Either spending and taxes will continue to increase or you can […]

Fly on the Wall: Soccer Fields

Who is telling the truth? Buzzing around I saw plans for a huge complex on the west side.  It wasn’t only soccer fields. Some people think if they get elected it’s their ticket to do whatever they want, some don’t. Pick wrong tomorrow and you have Coliseum 2.0 . . .  

Tomorrow-you win or lose

By:  Diane Benjamin Tomorrow either big government people will dominate Bloomington-Normal for the next 4 years, or citizens will.  Will the Pantagraph and the Chamber of Commerce get their picks, or will the people forced to pay for the vision of Big Spenders finally throw them out? You get the government you deserve by not […]

Shame Day

By:   Diane Benjamin Four years ago only 9,719 voted for mayor in Bloomington http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/IL/Bloomington/46028/116387/en/summary.html Four years ago only 4,403 voted for mayor in Normal http://il-mcleancounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/8074 Bloomington had 46,740 registered voters Normal had 57,279 registered voters Besides the obvious question about Normal having more registered voters with a smaller population, where were the voters? Local elections […]

Updated Pension SPIKING cost

By:  Diane Benjamin All the City of Bloomington had to do to prevent paying the penalties below was change when accumulated sick and vacation got paid to employees. David Hales, Steve Stockton, and  Tari Renner refused to change their policies, so the below was paid as a penalty.  These employees were allowed to spike their […]

Weekend Fun – Sort of

Tari: The windows are closed

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari’s campaign speech is probably memorized by everybody now.  Repeat things often enough some people might believe them. No, transparency doesn’t exist at City Hall.  I dare anybody to file a FOIA request and actually get the information they filed for. The windows are NOT “wide open” as Tari claims. Here is […]

Dawson + County elections

By:  Diane Benjamin No matter where you live, voting Tuesday is essential.  Even if you don’t live in Bloomington or Normal – there are OTHER elections to vote in. See complete County list here:  http://mcleancountyil.gov/index.aspx?NID=692 I live in Dawson Township. Four years ago out of 447 registered voters, only 75 voted:  http://mcleancountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8115 The people elected […]

Normal, Rivian, Easter eggs

By:  Diane Benjamin Spending for the Town of Normal Monday night:  http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2589 There is nothing wrong with honoring MLK, but why are tax dollars used?  I wonder how much Bloomington paid considering the Council and employees are invited to come and eat for free, and bring a friend. The Rivian agreement with Normal says you […]

Ward 1 choices

By:  Diane Benjamin The ballot will say Sue Feldkamp or Jamie Mathy for Bloomington’s Ward 1. Mathy owns two businesses downtown, but I’ve heard he claims Bloomington’s attorney Jeff Jurgens doesn’t see a problem with him voting on downtown issues.  I bet the taxpayers will have a problem with him voting to enrich himself!  Conflict […]

4 more years of Koos?

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos was on WJBC this morning.  Hear the interview HERE Did you know that Uptown is NEVER going to be finished?  Yep, Koos said that. He is running for a 4th term because he isn’t done with his vision. Bloomington-Normal will be paying for a new sports facility if Koos and […]

Sorry BLM, it wasn’t a “peaceful” protest

By:  Diane Benjamin Tuesday night Uptown Galleries knew protestors were gathering outside.  I didn’t count the group but at least 20 people lined both sides of the doors as people left. I saw NO police. Previous debates did have officers present.  Why would the Town of Normal allow this group to gather outside the debate […]

Satan Tari?

By:  Diane Benjamin For months Tari Renner supporters have attacked Kevin Lower and me with vile tweets and posts on Facebook.  They claim they aren’t doing anything in support of Tari Renner.  This comment left on my site proves they are lying: I doubt the media will report the facts, but how depraved do Tari […]

Pantagraph: Quit pretending

By:  Diane Benjamin Unlike the Chamber of Commerce who cancelled their interview with Kevin Lower (according to Kevin), the Pantagraph got their Editorial Board together to listen to both Renner and Lower. It was all for show.  http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/renner-lower-spar-over-street-resurfacing/article_207506eb-1e52-5c45-a670-1b129fb76763.html The Pantagraph will endorse Tari Renner because they are progressives (Big government is great!) folks, just like […]

Tiritilli, Lower, Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday Marc Tiritilli was interviewed on WJBC:  https://audioboom.com/posts/5751341-marc-tiritilli-candidate-for-normal-mayor-3-27-17 Listen to the next mayor of Normal.  Besides the massive debt, the Portillos debacle and Koos’s stand against allowing the public to speak freely is enough to throw him out of office. Tonight: The final debate between Tari Renner and Kevin Lower. ISU’s University […]

More on “Councils Don’t Listen”

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story from yesterday:  Why City Councils Don’t Listen After writing more than 4000 stories, I had forgotten I wrote about the Julie Crowe case when she won the lawsuit:  Julie Crowe Defeats the City of Bloomington That story contains a link to the original Council vote denying her the Vehicle-For-Hire […]

Why City Councils don’t listen

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight Bloomington is holding a public hearing on the budget for the year that starts May 1st. All you need to know is Bloomington is planning on hiring 4 more employees which will make the pension liability even higher and, to balance the budget, they are robbing the Enterprise Funds: I guess […]

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