If you don’t get the paper . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin Occasionally something is worth reading in the paper, especially what they don’t write. A Letter to the Editor yesterday is one of those! The letter was written by Ruth Ann and Guy Fraker.   Guy practiced law in Bloomington and wrote books about Abraham Lincoln.  Ruth Ann was Supervisor of the Bloomington Township […]

Nikita wanted a Democrat disenfranchised!

By:  Diane Benjamin If early voting had been started on February 8th, a Democrat running for Attorney General could have been disenfranchised.  Scott Drury won in court and will be on the ballot. How many early voters would not have voted for him because he might be kicked off the ballot?  How many people have […]

Pantagraph: Too late

By:  Diane Benjamin Did the Pantagraph chastise Tari Renner when he attacked Judy Stearns with a WRITTEN prepared statement in 2014?  I sure don’t remember it. This video is up to 11,150 views: If the Pantagraph has cared in 2014 maybe this clown wouldn’t be mayor now. The Editorial staff must finally be at least […]

Downtown Task Force is back

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15904 The report from Tari’s Downtown Task Force is back on the agenda for Monday – minus moving the library and tearing down a parking garage. One question that won’t be asked or answered: The current downtown businesses didn’t care enough about downtown to fund the Downtown Bloomington Association.  The City took […]

Bloomington attacks the poor AGAIN

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington will NEVER have enough of your money.  Complete control of the local economy means your money is theirs and they are free to take it at will.  Monday night they will discuss taking more for their vision.     http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15904 Want your roads fixed? Even though Tari Renner and […]

Did the Library Board scam the Council?

By:  Diane Benjamin The email below was written by the Bloomington Public Library Board President.  I redacted who it was written to.  It’s the content that is interesting. Alex was obviously worried about getting the tax increase passed the Board wanted.  According to this story, the library didn’t say at the Council meeting why they […]

Smart enough to be elected?

By:  Diane Benjamin Frequently we look at elected individuals and wonder who in the world would vote for them? Worse, who in their right mind thinks elections should be held for 40 days?  In Illinois, that would be democrats who think it’s a hardship to get to the polls. Voting was once a sacred duty […]

Radicals and Karen Schmidt

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner is desperate to score political points that have nothing to do with welcoming immigrants.   He is pandering to his base and Karen Schmidt is standing in his way.  Illegal immigrants are just pawns in this game.  Radicals think they can “progress” their fundamental transformation of America and use illegals to beat […]

Legal fees wasted

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember the story of Bloomington fireman Jon Caponi?    https://blnnews.com/2017/11/02/legal-employee-investigations/ He was arrested for domestic violence and then the charges were dropped because an investigation proved he wasn’t the aggressor. The City of Bloomington decided he needed to pay a price anyway, he got a 10 day suspension.  For a fireman, that’s 10 […]

When Aldermen are absent

By:  Diane Benjamin Aldermen Diana Hauman and Kimberly Bray were both absent Monday night.  Bray participated by phone, Hauman wasn’t allowed because she was supposedly on vacation.  The City Code says absent alderman can only participate if sick or on business travel. I believe, based on the last time the Towanda-Barnes/ Ireland Grove intersection was […]

What did Tari say?

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting ended with accusations against Tari for what 2 aldermen heard he said at the conference below. It would be really easy to find out the truth – just ask Mike Matejka or Chris Koos – they were there with Tari: https://events.illinoisstate.edu/event/social-ethnic-racial-boundaries-campus-community-21st-century-race-immigration-trump-administration/ You might want to look at […]

The fix was in

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari was against privatizing garbage, so last night he changed the rules. An Executive Session (secret meeting) was part of the 5:00 meeting.  I don’t remember when the video has ever started before their secret meeting.  It did last night so an ASFME representative could inform the Council that privatizing garbage service […]

Protester, nonsense, and Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s going to take multiple stories to cover last night.  This is #2.  (#1  https://blnnews.com/2018/02/13/when-it-happens-to-you/) Tari has a protester at City Hall this morning, it’s not the first time he’s been there, this is just the first time I got a pic.  He is a disabled army ranger: ___________________________ Last night the City […]

When it happens to you . . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council didn’t care when Tari attacked Judy Stearns over and over. They barely cared when Tari attacked numerous citizens, including me. It’s a different story when Tari attacks the Council! At the end of last night’s meeting Tari commented he was upset the five alderman sent their demand to […]

Another TIF – “Right Fit”

By:  Diane Benjamin Tax Increment Financing (TIF)  districts were meant to redevelop blighted areas.  They divert all increases in property taxes to the City and then to the developers.  The taxes are diverted FROM all other taxing bodies like schools, library, county, township, etc. Downtown Bloomington had a long term TIF that expired a couple […]

Bills for Monday night

By:  Diane Benjamin Somebody finally got around to posting the Bills and Payroll:    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15822 Diane Hauman is now going on the One Voice trip with Renner, Black, and Rasmussen ( https://blnnews.com/2018/01/26/more-government-travel-at-your-expense/) $1600 x 4 = $6,400 to visit the DC swamp instead of demanding in-district meetings with representatives.  That number is before other expenses.   Does […]

Showdown at the OK Council

By:  Diane Benjamin One item on Monday’ agenda is going to have Scott Black’s panties in a wad: PDF page 239  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15814 The last time this joint project was mentioned Scott threw a hissy fit.  Diana Hauman and Mboka Mwilambe had to remind him people actually live on the east side of town and pay taxes. […]

No bills/payroll plus unions

By:  Diane Benjamin The City knows what Bills and Payroll should be posted to their website, evidently you aren’t allowed to know.  Nothing has been posted yet, but approval is on the agenda: Labor unions are running the City of Bloomington! They don’t work for you, you are their slaves forced to pay their salaries, […]

Sneak through a consultant

By:  Diane Benjamin This item is on the agenda for the pre-council meeting Monday, it’s buried at the bottom. Delivering City services in a cost effective efficient manner?  PDF page 63:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15810 , Wasting $20,000 to search for a City Manager! . Connect the dots: GovHR website lists Heidi Voorhees prominently:  http://www.govhrusa.com/about-us.aspx OpenSecrets.org has this:   https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=Heidi+Voorhees   So […]

Bloomington buying more property

By:  Diane Benjamin PDF page 447:   http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15814 Monday night the City wants to buy a house adjacent to the old Coachman Hotel property.  The address is 404 E Washington. Less than a month ago a developer talked about building “affordable” housing on the Coachman property which the City also owns.    http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/affordable-housing-pitched-for-ex-coachman-site/article_e11f52ca-39cd-5465-936d-1f2873a4567e.html The City is planning […]

Renner attack flashback

By:  Diane Benjamin The video below is from 2014.  I have NO idea why it has gotten close to 8000 views in the last month.  Maybe Tari will be the next internet sensation. This is the video of him attacking Judy Stearns for doing the unforgivable – proposing cuts.  His speech prior to the attack […]

Harmony Park – Cool idea!

By:  Diane Benjamin A local group is working to create: The First Inclusive Playground in McLean County designed for all Ages and Abilities The City of Bloomington has already budgeted $85,000 to replace the existing playground equipment, the safe accessible equipment costs $350,000.  Grants to cover part of the difference have been received.  They still need around […]

Sometimes you just have to laugh

UPDATE: Stanford: $20,020

Chief Carter informed me he does not drive this car to work. By:  Diane Benjamin In 2001 the Village of Stanford reportedly had over 700 residents.  Stanford is now at 580. Why does a tiny town need a police chief?  Is crime rampant?  Remember when the Danvers police patrolled and Stanford didn’t have the higher […]

Can the Council finally do their job?

By:  Diane Benjamin Five aldermen stopped the welcoming ordinance meeting for next week.  More important are the names of the aldermen who didn’t sign the request to stop the waste of time and money:  Scott Black, Amelia Buragas, Diana Hauman, and Jamie Mathy Maybe now the Council’s full attention can be working on the budget.  […]

Early voting delayed

The below was sent by McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael and Paul Shannon from the Bloomington Election Commission: (It’s ridiculous to vote this early anyway!)

Yes, the Tari criminal investigation continues

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is the latest response to my FOIA request for the status of the Tari Renner PCard use investigation: . . . . .

Chris Koos – Hot Mic

By:  Diane Benjamin Before the Town Council meeting last night a discussion was caught on hot mic. It starts with mentions of all the kids showing up at City Hall – evidently arrested after getting caught at a party. Chris Koos then calls a person crazy – Kevin Simpson. What does he say about you […]

District 87 – Reverse Discrimination

By:  Diane Benjamin Back in 2013 the Bloomington School District #87 was investigated for reverse discrimination because they failed to protect a white student. The school district signed an eleven point resolution that included this statement: Is reverse discrimination covered during orientation? This case resulted in substantial injuries to the student.  One of the parents […]

Government for the employees

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington changed the pension spiking policy for all new hires after they became liable for the increased cost – that was in 2012. The policy has not been changed for existing employees.  Why should any person be entitled to a pension they didn’t earn? Employees are getting paid months before they retire for […]

BHS needs a WHITE Student Union

No More Comments Will Be Approved On This Story   By:  Diane Benjamin Nikita Richards wants to be the next McLean County Clerk, She evidently wants to divide people.  See the post below from her personal Facebook page. How did BHS ever survive until 2018 without a Black Student Union? Why stop there?  Short people […]

Who is the leaker?

By:  Diane Benjamin On January 23rd WGLT had an intriguing story.  I was hoping some other media cared or WGLT would do a followup because it left too many questions unanswered. See the story here:  http://wglt.org/post/emails-prosecutors-declined-citys-request-closed-session-coliseum-case According to the story, WGLT got their hands on some emails between Bloomington attorney Jeff Jurgens and the State’s Attorney office.  […]

Public Corruption: Some do get prosecuted

As reported by the Edgar County Watchdogs, the Mayor of LaHarpe Il was charged with official misconduct after he used the City backhoe for foundation work on his house.  The Hancock County States Attorney  actually did his job! Public funds, property, and credit can not be used for personal gain. Read the story here:  http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/02/law-and-order-in-hancock-county-laharpe-mayor-charged-with-official-misconduct/ By […]

Normal Monday spending

By:  Diane Benjamin Source: http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2882 (click any pics to enlarge) Plans and spending to replace the library continue: (If your income was down, would you continue with plans to build a new luxury house just because you want it?) Apparently Normal is sending 4 people to DC for One Voice – $1600 each.  These are […]

Another Employee Party!

By:  Diane Benjamin In case you didn’t know, the City of Bloomington Employee Activities Committee threw a party on October 31, 2017:    https://blnnews.com/2017/12/12/party-on/ EAC threw themselves another party on January 27th at the BCPA – the Winter Event.  This time there is no reference to a charge for attending. The City even PAID the BCPA […]

Citizen Budget cuts

By:  Diane Benjamin Since Alderman Hauman’s citizen budget group hasn’t been allowed to discuss their findings at a Council meeting, I want you to see their work. (moving the library and a Welcoming Ordinance for illegals are evidently more important) The group started with the items discussed at the November retreat.  The retreat was the […]

Millennials don’t want packed downtown

By:  Diane Benjamin From the not at all conservative Daily Beast:   https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-screwed-millennial-generation-gets-smart?ref=home?ref=home It turns out young people have the same dreams their parents did: But millennials, as noted in a new paper from Anne Snyder and Alicia Kurimska, aren’t embracing downward mobility but rather are increasingly creating their own aspirational strategies (PDF). Some are doing […]

Are Hauman and citizens ignored?

By:  Diane Benjamin Alderman Diana Hauman took it on herself to gather citizen input on the budget.  She asked 6 people to look at the budget and look for savings.  2 had to drop off, but 4 with extensive business experience spent months looking at everything.  Evidently they aren’t allowed to present their findings because […]

AFSCME needs to talk to State Farm employees

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington’s AFSCME Union is actively campaigning on Facebook for their jobs: Of course they are worried about losing jobs, so are State Farm employees.  The difference is SF employees can’t do a thing about it.  AFSCME gets pay, benefits, and pensions with taxpayer dollars, but they expect you to lobby for them! […]

Bloomington gets funny too

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember that joint meeting of the Council, Library Board, and Connect Transit that 5 members of the Bloomington City Council voted not to hold?  Remember Tari called a special meeting anyway? Remember how he claimed his Downtown Task Force worked for months and had a right to be heard?  Remember the editorial […]

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