BCPA reports FINALLY posted

By:  Diane Benjamin See the reports here:  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23615 All of these are new event report postings: 10/22/19  The Phantom Carriage   <$1,438.41>  106 attended, zero for artist fees 11/5/19  The Four Italian Tenors   $7,581.21   308 attended, zero for artist fees 10/20/19  The Carol King Musical  $44,535.44  1113 attended, zero for artist fees 10/25/19  Southern Fried Comedy […]

Evidently minorities can get ID’s

By:  Diane Benjamin For decades Voter ID laws have been blocked because opponents claim the minority vote would be negatively impacted. Either this isn’t true or the State of Illinois is now discriminating against minorities.  January 1st everyone wanting to purchase legal cannabis in Illinois is required to show a government issued ID. Who is […]

Peoria has Private Investors

By:  Diane Benjamin In Bloomington and Normal government believes they are required to spend your money to create economic development.  Peoria evidently doesn’t.  Maybe it’s because Peoria is too broke – they have made significant budget cuts.  Maybe broke government  is the key to allowing the private sector to flourish.   See this story:  https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191210/kim-blickenstaff-purchases-stake-in-peoria-armory-plans-renovation  Excerpts: […]

Cannabis Wars heat up

By:  Diane Benjamin Next Monday is when the Bloomington City Council will make their final decision on manufacturing, processing, distributing, selling, and use of marijuana.  Merry Christmas Bloomington, dollar signs and social justice warriors will decide Gettin’ High is the Way To Fly! 12:15  Chris Collins of Housing Our People Everywhere wants some of the […]

Bloomington future debt and interest

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington financial statements have the same debt table as Normal in this story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/12/09/more-on-normals-credit-rating-and-debt/      PDF page 91:  https://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=23337 The chart has a typo:  the 2035-2029 probably should have been 2025-2029. $52,090,000 for bond payments and $11,576,172 for interest.  The interest adds 22% to the total repayment.   Don’t get too […]

Bloomington Monday night 12/9/19

By:  Diane Benjamin Source:   http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1051&Inline=True Does the highlighted name look familiar?    https://blnnews.com/2019/11/04/bloomington-fireman-5-gets-off/ You might have missed the Edgar County Watchdogs version:  https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2019/11/illinois-state-university-police-let-fireman-off-of-alleged-dui-due-to-his-employment/ The BCPA staff uses this building instead of the the BCPA offices.  No event reports have been posted for the BCPA since my last FOIA.  Citizens have no idea what happens in […]