UPDATE: Tari on WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin Ol’ Mayor Renner called “bloggers” liars this morning on the Scott Miller show.  So far I haven’t been able to find a podcast.  If somebody sees it please let me know! This link was posted in the comments:  https://post.futurimedia.com/wjbcam/playlist/2/listen-233.html?cb=1571239016.737804 Tari also complained about negative reporting by bloggers.  I thought I would do […]

Discount Connect Transit rides

By:  Diane Benjamin One bit of new information:  Connect Transit does track transfers even though they aren’t reported anywhere.  Mike McCurdy stated transfers aren’t up when he appeared at a Normal Town Council meeting, so I FOIA’d that info per month.  I got this: This is one step closer to finding out exactly how many […]

Fleeing Illinois

https://www.businessinsider.com/cities-in-the-midwest-americans-are-fleeing Excerpt: Using data from the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates program, we found the metropolitan areas located in the Midwestern states with the most negative net migration between 2010 and 2018, adjusted by the size of the 2010 metro area population. The article recaps the top 20 Midwest cities losing population: Danville is #1 Decatur is #2 Rockford […]

Bloomington last night

By:  Diane Benjamin Eric’s Too Beer Garden got sent back to the Liquor Commission.  I was disappointed to see Scott Black absent sent he had sent this email:  (Received by FOIA) If Eric’s was doing outdoor seating before the Council approved it, the Liquor Commission should deny their request.   Otherwise the meeting was fairly boring.  […]

Need any more proof than this?

By:  Diane Benjamin This email was included in the latest FOIA from the City of Bloomington.  I didn’t have to redact any names, the City did it.  Names can’t legally be redacted, only personal information (like email addresses) can be.  I guess this couple won’t get any calls for jobs since nobody knows who they […]

Is Bloomington still meeting tonight?

By:  Diane Benjamin If the City Code doesn’t apply to the City, it doesn’t apply to you either. Right? https://blnnews.com/2019/10/13/bloomington-violates-their-own-code/ If they do meet tonight, here’s what’s on the agenda: http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1039&Inline=True  The City has already budgeted $100,489.40 for repairs to Oneil Pool.  Tonight they are adding $24,900 for sidewalk repairs around the pool.  This will […]

Columbus Day haters are missing the entire point of the holiday

https://nypost.com/2019/10/12/columbus-day-haters-are-missing-the-entire-point-of-the-holiday Excerpts: Some 60 cities and states have stopped celebrating Columbus Day, in many cases replacing it with Indigenous Peoples Day. There’s no doubt Columbus — and the conquistadors who followed — enslaved and slaughtered on a mass scale. But Columbus didn’t bring cruelty to peaceful, benign peoples. The indigenous people were also cruel to […]