$ 43,585,074!

By:  Diane Benjamin That is the cost of building the proposed multi-sport complex. The best part is: It will NEVER pay for itself! If anybody supports this proposal they need mental health exams. More tomorrow!

Court hearing over Mikey

By:  Diane Benjamin If you missed the original story, read it HERE I was in court to see what would happen today.  The Attorney for Amber Buck filed something this morning and expected the judge to rule on it.  Evidently Mr. Billington doesn’t understand how the court works.  The judge gave the attorney for Michael Cardena […]

Preaching Socialism

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois People’s action was at the Sugar Creek Art Festival spreading socialism, note they target the young who don’t know that socialism kills: One item on the sign is 100% renewable energy.  Evidently they don’t know the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine.  Creating batteries to store energy […]

Mikey’s Court date Monday (Updated)

The hearing is at 1:30 in courtroom 3A in the Law and Justice Center.  I am planning on attending.     This is the guy jailed for manufacturing meth in the house Mickey lived at with his mother. He is schedule for release in May of next year:

Mikey’s Story

By:  Diane Benjamin Mikey Cardena was an abused child, I have the pictures and police reports to prove it.  On Monday a McLean County judge will likely give custody back to the mom even though the abuse happened in her custody.  This is the case the media has reported as the father took the boy […]

Guest Writer: Citizens Public Safety and Community Relations Board

By:  Karen Miller On July 12, WGLT posted an article entitled “Year later, Some Want More Distance between Civilian Board and Police”.     http://wglt.org/post/year-later-some-want-more-distance-between-civilian-board-and-police The Pubic Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB) was formed to serve as a citizen advisory committee to the Chief of Police and the City Manager, providing different perspectives on police […]

Pantagraph wrong again, but nothing new

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph thanked Alderman Diana Hauman for serving and for publicly stating she is not running for reelection to the Bloomington City Council because she was not able to develop a cohesive Council. When Judy Stearns and Kevin Lower were members, the Council was very cohesive.  Everything they said was ignored. The […]

More on the VA story from yesterday

By:  Diane Benjamin This is an update to yesterday’s story:     https://blnnews.com/2018/07/11/not-the-right-fit-tari/ This morning I spoke to the Marine veteran who was the subject of the Facebook post by Danny Leifel.  He wants to remain anonymous because of the large number of phone calls he received yesterday. One phone call he never received was from […]

Update: Your wallet isn’t safe!

The Town of Normal still does not have this meeting properly posted.  They do have the 7:00 pm meeting posted.  Their lawyer needs to re-read the Open Meetings Act. By:  Diane Benjamin The notice below is not posted on the Town of Normal website under agendas or anywhere else I looked.  This was sent to […]

Recycling? How much ends up in the landfill?

By:  Diane Benjamin It would be nice if everything that could be recycled was.  Normal passed an ordinance mandating recycling for multi family housing.  The joke just might be on the kids who begged the Trustees to pass it.  Their rent will go up and all “recyclables” may end up in the landfill anyway.  Of […]

UPDATE: Veterans aren’t the “Right Fit” Tari?

One more update:  Now David Hales is being blamed for not returning phone calls. Aldermen Mathy and Hauman have claimed on Facebook to have talked to City staff.  Their reports conflict with the original post.  Both claim nobody at the City has been called.  Keep in mind civil servants are masters of double speak. The […]

Can’t have a conversation with some people

By:  Diane Benjamin We are being intentionally deceived.  Politicians do it.  Media does it.  Schools are doing it. Social media reveals just how bad it is.  This pic was not taken locally, but it was posted locally.  The person who posted it doesn’t see a problem?  Do you? That brings me to Sonny Garcia – […]

Public Comment – worth watching!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Council was close to sickly sweet to each other last night.  Not one of them mentioned the failed attempt by Tari Renner is bully them into passing the welcoming ordinance. Citizens did however.  Just hit play to watch Public Comment.  If you want to see the guy Sonny Garcia calls a […]

The show is cancelled!

  The dog and pony show for tonight has been cancelled.  The meeting would have been illegal because City hall isn’t big enough for everyone to attend that wants to.  Tari knew that when he scheduled it.  The Council now needs and ordinance not allowing Tari to call special meetings without agreement by a majority […]

Lesson in why government MUST be limited

By:  Diane Benjamin Government doesn’t have to be competent, especially when incompetent people are elected!  The City of Bloomington has proven over and over they know where to get more money. YOU! The naming rights for the Ice Center expired more than two years ago.  Pepsi is no longer paying to have their name on […]

What does “No Bids” tell you? (and more Council tonight)

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington City Council meeting tonight: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18264 Beginning on PDF page 380 Remember the Wayfinding signs? In August 2016 the Council hired a firm to design the signs for $62,190.  In December 2017 the Council approved spending another $28,095 for design after the original designs were nixed. They could have held a local contest […]

Sonny using Chicago playbook

By:  Diane Benjamin Sonny’s latest threat after the Dan Ryan was shut down by protesters against gun violence: Who runs Bloomington? Send Tari a thank you message! . . . . . . .  

Bloomington is at war thanks to Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin These are the people who helped elect Tari both times, note he looks much younger in the pic below.  The talking points haven’t changed. These are the people demanding a “welcoming ordinance” now. These are also Tari’s people: This is what “civility” looks like in Tari’s Bloomington. Proof:  Tari’s hate filled rant […]

This should make your weekend-if you don’t live in Bloomington

Local elections will be in March of 2019 – Even number Wards. Think you should vote this time?

YWCA & Jenn Carrillo

By:  Diane Benjamin I reader sent this to me this morning – it’s a Facebook post: Since the Pantagraph never credited me for their story, Sarah – how do you know?  Maybe they saw Jenn’s story with the burning limousine and ALSO thought it was a threat!  Even if they did steal the story from […]

The radicals lose Monday

By: Diane Benjamin The proposed “welcoming ordinance” is now posted.  Illinois People’s Action, the YWCA, and all the other radicals demanding it will celebrate, but they are the big losers: The ordinance is a worthless exercise that changes nothing. It only recaps what is already happening. Some flowery Tari language is included only so the […]

Bloomington’s spending priorities Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin If the new City Manager is able to sell his house in Decatur, maybe he can take David Hales’s house off his hands.  It is still for sale, reduced AGAIN to $245,000.  It started at $279,900 last November.    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Conway-Cir-Bloomington-IL-61704/76972678_zpid/?fullpage=true Tari’s favorite non-profit, Illinois Policy Institute, wrote about Bloomington’s new City Manager, it’s […]

4 of 5 contributions NOT local

By:  Diane Benjamin Campaign Contributions: Friends of Nikita Richards Why are 4 of the 5 contributions NOT from McLean County? Two are from Chicago and one from Rockford!

Is Tari calling for an illegal meeting?

By:  Diane Benjamin In typical progressive politics, Tari Renner wants to beat the Council into voting on the Welcoming Ordinance.  Nothing is posted yet on the City website, but somehow the Pantagraph knows this meeting is going to take place on Monday.  Yes, more proof the media prints what they are told to print! The […]

Blest this July 4th

We are only free if freedom is defended.  Every generation must fight those wanting to steal it. Happy Independence Day Let Freedom ring

BLM: You bailed out this guy?

By:  Diane Benjamin For Mother’s Day Black Lives Mater bailed out a mom already out on bond for retail theft in Springfield.  She was arrested for the same thing here and for having her baby with her when she did it. Keep in mind, everything you buy is more expensive to cover the losses from […]

Once again Nikita, facts matter

By:  Diane Benjamin Nikita Richards wants to be the next McLean County Clerk.  She has a problem with facts however.  See this post from her Facebook page and try to spot the problem: Spot it yet?  Should I wait? waiting . . . waiting . . . Nothing? She claims she met a guy in […]

The next State’s Attorney

By:  Diane Benjamin This note is on the McLean County State’s Attorney website:    http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/index.aspx?NID=96 Sources tell me the State’s Attorney job is mostly administrative, I don’t buy it.  If the State’s Attorney has never tried a case or prosecuted anyone, how can they know the people they are supervising are competent?  I bet prosecuting the […]

More Jenn Carrillo

By: Diane Benjamin Jenn has new comments on Facebook this morning claiming she is completely non-violent.  Everything not in quotes are Jenn’s words.  This is non-violent? Below are the parts of the article Jenn didn’t quote.  “this man” is President Trump.    https://splinternews.com/this-is-just-the-beginning-1827099100 The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s. […]

Unethical Reporter: Edith Brady-Lunny

By:  Diane Benjamin Ms. Lunny just published a story on the Jenn Carrillo violence post and didn’t mention where the Pantagraph found it.  I know where she found it: I have this sweet little program linked to my website that tells me where reads are from.  Above are two of the reads, I know there […]

Tari on WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council LOVES their SECRET meetings – Executive Sessions.  They love them so much they won’t release the minutes from when Tom Hamilton was City Manager!  Hamilton retired more than 9 years ago.  The only reason to not release evaluations etc. is to hide.  Some people are STILL on the […]

Connect Transit LOSS GROWS!

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s only a matter of time before Connect Transit makes at all the way to a $1,000,000 loss in one month.  They are trying really hard to get there. PDF page 8:    file:///C:/Users/Diane/Downloads/26Jun18%20Board%20Meeting%20Packet%20Final.pdf May income was: Income barely covered fuel expenses of $104,193.08 Total expenses: Total Operating Loss: This isn’t monopoly money!  This […]

Gleason needs to sign a CORRECTED contract

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a reader! There is a typo in this paragraph that would make it impossible to enforce in a court.  The entire contract needs proofread, fixed and resigned! More needs changed to MORAL.

Jennifer Carrillo: This looks like a threat

By:  Diane Benjamin Jenn Carrillo announced she is running for Karen Schmidt’s City Council seat.  She even moved to the Ward just so she can take on Schmidt.  Jenn runs on “Loving everybody” and “When We Fight We Win”.  She’s really running against Karen because of the Welcoming Ordinance and the Council’s failure to pass […]

Is Tari lying?

By:  Diane Benjamin Before the vote to neuter Tari’s agenda privileges, he gave a little speech.  He claimed an Alderwoman came to him 30 days after he was first elected with a list of over 100 items she wanted him to put on the agenda.  He claims that person has NEVER voted for a City budget.  […]

Council Recap

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council only had ONE meeting last night instead of 2 or 3.  It didn’t help them not spend your money, but at least they only contemplated how to shovel out more.  Of course, it was on downtown.  More later. Jamie Mathy did not attend, so Ward 1 had no […]

$225,000 unaccountable

By:  Diane Benjamin At tonight’s City Council meeting BN Advantage will get $125,000.  That is in addition to the $100,000 currently paid to the Economic Development Council which happens to be part of BN Advantage. Confused? It’s not going to get any clearer since both organizations can not be FOIA’d. PDF page 277  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18156 This is […]

Smile, you are on Police Video

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t To a Reader I could have titled this article:  So you think you are above the law? Or:  Policemen are Saints! Or:  How does she still have a State job? Or:  This reporter can NOT be allowed to cover crime Or:  How did police know she wasn’t driving stoned? The possibilities […]

City Vending Machines – Is it party money?

By:  Diane Benjamin Earlier this month the City of Bloomington claimed the Public Works party was financed with employee money from vending machine profits:   https://blnnews.com/2018/06/04/party-at-public-works/ I FOIA’d the City vending machine contracts, of course my FOIA was extended.  Yesterday I received two contracts dated in 2004. This one is for vending machine products other than […]

Heartland is pricing kids out of college

By:  Diane Benjamin Budgets for Heartland Community College only go back to 2012 on their website.  Below are tuition increases starting in 2012: PDF page 11:   https://www.heartland.edu/documents/bo/budgetfy12.pdf Note tuition was increased $16 per credit hour in 2012.     2013: PDF page 11:  https://www.heartland.edu/documents/bo/budgetfy13.pdf Since 2012 didn’t mention a “Student Life Fee” and it’s only $1 per credit […]

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