You need 6 weeks to vote, but only 10 days to save 5% on sales tax

By: Diane Benjamin Besides the State of Illinois cancelling the 1% grocery tax and delaying the inflation adjusted gas tax increase until after the November election, you can save on Sales Tax for 10 days. This savings only applies to items they considered school supplies. See the Qualifying and Non-Qualifying items on page 3: https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/research/publications/bulletins/Documents/2022/FY%202022-24_N0522.pdf#search=Sales%20Tax%20holiday […]

More Unit 5 parents need to know

By: Diane Benjamin I received this email from a reader and Unit 5 employee, it hasn’t been modified: . In case it is too tiny to read, a Human Resources employee wrote this email to all employees after the Supreme Court overturned Dobbs and Roe. He wanted them to know “immediate and confidential” counseling is […]

Temporary breather

By: Diane Benjamin Thank goodness the primary is over! Congrats to the winners. Before the next onslaught of campaign ads hit, cut the cable cord. Life is awesome without constant lies. The biggest loser is the ILGOP who failed to get Richard Irvin, Kyle Ham, and Rodney Davis elected, probably others elsewhere. Ken Griffin found […]

Money from Pot

by: Diane Benjamin Evidently the City Council was told they can’t discuss approving the second pot dispensary or they might get sued. The State legalized it, the State handed a license to guys who mostly (if not all) live in California , the Zoning Board of Appeals approved the location, so the Council was expected […]

Transparency lacking in Bloomington

By: Diane Benjamin Taxpayers OWN Bloomington government, they work for you! Why is it so difficult to get information? Instead of fixing the functionality of the City website, they just redesign it. They have many useless tabs that aren’t used, nobody is cleaning them up or making SEARCHING for information easier. It’s almost like hiding […]

Dying to know what Bloomington is doing tonight?

By: Diane Benjamin FYI: While your retirement savings are being hit hard, so are the Defined Benefit Plans for Public Sector employees. You will get the bill since no one is willing to amend the Illinois Constitution. Redesigning the City website means Bills and Payroll have to be searched for now, somebody forgot to add […]

EDC didn’t do their due diligence before posting

By: Diane Benjamin Everybody occasionally gets sucked in by things they see on the internet. Everybody should do more research before they post anything. (including me!) Two days ago the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council posted this on Facebook: . Ever heard of Pheabs? It didn’t take much research to find out who they are, the […]

Scott Preston’s pretend family gets around!

By: Diane Benjamin I heard the Illinois Republican Party sent FIVE mailers for Scott Preston, they hung up on Jim Fisher when he called the House Republican Organization. Fisher was told they picked Preston. The ILGOP is alienating THOUSANDS of voters by interfering with letting people pick their candidates! The 91st Legislative District isn’t the […]

Scott Preston does comedy!

By: Diane Benjamin The Illinois Republican Party sent another mailer for Scott Preston, are they worried about Jim Fisher? This one is hilarious. Front side: Is the picture supposed to portray Preston as a good family man? That isn’t Scott Preston and his wife and kids in the picture. They found a family to use […]

UPDATE: Is the Bloomington Library Safe for Kids?

See another book the library had on display on May below. H/t a reader. By: Diane Benjamin Maybe this is why Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe refused to consider appointing new people to the Library Board who applied, he reappointed Renner’s people instead. See this 2019 story about a conference some library personnel attended: https://blnnews.com/2019/07/20/drag-queens-at-the-library/ This national […]

5 things you need to know

By: Diane Benjamin 1) The special meeting Normal called at 5:45 last night was a waste of time. The promised PASER report is still not done, supposedly it will be by the end of June. Chris Koos wasn’t there, neither was Scott Preston or Karyn Smith. The license plate reading camera presentation will have to […]

Vandalism

By: Diane Benjamin It’s always easy to tell who the true conservatives are by what happens to their campaign signs. H/T a reader: All of Jim Fisher’s signs this reader saw were spray painted. Below are just two of them. These criminal acts prove the offender doesn’t believe in free and fair elections. Conservatism is […]

Unit 5 is WOKE, Wake up Parents

By: Diane Benjamin Quote from this story: https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/america-first-attorneys-demand-rural-iowa-school-stops-indoctrinating “School should prepare students for citizenship in our constitutional republic and colorblind society, not turn impressionable children into social justice warriors who view all that is good and just through the distorted lens of race, sex, gender, power, and politics.” This is a screen shot of what […]

Huge Transparency problem in Bloomington

By: Diane Benjamin Did you know some Bloomington officials SEARCH on this website because it is impossible to find what you are looking for on the City of Bloomington website? Instead of concentrating on function, the City is changing the look of the Bloomington website and providing LESS vital information. Example: https://www.cityblm.org/government/city-council/meetings-and-agendas Details from this […]

Did Julie Emig violate City Code ethics?

By: Diane Benjamin At Monday’s Bloomington Council meeting approving money for the Ecology Action Center was on the Consent Agent. Everything on it was passed with one unanimously vote including this to the Ecology Action Center: https://d3n9y02raazwpg.cloudfront.net/cityblm/5a1a631e-a62d-11ec-8a90-0050569183fa-36dc0a47-f3e1-4a7f-ab53-55227cac04fe-1654897109.pdf One problem – h/t a reader: Julie Emig is listed on the Ecology Action Center website as a […]

Bloomington minus 2 aldermen

By: Diane Benjamin Bloomington managed a 44 minute meeting last night. Only 7 of the 9 Alderman were present: If you listened to the roll call you wouldn’t know who was missing because the Clerk only called the names of those present! (That’s not a roll call) If you can’t tell, Sheila Montney and Mollie […]

Just say NO to Unit 5

By: Diane Benjamin Unit 5 has a superintendent that uses PRONOUNS! Proof: https://blnnews.com/2021/08/27/the-winning-email/ If that doesn’t tell you your kids are going to a leftist indoctrination camp, maybe this will help. Unit 5 is all in on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Stop and read this article: https://thefederalist.com/2022/01/10/500-school-districts-publicly-declare-only-woke-teachers-need-apply/ Is “woke” Weikle only hiring woke teachers? Would […]

Ecology Action Center Tax return

By: Diane Benjamin According to this website, EAC has a fiscal year that ends on 6/30. The return as of 6/30/2021 is available: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/371157100/download990pdf_03_2022_prefixes_36-43%2F371157100_202106_990_2022030919708158 Revenue was way down last year. The only reason I thought to look at this is because the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District paid them labeled Customer relations: That payment is […]

High gas prices: Government GOLD

By: Diane Benjamin Start with gas taxes: Federal Gas Tax: https://www.marca.com/en/lifestyle/us-news/2022/03/14/622f1813268e3e976c8b4593.html 18.3 cents per gallon 24.3 cents per gallon for diesel Illinois Gas Tax: https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/research/taxrates/Pages/motorfuel.aspx 38.2 cents per gallon 46.7 cents per gallon for diesel Both Bloomington and Normal add another 8 cents per gallon, diesel and gas are the same. Every time you fill […]

YOU can report to Google!

By: Diane Benjamin Google has the name of Veterans Parkway wrong, no it hasn’t been changed. See yesterday’s story and update: https://blnnews.com/2022/06/08/is-this-a-joke/ Apple Maps has Veterans Parkway – h/t a reader. Google just has the name wrong, but you can report directly to them. Start by clicking this link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bloomington,+IL/@40.4759484,-88.9535708,16.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x880b087039089ac1:0x2e424aa54a23bc1e!8m2!3d40.4842984!4d-88.993721 Your browser may show up […]

Update: Is this a joke?

Update: Back in 2017 lawmakers did rename part of I55, but it stopped north of Pontiac: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/barack-obama-expressway-illinois/19044/?amp Somebody tell Google! By: Diane Benjamin h/t a reader https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bloomington,+IL/@40.4813823,-88.9527323,15.92z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x880b087039089ac1:0x2e424aa54a23bc1e!8m2!3d40.4842984!4d-88.993721 Apple maps shows Veterans Parkway! If Veterans is now an Expressway, can we drive as fast as we want.

More on Normal last Monday

By: Diane Benjamin Want to know why taxpayers have to pay $51,290 to make Uptown Circle ADA compliant? Somebody filed a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General who investigated and told Normal it doesn’t comply. Evidently that person did not approach the Town first. The biggest item is adding a handrail, but the ramp is […]

You should have been there!

By: Diane Benjamin I attended part of the Angles4Freedom meeting last night. I would have stayed the entire time if Normal hadn’t been meeting. Lots of candidates and voters attended. Kathy Salvi has my vote for US Senate. I found out we have mutual friends she works with on election integrity issues. She is a […]

McLean County 2022 drug deaths

By: Diane Benjamin April 2022 – 4 drug deaths PDF page 31 https://mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/8721 March 2022 – 4 drug deaths PDF page 70 https://mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/8677 February 2022 – 2 drug deaths PDF page 104 https://mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/8615 January 2022 – zero There must have been 4 more since the April report. I asked the Coroner’s office if Fentanyl was […]

April: Every ride on a bus was subsidized $4.89

By: Diane Benjamin The Connect Transit Board met back on May 24th: https://www.connect-transit.com/file/586/05%2024%202022_Board%20Meeting%20Packet.pdf Of course they lost over ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Ridership from March dropped 3.31%, maybe because service hours and miles dropped – See PDF page 8. Connect Mobility ridership was down .52%, every ride on their smaller buses had a subsidy of $32.75! […]

Two things you need to know:

By: Diane Benjamin 1) Jason Barickman: What are you thinking? Ken Griffin buying a governor is okay with you? Hoping for some of Griffin’s billions? Is Irvin paying you from the $50 million he got from Griffin? Do you always host fake Republicans? 2)

The Illinois Unclaimed Property scam

By: Diane Benjamin Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs needs new authority to fine any business that sends your money to the State instead of refunding it directly to you. Years ago we subscribed to the Sunday only Pantagraph. After only getting delivery occasionally I cancelled delivery and requested a refund. I remember being told it would […]