Bloomington’s Decline

By:  Diane Benjamin A lot of America has a booming economy, but not Illinois and certainly not Bloomington.  Removing government obstructions allows the private sector to grow, expand, and start new businesses.  If you aren’t the “right fit” here, don’t bother. Ever since Tari Renner was first elected, Master Plans have been created for everything.  […]

Gleason’s Decatur legacy – Must Read

By:  Diane Benjamin It looks like the Decatur newspaper actually investigates government, unlike the Pantagraph.  Both are owned by Lee Enterprises.  (Stock price $2.75 a share) It’s a long read, but it NEVER mentions Decatur’s former City Manager (and now Bloomington’s) Tim Gleason.  Everything is blamed on the City Council. City Managers are hired to […]

City Manager spends your money!

By:  Diane Benjamin Email to Kevin Gerrard concerning the ethics investigation of Nikita Richards: So the City is hiring an independent law firm to investigate the obvious. If Nikita isn’t fired they can blame the law firm. If Nikita is fired they can blame the law firm. If the investigation takes months they can blame […]

Bloomington Ethics: Nikita Richards

By:  Diane Benjamin The City is required by law to hold an ethics hearing on the complaint filed by Kevin Gerrard, so far that hasn’t happened. Kevin FOIA’d Nikita’s entire browser history for the month of June.  The City has a new way of pretending she isn’t campaigning or shopping while being paid by taxpayers: […]

Gleason is going!

By:  Diane Benjamin Just a few choice picks from Bills and Payroll for approval on Monday:       http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20012 From previous story:  https://blnnews.com/2018/09/20/international-infamy-bloomington/ Tim Gleason is going to the ICMA conference in Baltimore   This looks like a FOIA: One month of legal cost sent to Springfield: . . . . . . . . . […]

International Infamy: Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin I been on the ICMA email list for years.  ICMA is INTERNATIONAL CITY/COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.  This is the place for managers who think government solves problems.  All it takes is money, of course yours. The daily email is a summary of what government is up to, mostly around the country, but also internationally.  […]