Connect Transit – what electing progressives got you

By:  Diane Benjamin Contract Transit met on 6/23/2020:  Meeting documentation Can supporters of Connect Transit explain why a system of empty buses with deficits that loses close to 1 MILLION every month is a valid use of taxpayer money?  Whatever they say can’t possibly justify this abomination that only gets worse with continued spending on […]

What about the money Bloomington owes VenuWorks?

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington has been paying VenuWorks $4,999.98 sporadically since 2016, payments are marked loan principle.  This story says why:   https://blnnews.com/2016/10/06/so-bloomington-claims/ The short version:  VenuWorks paid John Butler (CIAM) for equipment at the Coliseum.  The City is reimbursing them for that purchase.  The total was $299,999, no interest, payments over 5 […]

WOW! So close Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin If only they had spent a little more on consulting and architects for bus stops, they could have made it to $1,000,000 lost in ONE MONTH: Cost per trip is now a whooping $9.26, last April it was $3.30. Cost for Connect Mobility is far worse:  $117.13 per rider.  Last year it […]

Need a reason to never go to downtown Bloomington?

By:  Diane Benjamin Committee of Whole meeting 5/18  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1076&Inline=True Alderman Mathy doesn’t understand people don’t want to pay for parking.  That is why strip malls and other shopping options are where people go – not downtown. Mathy has 3 Council initiatives for the Council.  They will vote Yes they want to hear more or NO […]

East Peoria Mayor is leading

By:  Diane Benjamin Media was quick to report East Peoria is moving forward with reopening their City.  WEEK Live streamed Mayor John Kahl’s press conference on May 1st.  The only place I have been able to find it is on the East Peoria’s Facebook page. What I have not heard in any media report is […]

Socialist exposing themselves

By:  Diane Benjamin Hitler was elected.  The people of Germany voted for a socialist because he promised to save them.  Democratic Socialism.  Those wanting to re-write history don’t want you to know his party was called:  National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Socialists always come to power promising equality and free stuff.  It’s easy to get votes […]

Update: More COVID local facts

4 more cases were found today, none are in the hospital. By:  Diane Benjamin ChicagoBusiness.com posted a database of Illinois hospitals last week.  It proves not only that hospitals are not overrun with Covid patients, but also they are being severely hurt by lack of elective procedures: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/static/section/hospital-beds-database.html?fbclid=IwAR3kr7t03wdAjYToEd3EbVmZhjaRN7JRqwAZ7s0jFE8KNX8eQQG8aPSzdBc Below are the local stats as of […]

Bloomington – Monday Payments

By:  Diane Benjamin A little history: A lot of department spending at the City of Bloomington is done by PCard.  Since December isn’t a month with conferences to attend and employees are more likely to take time off, it shouldn’t be a surprise PCard spending is lower than usual: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23757 https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23995 January: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=24210 February: So […]

Bloomington: Business as mostly usual

By:  Diane Benjamin Make sure you read to the bottom! http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1069&Inline=True Monday there is an ordinance up for approval to prorate refunds paid for video gaming licenses since these businesses are closed.  See PDF page 374.  Anybody else hold a license you can’t use?  Demand a refund too, equality supposedly matters. PDF page 372 has […]

Proof the CLUELESS exist

By:  Diane Benjamin I don’t provide a platform for the totally out of touch with reality to spew their hate, but occasionally they make a great story! In response to yesterday’s City Council story, a comment was made that I redacted most of.  The name is fake, she used a VPN making it appear she […]

Bloomington: How is this Justice?

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch the Pledge of Allegiance at 1:55:00.  The only part where Jenn’s lips move is “Liberty and Justice for All”.  She obviously has no clue where liberty comes from, she must think government grants freedom, of course government must also give justice for her hommies too. Two years ago I did a […]

Alinsky Monday: Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin City of Bloomington has a Committee of Whole meeting Monday.  Agenda:  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1072&Inline=True On the agenda: How the Budget Overview is presented will be fascinating.  If it is “sugar-coated” it will be to promote the discussion following.  Tax revenue has to be plummeting:  Income tax, Sales Tax, Food and Beverage Taxes, Hotel/Motel Tax, […]

Bloomington on Zoom!

By:  Diane Benjamin Citizens were spared from a long line of people wanting the City to fork over your money.  Most of public comment was emailed, those were forwarded to the Aldermen but not read out loud.  One of the comments was called in, the form aid would take is never mentioned.  Stan Nord also […]

Today’s Silly and More

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington City Manger Tim Gleason didn’t answer my email from yesterday: The “Sorry, no hello” is an insider joke.  Tim Gleason has always been straight forward with me, this time I don’t see it. What the whole “parade” shenanigans amounts to is City employees do not understand your tax dollars aren’t their […]

Too Painful to watch

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council met Thursday night since technology prevented them from holding a meeting on Monday. The only Alderman in the room was Donna Boelen.  also present was Tari Renner, Tim Gleason, City Clerk Leslie Yochum, and Jeff Jurgens.  There was a painfully long pause when aldermen wanted to speak, most […]

Just the facts: China Corona virus

By:  Diane Benjamin Skip the media hysteria and get Illinois information directly from the the Department of Public Health:    https://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus The page is updated daily, this is from yesterday.  Note the death rate is less than 1%. The site has an interactive map showing cases by County, most of Illinois has few or no […]

Spending Spree!

By:  Diane Benjamin Maybe the below will tell you why the public is encouraged to watch this meeting on-line instead of showing up.  In an “emergency”, keep citizens from speaking. WEEK is the only media I’ve seen saying the virus has likely been here for some time:  https://week.com/2020/03/20/mclean-county-reports-3-new-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR0txyysl-6hw6DFVEnpzQ_g8xkdJh7ESaf0Re0UoDVIsLaSu2wYe3l0ukg Packet for Bloomington Monday night:  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1067&Inline=True Hey […]

Bloomington festivities last night

By:  Diane Benjamin Both Jamie Mathy and Kimberly Bray were absent.  Jenn Carrillo called in because she was sick. Public Comment started with a guy representing the same group that presented in Normal demanding both cities create a climate change plan for extreme weather.  See 5:35.  He claimed Normal agreed to work with them, I […]

Too many stories this week!

I posted a ton of stories, if you missed any: In order by top stories read, you might have missed the comments! https://blnnews.com/2020/03/03/4-from-decatur/ https://blnnews.com/2020/03/02/koos-doesnt-like-being-challenged/ https://blnnews.com/2020/03/04/jenn-carrillo-vrs-common-sense/ https://blnnews.com/2020/03/03/more-on-fritzens-retirement/ https://blnnews.com/2020/03/02/why-normals-agenda-needed-its-own-story/ https://blnnews.com/2020/03/05/kooss-bike-present/ https://blnnews.com/2020/03/04/cirbn-minutes-by-foia/  

Arena Events – all profits!

By:  Diane Benjamin https://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-1817 4 ISU hockey events are also posted.  Even with dismal attendance the profits were:  $1,727.26, $2,269.16, $2,458.26, and $1,997.42.  Most of the profit is from charging $2000 to play there. This year the City projected Arena: revenues of $4,883,795 expenses of $5,219,846  –  for a loss of $336,051. For the year […]

Why Normal’s agenda needed it’s own story

By:  Diane Benjamin https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3566 A couple more notes about the retirement present for Jeff Fritzen: This purchase violates the Town purchasing policy:  https://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/12829/2017-Purchasing-Policy-Manual-x?bidId= Under Ethics:  PDF page 4 and page 5: PDF page 2:  https://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7696/Chapter-02—Officers-Elected-and-Appointed?bidId= Fritzen was paid $4800 a year as Trustee.  That gift was close to a 10% bonus: PDF page 44 The […]