Why Normal billed taxpayers $154,120

By:  Diane Benjamin Think all the way back to March 16, 2020.  That was pre-shutdown and the Normal Town Council was still meeting in person.  The staff got raises at this meeting and the Council was forced to approve a site plan for Stan Nord’s property.  It isn’t in Uptown so different rules apply – […]

Normal: Outrageous Price!

By:  Diane Benjamin At Monday’s Council meeting at was announced they think the formerly $24,000,000 underpass can be built for $22,000,000.  This Uptown vanity won’t allow a single car to avoid sitting at a crossing waiting for a train to pass.  It won’t stop people from crossing the tracks on foot at other crossings. Compare […]

Pantagraph left a few details out of the Underpass story

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal got a $13,000,000 federal grant to build their underpass:  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/feds-release-m-for-rail-underpass-at-normal-s-uptown/article_7ce728cf-0d70-5475-8300-3f0e6b7a703a.html#1 The last I heard the town had requested $16 million, Normal taxpayers were suppose to cough up $7,000,000. Since Normal only got $13,000,000 – Normal now needs $10,000,000! Do they have that tucked away in a drawer somewhere (meaning they have […]

Clerk debate – laughable

By:  Diane Benjamin The room was packed with citizens last night wanting to hear the two candidates.  There was easily over 200 people, standing room only. Nikita Richards continued her attacks on Kathy Michael, including that she violated the law by delaying early voting.  It didn’t matter that Michael had the permission of the State’s […]

Durbin risks eternity for DNC

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve been waiting for the press to notice, evidently they don’t care. Senator Dick Durbin is a member of a Catholic church in Springfield.  He has been banned by the Diocese of Springfield from taking communion for his failure to protect unborn life. Evidently church teachings do matter! A vote was taken […]

Sister Cities non-budget

By:  Diane Benjamin I did finally receive my FOIA for the General Ledger entries to the Sister Cities accounts.  Travel expenses is sometimes in “Travel” and sometimes in “Community Relations”.  The accounts are full of transfers and memo entries that make it difficult to determine what is happening. The Sister Cities program is supported by […]

TWO Americas

By:  Diane Benjamin On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who have fought and died for us.  America began with a war for freedom and many wars have been fought since to protect it.  We would not enjoy this legacy today without the sacrifices of those willing to lose their life in our defense. […]

Dick Durbin: King of FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin Sen Dickie Durbin sent me an email today claiming the Electoral College isn’t what the Founders intended.  Yes, FAKE NEWS does exist!  Durbin not only spreads his lies to his email list, he is allowed to spout on any media source that refuses to challenged him. The media enables his FAKE NEWS, […]

WJBC, Dick Durbin – fake news

By:  Diane Benjamin Our Democratic US Senator Dick Durbin is a frequent guest on the WJBC morning show.  Unfortunately he is allowed to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the truth unchallenged.  Yes, fake news does exist! Add this story to the long list of ones I never got around to writing last week.  The interview was on 11/29.  Listen […]

UPDATE: Government is doing this:

More current information:  July-Jobs-Report-Unemployment-Rate-Drops-as-Illinois-Workforce-Shrinks-by-33600-during-summer-moving-season/ . IRS Migration Data: Taxpayers Leave NY, IL & CA For TX, FL & SC The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just released its July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 migration data, which “approximates the number of individuals” who moved between states in the U.S. California was the third largest net […]

Good Fairy Durbin

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.kfvs12.com/story/32481217/il-sen-durbin-announces-28m-in-funding-for-housingcommunity-development Dickie Durbin is throwing YOUR money all over the state.  The war on poverty, launched under LBJ, should have completely eliminated it by now, but no.  Instead it enslaved people IN poverty.  Obviously throwing money at people doesn’t work.  That doesn’t stop Dickie however. Bloomington got some, not enough to do […]

What’s up with this Tari?

By:  Diane Benjamin When Tari was running for office, he received campaign contributions totaling $1500 from Prairie PAC. Source:  http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/ItemizedContrib.aspx?FiledDocID=506335&ContributionType=Transfers+In&Archived=True&OrderBy=LastorOnlyName-AtoZ&ItemizedContribFrom=D2Quarterly.aspx So, who is Prairie PAC? Dick Durbin! Source:  http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?cycle=2012&strID=C00347195 Guess who contributed to Prairie PAC? BRONNER, GILA HIGHLAND PARK, IL 60035 BRONNER GROUP, LLC/PRESIDENT & CEO 09/23/11 $500 http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?sort=A&cmte=C00347195&cycle=2012&Page=2 In February, Bloomington hired the Bronner […]

Bronner Group: Getting your money

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington hired Bronner Group as yet another consultant back in February.  According to Renner, Bronner is examining everything Bloomington does, including the budget line by line. That’s funny, Council members can’t get a line-by-line budget.  Citizens attempting to get that information under the Freedom of Information Act can’t either. […]

More reasons NOT to listen to WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin Why do Tari Renner, David Hales, Dick Durbin and a slew of other so-called leaders love to do interviews on WJBC? Because they can get by with saying anything and are rarely challenged! Low information voters are easily misled by low information media. The latest case in point: Today WJBC is running a NEWS […]

Welfare Country

by:  Diane Benjamin Collecting money from government has turned millions of people into government slaves.  Government is NOT being compassionate, they did it on purpose.  The population must look to government to solve their problems or government is unnecessary.  What better way to establish job security than having peons beg at your feet just to […]

Dump Durbin – in his own words

by:  Diane Benjamin According to the latest Rasmussen poll, 69% of voters think we are on the wrong track:  http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_or_wrong_track Sen Dick Durbin is the number 2 guy in the Senate.  More than 350 bills, including at least 40 jobs bills, passed by the House will NOT be discussed or debated in the Senate.  The […]

More Fazzini Lunacy

by:  Diane Benjamin I’m really not in the mood to work for free today, but a friend sent me Alderman Rob Fazzini’s latest Ward 8 Report.  Evidently he thinks people are going to be impressed.  See what you think: INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS: During July the time I spent on city council activities was 84.0 hours bring […]

Congratulate Walgreens for kneeling before government

by:  Diane Benjamin Walgreens was threatening to relocate their corporate offices to Switzerland because of the high tax rates in Illinois and the country.  They had every right to relocate to place that wants them, not one that punishes success by confiscating profits. Dick Durbin threatening them with this: Walgreens made the right decision for […]

#DumpDurbin – more reasons

by:  Diane Benjamin If you firmly believe government has to run every part of your life – vote Durbin!  The rest of us see Durbin’s empire crumbling around him – the peons just won’t comply! His latest target is Walgreens.  He has declared Walgreens unpatriotic for considering leaving America for Switzerland.  You can see his […]

Term Limit Dickie

by:  Diane Benjamin Senator Dick Durbin has been in office in Washington DC since 1982 – 32 years.  If you believe in term limits, that’s reason enough for him to go.  If you need more, there’s plenty. Dickie thinks government is the answer to every problem. (see his latest email below)  I think government makes […]

Defeat Dickie: Round 2

by:  Diane Benjamin Dickie Durbin on Social Security: Meet the Press MR. GREGORY:  Senator Durbin? SEN. DURBIN:  David, if I could say this about Social Security. MR. GREGORY:  Yeah. SEN. DURBIN:  I–first, I want to thank my colleague for the kind words. Social Security does not add one penny to the deficit.  Social Security untouched […]

Defeat Dickie – campaign starts now

by:  Diane Benjamin Dick Durbin has been in the US Senate since 1997.  If you believe politicians need to be changed often (term limits) because they lose touch with voters, this is your year to prove it.  Until the November election I will be giving you reasons why it’s time for Dick to retire. In […]

Truax – Oberweis You decide

John Kass 9 hours ago near Chicago, IL Oberweis for Senate. What a joke. Arrogance, foolishness, it doesn’t matter. A rich man running off to Florida during the last week of a campaign? Dem. Sen. Dick “Bullhead” Durbin will eat him alive. If it’s the ice cream man vs. Durbin, it’s no contest. Oberweis campaign mum on […]

Dick Durbin: Head Liar

Maybe he’s still behind the other DC liar from Illinois, but not by much. WH: Durbin story ‘did not happen’ By Justin Sink White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday flatly denied that a House Republican told President Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during negotiations over the government shutdown. “It […]

Dick Durbin’s illegal he wants amnesty for

‘DREAMER’ PROMOTED BY DURBIN LAUGHS ABOUT USING US FLAG AS PROP FOR ‘MESSAGING’ A prominent “Dreamer” activist named Alaa Mukahhal took to social media to laugh about her cynical use of the American flag as a prop for “messaging” after her story was highlighted by Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin. In 2012, Sen. Durbin took […]

OBAMA CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION STRENGTHENING ILLINOIS’ “STAND YOUR GROUND” LAW

From Illinois Review:  http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/07/obama-strongly-supported-stand-your-ground-when-in-illinois-senate.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FbYHz+%28Illinois+Review%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail CHICAGO – This past week President Obama publicly urged the reexamination of state self-defense laws (see remarks below). However, nine years ago then-State Sen. Barack Obama actually co-sponsored a bill that strengthened Illinois’ 1961 “stand your ground” law. The Obama-sponsored bill (SB 2386) enlarged the state’s 1961 law by shielding the […]

More low information media: Pantagraph again

by Diane Benjamin Reporter Phyllis Coulter did a story about Geothermal energy systems paying off big for local schools.  Yes, it does pay off big.  But, then facts got in the way of her ideology – or maybe she just isn’t that smart. Quote:  “The systems don’t use fossil fuels” .  That appears to be […]

The Immigration “Crisis” Is No Crisis

Kurt Schlichter | Jun 13, 2013 There is no immigration “crisis.” The only “crisis” is the one faced by an Establishment that needs millions of new voters to cling to power because millions of real Americans are waking up to the nightmare they have created. With the immigration scam well underway in Washington, the only real takeaway […]

1st Vote on Immigration Tomorrow-Stop it now

CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW — TOLL-FREE Senator Kirk 888-995-5459 Senator Durbin 888-978-3094 Senator Kirk is still on the fence when it comes to a position on S. 744. The Senator could be one of the key votes that determines the ultimate fate of this bill. Your phone call can truly make a difference. * This is the disastrous […]

Dick Durbin and the Communists

REBEL PUNDIT: DURBIN DEFENDS PARTICIPATING IN CHICAGO MAY DAY EVENT (VIDEO) CHICAGO – At Wednesday’s annual May Day rally in downtown Chicago, Rebel Pundit was on hand to ask U.S. Senator Dick Durbin why he had no problem identifying with the radical factions that participated in the parade for amnesty, Marxism and anarchy. Durbin was […]

The Waste List (partial)

Total Value of Government Waste: $18,224,377,097  WASTE: New NASA visitor center built next door to old NASA visitor center  – $12,400,000  WASTE: Circus classes  – $20,000  WASTE: Television rerun study  – $666,905  WASTE: Old-fashioned x-rays for prisoners  – $1,300,000  WASTE: Taxpayer-funded online lawyer training  – $500,000  WASTE: Missile Defense Agency’s research problems  – $1,000,000,000  WASTE: Arcade-style floor mats for gym class  – $90,750  WASTE: Department of Energy award for App that already exists  – $100,000  WASTE: Taxpayer-funded house renovations lose […]

CNN story: The only thing ‘high speed’ about ‘high speed rail’ so far is the speed at which the money is being spent

By Doug Powers  •  March 27, 2013 11:57 AM Joe Biden once laughingly (does Joe say anything that isn’t?) referred to former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as the “conductor of the train to the future.” According to the CNN story below, the “train to the future” is a boondoggle — a slow boondoggle — so slow that it just got […]

Dick Durbin propaganda with Media help (Update)

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ by:  Diane Benjamin Durbin was interviewed this morning on local radio.  The discussion was sequestration.  He eluded to the local airport being affected by cuts. According to Durbin, air traffic controllers at smaller airports may be lost.  He even managed to throw in a jab […]

Why hasn’t the Senate passed a Budget since 2009?

by:  Diane Benjamin It’s easy, but I’ve never heard anybody say it!  Since Congress doesn’t have a current budget, it has operated under the 2009 budget.  The 2009 budget was the largest in history!  Obviously the Democrats have no intention of cutting spending.  So, instead of passing the House budgets, or even discussing them, they pass Continuing Resolutions […]

Why the Founding Fathers Matter

December 26th, 2012 by Tom DeWeese It has become typical in school text books, in public discussions, and in the smug wisdom of Progressives, to diminish the words and actions of those who led the founding of the United States. However, now that the nation has gone through what Al Gore called a “wrenching transformation” away […]

Durbin: Medical Device Hypocrite

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported: “A group of 17 Democratic U.S. senators and senators-elect have signed a letter urging for a delay in implementing a tax on the medical-device industry that is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.” The signatories include a number of Democrats up for reelection in 2014 (Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), […]