Flashback: May 11, 2016 Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin WJBC has reported Tari Renner wants to end the moratorium on new video gaming  machines: http://www.wjbc.com/2019/07/29/renner-sides-with-businesses-seeking-to-end-bloomingtons-video-gaming-freeze/ I remember when the moratorium was put in place, Tari was outraged that $50 million a year went into the machines.  It sounds like he changed his mind. Back in 2016 Tari was on WJBC talking […]

Tari’s Ward 4 candidate and more

By: Diane Benjamin Clearly Emig is Tari’s pick for Ward 4, he’s holding an open house at his house for her.  If you aren’t a left winger and want to attend, just show up.  Responding on Facebook will get you blocked. Remember about a year ago when various Council people held “priority based budgeting” townhalls? […]

Bloomington: Monday’s tax and more

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll The arena continues to fleece taxpayers: I wonder how many payments there will be? Legal Fees For October (the boot of government?): History Museum and Visitors Center: Following Normal’s lead, Bloomington will be taxing short-term rentals!  All residents who rent their property will be required to register.  If the website […]

Privilege Tax

By:  Diane Benjamin It is very easy to describe government in Normal: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Ronald Reagan Hotel occupancy in Bloomington-Normal is way down, according to […]

Bloomington Downtown Zoning Delusional

By:  Diane Benjamin The proposed Zoning changes cover a lot of ground, but let’s start with downtown.  Obviously everything the City does revolves around putting lipstick on this pig.  This map is included in the documentation:      http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=19954 The Purple proposed to be D2. The Green proposed to be D1 Light Blue proposed to be […]

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 […]

Scotty’s inititives

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night Alderman Scott Black presented his want list: Most of them took up way too much Council time, a total of 8 minutes for each was extended for most of them. Scott doesn’t really want to know how other communities fund downtown redevelopment, he wants new fees or taxes that are […]