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 […]

Pritzker loses, he likely won’t care

By:  Diane Benjamin When it was obvious a judge in Clay County was going to rule against Pritzker’s illegal orders in favor of State Rep Darren Bailey, Pritzker tried to get the case moved to Federal Court.  That judge stalled for weeks but ruled yesterday to send it back to Clay County. A hearing date […]

Illinois needs to tax retirement income

By:  Diane Benjamin Those aren’t my words – Democrat Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs stated that.  Of course he claims only the “high income” earners will be the victims. Since Democrats don’t believe in learning from history, somebody should tell them that people don’t hang around a state to get their money stolen by taxation.  Every […]

Never forget this:

By:  Diane Benjamin Everything happening in the country right now has to do with ONE thing: Presidential Election Democrats have a candidate that doesn’t know where he is most of the time.  They don’t want you to know who will be running the country – it won’t be Biden. Black Lives Matter is just an […]

Nikita: Want to change your post now?

By:  Diane Benjamin The head of the McLean County Democrat Party doesn’t know a boycott is illegal in Illinois.  Committing a felony is a non-issue?  Now you know why laws don’t matter in Illinois – the Democrats have been running the State for decades.  To be fair, I don’t think Connie Beard knew either or […]

Press Conference today:

Connie Beard, Chairman of the McLean County Republican Party, is holding a press conference today at noon at the History Museum in downtown Bloomington.  Gathering begins at 11:30. Video is available from Cities 92.9. Connie was awesome Connie will be talking about the business boycott list and the local defund the police movement. Support this […]

Defund Police? This is what it looks like

By:  Diane Benjamin Long time readers will know I’ve mentioned numerous times your local representatives have never been allowed to discuss the role of government.  Discussions of what should be funded and what shouldn’t has never taken place.  Budgets are done by staff with a little Council input on big projects.  They have never discussed […]

Time to go back to meeting in person!

By:  Diane Benjamin Unless the Bloomington City Council hasn’t recently left their homes, there is no reason they can’t meet in public.  Tomorrow marks Phase 4 – 50 people in a room.  Besides, there are several who should be wearing masks in public because they disgrace the office of alderman. Donna Boelen is behind the […]

More on BLM and local Democrats

By:  Diane Benjamin The Facebook discussion between 2 local BLM activists and two members of the local democrat party is worth your time.  See it on the McLean county Democrats Facebook page. Ky Ajayi of BLM made one comparison I find silly, but he was dead serious.  He compared abolitionists to the people who today […]

Ward 5 – they are coming for you next

By:  Diane Benjamin The local elections next year could give the radicals complete control of Bloomington.  Right now they have 2 out of 9 seats, 5  and the mayor up for election next April.  The radicals will be running candidates, all they need is 3 more seats to turn the Bloomington into their Marxist utopia. […]

Are Democrats using Black Lives Matter?

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s obvious the Democrat Party only cares about blacks when they want their vote.  Obama was president with his sidekick Biden for 8 years.  They didn’t do prison reform or even talk about police reforms.  Neither did anything about the black unemployment rate or the black on black violence in Chicago.  Add […]

Normal: No you don’t listen to citizens!

By:  Diane Benjamin At the Normal Town Council meeting last night many on the Council were appalled at Stan Nord’s comments concerning an email Pam Reece sent:  https://blnnews.com/2020/06/16/normal-the-lets-marginalize-stan-show/ Stan obviously stands alone in representing the people who voted for him.  The rest campaign as representing citizens and then fall in line with whatever the “professional […]

Normal: The let’s marginalize Stan show

By:  Diane Benjamin 9:00 – Stan pulled the bills for further discussion – particularly paying property taxes.  Pam Reece and attorney Brian Day didn’t have good answers for not filing paperwork to make them exempt.  14:45 Koos ends the conversation. Next was the contract with the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.  Stan wanted the same […]

More on “the list”

By:  Diane Benjamin Since the list contains obvious lies I’m not going to post the un-redacted version.    https://blnnews.com/2020/06/14/we-are-at-war/ Many people want to know who is on the list so they can frequent these establishment.  Remember when Chic-Fil-A was targeted and supporters stood in long lines just to show their support?  https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/chick-fil-supporters-gather-appreciation-day/story?id=16904664 Jenn Carrillo claims […]

Update: We are at war

Updates: https://blnnews.com/2020/06/15/more-on-the-list/ https://blnnews.com/2020/06/15/did-jenn-make-this-comment/   By:  Diane Benjamin Please read to the bottom and then share  Jenn Carrillo was brought illegally to this country by her parents.  If her parents broke the law to provide a better life for the family that’s understandable.  Jenn isn’t here for a better life however. She is the founder of […]

Don’t forget who won’t let you work

By:  Diane Benjamin Indiana is open.  I know locals who have driven to the Beef House right across the border to sit down for a good meal. Iowa is open for full capacity in-restaurant dining. Wisconsin is open after their Supreme Court ruled the governor’s actions illegal. Illinois has Pritzker’s boot on everybody’s neck, he […]

You are being deceived

By:  Diane Benjamin Where is the violence across the country happening?  Mostly Democrat run cities frequently with black mayors, black police chiefs, and other black officials.  The violence has nothing to do with justice. Think WHITES aren’t victims of bad cops?  See this video of police killing a WHITE handcuffed man who called them for […]

Dietz: Social Justice is an ISU priority

By:  Diane Benjamin ISU President Dietz spoke at the NAACP rally.  The only video I can find is posted is on the WEEK 25 Facebook page.  Unless you are on Facebook you won’t be able to see it.  He only spoke for a few minutes.  His comments ended with ISU is committed to social justice. […]

Normal last night

By:  Diane Benjamin During the Pledge of Allegiance – the sign is courtesy of Chemberly Cummings: The meeting began with comments from Janessa Williams, chairperson of the Human Relations Board of Normal.  She did denounce the violence. The part of the meeting that should outrage citizens was the selling of the property on Ft. Jesse.  […]

Did Jenn incite violence?

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington and Normal are preparing for another night of violence.  I know Decatur is busy boarding up their downtown.  Social media claims Walmart in Pontiac was looted today. Jenn posted pretty much the same message on her Facebook page today as on this video, but you need to HEAR her say those […]

Remove Carrillo from office

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday Jenn Carrillo posted this: Jenn Carrillo does not care about the foundations of a civil society:  Rule of Law. She has forfeited her right to serve as a representative of Ward 6 in the City of Bloomington.    The video below was taken by one of the protesters and posted to […]

Starkly Different Biblical views

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting was over 3 hours, it included a Township meeting that started at 5:00.  The longest discussion was about the Community Development Block Grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Stop for a second and think about this program.  The Feds take your money […]

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 – […]

Tari caught on Hot Mic

By Diane Benjamin h/t a reader City councils are supposedly non-partisan.  We all know they aren’t.  Everybody needs to quit pretending many of the local elected aren’t playing party politics instead of what is best for it’s citizens. Bloomington’s mayor Tari Renner proves that point.  I wonder if he is teaching this crap to his […]

Bloomington recap

By:  Diane Benjamin Tim Gleason started the meeting with a COVID update: The City has used $2 million of $4 million in excess reserves.  They won’t have a clear picture of the hit to the budget until June or July. Police respond to all calls of violation of shelter in place.  They attempt to gain […]

Normal: No right or wrong answers?

By:  Diane Benjamin The next election can’t come fast enough because all but one of the elected officials are not working for the people in Normal.  Covering last night’s meeting is going to take more than one story.  Start with Trustee comments at the end of the meeting. Chemberly Cummings lectured the public on wearing […]

Were District 8 voters deceived?

By:  Diane Benjamin When Shayna Watchinski ran for the McLean County Board she told people she worked in “healthcare”.  See this WGLT story:  https://www.wglt.org/post/facing-primary-challenge-left-segobiano-touts-bipartisan-record#stream/0 Excerpt: Professional? According to the Illinois License Look up website, Shayna Watchinski has never held a professional license of any kind:  https://ilesonline.idfpr.illinois.gov/DFPR/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx That didn’t stop Watchinski from posing for campaign photos […]

April 6, 2021 and Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve reported before that Justin Boyd will be running for something on the Bloomington City Council in less than a year. Boyd is best buds with Tari Renner.  Boyd was Tari’s campaign manager, appointed by Tari to the Downtown Task Force, appointed by Tari to the Planning Commission, helped collect signatures for […]

Defeated again

By:  Diane Benjamin The local beggars held another weekly call Wednesday night.   Alderman Jeff Crabill wants the Council to be compassionate and cough up money.  https://week.com/2020/04/29/despite-setback-twin-city-coalition-resumes-battle-to-ease-covid-19-economic-stress/ Excerpt: I could make an extensive list of how government has no compassion, but that isn’t necessary here. Also according to the article, these groups made up the attendees: […]

The entitled show up to shame 

By:  Diane Benjamin Public comment last night was loaded with those who think they are entitled to tax dollars.  Yes people have lost jobs and yes paying bills is next to impossible, but that doesn’t make them entitled to anything.  The good socialists showed up en masse to criticize the FIVE Council members who voted […]

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 […]

What the Socialists demanded

By:  Diane Benjamin Received by FOIA. The local radicals didn’t ask for assistance, they DEMANDED it.  They have attempted to beat local elected officials into compliance with sheer volumes of insistence. As reported last night, help for people hurt by the government shutdown of the economy is already available:  https://blnnews.com/2020/04/14/facts-matter-socialists-another-jenn-fail/ Bloomington elected two socialists and […]

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 […]

Jenn has her own intern!

By:  Diane Benjamin The local socialists are demanding public funds be used to protect the most vulnerable in the community.  It doesn’t matter to them that government is the least effective mechanism possible.  It doesn’t matter to them local charities are working hard to help.  It also doesn’t matter the feds are going further in […]