The Connect Disconnect

By:  Diane Benjamin Connect Transit appeared at both City Council meetings last night.  Isaac Thorne, General Manager, didn’t hang around the Bloomington meeting for long.  He rushed off needlessly to Normal since he wasn’t on the agenda until after public comment and regular business.  He could have answered more questions from the Bloomington Council. The […]

Fireworks at Bloomington Council

By:  Diane Benjamin Jenn Carrillo had her “pride” flag at the beginning of the meeting.  She sits right next to the mayor, he said nothing.  Maybe he doesn’t know displaying a personal flag that is larger than the American flag is offensive and violates the US Flag Code.  If you missed last night’s story, see […]

Questioning expenses in Normal has already saved money

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember the $100 a month lease for the property at 305 S. Linden?  Remember Normal was going to pay $5000 to have internet installed?  Normal would be forced to pay property taxes on that property too, the rent likely would not have covered both the taxes and internet.  (See original story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/04/14/is-normal-handing-out-a-cheap-lease/) […]

Stan Nord on WJBC this morning

By:  Diane Benjamin Stan Nord was on WJBC this morning with Scott Miller.  The article below only recaps the conversation they had about Connect Transit. Nord also explained why he paid the tap-on fees instead of filing a lawsuit.  The conversation ended with Stan asking both Bloomington and Normal to eliminate their Local Motor Fuel […]

April Connect Transit – Huge loss

By:  Diane Benjamin https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CbmR9DiMsXr6XQ1U_8AaLtGKH9yGbh_x/view In April of 2018 Fixed Route Passengers per hour were 22.66.  This April the total was 26.31 per hour. More riders must mean higher losses: The Operating Deficit for April of 2018 (fewer riders per hour) was only $865,139.24.  April 2018 reports __________________ In March 2019 the Operating Deficit was $878,211.21 Cash from […]

Where was Koos?

By:  Diane Benjamin The citizens vote for people to represent them.  Those representatives then don’t attend meetings.  The ones that do pretend it’s perfectly normal for members to be absent.  Do they still get paid?  Citizens don’t have a right to know why their elected official is MIA? Last night it was Chris Koos.  Was […]