Replacing Jenn – 4 progressives to go

By: Diane Benjamin Did you know Jenn Carrillo won her seat with overwhelming support? Many people at Public Comment last night claimed she did. They are trying to re-write history, their claims are WRONG. A measly 716 people bother to vote from Ward 6 in 2019. Carrillo received 379 votes, Schmidt got 337. For the […]

Koos: Mr. Nord you are out of order

By: Diane Benjamin One more story from last Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting: If you missed the video of Chemberly Cummings’ stating Chris Koos can’t be questioned over appointments, watch it now: https://blnnews.com/2021/10/19/quick-hits-from-normal-last-night/ Cummings claims to have 8 Unit 5 students signed up for her “local government” class. The taxpayers of Normal are funding her […]

Crabill’s illogical logic

By: Diane Benjamin Evidently the leftists on the Council want to use media to get their choice for Ward 6 alderman. WGLT has now done two stories, the latest after Jeff Crabill posted to Facebook over the weekend: Jenn couldn’t find a single place in her Ward to live! Not buying it. It is much […]

Local Government Isn’t Your saviour

By: Diane Benjamin Monday night the residents with damaged property due to flooding last June didn’t show up at Council. They have been to every other Council meeting since June making Public Comments. Maybe they were too appalled the Library would claim $20 million+ was all they need for GLORIOUS while their homes remain damaged […]

Bloomington: Citizens deserve better

By: Diane Benjamin When elected individuals are sworn into office with an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America – citizens have the right to expect them to do it. America has always attempted to create “a more perfect union”, we don’t need representatives that want the system […]

Here’s how the left won last April

By: Diane Benjamin I have been working with a campaign to analyze how Mayor Koos, Kevin McCarthy, and Chemberly Cummings were reelected. It’s was pretty easy with lots of time and effort because the left knows one thing the right doesn’t: Getting elected is the only thing that matters. How you govern after an election […]

Coliseum Mike parties at your expense

By: Diane Benjamin Chris Koos didn’t ask for nominations from the public before naming his good buddy Mike Matejka Normal’s citizen of the year. If that had been done he would have had to open up the party to everyone, instead it was by invitation only. In the many accolades to support why Matejka was […]

Bloomington on dangerous ground

By: Diane Benjamin I’m losing track of how many meetings have been held to discuss the June flooding. Tonight is part 4? 5? Not sure! I hope everything that has already been discussed is skipped, presentations have a habit of showing the same slides over and over and then adding a couple new ones at […]

Unit 5 School starts in 6 days

By: Diane Benjamin Press Release: ATTENTION:We do not elect masters to tell us what to do. We elect those to represent us in service to The People, by The People, and for The People. We are not a democracy, we are a representative republic engaged in a democratic process in that it is The People’s […]

Tari Renner and Council still guilty

By: Diane Benjamin Remember when the Attorney General’s Public Access office found Bloomington guilty of violating the Open Meetings Act concerning the Metro-Zone agreement with Normal? https://blnnews.com/2017/06/07/laws-are-immaterial/ That was in 2017. The City of Bloomington appealed the decision, the Circuit Court ruled in their favor, but the Appellate Court just reversed that decision: See the […]

Adios Jenn

By: Diane Benjamin Jenn has been marginalized since all her candidates lost last April. She is now persona non grata among her former base. Maybe she bought a house outside her ward on purpose! Unwilling to believe the American dream is alive and well for those who choose to reach for it, Jenn couldn’t go […]

Normal just can’t drop it!

By: Diane Benjamin Remember back to last year. Usually when a zoning change is requested it is because some entrepreneur wants to develop a property in a way it isn’t zoned for. That isn’t the case with One Normal Plaza. The Town is pushing allowing alcohol in the park. Yes, it is a park setting […]

The lies abound

By: Diane Benjamin If you didn’t know, Dick Durbin is considered the biggest liar in the Senate. As proof, he posted this to Twitter today: Dickie left out a few facts. DEMOCRATS filibustered this Act for 74 days. When it was finally voted on in the Senate 46 Democrats voted for it, 21 voted against […]

Quit building what you can’t maintain!

By: Diane Benjamin Anybody think Normal’s underpass won’t flood? Will the structure be affected? Can trains safely be on top of it while standing water attacks the supports? Normal is going to build it anyway, they are way smarter than citizens. Ha, Ha, Ha. Koos and company want to make you pay for their vision. […]

Normal’s Festivities last night

By: Diane Benjamin Must see Public Comments: Ron Ulmer at 3:51. Technical problems kept him from speaking at the last Council meeting so he gave his comment last night. He provided history of trains in Uptown and the obvious problems both the Town and railroad missed which cost taxpayers a lot of money. He asked […]

Stan is ethically challenged? Not even close to the rest of Normal!

By: Diane Benjamin At the “attack” Stan meeting held Monday there was one public speaker who of course spoke glowingly about Pam Reece. Mayor Koos introduced him as Mr. Dullard. Video in this story: https://blnnews.com/2021/06/15/no-stan-you-arent-allowed-to-represent-voters/ So who is Mr. Dullard? From the Secretary of State’s website for searching Corporations: https://apps.ilsos.gov/corporatellc/CorporateLlcController Of course the head of […]

Where’s Jenn?

By: Diane Benjamin According to what Jenn filed when she ran for office she lived here: According to the Coldwell Banker website, sale of this house is pending. All of the pictures show the house empty. It does say there are separate apartments on the first and second floor with both leases expiring on June […]

Underpass: Too late to stop it

By: Diane Benjamin Underpass work session: So far Normal has authorized spending $1.5 million on Phase 1 of the underpass. Chris Koos stated it can not be stopped now because of all the staff time, grants received, and other agencies involved that wouldn’t like Normal backing out now. It almost sounded like Wayne Aldrich (Director […]

Fake News continues at the Pantagraph

By: Diane Benjamin h/t a reader For the latest proof Associate Press is FAKE NEWS, see this headline in today’s newspaper: The press doesn’t bother to read the voting laws states pass, it fits their agenda better to lie. Georgia didn’t limit the right to vote and handing out water and food was only banned […]

If you like Dan Brady you can’t keep Dan Brady

By: Diane Benjamin The new district maps are now available. Of course the Democrats drew them behind closed doors with zero transparency. Anybody hear the local democrats objecting like they did to the County District maps? Primary elections will be moved to June 28. It makes no sense to hold a primary 7-8 months before […]

Fleeing Illinois

By: Diane Benjamin I personally know 8 people who have fled Illinois in the last 6 weeks. All of them moved to Red States. Two of them moved to Foley Alabama, just north of Gulf Shores. The Foley City Council just passed the below. See for yourself the difference between living in a Blue State […]

Update: Inflation? Obviously

A reader just emailed this information: Nicor natural gas: Price per therm: May 2020 – .26 May 2021 – .53 By: Diane Benjamin If you heat your house with propane: For the 2019-2020 heating season the price per gallon was $1.399 For the 2020-2021 heating season the price per gallon was $1.259 Of course that […]

Bloomington Monday night

By: Diane Benjamin The interim Police Chief, Greg Scott, presented the departments annual report as did Eric West the Fire Chief. Both the police and fire have trouble staffing their departments. Highlights from the Police report: Selling on Facebook Marketplace has resulted in robberies. Cameras film the parking lot in front of the Police Station. […]

This Saturday: Want to meet?

By: Diane Benjamin I was contacted by Gary Rabine’s team for a meet and greet. Gary is one of the many people running for governor trying to get the Republican nomination. It never hurts to learn as much as possible about the candidates. Saturday come meet Gary! Doubletree hotel, 11:30. A room has been reserved, […]

The local Anti Semites

By: Diane Benjamin See below: Apartheid isn’t accurate, The Israel Knesset has Arab members. Colonialism? Look at a map. Israel is the size of New Jersey surrounded by Arab countries. Military occupation? Israel’s military left Gaza years ago, the occupying force is funded by Iran. Equality? Do they prefer socialism or communism? Everybody will be equally […]

Fly on the Wall: Logan Smith

I think I heard Democrat County Board member Logan Smith physically threaten Chair John McIntyre! Laurie Wollrab, I saw you were present. I was just flying around down the hall, loud enough office personnel heard the ruckus. If John wasn’t so nice he’d file a police report. (We all know laws don’t apply to democrats […]

BEC needs abolished now

By: Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Election Commission need to be abolished now. The Executive Director Tim Mitchell is no longer there – effective today. From all appearances he did not give any notice. An employee said by phone Tim chose to work outside the office, whatever that means. I do know the County is moving […]

Normal’s deception?

By: Diane Benjamin Think back to April when the Normal Town Council approved Horton Group for Insurance Broker Services. One thing stood out as suspicious. The Town issued an RFP and received 5 responses with detailed proposals. The meeting documentation was pages of glowing staff praise for Horton but the bids from the other four […]

Blame LaHood and Davis

Earmarks are back! Earmarks are out of control spending for petty projects locals should pay for themselves instead of asking the feds to print money for them. Democrats resurrected them when they took control of the House. https://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/columns/tom-kacich-congress-brings-back-earmarks-one-illinois-rep-isnt-on-board/article_449a248d-57e6-5943-9d76-1cea915585df.html A Champaign columnist printed the facts. Excerpts: Among those representing central Illinois, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, has […]

Local DSA in education

By: Diane Benjamin I stumbled onto this page weeks ago: https://keywiki.org/Democratic_Socialists_of_America_Bloomington-Normal It proves you should be worried about sending your kids to college at ISU or Heartland. One of the members of the local Democratic Socialists of America was just elected to the Heartland Board: https://www.heartland.edu/about/trustees.html Supporting Bernie Sanders is all you need to understand […]

Enough of Josh Barnett!

By: Diane Benjamin I’ve never gone to County Board member Josh Barnett’s Twitter page until today. He has me blocked! Isn’t that special! Is it because this Republican hangs out with the Democrats on Twitter? You might have forgotten Jeff Crabill is on the Bloomington City Council only because Barnett claimed he was leaving the […]

Normal is even worse

By: Diane Benjamin h/t a reader I wonder if Kathleen Lorenz thinks this makes the “professional staff” that can’t be questioned look good? That “professional staff” creates the budget, did they skip funding pensions? I wonder what will happen if Stan Nord mentions this at a meeting! I can predict: Link to the Bloomington data: […]