Connect Transit: Record losses!

By: Diane Benjamin PDF page 8: July 2022 PDF page 15: August 2022 Fixed Route ridership was down in August by .04% from the same month last year/ Mobility ridership was up 45% during the same time period, of course the policy changed so the price on either is the same. Video of the meetings […]

Believe in ballot Access? Prove it

By: Diane Benjamin Illinois makes it difficult for political parties other than Democrats and Republicans to have ballot access. Parties like the Libertarians have to collect many more signatures than either of the others. It isn’t fair and it sure isn’t “democracy”. If you want to see how Illinois discriminates against 3rd parties, see this […]

Donna Boelen is running for re-election

PRESS RELEASE: September 28, 2022 This is to announce my intention to run for re-election in the 2023 ConsolidatedElection as Alderman representing Ward 2, located in the Southwest region of theCity of Bloomington. My focus is and has been fiscal responsibly and sensible stewardship of taxpayer dollars. I acknowledge that the role of municipal government […]

Before you vote:

By: Diane Benjamin 3 HUGE issues you need to consider before you vote: (other issues later) 1) The SAFE-T act is a pro-criminal bill passed by Illinois Democrats and signed by Gov. Pritzker. It will increase crime across Illinois. Any candidates that don’t REJECT this bill don’t need your vote. A DEMOCRAT State’s Attorney has […]

Have the citizens of Normal noticed?

By: Diane Benjamin Nothing is new here. Normal has a long record of disregarding the wishes of citizens. I can’t possibly remember everything, but start with the most recent and work back. All of the below have stories on BlnNews.com, use Search if you want more information. A. Normal ignored the rights of citizens in […]

I got my vote buying check today, got yours?

By: Diane Benjamin The check I received has rebates for both income and property taxes. The amount is immaterial when compared to the Pritzker tax increases, renters don’t get property tax rebates even though property taxes are included in the rent they pay: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/pritzkers-record-24-tax-fee-hikes-taking-5-24-billion-more-from-illinoisans/ Remember Pritzker doubling the gas tax? Adding $50 to the price […]

Judge Kording rules against the citizens

By: Diane Benjamin Kording ruled Normal is an Incorporated Town. Normal now has to live the consequences of that decision. Illinois law does not provide a path for citizens to district Incorporated Towns. The citizens of Normal will continue to be treated like dogs by their government because they have no recourse other than voting. […]

Breaking News: The Truth about Stan Nord and the Executive Session:

By: Diane Benjamin Remember when Stan Nord was denied the right to participate remotely in an off-schedule Executive Session? https://blnnews.com/2022/09/09/village-of-normal-discriminates-against-stan-nord/ Stan wasn’t allowed to participate because it was an illegal meeting to discuss the referendum. Pam Reece knew Stan Nord was unavailable the day of the meeting, she scheduled it that day on purpose, then […]

NO ruling today on the referendum

By: Diane Benjamin Judge Kording will issue a ruling tomorrow via zoom between 1:30 and 2:00. Normal Taxpayers should be thrilled to know they paid Village Attorney Brian Day to sit in the audience for over 2 hours even though Normal is not a party to this case. The judge’s questions to both attorneys were […]

SAFE-T act facts

By: Diane Benjamin Even though law enforcement officials across Illinois are speaking out about this pro-criminal anti-police law the McLean County Democrats posted this on Facebook: This bill was passed in the middle of the night at the end of a lame duck session in January 2021. Conveniently is goes into effect after the November […]

Kording moves hearing to Monday

By: Diane Benjamin A Zoom hearing was held this morning to hear the filing by the State’s Attorneys office representing County Clerk Kathy Michael. She is bound by Federal Law to mail ballots to service members 45 days before the election. She can’t print the ballots before the referendum issue is decided or risk having […]

Update: WGLT: Go deeper

I was just informed Missouri has withdrawn from ERIC too. You have to read the story to understand why! By: Diane Benjamin See this story: https://www.wglt.org/politics-and-government/2022-09-13/voter-roll-purges-are-not-going-to-happen-in-illinois-a-state-election-official-says The story completely falls apart when they get to ERIC: Electronic Registration Information Center. States bought into this tiny group – 3 employees according to their tax returns – […]

Think facts will matter?

By: Diane Benjamin Notice a problem (or two)? Problem 1 The Normal Election Commission (board) is now immaterial since they issued their ruling on August 30th against the 2200 citizens who signed petitions. The Circuit Court is now in charge of deciding whether the referendum is on the ballot or not. Problem 2 Mark Peterson? […]

If Amtrak wants divisive, Chris Koos is the right guy

By: Diane Benjamin Remember this story? https://blnnews.com/2020/10/19/is-koos-profiting-from-lockdowns/ Does Amtrak want a director that openly taunts people who don’t agree with him? Yesterday Koos proved yet again he doesn’t tolerate people who disagree with him: https://blnnews.com/2022/09/09/village-of-normal-discriminates-against-stan-nord/ Mayor Chris Koos was one of the votes to not allow Trustee Stan Nord to participate in the Executive Session […]

Sharon Chung is rolling in $$$$$

By: Diane Benjamin https://www.illinoissunshine.org/committees/34779/ How much money does her opponent Scott Preston have? https://www.illinoissunshine.org/committees/25061/ Chung is well know for supporting criminals during her time on the McLean County Board. So who is supporting this police hater? The same people trying to get Amendment 1 passed by calling it a Worker’s Rights Amendment. It’s really a […]

Chemberly pulls out the race card

By: Diane Benjamin This agenda item made last night’s Normal Town Council meeting last almost 3 hours: Ordinance Rezoning Property in the Town of Normal (4.14 Acres in the Wintergreen Subdivision) This is Jason Barickman’s company (Fairlawn Capital) plan to build houses that will most likely be rentals. The more than 100 houses will be […]

This Labor Day vow to vote NO to Amendment 1

By: Diane Benjamin The citizens of Illinois saw truth by defeating a progressive income tax. Citizens now need to defeat Amendment 1 that only hands power to government unions. Note: The Constitutional Amendment that needs passed is a fix the pension system in Illinois. Pension debt is easily over $300 BILLION. Defined benefit programs will […]

Village of Normal made up their own facts

By: Diane Benjamin I’ve seen a copy of what David Shestokas filed Friday with the Circuit Court. I could review the court cases Normal listed to support their position, but that would be tedious on a holiday weekend. Let’s just say Shestokas rips their ruling to shreds. Can we agree what Koos and company wrote […]

More proof the Village needs Districts

By: Diane Benjamin Normal ignores their taxpayers as evidenced by their ridiculous Public Comment policy meant to discourage citizens from speaking. It’s long past time for some non-violent civil disobedience. Sign up for Public Comment for an agenda item and then talk about Village abuse instead. Video of Koos cutting off citizens while speaking is […]