TWO Americas

By:  Diane Benjamin On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who have fought and died for us.  America began with a war for freedom and many wars have been fought since to protect it.  We would not enjoy this legacy today without the sacrifices of those willing to lose their life in our defense. […]

Controlling Costs is a LIE

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight’s Bloomington Council packet contains this statement on PDF page 4:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12802 Now jump to the Bills and Payroll for tonight: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12794 PDF page 107 The City if THROWING away money by allowing employees to spike their pensions! This payment of $64,859.95 brings the total to $1,877,252.40 since the law was changed in […]

Renner Radicals Running Amok

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner is a community organizer.  He was a speaker at Camp Obama in 2007:  https://blnnews.com/2013/02/25/vetting-tari-renner-obama/ After 8 years of a President who didn’t care about laws, the local radicals are outraged a President was elected to end the chaos Obama caused. See Renner’s picture and comments from last night’s Rally for […]

Last night’s CIRCUS

By:  Diane Benjamin I will be on Cities 92.9 today at 3:30 with Ben Yount to discuss the future of BlnNews. Now for last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting: Bring in the CLOWNS! Oops, they were already there! Starting at 1:05, and ending 45 minutes later, the Council droned on about spending $300,000 at The […]

How about Outsourcing HR?

By:  Diane Benjamin I was looking for something else when I came across this again on my computer:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-municipal-pension-padding-met-20150816-story.html The story is from August 2015.  It is where we found out for the FIRST time that City employees were allowed to spike their pensions, and then taxpayers had to make additional payments to IMRF (the […]

Elect Hauman? WHY?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is a brief recap of things I’ve written about previously: Comprehensive City Manger reports are no longer issued because Hauman thinks they are a waste of money.  Now citizens have no idea how tax receipts are trending.  See email HERE  This email also sounds like she doesn’t care about speakers at […]

More Gold Plated Insurance?

By:  Diane Benjamin On the agenda for the Bloomington City Council on Monday is approving an agreement with Health Alliance to cover fire fighters and retirees.  Of course it’s on the consent agenda so nobody asks questions.  See the NUMEROUS pages beginning on PDF page 87  HERE Sometimes i have to wonder if way too […]

More Tari on WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin See this previous post for a link to the WJBC interview:  https://blnnews.com/2016/09/29/tari-on-wjbc-wiggling/ Tari took Alderman Jim Fruin’s advice and asked citizens to mail their health insurance plan summary to him.  MAIL? Seriously, who mails anything!  Okay, for the few of the computer challenged, put a copy in the mail to him. The […]

Bureaucrats in Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night the Bloomington City Council met as a Committee of the Whole.  Around an hour was spent on a presentation by an ISU professor on how to do a salary and benefits survey. See his written presentation here – beginning on PDF page 49:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=11309 This presentation was prompted by Alderman […]

Bloomington Credit AA+, see WHY!

By:  Diane Benjamin Fitch hasn’t changed Bloomington’s credit rating from AA+, but you need to understand why.  See the story here:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fitch-affirms-bloomington-ils-gos-182900665.html They seem to have miss the local RISING unemployment rate, even though the story does mention Mitsubishi closing. The article has much more information. I’m sure Mayor Renner will tout his great management. […]

UPDATE: Monday night – what you won’t see

This part of the meeting is live-streamed.  Smartest thing I’ve heard is a court should decide on any changes to the trust administration.  Archived video will be available sometime after the meeting. UPDATE below By:  Diane Benjamin At the 5:00 meeting tonight this item is on the agenda: Instead of putting this item before an […]

Gold plated government

By:  Diane Benjamin Some months ago a presentation at a Bloomington City Council meeting talked about the ObamaCare Luxury Tax and how the City might be hit with HIGH penalties.  Some of the aldermen had never heard of it. From this link:  money.cnn.com/2015/12/18/news/economy/obamacare-cadillac-tax/ The tax has been delayed because people subject to the tax have […]

Round 3: Last Monday night

By:  Diane Benjamin A Work Session was held before the Council meeting.  The most remarkable discussion was started by Alderman Fruin.  It pertained to employee benefits.  Watch his comments starting at 15:30, other people join the conversation, so keep watching.  Jim actually stands up for citizens!  That’s until he gets to an off-hand comment about […]

Another of the local clueless

By:  Diane Benjamin Want to know why Donald Trump is still high in the polls?  Read this WJBC forum commentary to see what the “establishment” thinks.  He’s not even close to the real reason, but it’s good for laughs.  This is exactly what the GOP thinks too – and it’s why the Trump attacks are […]

Now you can’t say you didn’t know

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is a bowl full of baby parts harvested by Planned Parenthood so they can sell them.  PP gets a half a billion dollars of our tax money.  The language in the videos is even worse – they like whole cadavers the best. The Germans claimed they didn’t know what the Nazis […]

Did you pay an ObamaCare fine?

By:  Diane Benjamin The media has done a great job telling people if you don’t have health insurance under ObamaCare, then you have to pay a fine. They are also wrong! The IRS isn’t going to bill you.  It isn’t authorized in the law.  All the IRS can do is steal your refund. Don’t want to […]

What the McLean County Board didn’t get

When McLean County got offered money, they took it. The only NO vote was Chuck Erickson.  McHenry County is smarter. The top three things McHenry County taxpayers need to know about ‘free’ ObamaCare money 29 Oct 2014 | Naomi Lopez Bauman The McHenry County Board recently took a brave stance by voting to reject “free” […]

Not just Hobby Lobby that doesn’t pay for abortion drugs

by:  Diane Benjamin I just received my new Health Insurance benefits book for the insurance we have through my husband’s employer.  Since I’m not capable of doing only one thing at a time, I was paging through it while eating lunch. Hobby Lobby just had to take their case to the Supreme Court to get […]

Your Illinois

by:  Diane Benjamin Hopefully you don’t have to interact with the State of Illinois on-line for your business or in any other way.  They are still in the dark ages of technology. Example #1 I recently switched my corporate account to another bank.  Illinois has a system to pay businesses taxes on-line that will debit […]

Veterans Admin – What Open the Books found

Is it an employment farm, or a medical system? Open The Books Investigation: Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System   Phoenix, AZ | May 15, 2014 Salary data at OpenTheBooks.com shows clear evidence that the   bureaucracy served the bureaucracy, not veterans… “Our nation’s veterans need access to health care and doctors, not interior decorators and […]

Fed’s usurp local control

by:  Diane Benjamin No, this has nothing to do with Nevada! Now that ObamaCare is being implemented (at least the parts not delayed), the Federal government thinks they can write all the rules.  The local serfs must comply. Here’s the latest proposed rule change: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a […]

ObamaCare: Media spin

by:  Diane Benjamin Yes, today is supposedly the last day to enroll in ObamaCare.  The media tells people armageddon will occur if you don’t comply and Get Covered. Here’s the truth:  You will NOT have to pay penalties unless you get a tax refund!  You won’t get a bill, the IRS won’t put a lien […]

Bloomington: Employee benefits compared

by:  Diane Benjamin Being a CPA, I like numbers.  Frequently they reveal interesting things.  Here’s my latest: The information listed about employees is now really good on both the Champaign and Bloomington websites – thanks to the Illinois Policy Institute.  All expenses per employee are listed, so I decided to see how much Bloomington pays […]

Bloomington: Employee benefits compared

by:  Diane Benjamin Being a CPA, I like numbers.  Frequently they reveal interesting things.  Here’s my latest: The information listed about employees is now really good on both the Champaign and Bloomington websites – thanks to the Illinois Policy Institute.  All expenses per employee are listed, so I decided to see how much Bloomington pays […]

Watchdogs sue the State of Illinois and WIN!

by:  Diane Benjamin The State of Illinois isn’t any more transparent than Bloomington.  I worked with the Edgar County Watchdogs for close to a year to uncover the state’s activities with Medicaid payment processing.  Many FOIA requests were returned to us with a “No matching documents” label.  The State didn’t know that we have many […]

Obama Dooms Seniors to Ravages of Aging

Source:  http://www.aim.org/guest-column/obama-dooms-seniors-to-ravages-of-aging/?utm_source=co2hog&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AccuracyInMedia+%28Accuracy+In+Media%29 Betsy McCaughey  —   January 2, 2014 On Oct. 1, 2012 the Obama administration started awarding bonus points to hospitals that spend the least on elderly patients. It will result in fewer knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery and cataract operations. These are the five procedures that have transformed aging for older […]

What ObamaCare is Really About

A man wrote…I’m a 54-year-old consulting engineer and make between $60,000 and $125,000 per year, depending on how hard I work and whether or not there are work projects out there for me. My girlfriend is 61 and makes about $18,000 per year, working as a part-time mail clerk. For me, making $60,000 a year, […]

Think the IRS isn’t still attacking Obama critics?

I wrote previously about C Steven Tucker and the IRS:  https://blnnews.com/2013/11/29/irs-auditing-2-men-who-spoke-against-obamacare/ IRS Goes After Obamacare Whistleblowers:  An Interview with C. Steven Tucker By Arlen Williams This is an update published today in American Thinker:  http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/irs_goes_after_obamacare_whistleblowers_an_interview_with_c_steven_tucker.html Excerpts: By now, the news has spread online of the IRS audit notices sent to two Obamacare whistleblowers. On November 25th, cancer victim […]

3 1/2 minutes sums up ObamaCare: CoffeeCare

House subcommittee: Obamacare’s $300 billion Medicare Advantage raid will hurt seniors next year

Obamacare “raided” $300 billion for Medicare Advantage and seniors will begin feeling the cuts next year, according to an analysis Tuesday by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Obamacare took $700 billion from Medicare and $300 billion from Medicare Advantage alone for its own funding, according to the subcommittee. The cuts to Medicare Advantage […]

Illinois adds to Medicaid roles, good luck finding a Doc

Op-Ed: Why Do We Have a Medicaid Program? Illinois Review: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/12/why-do-we-have-a-medicaid-program-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FbYHz+%28Illinois+Review%29&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail By Alieta Eck, M.D. – A Star Ledger headline reads: “ObamaCare fuels applicant boom for NJ Medicaid—Advocate hails 35% increase in October.” Almost 22,000 new applications were filed in October, up from 16,000 in September. Is this a triumph? Was a 990-page law needed to […]

IRS Auditing 2 men who spoke against ObamaCare

BOTH got letters from the IRS on the SAME day!  Illinois’s own C. Steven Tucker, who got a cancer patients insurance re-instated,  is one of them – the cancer patient the other.  IRS is obviously still being used by the Obama administration as a weapon. CANCER PATIENT WHO SAYS OBAMACARE CANCELED HIS HEALTH INSURANCE NOW […]

Democratic Senator feeling the heat

Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is running a Facebook ad in an attempt to save her seat from slaughter in the 2014 election. The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, but its hope and promise are certainly something worth fighting for. That’s why I introduced legislation to let those told they would be able to retain their plan keep it […]

Feds cancel service to Seniors in El Paso!

by:  Diane Benjamin This notice was in today’s Pantagraph: Below is the part of the code referenced in the notice.  Calls to the manager have not yet been returned.  Is red tape going to prevent seniors on Medicare in El Paso from getting healthcare?  The code mentioned doesn’t say anything about the quality of the […]

Real example of ObamaCare cost increases

by:  Diane Benjamin The name of the benefits provider isn’t important, but you should know this is a non-profit insurance provider.  Stated in the Benefit Information notice is this: It’s been more than 5 years since co-payments were last increased for prescription drug benefits, and even longer for most deductible and out-of-pocket maximums. The notice […]

Democrats turn sex into a government entitlement

From:  Congressman Steve Stockman This is an actual Obamacare ad.  Democrats have somehow turned sex into a government entitlement.

World War II took less time than ObamaCare

Putting things in perspective: March 21, 2010 to October 1, 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days. December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day. What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time […]

Preventing Stealth Euthanasia

by:  Diane Benjamin Yes death panels exist, and yes Obamacare takes $78 billion out of Medicare.  If you still don’t believe ObamaCare is meant to limit healthcare for the “non-contributing” members of society, then why would Benedictine University hold a conference on Preventing Stealth Euthanasia? Fundamental Transformation.  Die already!

Your future under ObamaCare

by:  Diane Benjamin This information was sent to me.  I blocked out the company name, it’s not important.  The Affordable Care Act affects everyone in America – get ready.  We were lied to by people who never read the bill.  I realize parts are difficult to read, but here’s the message:  “You will be paying more […]

Memories of How Tom Cross brought Obamacare to IL two years early

by:  Illinois TEA Party Recently, Republican Tom Cross “forgot” that he brought Obamacare to Illinois two years early.  Former GOP Leader Tom Cross is currently running for State Treasurer against  Dupage County Auditor Bob Grogan. Bob Grogan is the DuPage County Auditor, a CPA, and a Certified Fraud Examiner, who has both public and private financial sector experience.  […]

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