Where does the Pantagraph get their numbers?

By:  Diane Benjamin https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/years-after-debt-free-milestone-normal-stands-by-uptown-spending/article_3fc56076-8d9b-5367-9899-4af94445ed20.html#tracking-source=home-top-story The Pantagraph ran this cute story about Normal on Tuesday.  Quote from the article: Question: Does Normal not know how much debt they are in, or is the Pantagraph making up numbers? Town of Normal – Comptroller This is the debt reported as of March 31, 2018 to the Illinois Comptroller’s […]

Normal: 6 minute meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin The actual video of last night’s Normal Council meeting is a little over 8 minutes long.  The meeting didn’t start until 1:48 and ended at 7:25, close to a new record. In that time they approved spending $3,341,358.99 and some other items that couldn’t get a motion and a second fast enough.  […]

Normal’s short meeting again

By:  Diane Benjamin Although there are a number of items I could FOIA on Bills being paid tonight, I’m not going to. There is one item the citizens of Normal need to see: $90,045.67 was paid earlier in September   https://blnnews.com/2018/09/04/normals-fleece-tonight/ $60,728.85 in July  PDF page 24   http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3017 $88,020.70 was paid in June   https://blnnews.com/2018/06/15/normals-monday-bills/ $46,333.57 was […]

To all local governments and schools:

By:  Diane Benjamin Property taxes are destroying the citizens of Illinois.  We now have the highest property taxes in the country! http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-illinois-property-tax-rate-0428-biz-20160427-story.html Stop stealing from taxpayers NOW. Your tax and spend policies are forcing people to leave and wrecking the lives of people who can’t.  Un-affordable housing is your fault. Normal raises property taxes every […]