Normal Does It Right (surprised?)

By:  Diane Benjamin This was posted to the Normal Police Department Facebook page yesterday: The police are out patrolling anyway so this doesn’t violate Gov. Pritzker’s essential services only order.  Normal also isn’t picking any winners and losers – they want to reach everywhere in Normal. They could have picked a better photo to go […]

Normal “No Bills” Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin Unlike Bloomington, that now has a financial report to the Council every month, Normal issues a report once a year in September.  They call it a Financial Trends Report.  Do citizens have to wait until September to find out just how bad Revenue is now? The turndown isn’t stopping them from spending […]

Normal: Uptown reporting lacks transparency

By:  Diane Benjamin This is a little complicated if you don’t understand TIF districts.  The basics are: An area is declared a TIF in order to revitalize a blighted area Money is borrowed for TIF spending, it can be used to incentivize new development Tax money raised within the TIF is then used to pay off […]

Normal vrs Caterpillar

By:  Diane Benjamin March 16:  Normal hands out semi-annual Cost of Living pay increases based on national rates, not local.  They claim the increases are to keep talent.  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/17/normal-a-council-of-frauds/ Keep in mind corona virus was ramping up, ISU had already extended Spring Break.  Pritzker had closed public schools. Announced yesterday: https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/caterpillar-employees-will-not-receive-pay-increases-incentives/ You are looking at […]