Normal: No you don’t listen to citizens!

By:  Diane Benjamin At the Normal Town Council meeting last night many on the Council were appalled at Stan Nord’s comments concerning an email Pam Reece sent:  https://blnnews.com/2020/06/16/normal-the-lets-marginalize-stan-show/ Stan obviously stands alone in representing the people who voted for him.  The rest campaign as representing citizens and then fall in line with whatever the “professional […]

Bloomington: Can’t miss Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin 5:05 – Jon Reed was the only public comment.  Others emailed the Council.  I believe public comment isn’t for the Council – it is for the public.  Citizens will never know what other citizens said by emailing.  Get on the phone people! Jon did a great job taking down Jenn Carrillo (while […]

Normal: The let’s marginalize Stan show

By:  Diane Benjamin 9:00 – Stan pulled the bills for further discussion – particularly paying property taxes.  Pam Reece and attorney Brian Day didn’t have good answers for not filing paperwork to make them exempt.  14:45 Koos ends the conversation. Next was the contract with the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.  Stan wanted the same […]

Did Jenn make this comment?

By:  Diane Benjamin Maybe Jenn Carrillo can hop on her official Facebook page and deny she made this comment on my site: Doesn’t this sound just like her? America has survived for almost 244 years without socialism being “existentially necessary”. Have we lost the battle?  Not as long as the 2nd Amendment exists.  That’s why […]

More Property Taxes Normal Doesn’t Owe

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever heard “Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves”? The Town of Normal is not only not “watching the pennies”, they aren’t watching dollars either.  (YOUR DOLLARS) These bills are “presented” for Monday night – nobody is suppose to ask questions. Start with the One Uptown Circle Rent.  […]

Don’t forget who won’t let you work

By:  Diane Benjamin Indiana is open.  I know locals who have driven to the Beef House right across the border to sit down for a good meal. Iowa is open for full capacity in-restaurant dining. Wisconsin is open after their Supreme Court ruled the governor’s actions illegal. Illinois has Pritzker’s boot on everybody’s neck, he […]

More emails: Kathleen Lorenz

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch a Normal Council meeting.  Kathleen Lorenz will attempt at least one to convey that Stan Nord has no idea what he’s doing.  In emails she is even worse.  Below are a few choice picks – from FOIA: Response from Kathleen: This issue isn’t dead, I’m just waiting for more information.   How […]

Normal: Systemic waste of your money

By:  Diane Benjamin Two more properties have been identified Normal is paying property taxes on when they should be exempt.  Think there aren’t more? Both of these are vacant lots in 1 Normal Plaza, it appears they were acquired after Nick Africano tore down one of the buildings: The relatively small amount of your money […]

Heartbreaking emails

I redacted the name of the writer because this could have been written by any small business owner.  Note the dates as you read each email.  Large corporations allowed to stay open profited at the expense of your neighbors.  Received by FOIA: Response from Stan Nord: Pam sent this to the Mayor and Council.   The […]

Normal got a free property!

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m reading through 100’s of pages of emails, I will post others at some point.  This one made me stop.  City Manager Pam Reece does updates for the Council.  This excerpt is part of one sent April 25th: Note: John and Marilyn Freese plan to donate the property to the Town of […]

Normal: looks illegal!

By:  Diane Benjamin June 1st, Normal Town Council meeting: Hit play – it should start at 1:14:23 with Brian Day, Town attorney. The topic is the sale of the property at 1404 Ft. Jesse.  Brian Day is responding to questions from Stan Nord.  Day attempts to claim selling the property for far less than appraised […]

Looting in Normal, don’t ask questions

By:  Diane Benjamin Videos of the looting at Target are all over Facebook.  Obviously most of the people involved have not been arrested, but worse the videos show police did little to stop it. A resident of Normal had questions – note he sent this email to the entire Council, Mayor and City Manager: Doug […]

Normal last night

By:  Diane Benjamin During the Pledge of Allegiance – the sign is courtesy of Chemberly Cummings: The meeting began with comments from Janessa Williams, chairperson of the Human Relations Board of Normal.  She did denounce the violence. The part of the meeting that should outrage citizens was the selling of the property on Ft. Jesse.  […]

Video: Target

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos was on WJBC this morning saying the police had to stand down because they were outnumbered.  Reports are police vehicles were damaged.  Taxpayers in Normal will get the bill. This was filmed by a person who refused to participate.        

Normal’s latest give-aways

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday night:   http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3644 1) 1404 Fort Jesse – the property Normal has been paying property taxes on they don’t owe. On the agenda is to sell the prime property to Laura Dolan for $25,000 plus paying the 2019 property taxes.  The assessed value is $90,000.  The Town had previously sold the property […]

Why Normal billed taxpayers $154,120

By:  Diane Benjamin Think all the way back to March 16, 2020.  That was pre-shutdown and the Normal Town Council was still meeting in person.  The staff got raises at this meeting and the Council was forced to approve a site plan for Stan Nord’s property.  It isn’t in Uptown so different rules apply – […]

WOW! So close Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin If only they had spent a little more on consulting and architects for bus stops, they could have made it to $1,000,000 lost in ONE MONTH: Cost per trip is now a whooping $9.26, last April it was $3.30. Cost for Connect Mobility is far worse:  $117.13 per rider.  Last year it […]

Progressive Julie Hile

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever feel like government is conspiring behind your back to force their agenda on you? They are! Julie Hile is a progressive.  She knows how you should live your life, your opinions are immaterial.  All progressives want to reshape daily life to whatever their vision is.  Hile has a long history of […]

More on Normal’s Property Taxes they don’t owe.

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow-up to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/05/06/pam-reece-needs-to-pay-this-herself/ On May 6th when that story was written both the Adelaide property and the empty lot on Ft. Jesse were labeled taxable on the McLean County Assessor’s website.  Ft. Jesse still is, Adelaide has finally been changed.  Evidently Normal will continue to pay property taxes on an […]

Important! – Don’t miss this one: The rest of Normal’s fleece

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal Mayor Chris Koos was nominated by Sen Dick Durbin to the Amtrak Board of Directors.  Amtrak and Koos are a perfect fit.  It does mean that Koos can no longer participate in discussions about building an underpass since all decisions involve Amtrak.  See PDF page 5:  http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/12829/2017-Purchasing-Policy-Manual-x?bidId= Amtrak will be paying […]

Normal: No right or wrong answers?

By:  Diane Benjamin The next election can’t come fast enough because all but one of the elected officials are not working for the people in Normal.  Covering last night’s meeting is going to take more than one story.  Start with Trustee comments at the end of the meeting. Chemberly Cummings lectured the public on wearing […]

Take Action Now: Tyrant Pritzker!

By:  Diane Benjamin Dictator Pritzker is playing politics while Illinois burns.  It is obvious now the shutdown in Illinois was never about bending the curve.  It is about trashing the economy in hopes of a huge bailout while crushing small businesses and people deemed non-essential. Congratulation democrats – you elected a dictator.   Proof:  Raising taxes […]

Koos: Different rules for us

By:  Diane Benjamin Since the media isn’t interested in holding tyrannical dictators accountable, I must keep posting Mayor Koos taunting protesters.  This picture speaks volumes about him and his buddies on the Council – the PLAN is the only thing that matters, not you. But there is more: A guy name Josh Favus is Koos’ […]

Renner, Koos, and Pritzker have no power!

By:  Diane Benjamin Executive Orders are not law.  We don’t live in a dictatorship, the only power government has is what you let them get by with!  The Illinois shutdown has morphed from “bending the curve” to tyranny. The Edgar County Watchdogs have been leading since March by simply reading the law.  The State and […]

Democrats aren’t playing politics?!

By:  Diane Benjamin Nikita Richards, failed candidate for McLean County Clerk, was recently elected to lead the McLean County Democrats. When the economy was shut down we were told it was “to bend the curve”.  The purpose was to prevent massive numbers of hospitalizations that would overwhelm the system. Overwhelming never came close to happening, […]

This one is for law enforcement

By:  Diane Benjamin With threats from Pritzker, Koos, and Renner to call out law enforcement to keep people and businesses from exercising their Constitutional Rights, it is time to remember your oath of office.  It wasn’t to Pritzker, Koos, or Renner. The only power government has is from the Consent of the Governed.  See the […]

Who is lying?

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday Tari Renner participated in a video conference led by the Peoria’s mayor.  There were MANY other mayors on the call, Chris Koos was not one of them. Below is a clip of just Renner.  He starts by thanking Mayor Ardis for his leadership, he asks a question, then expresses his appreciation […]

The HOI re-Open gang has a plan (a bad one)

By:  Diane Benjamin WEEK held a Facebook live event with the numerous area mayors this morning.  They have constructed their own re-open plan.  They were experiencing many technical difficulties trying to get all the mayors to weigh in.  It will be posted at peoriagov.org eventually. Completely missed is the governor has no power to say […]

Pritzker’s 30 days expired long ago

By:  Diane Benjamin Regardless of what the local mayor’s claim, Governor Pritzker’s Executive orders expired 30 days after he wrote them.  That was well over a month ago.  Since the media allows JB to continue acting like anything he says is valid, that speaks volumes about their ability to be called a “free press”.  Our […]