Oops: More on Normal for Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin The Children’s Discovery Museum has a new Wind exhibit.  Just like real wind turbines, it was subsidized with tax dollars.  They got a grant from the bankrupt State of Illinois – Department of Natural Resources. The grant didn’t cover the entire expense however.  The problem is somebody forgot to get Council approval […]

Housing Alert!

By:  Diane Benjamin This is from a website that helps “home flippers” find good markets.    https://www.housingalerts.com/blog/market-report/104-declining-markets-quarterly/? It has a list of the top 104 markets in the country with ONE quarter declining values.  They suggest multiplying the percent by 4 to estimate the yearly decline.   This is a nationwide list with way too many Illinois cities! […]

More on Normal for Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin The Open Meetings Act REQUIRES approval of minutes within 30 days.  It’s a law, but who follows the law anymore?  On the agenda for Monday is:    http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3138 Somebody can’t count or were they planing to bury what happened?  Yes I filed with the AG and they likely got a letter. The extremely […]

Chickens, bees, bikes, and plants

By:  Diane Benjamin The Planning Commission delayed sending the new zoning ordinance to the Council over concerns in historic districts. What you need to see are the minutes from their last meeting.  They aren’t listed separately on the City website, but they are included in the packet for yesterday’s meeting.       http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20520 PDF page […]

Springfield got the Tiger grant

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal will have to keep tossing money to their Tiger Grant  Application Service.  Just since May 2018, they have spent $348,389.08  trying to get free money:    https://blnnews.com/2018/10/15/normal-is-following-the-plan/ The only BUILD (Tiger) grant in Illinois went to Springfield for high-speed rail – see PDF page 27:   https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/policy-initiatives/327856/build-fact-sheets-121118-355pm-update.pdf The announcement was made yesterday. Where […]

UPDATE: If this isn’t prosecuted, there is no justice!

Madigan backed down and withdrew the challenge!  The kid is on the ballot. Chances of anybody being prosecuted are zero. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-chicago-13th-ward-alderman-election-kass-20181215-story.html   By:  Diane Benjamin Unless you read the Chicago Tribune or John Kass’s column, you may not be aware of the Chicago farce happening now.  We hear stories of corruption and disappearing money, but […]