Normal’s pork tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight – two meetings:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3017 Don’t forget this one-the consult will present their findings on building a sports complex here: Misc money toss: Did you get your invite? This is only for printing: Normal allows pension spiking too: Unlike Bloomington where everything is a secret forever, Normal will be voting to release Executive […]

Guest Writer: Citizens Public Safety and Community Relations Board

By:  Karen Miller On July 12, WGLT posted an article entitled “Year later, Some Want More Distance between Civilian Board and Police”.     http://wglt.org/post/year-later-some-want-more-distance-between-civilian-board-and-police The Pubic Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB) was formed to serve as a citizen advisory committee to the Chief of Police and the City Manager, providing different perspectives on police […]

Pantagraph wrong again, but nothing new

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph thanked Alderman Diana Hauman for serving and for publicly stating she is not running for reelection to the Bloomington City Council because she was not able to develop a cohesive Council. When Judy Stearns and Kevin Lower were members, the Council was very cohesive.  Everything they said was ignored. The […]

More on the VA story from yesterday

By:  Diane Benjamin This is an update to yesterday’s story:     https://blnnews.com/2018/07/11/not-the-right-fit-tari/ This morning I spoke to the Marine veteran who was the subject of the Facebook post by Danny Leifel.  He wants to remain anonymous because of the large number of phone calls he received yesterday. One phone call he never received was from […]

Update: Your wallet isn’t safe!

The Town of Normal still does not have this meeting properly posted.  They do have the 7:00 pm meeting posted.  Their lawyer needs to re-read the Open Meetings Act. By:  Diane Benjamin The notice below is not posted on the Town of Normal website under agendas or anywhere else I looked.  This was sent to […]

Can’t have a conversation with some people

By:  Diane Benjamin We are being intentionally deceived.  Politicians do it.  Media does it.  Schools are doing it. Social media reveals just how bad it is.  This pic was not taken locally, but it was posted locally.  The person who posted it doesn’t see a problem?  Do you? That brings me to Sonny Garcia – […]

What does “No Bids” tell you? (and more Council tonight)

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington City Council meeting tonight: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18264 Beginning on PDF page 380 Remember the Wayfinding signs? In August 2016 the Council hired a firm to design the signs for $62,190.  In December 2017 the Council approved spending another $28,095 for design after the original designs were nixed. They could have held a local contest […]

Sonny using Chicago playbook

By:  Diane Benjamin Sonny’s latest threat after the Dan Ryan was shut down by protesters against gun violence: Who runs Bloomington? Send Tari a thank you message! . . . . . . .  

Bloomington is at war thanks to Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin These are the people who helped elect Tari both times, note he looks much younger in the pic below.  The talking points haven’t changed. These are the people demanding a “welcoming ordinance” now. These are also Tari’s people: This is what “civility” looks like in Tari’s Bloomington. Proof:  Tari’s hate filled rant […]

YWCA & Jenn Carrillo

By:  Diane Benjamin I reader sent this to me this morning – it’s a Facebook post: Since the Pantagraph never credited me for their story, Sarah – how do you know?  Maybe they saw Jenn’s story with the burning limousine and ALSO thought it was a threat!  Even if they did steal the story from […]

Is Tari calling for an illegal meeting?

By:  Diane Benjamin In typical progressive politics, Tari Renner wants to beat the Council into voting on the Welcoming Ordinance.  Nothing is posted yet on the City website, but somehow the Pantagraph knows this meeting is going to take place on Monday.  Yes, more proof the media prints what they are told to print! The […]

Who is going to sue Normal?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m betting the Town of Normal has a problem:  Discrimination! Is it legal to pass an ordinance that tells some people they HAVE to do something while others people don’t have to? That is exactly what the Normal Town Council did last night.  They have a legal department, did anybody check to […]

BLM: You bailed out this guy?

By:  Diane Benjamin For Mother’s Day Black Lives Mater bailed out a mom already out on bond for retail theft in Springfield.  She was arrested for the same thing here and for having her baby with her when she did it. Keep in mind, everything you buy is more expensive to cover the losses from […]

Democrat Jocularity!

By:  Diane Benjamin Erik Rankin is on the McLean County Board.  He is also the local Democratic Party Chairman.  Democrats are VERY outnumbered on the County Board.  VERY! Since Jason Chambers ran on the Republican Party ticket for State’s Attorney, his replacement until the next election has to be a Republican. Ranken was on WJBC  […]

Maybe the last Valente story, maybe not

By:  Diane Benjamin If you missed any of the first three stories, see them  HERE (Videos)  and  HERE (Phone Message) and  HERE (Emails) Judy Valente had settled down until the videos were published I obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.  Besides the phone message above, she also emailed Chief Woodruff.  She is no longer calling him Aaron.  […]

Valente – the saga continues

By:  Diane Benjamin If you missed either of the first two stories, see them  HERE  and  HERE The new information comes from another FOIA request I filed to see if STATE EMPLOYEE (as in YOU pay her salary) Judy Valente actually followed through with her threats to file a complaint against the officers involved in her traffic […]

Judy Valente: The story continues

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed another FOIA request for all documents connected to the traffic stop of Judith Valente.  See the original story here:     https://blnnews.com/2018/06/24/smile-you-are-on-police-video/ My goal was to see if she came to her senses and realized she was acting inappropriately or if she filed complaints against the officers. That part of the […]

Tari’s antics continue

By:  Diane Benjamin According to the Pantagraph (I actually cite sources), Renner is calling a special meeting July 9th to discuss the welcoming ordinance. Of course, he will have to waste more money holding it at the BCPA.  Since threats of violence have been made (yes, you Jenn Carrillo), police officers will have to attend. […]

More Jenn Carrillo

By: Diane Benjamin Jenn has new comments on Facebook this morning claiming she is completely non-violent.  Everything not in quotes are Jenn’s words.  This is non-violent? Below are the parts of the article Jenn didn’t quote.  “this man” is President Trump.    https://splinternews.com/this-is-just-the-beginning-1827099100 The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s. […]

Unethical Reporter: Edith Brady-Lunny

By:  Diane Benjamin Ms. Lunny just published a story on the Jenn Carrillo violence post and didn’t mention where the Pantagraph found it.  I know where she found it: I have this sweet little program linked to my website that tells me where reads are from.  Above are two of the reads, I know there […]

More on Judy Valente

By:  Diane Benjamin This article must be read first:   https://blnnews.com/2018/06/24/smile-you-are-on-police-video/ h/t another reader Bio from:    https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00E9BE1J2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1?redirectedFromKindleDbs=true Judy writes what appear to be self-help spirituality books. Click the link above to see the titles. Any further comment appears unnecessary.  

Smile, you are on Police Video

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t To a Reader I could have titled this article:  So you think you are above the law? Or:  Policemen are Saints! Or:  How does she still have a State job? Or:  This reporter can NOT be allowed to cover crime Or:  How did police know she wasn’t driving stoned? The possibilities […]

Heartland is pricing kids out of college

By:  Diane Benjamin Budgets for Heartland Community College only go back to 2012 on their website.  Below are tuition increases starting in 2012: PDF page 11:   https://www.heartland.edu/documents/bo/budgetfy12.pdf Note tuition was increased $16 per credit hour in 2012.     2013: PDF page 11:  https://www.heartland.edu/documents/bo/budgetfy13.pdf Since 2012 didn’t mention a “Student Life Fee” and it’s only $1 per credit […]

Heartland is deficit spending for BAD reasons

By:  Diane Benjamin According to this article (buried on their website), Heartland Community College is planning on not having a balanced budget until 2021.   https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/education/heartland-board-approves-first-budget-with-deficit/article_a0c39e6e-4dca-5637-b1ba-749dc4cd88b1.html Do you deficit spend for 2 years or more?  Government does. The planned deficit is because they lost the authority to levy “equity property taxes” amounting to $3 million.  Of […]

Arena – Will Gleason shut it down?

By:  Diane Benjamin The local paper has an editorial declaring the new City Manager the right guy because Decatur re-did their downtown.  They think Normal did, so there is no reason Bloomington can’t. They forgot Normal was in ZERO debt before they spent around $100,000,000 on Uptown.  (Is that restaurant space on the Circle still […]

Decatur comments on Gleason + Council last night

By:  Diane Benjamin It sounds like both Unit 5 and District 87 are as tired of TIF Districts as the citizens.  Both Barry Reilly and Mark Daniel spoke about 23 years of diverted taxes being ridiculous.  The Council tabled any changes until better language agreeable to the school districts could be worked out.  Bloomington may […]

Tari REALLY wants sued

By:  Diane Benjamin The Liquor Commission before Tari had (if I remember right) 7 members.  The King wanted to make all the decisions himself, so he now has two assistants, one of which is going to vote with Tari every time.  Only 3 members means Tari thinks and acts like he alone is the moral […]

Pantagraph’s Home Delivery Manager

By:  Diane Benjamin Kat (Kathleen) Cantrell (Wilson) is the person in charge of making sure subscribers get delivery of the Pantagraph.  She has access to the database of subscribers and likely payment information, how else could she verify whether a customer deserves delivery?  Does her access include credit card numbers? The following is from the […]

Supporting Downtown Neighborhoods +

By:  Diane Benjamin With the change to twice yearly bulk waste pickup, areas around downtown now look like this: The owner could call the City for pickup and pay $25 per bucket, or they can wait to be tagged by the City.  The tagged mess still won’t be picked up immediately because the City is […]

Update: Facts matter Nikita

By:  Diane Benjamin The Supreme Court did rule yesterday on Ohio’s procedures for keeping the voting roles clean.  Purging non-active voters is essential to fair elections.  Some counties in Illinois and some states have more people on the voting roles than citizens.  McLean County isn’t one of them. That didn’t stop Nikita Richards from putting […]

Continuing “Right Fit” While Ignoring Needs

By:  Diane Benjamin Local governments in both Bloomington and Normal forgot a long time ago it isn’t their job to entertain you.  Raising taxes to pay for their folly costs everybody.  Want to know why Bloomington-Normal is becoming un-affordable?  Government tyranny!  They know better than you how to spend your money.  Worse, capitalism is murdered […]

Sonetz – Mohr accident video

By:  Diane Benjamin The only reason I am posting this information is because so many people have questioned the conclusions drawn by prosecutors.  When the son of a government employee is involved everyone wants to make sure justice was done.  It should happen with every accident, but I can understand being suspicious. I filed two […]

More spiking and other bills

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll for 6/11/2018   http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18004 More Pension Spiking! 1200 hours of paid time @ $44.85 per hour.  The second one doesn’t list the hours. More vote-buying with your money.  They call it Community Relations to sound nice. Is Code Enforcement being outsourced now?  Anybody want to FOIA? Huge Petty Cash at the BCPA has […]

Decatur’s City Manager? Really?

By:  Diane Benjamin Tim Gleason has only been Decatur’s City Manager since March of 2015. In May of 2017 Gleason fired the Decatur Police Chief Sweeney.  Sweeney sued the City for wrongful termination.  After lots of legal expense, the Chief was allowed to retire instead of being fired and he received $60,000 is Sick Leave Pay.  […]

Update: Party at Public Works

I just received another response from the City they neglected to include in the previous FOIA response: Nice of them to totally change the story two days later!  Why aren’t vending machine profits City money?  More FOIA’s —————————————————————————————————- By:  Diane Benjamin I heard a rumor that morale at Bloomington’s Public Works was so low, Jim […]

Normal giving away your money

By:  Diane Benjamin Running out of other people’s money has caused Normal to give away less of your money this year.  I wonder how many votes were bought through Harmon Grants? Last year’s list shows $50,000 was given away:  https://blnnews.com/2018/04/30/normal-harmon-grants/ This year’s list: The YWCA got more of your money, I’m betting they bought tickets for […]

Gun Violence Awareness Day: Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin At every City Council meeting Mayor Renner reads at least one Proclamation, of course signed by him. Last night it was Gun Violence Awareness Day. See the proclamation here – PDF Page 13    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=17858 The numbers used weren’t hard to find a source for:    https://everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-by-the-numbers/ This groups tax return shows they advocate […]

Climate, In case you still don’t get it. . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin Similar graphics are available on many sites.  Carbon is .035% of the atmosphere.  If you listen to the media its destroying life on planet earth.  Really? Source  

Climate Change Scam

Sorry, reading the wrong month By:  Diane Benjamin Yes, it’s been really hot!  Media thought we might break a record yesterday.  What was the record yesterday?  94 degrees What the media often fails to tell you is what year that record was set.  Instead they spew Global Warming or Climate Change unsubstantiated statements and demand […]

Who destroyed downtown?

By:  Diane Benjamin According to Wikipedia: Back in 1967 virtually nothing existed where Eastland Mall is today.  Locals tell me the City Council cheered the new mall without understanding moving anchor stores from downtown would result in today’s conditions. How many employees did the Pantagraph formerly have downtown?  They recently created another empty large building […]

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