Hum, Uptown Circle

By:  Diane Benjamin Memory Lane: Remember when Normal promised to pay Bloomington Landmark Development around $1,825,000 to bring Portillos to town? The documentation said Sales taxes will easily cover the cost in about 7 years: That was in December of 2016. Just over a year later Normal wrote a huge check to Bloomington Landmark […]

District 87-Run backwards

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever feel like people you elect to a local office, like alderman and trustees, don’t represent you? How about School Board members?  Who do they work for? In District 87 the people you elect to represent you don’t work for you. From the District 87 website: Does the Board use this […]

Jeanne Ives here FRIDAY

Jeanne Ives will be in Bloomington for a Meet and Greet Friday at 4:30. She will be at the Law Offices of Stivers and Gramm – 820 E Grove St until 6:00 If she loses on March 20th – say hello to a Democrat Governor in November.  Rauner has destroyed what little credibility he had left. […]

If you are voting GOP . . .

Evidently the Republican judge who did sit on the Appellate Court Fourth Judicial District died in office.  His death did not allow another candidate to gather signatures to replace him. The GOP is asking you to write in Pete Cavanagh – don’t forget to blacken the circle in front of the blank line. If he […]

Fly on the Wall: State Farm

Flying around, chatter was heard about Ed Rust returning to State Farm briefly to confront Tipsword and Senior Management on how they are handling things.  Word on the street is Rust was escorted out of the building. Lots of tears were shed yesterday when terminations reached Facilities personnel. Looks like local governments are in complete […]

Welcoming Ordinance emails

By: Diane Benjamin These emails were received by FOIA: I have many emails against the Welcoming Ordinance.  This one shows the thinking of people wanting the ordinance. If you believe government performs services better than the private sector, you are dead wrong.  The private sector has to compete for your business, government just taxes you […]

Bruce Rauner is a LIAR!

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m still running into people who have fallen for the lies the media is allowing Bruce Rauner to spew about Jeanne Ives! Ask yourself why she would run against Rauner if she is in Madigan’s pocket? Rauner gave Madigan everything he wanted: Income tax increase Illinois made a Sanctuary State taxpayer-funded abortions! […]

Real Police vrs Impostor

By:  Diane Benjamin Nobody in Illinois is allowed to act like a police officer without credentials.  Continuing education/training is also required. This is the State record for Robert Davies: I FOIA’d the same information for another part-time officer, Dustin Carter, Police Chief of Stanford. The purpose of this FOIA was to show you the difference […]

Mackinaw: Do Laws Matter?

By:  Diane Benjamin If you dressed up as a police officer and carried a gun and started writing tickets you would be in jail really fast. When Robert Davies does it for over 30 years, takes money from taxpayers, and qualifies for a pension, where is the outrage? A REAL police officer who worked for […]

EDC 2016 Tax Return

By:  Diane Benjamin How did the Economic Development Council lose $298.319 in 2015 and another $326,863 in 2016?  Spending more than they take in! From the 2016 tax return: With losses like their’s, what kind of help did they provide? We now know how much Kyle Ham was being paid in 2016:   PDF page 10 […]

Council fails again

By:  Diane Benjamin The majority of the Council thinks government creates prosperity.   The failure of the State of Illinois should be instructive, to them Illinois just isn’t doing it right. Congrats – you are getting another City employee with salary and benefits.  That makes 3 new downtown employees.  The Council failed to understand that past […]

Mackinaw: Impersonating an Officer?

By:  Diane Benjamin     This guy is Robert Davies. The Village of Mackinaw recently issued this Press Release:             The Press Release doesn’t say why just a few months ago Robert Davies was the Assistant Police Chief, not the Public Safety Administrator. I randomly picked the 5/8/17 Minutes.  They show […]

Budget Scam

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight’s Bloomington City Council meeting contains a legally required Public Hearing on the budget. The FY 2019 Proposed Budget for all City funds is $207,894,653. The proposed budget is available for review here: I’m sure everybody has had time to read both books! I can tell you that roads have ZERO […]

Why City employees cost so much (revised)

By:  Diane Benjamin At tonight’s City Council meeting ratification of a contract for Sergeant and Lieutenants is on the consent agenda. They will be getting retroactive raises back to May 1, 2017: PDF page 92: PDF page 142 shows the previous contract wage increases were 1.5%. PDF page 149 still has Sick Leave Buy Back! […]

Council oblivious or just Renner?

By:  Diane Benjamin Documentation for the 7:00 pm meeting is 648 pages: The 5:00 pm meeting is only 35 pages: This item is on the agenda for discussion at the 5:00 meeting: Another City employee complete with benefits and pension! Then it gets funny because approval is on the Consent Agenda for the 7:00 […]

Monday: Bloomington’s spending spree:

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll: This is a wire transfer – no other information is available.  Most likely it’s property downtown. The City is giving away more of your money: Remember when I reported on huge phone bills: Sprint charges weren’t included in that story.  The City has Verizon, Frontier, and now Sprint.   […]

No major cuts!

By:  Diane Benjamin Questions for the Council:  Last November you held a retreat.  EVERY program the City is forcing people to pay for was presented. See PDF page 34 and following: There are 15 pages of programs ranked from HIGH priority to Low priority. It looks like cutting programs died the day they were […]

Anybody smell Ham?

By:  Diane Benjamin So yesterday Kyle Ham’s resignation from the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council was announced. Of course he went on the junket to DC, paid by taxpayers: It looks like him on the far left. The EDC gets their money from government, that would be your taxes.  They are totally unaccountable to you for […]

Remember the pothole video?

By:  Diane Benjamin On February 20th, I filmed City employees dumping something in potholes on E Oakland and not tamping it down. See the video in this story: On March 2nd I filmed the same area looks – a mere 10 days later.  Obviously a pothole fail. Don’t forget:  The Bloomington City Council wants you […]

Your Tax Dollars at work

By:  Diane Benjamin More info at: One Voice in Washington DC begging for money – $1,600 each plus other expenses:

Durbin risks eternity for DNC

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve been waiting for the press to notice, evidently they don’t care. Senator Dick Durbin is a member of a Catholic church in Springfield.  He has been banned by the Diocese of Springfield from taking communion for his failure to protect unborn life. Evidently church teachings do matter! A vote was taken […]

Bloomington Budget Workshop Saturday

By:  Diane Benjamin Source for below: Tari Renner is the problem: Tari was elected in 2013.  That budget was already done. The Renner exploding budgets started in 2014. 2018 is the budget currently in place. Bloomington shows NO sign of understanding the local economy is declining.  They are planning to keep spending and fleecing. […]

Normal vrs Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal’s budget:   Bloomington’s proposed budget:   Normal is spending $1879.70 per resident. Bloomington is spending $2743.41 per resident Bloomington also has around twice as many employees with benefits and pensions that have to be funded. Which city will be filing for bankruptcy first? . . .    

If LA can’t get people on the bus, we can’t either

By:  Diane Benjamin While our city “leaders” are out in DC begging for money for Connect Transit they are ignoring facts. Tax dollars are being used by government to change YOUR behavior, in Los Angeles it’s not working and it won’t work here either. Source:   Connecting Dots Transit – Los Angeles Excerpts: Over the past […]

VenuWorks = CIAM 2.0

By:  Diane Benjamin February events – net profit on each event is listed Bacon a Beer Fest – 12,230.53 8 tickets were comp’d, I wonder to who? Hockey 2/17 – 6,231.53 452 tickets Comp Hockey 2/7 – 1,109.92 384 tickets Comp Guns and Hoses – 2,799.53 0 Comp IHSA Cheerleading – 46,391.53 302 […]

Dan Brady

By:  Diane Benjamin The next time you see Dan, ask him who he is supporting for governor.  I hear he won’t answer that question. Maybe the reason is because the House GOP gave him $27,080 since February.  The Illinois GOP is backing the worst Republican Governor in the country according to National Review last December: […]

Heffner-the rest of the story

By:  Diane Benjamin You have probably heard that Bloomington’s Police Chief has been nominated by President Trump for US Marshal.  He will be missed locally, but he won’t be leaving anytime soon. Background: The US Marshal job is a political appointment.  That means he would serve at the pleasure of the President.  The job is […]

CIRA needs money too

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois is in a death spiral and now it’s local.  Every level of government refuses to live within their means and adjust to changing conditions.  They think they can pick your pocket whenever they want. Central Illinois Regional Airport is the latest. CIRA has found a state legislator in Bellville to sponsor […]

Media is destroying democracy! (Rauner)

By:  Diane Benjamin We aren’t a democracy, but I might as well use the language of the left.  It fits. It’s bad enough the Pantagraph refuses to do investigative reporting, but now the media is threatening to throw an election for MONEY. Cities 92.9 knows Bruce Rauner is lying in his endlessly running commercial claiming […]

Normal’s Enterprise Fleece

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal has done the same thing with Enterprise Funds that Bloomington did.  Segregate funds, like water, and then insist the fund pays for itself.  These essential services were formally funded by taxes you already paid.  You continue to pay all the old taxes, but new taxes are levied for the […]

Internet down again

Normal is fleecing it’s citizens, if Internet ever comes back I will prove it!

Skip doing business with Mark Bowers?

By:  Diane Benjamin This pic was not taken at yesterday’s 2nd Amendment Rally, but the rant made by Mark Bowers does refer to Regina Noland’s comments about gun rights in the media.  (Was Mark a troll?) According to his Facebook page, he is an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Snyder Real Estate. Mark is the guy […]

Cut Admin Bloomington!

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal is cutting:  communications director, economic development director, and assistant to the city manager. If Normal doesn’t need them, Bloomington doesn’t either.  Bloomington isn’t twice as big as Normal – but Bloomington’s budget is more than 100% higher! Bloomington is once again looking at a budget that does not provide enough money to […]

#TimesUp / #MeToo – not in Illinois!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Chicago Tribune has been doing great reporting and editorials on Mike Madigan’s problem: Excerpt: I’m glad Madigan refuses to resign.   He doesn’t think hiding allegations of wide-spread sexual abuse in Springfield means he should. After he is re-elected by his precinct in November,  Democrats will need to vote him back […]

Most media can’t count

By:  Diane Benjamin WAND TV reported around 90 people attended yesterday’s 2nd Amendment Rights rally. WJBC reported “over 100”. Pantagraph reported close to 200 – usually  they can’t count! The actual count (of those who signed) was 159. Most of the people were from Bloomington-Normal and surrounding small towns.  A few came from Peoria, Canton, […]

2nd Amendment Rights – pics

WAND TV Reported 90 people – This Is why I had people Sign: WJBC reported over 100. By:  Diane Benjamin The rally was held today in front of the BCPA.  I had people sign in – 159 people did.  I’m not sure if everyone signed, there could have been more.  WEEK 25, Cities 92.9, […]

UPDATE: State Farm needs to come clean

5000+ employees will be told what SF has planned at 10 an today.  Some will relocate, some will stay, some will be out of a job.   By:  Diane Benjamin How many State Farm employees are going to be left in Bloomington if the ax ever quits falling on employees? Does anybody believe 15,000? Local […]

Now that the Internet is back . . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin All day with no Internet!   It’s finally back. 1) The link below is a Letter to the Editor written by Jim Simeone: The letter attempts to counter the letter written by Guy Fraker titled Renner’s Actions are Disgraceful: The letter fails miserably at defending Renner, it mostly claims his antics […]

Normal – crashing!

By:  Diane Benjamin Besides the final payments for Koos, Reece, and Aldrich to party in Washington DC at One Voice, questionable frivolous spending is down for Monday’s meeting. These items are contracted, so Normal can’t say now they made bad decisions: Why is Normal handing out down payment assistance?  Vote buying?   Now this […]

FRIDAY: GOP AG candidate in town

By:  Diane Benjamin Election season is heating up – it’s your JOB to know the candidates before you vote! I’m not sold on Erika Herald as the GOP candidate for Attorney General, mostly because she is backed by Bruce Rauner. Side note:  Why would anyone vote for Rauner when we KNOW he will lose in […]

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