$ 43,585,074!

By:  Diane Benjamin That is the cost of building the proposed multi-sport complex. The best part is: It will NEVER pay for itself! If anybody supports this proposal they need mental health exams. More tomorrow!

Preaching Socialism

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois People’s action was at the Sugar Creek Art Festival spreading socialism, note they target the young who don’t know that socialism kills: One item on the sign is 100% renewable energy.  Evidently they don’t know the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine.  Creating batteries to store energy […]

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 […]

Normal: We must entertain! (and more)

By:  Diane Benjamin A reader asked me how much the Town of Normal contributes to the CornBellters, so I FOIA’d that information.  The Normal Cornbelters are another quasi-government organization with no transparency. Did you know for 20 years Normal is rebating all food and beverage taxes? I wonder if they audit sales?  How are cash […]

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 […]

Recycling? How much ends up in the landfill?

By:  Diane Benjamin It would be nice if everything that could be recycled was.  Normal passed an ordinance mandating recycling for multi family housing.  The joke just might be on the kids who begged the Trustees to pass it.  Their rent will go up and all “recyclables” may end up in the landfill anyway.  Of […]

Chris Koos: Trump Derangement Syndrome

By:  Diane Benjamin At 9:26 last night Chris Koos posted this to Facebook: Why does the left always call us a democracy? We aren’t a democracy, that means mob rule.  Somebody wants your bike, the mob can vote to steal it from you.  That’s democracy. We are a Republic where we elect people to represent […]

4 of 5 contributions NOT local

By:  Diane Benjamin Campaign Contributions: Friends of Nikita Richards Why are 4 of the 5 contributions NOT from McLean County? Two are from Chicago and one from Rockford!

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 […]

ISU must not teach capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council meeting lasted more than 10 minutes last night!  It actually went over an hour because of the mandatory recycling ordinance. ISU kids showed up to demand their right to recycle.  Some called it a necessity, one claimed she had to drive 5-10 minutes to drop hers off and […]

Attacking the poor in Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2996 Tonight Normal may prove government destroys affordable housing. On the agenda is mandatory recycling for all multi-family housing.  Non-compliance fines are $100 per day!  Who MUST recycle: Attacking the poor is so easy when ideology rules over common sense.  Affordable housing will become even less affordable.  Where is the League of […]

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.  […]

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 […]

The next State’s Attorney

By:  Diane Benjamin This note is on the McLean County State’s Attorney website:    http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/index.aspx?NID=96 Sources tell me the State’s Attorney job is mostly administrative, I don’t buy it.  If the State’s Attorney has never tried a case or prosecuted anyone, how can they know the people they are supervising are competent?  I bet prosecuting the […]

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. […]

Connect Transit LOSS GROWS!

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s only a matter of time before Connect Transit makes at all the way to a $1,000,000 loss in one month.  They are trying really hard to get there. PDF page 8:    file:///C:/Users/Diane/Downloads/26Jun18%20Board%20Meeting%20Packet%20Final.pdf May income was: Income barely covered fuel expenses of $104,193.08 Total expenses: Total Operating Loss: This isn’t monopoly money!  This […]

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 […]

More State’s Attorney errors!

By:  Diane Benjamin Followup to this story:    https://blnnews.com/2018/06/19/the-next-mclean-county-states-attorney/ Charges have already been dropped against one of the Coliseum defendants – judge blamed the charges filed by the State’s Attorney’s office. Now rape charges have been dropped against another defendant – again the judge ruled the charges weren’t filed right:  See this story: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/rape-charges-dismissed-against-murder-suspect/article_8ac3ab38-b90e-57ae-9632-e6807d557d95.html In both […]

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 […]

Vote based on Skin Color?

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The next McLean County State’s Attorney

By:  Diane Benjamin The biggest problem in the State of Illinois is State’s Attorneys who refuse to prosecute government corruption.  I and the Edgar County Watchdogs have seen case after case of extreme malfeasance by government officials that never gets prosecuted.  Breaking the law in Illinois is way too easy, getting by with it is […]

Mohr traffic charges

By:  Diane Benjamin’ What are the charges against Mitchel Mohr?  (See this story:    https://blnnews.com/2018/06/08/sonetz-mohr-accident-video/) The accident report states: A charge for not wearing a seat belt is not posted on the County website: http://webapp.mcleancountyil.gov/WebApps/PublicAccess/PubAC_Court_CasesCriminal.aspx 71 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone is 16 miles per hour over the speed limit, not […]

Update: 2nd Amendment: Where’s McLean County?

County Board member Jim Soeldner sent a resolution the Board passed in 2008.  It needs updated!  See it here:   2008 McLean County Resolution _________________________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin Does the Constitution matter or not?   The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. (Militia meant every person capable of using a […]

Normal’s Monday bills

By:  Diane Benjamin Link to the Monday packet:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2990 Another 10 minute meeting with not much on the agenda.  None of these items will get discussed. At the June 4th meeting $25,000 of Harmon Grants were approved – PDF page 27    http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2973 Monday night they are paying the grants, but the total is $26,500 – PDF […]

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 […]

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 […]

ISP – the written accident report

By:  Diane Benjamin As I reported last week, my FOIA for the accident reconstruction report included only video and pictures.   https://blnnews.com/2018/06/08/sonetz-mohr-accident-video/ I assumed a written report had to exist, this morning I received it.  I’m not going to post the entire report because it contains graphic pictures of the vehicles.  I will send it to […]

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 […]

Mayors traveling – at your expense

By:  Diane Benjamin According to this website:  https://www.statista.com/statistics/241695/number-of-us-cities-towns-villages-by-population-size/ there were 19,505 communities in the United States in 2015. 16,470 have a population under 10,000.  That leaves 3,035 larger cities. The US Conference of Mayors claims to represent 1,409 communities.  Since tiny cities don’t attend, 1409 of 3035 is only 46.4%.   http://mayorsagenda.com/about-us/ The next meeting is June […]

6 things you need to know

By:  Diane Benjamin 1) RC McBride asked to be excused from voting on payments to WGLT at last night’s Normal Council meeting since he is the General Manager.  He did vote on the Harmon Grants, 3 of which went to ISU, also his employer since WGLT is the campus NPR station. ISU, McBride, and the […]

$909.00 cookies

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal gets by with throwing away your money because they are HOME RULE.  They both need their HOME RULE status revoked!  All it takes is a referendum. Yes, these are $909.00 cookies for City employees for St Patrick’s Day!         See […]

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 […]

RC McBride – an obvious conflict of interest

By:  Diane Benjamin This guy is the General Manager WGLT:   http://wglt.org/people/category/6 McBride is also on the Town of Normal Council:    http://www.normal.org/1135/Meet-the-Council If you don’t already see a conflict of interest with media helping to run government, I’m not done. Monday night the Normal Council is writing some checks to WGLT, an NPR station that […]

Like Debt?

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story from December 2, 2017   https://blnnews.com/2017/12/02/normal-tossing-money-yours/ Bond payments look like they are made twice a year. On the agenda for Monday night:  Interest payments of $1,541,388.73     http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2973 In December the interest payments totaled $1,628,761.92 That’s a decrease of $87,373.19 Total debt is decreasing slowly – it was $92,320,992 at […]

Why Do Politicians Waste So Much Money on Corporate Incentives?

By”  Diane Benjamin I found an article talking to the author of a book called:   Incentives to Pander: How Politicians Use Corporate Welfare for Political Gain Although the story talks a lot about mega deals like a new Amazon headquarters, the same principles apply locally. Quotes: There are consultants, there are companies, there are elected officials, […]

Peterson Gift Card

By:  Diane Benjamin Earlier this month I reported Connect Transit gave Normal’s former City Manager a gift card to mark his retirement:   https://blnnews.com/2018/05/21/899191-05/ While Connect Transit lost $899,191.05 in just one month, Mark Peterson got $50.00 or it: This receipt was received by FOIA.    

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