Bill Brady: RESIGN

By:  Diane Benjamin Strike one against Bill Brady was his failure to disclose financial interests in the gaming industry while writing laws to regulate them.  If Illinois had prosecutors . . . . . A US Bankruptcy Court in Springfield ruled yesterday against Robert Brady pertaining to his bankruptcy.  That Brady is not allowed to […]

Normal: Uptown reporting lacks transparency

By:  Diane Benjamin This is a little complicated if you don’t understand TIF districts.  The basics are: An area is declared a TIF in order to revitalize a blighted area Money is borrowed for TIF spending, it can be used to incentivize new development Tax money raised within the TIF is then used to pay off […]

Normal vrs Caterpillar

By:  Diane Benjamin March 16:  Normal hands out semi-annual Cost of Living pay increases based on national rates, not local.  They claim the increases are to keep talent.  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/17/normal-a-council-of-frauds/ Keep in mind corona virus was ramping up, ISU had already extended Spring Break.  Pritzker had closed public schools. Announced yesterday: https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/caterpillar-employees-will-not-receive-pay-increases-incentives/ You are looking at […]

Stay off the cliff

How is quarantine going? For many, probably not well.  Many lives have been upended because of a virus.  No one can accurately predict the future or say how long this will last.  No one knows how bad this can get or how quickly it will pass. We do know close to 99% of people who […]