Normal’s Fleecing continues

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal spend $1.4 million to STUDY the proposed Uptown Crossing: Source What did they get for $1.4 million?  Evident what they want to pass Monday night: The plan doesn’t know if ADA compliance can be achieved?  Bike Blono has to dismount?  The at-grade crossing is adjacent?  Why is the underpass […]

Updated: YOU have the Power!

Update is at the end. By:  Diane Benjamin Thursday night I road tripped with the Edgar County Watchdogs (John Kraft and Kirk Allen) to Stark County.  We attended a “Special” County Board meeting which occurred because the meeting on Tuesday was adjourned after the citizens who showed couldn’t all fit in the room.  The chairperson […]

The Truth about Higher Ed

By:  Diane Benjamin The President of Northern Illinois University is just the latest to step down amid allegations of scandal.  The bigger scandal is what the Board is planning on paying him to leave!  Details of that soon.  Remember when ISU paid Tim Flanagan to leave – the day before he got arrested? The Illinois […]

If demand mattered, the roads would get fixed!

By:  Diane Benjamin Only a tiny group of citizens want bike lanes.  Tari Renner ran for office twice pledging to fix the roads.  He obviously isn’t as serious as the people with damaged vehicles are. This is from 2015:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/public-works/streets-sidewalks/street-resurfacing The table shows how much money per year is required just to have TERRIBLE STREETS. […]

Bike facts that don’t matter

Update:  The lady in the video reported Amelia stated her family won’t be using the bike lanes – too dangerous!  She is supporting the plan because Bike Blono wants it.   By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I attended Renner’s Open House for the first time.  I don’t attend because I already know what answers are going […]

More Bloomington Fail

By:  Diane Benjamin I saw this on the agenda for the Town of Normal last Monday:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2634 The document goes on to appoint the Deputy City Manager as representative to IMRF. The Town of Normal hasn’t paid the huge penalties Bloomington has from pension spiking.  Bloomington has paid  $1,877,252.40, in August of 2015 Normal had paid […]

Why is BN Advantage a secret group?

By:  Diane Benjamin BN Advantage was formed in 2015.  Their mission is to get all the players together for collaboration on economic development strategy. The Bloomington Council approved the formation in October 2015, see this doc:  BN Advantage  I’m sure other area governments passed the same type resolution. Temporarily forget the fact that government doesn’t […]

Normal: Last night’s 4 minutes

Update:  FOIA filed.  Locust has to do with an ISU land swap from 2015. By:  Diane Benjamin The video of last night’s Normal Town Council says it’s 10:23 minutes.  The meeting doesn’t start until 6:48, so the actually meeting was less than 4 minutes. See the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLNC0lO-kCBYjaSv4sZ4udZFRwMu8bwYGr&v=3XAyHvlFBKE Start the video around 6 minutes […]

Normal: What?!?

By:  Diane Benjamin On the Consent Agenda for tonight’s Normal Town council meeting: No other information on 404 W Locust is included.   Being on the Consent Agenda means there is no discussion unless one of the council members asks.  I’d be asking!  $892,327.48 with no questions? What Illinois statute allows the Town of Normal […]

More conspiring against citizens

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow-up to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2017/06/02/b-n-is-getting-the-delphi-treatment/ (It won’t be the only one!) The Bloomington Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is trying to get out of complying with the Open Meetings Act.  What does the Open Meetings Act say? OMA applies to all “public bodies”:  http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=84&ChapterID=2 I’d love to know what grounds they […]

B-N Sports Complex-Delphi

By:  Diane Benjamin The local area has THREE agencies coordinating economic development:  B-N Convention and Visitors Bureau, BN Advantage, and the Economic Development Council. There is MUCH more to this story – but not today. The Bloomington Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has another committee nobody has ever heard of: Sports Commission Board The Board […]

$20-$30 million for low wage jobs

By:  Diane Benjamin Mark Peterson – Normal’s City Manager – talked to WGLT yesterday:  http://wglt.org/post/public-private-partnership-lacking-establish-sports-complex#stream/0 Peterson thinks taxpayers should pony up $20-$30 million for a sports complex! The total cost will be $50 million, but it’s not a Public-Private partnership.  He doesn’t say where the rest of the money will come from or who will […]

Route 66 Bike Trail: the Cost

By:  Diane Benjamin How much did the bike trail from Chenoa to Funks Grove cost? Good question – but I have no idea! Researching anything the County does is close to impossible.  The County took the lead, but Bloomington, Normal, Chenoa, Lexington, McLean and Towanda all contributed. All County work is done in committees and then […]

Connect Transit: Great News

By:  Diane Benjamin Source:  http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/05-30-2017%20Regular%20Board%20Meeting%20Binder1.pdf Tonight Connect Transit’s Board will discuss ending some unprofitable routes.  Sorry, they don’t mean all of them since NONE of the them are profitable.  They just want to get rid of the worst ones.  One would think Connect is trying to reduce the massive operating losses, sorry again – that […]

TWO Americas

By:  Diane Benjamin On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who have fought and died for us.  America began with a war for freedom and many wars have been fought since to protect it.  We would not enjoy this legacy today without the sacrifices of those willing to lose their life in our defense. […]

Connect the Dots

By:  Diane Benjamin You already know R.C McBride is the General Manager of WGLT radio and he is a Trustee on the Normal Town Council: http://wglt.org/people/category/6 http://www.normal.org/1135/Meet-the-Council , , , , , . If that isn’t enough to question the integrity of WGLT reporting, here’s more: http://www.mcleancountydemocrats.org/?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=Other20counties McBride is also a precinct committeeman for the […]

Run Over by Democracy

By:  Diane Benjamin The silent majority who just want government to leave them alone are being stomped by the local boots of government.  They stayed home yet again for the local elections.  Evidently their destruction is the only remedy for narcolepsy.  Stay asleep, that’s what they want (and your money). This is what Democracy looks […]

No Connect Transit meeting tomorrow

By:  Diane Benjamin If Connect does hold their scheduled meeting tomorrow, it won’t be legal.  The agenda must be posted 48 hours in advance according to the Open Meetings Act.  Nothing has been posted. Click here and verify the packet for 5/23 meeting is not listed:  http://www.connect-transit.com/about/trustees/packet.asp Leave a comment below, I may need witnesses. […]

Connect Transit: Planning losses

By:  Diane Benjamin https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQuTWpzaE1qbUt2Wk0/view Connect Transit held a Budget Work Session on May 2nd.  The documentation shows the massive operating losses will continue.  They want to increase advertising revenue, but that will have a minor effect on the loss. The link above has some budget scenarios based on changing budget conditions.   Many of them […]

Tari’s stacked appointments and more

By:  Diane Benjamin At every recent Council meeting Mayor Renner has appointed people to various boards and commissions.  He is obviously transferring his agenda to every part of Bloomington and anywhere he can in the County.  How many people didn’t want to stop serving, but were forced to? Monday night Renner has two appointments and […]

Moving out?

By:  Diane Benjamin I recently had some time to read through the minutes of CIRA Board meetings and other information on their website. Discussion about extending the soccer lease took place in March:  http://cira.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/March-14-2017-minutes.pdf Normal has every intention of forcing its citizens to pay for the proposed complex: I found another item that is even […]

Chamber of Commerce socialism

By:  Diane Benjamin After the McLean County Chamber of Commerce supported every big spender in the local elections, they are now want a huge sports complex at your expense. If government created prosperity, Illinois would be the most successful state in the country! Instead, people are fleeing high taxes, regulations, and government nonsense.  But the […]

Normal – Monday night

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal agenda and documentation for Monday night:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2628 Below are some items I found interesting – many others could be questioned.  This meeting will be short – nothing serious isn’t on the consent Agenda. 1) Town will reimburse emergency repairs. The documentation says a contractor caused the sewer back-up, there is nothing […]

Normal recount Part 2

By:  Diane Benjamin Last week I wrote about the review of signatures of some voters in Normal:  https://blnnews.com/2017/05/06/normals-vote-recount/ The McLean County Clerk has the signatures on file for the purpose matching the voter with that signature on election day.  Since voter ID isn’t required, it’s quite easy for anyone to pick the name of a […]

Yep, you will be paying for it

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner on WJBC this morning:  https://audioboom.com/posts/5905103-tari-renner-bloomington-mayor-5-10-17?t=0 Listen to his opening statement declaring how transparent the City is!  Bull Tari.  The results of Council meetings are pre-determined, FOIA requests are routinely denied, City Manager reports with usable information no longer exist, and suddenly the City MUST spend $60,000+ a month on legal […]

Normal’s vote recount

By:  Diane Benjamin Since I didn’t understand what was happening with the Normal mayoral recount, yesterday I dropped in at the County Clerk’s office to check it out. In case you live under a rock, the election was won by Chris Koos with only 11 votes separating him and Marc Tiritilli. As the picture shows, […]

Guest Writer on State Farm announcement

With the news release of State Farm displacing 4,200 employees in various locations throughout the country, here is what a little research has produced. The following link offers additional general information from a neutral source which includes more details than the Pantagraph article. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/05/04/450094.htm Last year it was announced that the Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington […]

Tari covets Uptown

By:  Diane Benjamin Want proof council meetings are really immaterial because decisions are all made in advance? Tari formed a Downtown Study Committee before getting Council approval!  That approval is on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=12806 Getting approval must have been an afterthought since this item was added as an addendum.  Of course […]

Read the propaganda

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is what the YWCA sent to elected officials.  They left out the word “illegal” when describing the real agenda. Americans do not have a problem with LEGAL immigrants.  Sneaking into a country or over-staying a visa means that person has no respect for laws or citizens.  They are thinking only about […]

Illegals and the LAW

By:  Diane Benjamin Do laws matter in Bloomington and Normal? If the Bloomington and Normal Councils pass a “welcome” ordinance for illegal aliens (immigrants) they are violating federal law.  When we had a President who didn’t care about law for 8 years and the federal government has failed in their responsibility to protect our borders […]

Renner Radicals Running Amok

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner is a community organizer.  He was a speaker at Camp Obama in 2007:  https://blnnews.com/2013/02/25/vetting-tari-renner-obama/ After 8 years of a President who didn’t care about laws, the local radicals are outraged a President was elected to end the chaos Obama caused. See Renner’s picture and comments from last night’s Rally for […]

May 1st March for illegals

By:  Diane Benjamin This statement is on the Facebook page for today’s march in downtown Bloomington:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1255754504522249/ Join us for a day of solidarity with immigrants and their families! Join us for a day of resistance against human rights abuses, racism, and oppression! Join us to keep families together! The page goes on: Most of […]

Normal’s Monday Grift

By:  Diane Benjamin You decide if “grift” fits: Bills for approval at the Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting: Source:  http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2610 Click on any picture to enlarge. .. . Paying someone to apply for grant: . Misc: . More Baseball and More Water Main break Expense . Annual Dues – Where ridiculous ideas come from . […]

I don’t make this stuff up!

By:  Diane Benjamin Common sense doesn’t exist when government makes decisions.  They don’t have a right to your money to enact their Utopian plans of progress that does nothing but throw your money away.  This country wasn’t founded for government, it was founded so individuals could chart their own course. Sadly government has taken away […]

Normal: Showing up?

By:  Diane Benjamin The last thing the Normal Council wants to see tonight is a large number of citizens telling them to knock off the spending.  Fritzen and McCarthy have made it clear that debt isn’t a problem.  They consider themselves much smarter than the people who voted for Marc Tiritilli. Do they handle their […]

UPDATE: 2 people on a bus!

Writing articles at night is never a good idea for me – I’m a morning person!  Spending so much time at the Peoria hospital makes writing difficult though.  Hubby continues to improve slowly! I need to correct a few things in this post.  Riders for March were 220,804  up for the first time I remember […]

Normal, Fritzen, and 2%

By:  Diane Benjamin The government gods in Normal are upset a lowly citizen challenged them.  LONG time (too long) Council member Jeff Fritzen doesn’t want people looking at the facts, he wants to explain them himself.  I heard a news report saying Fritzen thinks trust in government has been broken without cause. That what every […]

Destination: Champaign

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember when Normal’s Town Council was giddy over handing money to a developer for a Portillos?  Normal was going to be a destination – people would drive to Normal from all over Central Illinois!  People traveling the interstates would go out of their way for a Portillos hot dog! Champaign is going […]

No, you don’t!

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s ELECTION DAY! If the only race you want to vote is MAYOR:  only vote Mayor. You aren’t required to vote in every race. Yes, you can same day register! Today is the day to send your message to City Hall. Either spending and taxes will continue to increase or you can […]

Fly on the Wall: Soccer Fields

Who is telling the truth? Buzzing around I saw plans for a huge complex on the west side.  It wasn’t only soccer fields. Some people think if they get elected it’s their ticket to do whatever they want, some don’t. Pick wrong tomorrow and you have Coliseum 2.0 . . .  

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