Bloomington Fun

By: Diane Benjamin If you can’t wait to hear Public Comment from the pre-meeting concerning Jenn Carrillo’s Facebook post, just hit play below. It starts right after roll call. Another Public Comment session (much shorter) took place before the 6:00 meeting. It starts around 50:50. Jenn Carrillo was not censured last night. The 6-3 vote […]

Couple notes from Normal last night

By: Diane Benjamin I’m just going to pick a couple items to write about. Item one is a check written to CIRBN for $256,985.34. Listen to Pam Reece describe this payment at 14:15. It sure sounds to me like the Town of Normal is refunding the contributions made by CIRBN for their 3 employees who […]

Guess where Normal’s new trail money is coming from

By: Diane Benjamin PDF page 51: https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3953 On tonight’s Normal Town Council agenda: Will anyone mention Sprague’s Super Service hasn’t been open for the past year? Will anyone mention this trail also goes by 1 Normal Plaza where Koos buddy and campaign supporter Bob Broad (and wife Julie Hile) own property? https://illinoissunshine.org/committees/32789/ The documentation doesn’t […]

Truth must lie somewhere

By: Diane Benjamin Remember this Pam Reece email: This isn’t the only time Reece implies (or flat out states) spending $5 million+ to lay water lines on top of Bloomington’s isn’t to steal providing water to Rivian from Bloomington. I wonder how she explains this email: That brings me to this email from August of […]

More lies for Normal taxpayers

By: Diane Benjamin More emails the Normal taxpayers need to see. Note the date, Rivian never requested water from Normal. The Town of Normal is trying to talk them into it. Pam Reece has said OVER and OVER spending $5 million+ for water lines on top of Bloomington’s is for future economic development. The email […]

Crabill again: Cut police funding

By: Diane Benjamin Since Jenn Carrillo would have been laughed at, Jeff Crabill was the BLM representative last night. He wanted to approve last years police budget instead of the increased number. State Farm – make sure he doesn’t get a raise this year since he thinks public safety personnel don’t deserve one. The video […]

Leaving the Teacher’s Union

By: Diane Benjamin I filed a FOIA request with Unit 5 for information they decided to redact. Transparency at Unit 5 rates close to zero. One gem was included and not redacted. I hope more teacher’s are choosing to leave the union. I redacted the name, notice this person asked for direction because the union […]

Uptown Success?

By: Diane Benjamin Normal has an entire website for Uptown. It isn’t updated with current information. Under shopping this is the list, I added available information. Feel free to add info if you know more.

Imagine merit increases in government!

By: Diane Benjamin Too often blanket salary increases are given for government employees, even for non-union. The best employees aren’t rewarded while the worst employees are. Union members have no incentive to work harder or do a better job when salary increases are negotiated for all equally. One local government agency incentivizes their employees: Every […]

Normal’s “Professional Staff” comedy

By: Diane Benjamin Think Normal isn’t waging a war with Bloomington? Pam Reece sent a letter to Bloomington demanding remittance and answers for non-payment of sewer fees Bloomington has collected on Normal properties: If this doesn’t prove government isn’t efficient or capable, nothing will convince you. Since “at least” 2012 Normal thinks Bloomington has been […]

Normal votes for higher taxes

By: Diane Benjamin A whooping 8,480 people bothered to vote in Normal. You get what you vote for – or didn’t vote for at all. Property taxes will go up as well as every other fee. A full service Koos government takes tons of money, he will be getting it from you. The underpass will […]

It’s on!

By: Diane Benjamin If you raced to the polls for national elections and proudly wore your I Voted sticker, your vote barely mattered. Your vote does matter in local elections! Many races today will be won by less than 100 votes. Turnout will be the only deciding factor. The elites and socialists are hoping you […]

Normal tonight

By: Diane Benjamin https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3932 Remember this story: https://blnnews.com/2021/04/01/union-hypocrisy/ Plumber and Pipefitters Local 99 wrote a letter to Chris Koos upset a water main project was awarded to an out of town contractor – SNC Construction. Tonight this company is being awarded another contract totaling $610,764.92. The disgusting water is getting fixed: The Water Department’s FY2020-21 […]

Proof: Koos appointments are political

By: Diane Benjamin First, I bet one thing will change when Koos is defeated: Appointments won’t be a secret until after the Council votes to approve them. Bloomington publishes them ahead of time, Normal has to keep their secrets so nobody can object. Remember the March meeting where Stan Nord questioned why appointments were being […]

Bill Brady sued in Florida

By: Diane Benjamin Did Bill go through all his campaign cash already? Or, does Bill just have a problem paying what he owes? Remember this story: https://blnnews.com/2020/04/02/bill-brady-resign/ New problem for Billy and company: https://bocanewsnow.com/2021/03/24/jimmy-johns-in-east-delray-faces-eviction-owes-more-than-50k/ Jimmy John’s In East Delray Faces Eviction, Owes More Than $50k NewsMarch 24, 2021 BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com DELRAY BEACH, […]

More proof Normal needs a reset

By: Diane Benjamin It has been obvious for a long time the Town of Normal government exists for itself, not the citizens paying their bills. The last thing Koos and company want is pesky citizens messing up their plans. Chris Koos has stated Council meetings are “business meetings”, he leaves out the part about being […]

ASK for the write-in list

By: Diane Benjamin When you vote you can write-in anybody you want if a line is provided. Your vote will be meaningless if that person didn’t file to run as a Write-In candidate. Many people did file – your polling place is required to provide you with a copy of the write-in candidates if you […]

Brad McMillan – he didn’t know?

By: Diane Benjamin McMIllan has this pinned to the top of his Facebook campaign page: Even though Ray Lahood lied to the FBI, the justice system has laws for the well connected and different laws for the rest of us. Brad McMillan was right by Lahood’s side. He didn’t know Lahood failed to disclose a […]

Renner will be gone, Koos MUST follow

By: Diane Benjamin Anybody remember BN Advantage? It was a huge collaboration of the unelected who got your money to operate. This story explains who: https://blnnews.com/2015/10/29/round-2-bn-advantage/ It would take a lot of research to figure out how much of your money was thrown to this group. This story shows $423,867 just from Bloomington: https://blnnews.com/2019/04/29/bn-advantage-magazine/ Where […]

Union hypocrisy

By: Diane Benjamin I received this letter by FOIA. It is written to Chris Koos on letterhead from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 99: Excerpt – note the date: So, Local 99 is upset with Chris Koos for not awarding the project to a local contractor using local union labor on a Town of Normal […]

Local BLM endorsements

By: Diane Benjamin First, you need to review what the Local Black Lives Matter group wants: Who are they endorsing, supposedly because a survey they filled out? I wonder if Chris Koos watching Target get looted had anything to do with their decision? Cities that have cut funding to their police departments have seen astronomical […]