Normal’s $1,000 Memorial

By:  Diane Benjamin Evidently the Town of Normal doesn’t understand they can’t use their credit card because it’s convenient – even if the charge is reimbursed.  Of course, laws don’t matter in Illinois, more than 1 1/2 years later Tari Renner still hasn’t been charged for misusing his P-Card.  Are those Pam Reece’s initials approving […]

UPDATE: Normal: Who got your $1,000 donation?

A reader on Facebook thought this might be 10 entries for a house they are giving away!  Andrew?    https://www.stjude.org/give/dream-home.html?sc_icid=wtg-mm-dreamhome By:  Diane Benjamin In this story I showed a credit card charge labeled “memorial contribution to” for $1,000.   https://blnnews.com/2019/01/18/citizens-of-normal-need-to-see-this-one/ I filed a FOIA request for more information.  Normal has a new system to track requests.  […]

Illinois might create a Distressed Cities Fund

By:  Diane Benjamin HB 0875 is working its way through the Illinois House.  SB 0170 is working its way through the Senate. Both bills want the Treasurer is create a Financially Distressed Cities Fund. Both bills ignore Illinois can’t pay its bills.  Both also ignore why cities are financially distressed.  The biggest driver is pensions that can […]

NEA subverts Black History Month

By:  Diane Benjamin Black History Month isn’t about teaching kids Black History.  Instead of proving America is a country where anybody can succeed, the  National Education Association is taking a different path. Why aren’t they talking about Madam C.J. Walker?  She was born in 1867 and had a very difficult life.  But she had a […]

Normal tonight + History

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight the Normal Council will be meeting for just a few minutes.  The only highlight is selling 2 garbage trucks to the City of Kewanee for $260,000.  Normal already bought replacements. It is really tough to keep track of all the Uptown History and how much taxpayers money has been invested, so […]