The final story for Normal Monday night – Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin Other items from Monday’s meeting could be covered, but I won’t!  Links to all previous stories are here:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/08/story-6-normal-monday/ Isaac Thorne and Julie Hile made a presentation.  Start with this screen shot: Thorne proved Pritzker’s budget is a joke by relying on a $5 billion bailout from the Feds AND the citizens […]

Jumping around Normal’s meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin Links to the 4 previous stories:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/08/the-saga-of-mondays-normal-meeting-continues/ Inside information: Rumor (98% confirmed) is Normal was furious with Bloomington when they offered to lease or sell part of Prairie Vista golf course to Fire Juniors for a new soccer field. Prairie Vista already has adequate infrastructure, the new location in Normal doesn’t.  Bloomington […]

Trifecta Koos – now lies

By:  Diane Benjamin This meeting will take more stories to adequately cover what happened last night  This is #3. #1  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/07/koos-i-dont-care-what-a-judge-says/ #2  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/07/is-koos-fit-to-serve-he-forgot-the-words-to-the-pledge/ Numerous people were appointed to boards and commissions.  Koos finally filled the empty seat on the Connect Transit Board.  Tim McCue will represent Normal, the seat has been empty for well over […]

Town of Normal is Hiring!

By:  Diane Benjamin Either Normal is spending money they don’t have because of COVID or they have over-taxed everybody and have a huge stockpile of cash.  Without ISU students revenues have to be down, but Normal is hiring anyway.  I bet they will say:  It is in the budget: DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS […]

Normal will violate the law Monday night

By:  Diane Benjamin The only reason units of government have been allowed to meet on-line instead of in person is because of Gov. Pritzker’s Executive orders:  https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/government/execorders/executive-orders.aspx#y2020 Everything on that page was ruled illegal last Thursday! Pritzker’s authority to act like a dictator expired 30 days after his first proclamation.  He made NO attempt to […]

Darren Bailey won! Pritzker cooked

The Clay County judge ruled today that any orders issued by Pritzker past the 30 days given to him by law are invalid! There are now no limitations on ANYONE in the State of Illinois.  You are open, open, open.  This applies to schools too – Illinois can not require masks. This also voids any […]

Remember Sprague’s gas station?

By:  Diane Benjamin Sprague’s is supposedly a Route 66 featured location, in person it is less than impressive.  This building came up during discussions Tuesday night with Town staff about 1 Normal Plaza.  The area residents were less than enthusiastic about the neighborhood attraction, appalled might be a better description. See this story for how […]

Normal on fixing West College

By:  Diane Benjamin The purpose of the meeting last night was only to approve the Town’s share of funding so a grant could be obtained to fix West College. The construction includes extending the trail.  No details were allowed to be discussed like how a railroad track would be crossed and still be ADA compliant.  […]

Julie Hile’s contract

By: Diane Benjamin Normal paid the McLean County Regional Planning Commission $54,000 as their last meeting:  https://blnnews.com/2020/06/13/normals-asininity/ I previously wrote about Julie Hile’s involvement with the MCRPC here:  https://blnnews.com/2020/05/21/progressive-julie-hile/ I received a copy of the contract Hile signed with the MCRPC.  See it here:  Vision_Zero_Contract-HG-20190619_(Final_Executed)_redacted Excerpts: The contract was sign in July of 2019, so […]

Say Goodbye to the Mural

By:  Diane Benjamin Trail East is moving forward.  Bids are being taken by Bush Development which means the mural will be going away soon.  See the plan to move it here:  Moving the Mural January 7, 2019 The work was supposed to start by June 1, 2019. This new building is going to be HUGE: […]

Normal: No you don’t listen to citizens!

By:  Diane Benjamin At the Normal Town Council meeting last night many on the Council were appalled at Stan Nord’s comments concerning an email Pam Reece sent:  https://blnnews.com/2020/06/16/normal-the-lets-marginalize-stan-show/ Stan obviously stands alone in representing the people who voted for him.  The rest campaign as representing citizens and then fall in line with whatever the “professional […]

Bloomington: Can’t miss Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin 5:05 – Jon Reed was the only public comment.  Others emailed the Council.  I believe public comment isn’t for the Council – it is for the public.  Citizens will never know what other citizens said by emailing.  Get on the phone people! Jon did a great job taking down Jenn Carrillo (while […]

Normal: The let’s marginalize Stan show

By:  Diane Benjamin 9:00 – Stan pulled the bills for further discussion – particularly paying property taxes.  Pam Reece and attorney Brian Day didn’t have good answers for not filing paperwork to make them exempt.  14:45 Koos ends the conversation. Next was the contract with the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.  Stan wanted the same […]

More Property Taxes Normal Doesn’t Owe

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever heard “Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves”? The Town of Normal is not only not “watching the pennies”, they aren’t watching dollars either.  (YOUR DOLLARS) These bills are “presented” for Monday night – nobody is suppose to ask questions. Start with the One Uptown Circle Rent.  […]

Don’t forget who won’t let you work

By:  Diane Benjamin Indiana is open.  I know locals who have driven to the Beef House right across the border to sit down for a good meal. Iowa is open for full capacity in-restaurant dining. Wisconsin is open after their Supreme Court ruled the governor’s actions illegal. Illinois has Pritzker’s boot on everybody’s neck, he […]

More emails: Kathleen Lorenz

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch a Normal Council meeting.  Kathleen Lorenz will attempt at least one to convey that Stan Nord has no idea what he’s doing.  In emails she is even worse.  Below are a few choice picks – from FOIA: Response from Kathleen: This issue isn’t dead, I’m just waiting for more information.   How […]

Normal: Systemic waste of your money

By:  Diane Benjamin Two more properties have been identified Normal is paying property taxes on when they should be exempt.  Think there aren’t more? Both of these are vacant lots in 1 Normal Plaza, it appears they were acquired after Nick Africano tore down one of the buildings: The relatively small amount of your money […]

Heartbreaking emails

I redacted the name of the writer because this could have been written by any small business owner.  Note the dates as you read each email.  Large corporations allowed to stay open profited at the expense of your neighbors.  Received by FOIA: Response from Stan Nord: Pam sent this to the Mayor and Council.   The […]

Normal got a free property!

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m reading through 100’s of pages of emails, I will post others at some point.  This one made me stop.  City Manager Pam Reece does updates for the Council.  This excerpt is part of one sent April 25th: Note: John and Marilyn Freese plan to donate the property to the Town of […]

Normal: looks illegal!

By:  Diane Benjamin June 1st, Normal Town Council meeting: Hit play – it should start at 1:14:23 with Brian Day, Town attorney. The topic is the sale of the property at 1404 Ft. Jesse.  Brian Day is responding to questions from Stan Nord.  Day attempts to claim selling the property for far less than appraised […]

Looting in Normal, don’t ask questions

By:  Diane Benjamin Videos of the looting at Target are all over Facebook.  Obviously most of the people involved have not been arrested, but worse the videos show police did little to stop it. A resident of Normal had questions – note he sent this email to the entire Council, Mayor and City Manager: Doug […]

Normal last night

By:  Diane Benjamin During the Pledge of Allegiance – the sign is courtesy of Chemberly Cummings: The meeting began with comments from Janessa Williams, chairperson of the Human Relations Board of Normal.  She did denounce the violence. The part of the meeting that should outrage citizens was the selling of the property on Ft. Jesse.  […]

Normal’s latest give-aways

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday night:   http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3644 1) 1404 Fort Jesse – the property Normal has been paying property taxes on they don’t owe. On the agenda is to sell the prime property to Laura Dolan for $25,000 plus paying the 2019 property taxes.  The assessed value is $90,000.  The Town had previously sold the property […]