Because Bloomington and Normal can’t work together . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal wants to build a far east fire station.  Remember when the citizens just wanted it moved across the street?  Of course Normal didn’t listen.  https://blnnews.com/2019/01/23/normal-citizens-dont-fit-the-plan/ Bloomington wants a far north-east side fire station.  Most people don’t know where Bloomington stops and Normal begins, but the two cities aren’t capable of working […]

Normal and WGLT

By:  Diane Benjamin What relationship should exist between government and media? We know WGLT employee RC McBride was on the Normal Town Council until he was defeated last April. We know WGLT employee Mike McCurdy is the chair of the Connect Transit Board and appointed by the Town of Normal. Does WGLT ever do any […]

I need 1 minute and 17 seconds

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington Alderman Donna Boelen posted this video on Facebook yesterday.  She is a  advocate the Strong Towns philosophy. Keep in mind I can see how many people read a story.  I can also see how many people CLICK on something I post.  PLEASE watch this really short video, it sums up everything […]

Normal: Professional Staff?

By:  Diane Benjamin For the second time in recent months Normal was incapable of live streaming with good audio.  The posted video still has the same problem, luckily it was fixed almost 13 minutes into the meeting.  About every 20 seconds the prior audio was replayed over the first.  In another 20 seconds a third […]

Normal: Subsidizing Culture

By:  Diane Benjamin The charts below are from the current Town of Normal budget unless otherwise stated:  https://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/14883/2019-2024 PDF page 64 – Revenue projections for Children’s Discovery Museum and the Normal Theater PDF page 121 – CDM Expense projections PDF page 123 – Theater Expensive projections Projected Revenue: Children’s Discovery Museum   $1,003,050 Normal Theater   $259,700 […]