Media and the Lake Bloomington Fire

By:  Diane Benjamin The fire at a City owed building at Lake Bloomington was on March 10th.  Below is one of the emails I received by FOIA: Another email identified Mr. Penn as John Penn.  I wonder if he is still waiting for the Pantagraph to report the fire? Just so you have a small […]

Swearing in – Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin Unlike Bloomington, the swearing in of the two new members and one returning to the Council in Normal was on video.  All three took an oath to uphold both the Federal Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Illinois. The State in the Illinois version contains this statement which should be […]

April 28, 2012

By:  Diane Benjamin That date in 2012 is when I published the first story on BlnNews.  I ONLY started writing because of the despicable reporting I saw in the local media.  Organizations they liked had inflated numbers of event attendees, if they didn’t approve – the numbers reported could be less than half of actual. […]

Get ready for VenuWorks fiction

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are the Quarterly losses VenuWorks has previously reported for this fiscal year: 5/1/2018 – 7/31/2018  -130,634.54   PDF page 5 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20022 8/1/2018 – 10/31/2018  -96,333.02    PDF page 5 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20795 11/1/2018 – 1/31/19    -68,108.47      PDF page 5 http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21235 Year to date for THREE quarters shows a loss of $295,076.03. The 4th […]

Emergency Landing – the rest of the story

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph did this story about a flight from Columbia Mo. to Chicago made an emergency landing in Bloomington last night:  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/public_safety/chicago-bound-regional-jet-makes-emergency-landing-in-bloomington/article_390f574d-ce47-5824-874c-ce4d6f1731f6.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1 That story might make you think it was no big deal.  Other media has a different story.  Evidently the Pantagraph didn’t send a reporter to the airport to talk to […]