Yes, Hitler was a socialist

By:  Diane Benjamin April 30th marks the 7th anniversary of BlnNews.  It has evolved over time and will continue to evolve.  One thing I will no longer tolerate is re-writing history to fit somebody’s agenda.  Lately several people have tried to claim Hitler wasn’t a socialist – of course the reason for the re-write is […]

Bloomington Monday Agenda

By:  Diane Benjamin The budget will be passed with ZERO priority based funding discussions.  The City staff writes the budget, the Council members nod their head in agreement.  Nothing can ever be cut, the priorities are what the City wants, not citizens. Houseal Lavigne & Associates has already received $125,000 to rewrite the Zoning Code.  […]

Trust Lesson for Tim Gleason

By:  Diane Benjamin The new Bloomington City Manager seems to be launching a campaign to make citizens trust their government.  No Tim, spending money on signs when a few roads get fixed isn’t going to cut it.  The people paying more for gas will see that as just another waste of their dollars. Since Tim […]

Local Democrats need economics course

By:  Diane Benjamin The local Democrats shared this on Facebook: Of course they had to pretend the Republicans are the party of the rich, facts don’t matter when talking points to keep the minions uniformed work better. Since democrats don’t bother with history before legislating, Pritzker and crew think the rich will hang around and […]

Know what a Stonewall Democrat is?

By:  Diane Benjamin Before I answer that question, local democrats and independents need to know the local democrat party is following the same course as the national party – moving so far left it’s difficult to see them as anything but socialists veering straight toward communism Keep in mind, Illinois People’s Action was the group […]

Bloomington Waiving Moratorium for friends?

By:  Diane Benjamin On the agenda for Monday night is a public hearing on next years budget.  PDF page 163 has a brief summary that says next to nothing:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21243 If you want to see details, go here:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/finance/annual-budget Also on the Agenda: PDF page 166: Allowing exceptions to the moratorium on video gaming! The […]

Tari doesn’t represent you? Send him a message!

By:  Diane Benjamin Ward 8 has 2 candidates to pick from: Crabill has extreme leftists ideas which will lead to you paying more taxes.  He believes in the collective – as long as he gets to define what that means. Crabill thinks corporations should pay higher taxes.  He doesn’t understand the taxes paid by corporations […]

Bloomington does comedy – AGAIN

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington likes to pretend they are transparent.  They even have a transparency portal on their website:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/transparency One of the items listed is: As I’ve written before, the BCPA documents are mostly non-existent unless I FOIA them.  https://blnnews.com/2019/02/14/it-a-secret-bcpa-creativity-center/ These are the event reports currently on the City website, there […]

AG Investigating Town of Normal AGAIN

BY;;  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal continues to have an illegal public comment policy.  Normal was forced to change the policy in 2017 when the Attorney General told them they can not have a policy that allows a citizen to only speak every 45 days.  Instead of slapping the Town’s entire policy into oblivion, […]

Nobody represents you!

By:  Diane Benjamin If the residents of Bloomington still haven’t figured out the Council doesn’t represent you, watch last night’s meeting.  The schmoozing was over the top with accolades for each other for everything but breathing. There were a few slaps in the face to citizens.  The first one was made by City Manager Tim […]

Run by Jacka$$es

by:  Diane Benjamin According to the City mouthpiece, Bloomington will double the local gas tax to $.08 for every gallon:  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/road-weary-city-officials-eye-doubling-local-motor-fuel-tax/article_258321e6-928b-57d7-a1c0-ad250fb8e18b.html#tracking-source=home-breaking Another prediction:  Somebody will say it’s only a few bucks. Quote:       Here is what the mouthpiece forgot to add to the story: The $.04 a gallon Motor Fuel Tax was passed […]

One more thing about Bloomington last Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin Someplace on the video is Tim Gleason claiming working with Normal is a high priority.  I really don’t want to re-watch it again to find the exact spot. Meanwhile, Normal is poaching two Bloomington businesses:  Farnsworth and AFNI.  Both plan to relocate in the new controversial Uptown Circle building. Normal is also […]

Response to comment left last night:

By:  Diane Benjamin A comment was left on BlnNews last night that deserves a longer response than just my reply.  The citizens of Bloomington need to understand who is REALLY responsible for the roads and new designs in recent years.  It isn’t Jim Karch. The comment: Why are few roads getting fixed and those that […]

Why connect runs huge empty buses

By:  Diane Benjamin Even though many of the Council people questioned Isaac Thorne of Connect Transit about the empty buses, he continued to claim at times they have 60+ boardings per hour on many routes.  Below is when Mboka asked about it – just hit play.  Thorne’s presentation and discussion starts at 11:15 if you […]

Normal Travels (Again)

By:  Diane Benjamin Meeting docs:   http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/31937 In this story about Bloomington spending:    https://blnnews.com/2019/01/26/bloomington-bills-for-monday/ I listed 4 payments to the EDC for $1600 each.  It looks like Renner, Buragas, Mathy, and Tyus won the One Voice trip this year to Washington DC.  Buragas is leaving the Council April 30th and Tyus is the brand new Assistant […]

Your car get damaged on city Roads?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m pretty sure the City of Bloomington doesn’t advertise this, but they pay a lot for liability insurance.  According to the proposed budget, here’s what it covers: PDF page 194:     http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=18372 Since Bloomington has refused to fund infrastructure adequately for many years, they should be responsible for any loss you incur […]

Remember when Bloomington was broke?

By:  Diane Benjamin All Tari’s structural deficits put forth only to raise taxes have disappeared.  Bloomington is now on a spending spree! Proposed budget for next year:  http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=18372 Page 349 and following Remember when Bloomington wasn’t interested because they had too many other expenses? According to the last finance report, next years budget only spends […]

$15 minimum wage disaster

By:  Diane Benjamin Democrats have lost their minds: High school kids will never have a job again.  Businesses aren’t going to pay $15 an hour to a kid who has never worked before.   They have to be trained to show up on time and actually work the entire time they are clocked in for.  They […]

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.  […]

Fox Creek gets new golf carts tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20879 Prairie Vista got new golf carts almost a year ago for $155,753.80:     https://blnnews.com/2018/02/27/bloomington-council-festivities/ Tonight the Den gets them, and it appears the money isn’t coming from the Enterprise Fund profits.  The Prairie Vista purchase didn’t either.  Remember golf is supposed to balance because it’s in an Enterprise Fund.  The documentation […]

What no one in Bloomington talks about

By:  Diane Benjamin The first thing that is NEVER discussed is what government should do verses what they are doing.  Budgeting requires making choices, Bloomington has decided roads aren’t that important.  What they want it more important.  You will probably be saddled with some type of water park and a sports complex this year. Let’s […]

Tari needs reigned in AGAIN

By:  Diane Benjamin The Council held a retreat on November 4, 2017.  The minutes from the meeting show just how bad a City Manager David Hales was.  See them here, rarely do the minutes reflect contentious discussions – you can see some of it here even if they don’t reflect how bad it was:    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16276 […]

Connect Transit fleece for November and December

By:  Diane Benjamin https://drive.google.com/file/d/12GPc_b8oSqw33McgRR2arPqOi90ahvaG/view Connect Transit didn’t meet in December, so the packet for today’s meeting contains information for November and December. PDF page 8: November’s loss:         December loss – PDF page 15         December marks half way through Connect Transit’s fiscal year.  Hear’s what year to date looks […]

Citizens of Normal need to see this one!

By:  Diane Benjamin Town Council meeting TUESDAY   http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3172  (delayed for MLK Day) Misc spending:  CDM is Children Discovery Museum.  It’s easy to give your money as a memorial! This is what you need to see: (yes it’s complicated) The Town of Normal owns the building at 104 W. North.  It is currently rented to Dan Brady […]

The CIAM Grand Jury

By:  Diane Benjamin Some local media have reported on the grand jury testimony which laid out the case against the 5 former Coliseum Managers. The City of Bloomington continues to claim they did not know about improprieties at the Coliseum until VenuWorks took over in July of 2016. The local media continues to let them […]

100% Transparent Tari? Proof you aren’t!

By:  Diane Benjamin If you missed Tari’s State of the City address last Monday you can see my recap and listen to it here:   https://blnnews.com/2019/01/15/taris-state-of-the-city/ Recycling his talking points, Tari once again proclaimed the Illinois Policy Institute “continues” to give the City an A+ transparency score. Disregarding IPI discontinued the program in 2014, their transparency […]

Tari’s State of the City

By:  Diane Benjamin Hit play below to hear Tari’s message.  He spoke for around 15 minutes even though he started his speech with it would be shorter than usual. He credits cuts for balancing the budget – solid waste finally balances.  (They finally transferred all costs to taxpayers meaning you pay more now) He claims […]

Bloomington Council for Monday – if the roads get cleared

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20759 Tari is giving his State of the City address – it will be a can’t miss event!  Listen for “Right Fit” and “Structural Deficit”.  Of course everything is rosy. Amelia (let’s move the library) Buragas is being reappointed to the B-N Economic Development Board.  Rob (gas taxes don’t raise the price […]

Consider this:

By:  Diane Benjamin Joliet chose Bloomington’s City Manager. Bloomington had 3 candidates to replace him – all from Illinois. Bloomington chose Decatur’s City Manager.  He then chose another guy from Decatur as an assistant. The Streator City Manager has now been chosen by Decatur. The Bloomington City Clerk came here from Arizona.  She didn’t stay […]

Why pay dues to the Chamber of Commerce?

By:  Diane Benjamin The McLean County Chamber of Commerce has this cute map on their website:     https://mcleancochamber.org/file/781/LegislativeUpdate18_FinalBOPI.pdf It claims Illinois isn’t in the top or bottom 10 states for Tax Climate. I wonder why people are fleeing Illinois then? The reason is because the Chamber is putting lipstick on a pig! They should have […]