Pantagraph wrong again, but nothing new

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph thanked Alderman Diana Hauman for serving and for publicly stating she is not running for reelection to the Bloomington City Council because she was not able to develop a cohesive Council. When Judy Stearns and Kevin Lower were members, the Council was very cohesive.  Everything they said was ignored. The […]

Update: Your wallet isn’t safe!

The Town of Normal still does not have this meeting properly posted.  They do have the 7:00 pm meeting posted.  Their lawyer needs to re-read the Open Meetings Act. By:  Diane Benjamin The notice below is not posted on the Town of Normal website under agendas or anywhere else I looked.  This was sent to […]

Recycling? How much ends up in the landfill?

By:  Diane Benjamin It would be nice if everything that could be recycled was.  Normal passed an ordinance mandating recycling for multi family housing.  The joke just might be on the kids who begged the Trustees to pass it.  Their rent will go up and all “recyclables” may end up in the landfill anyway.  Of […]

UPDATE: Veterans aren’t the “Right Fit” Tari?

One more update:  Now David Hales is being blamed for not returning phone calls. Aldermen Mathy and Hauman have claimed on Facebook to have talked to City staff.  Their reports conflict with the original post.  Both claim nobody at the City has been called.  Keep in mind civil servants are masters of double speak. The […]

Can’t have a conversation with some people

By:  Diane Benjamin We are being intentionally deceived.  Politicians do it.  Media does it.  Schools are doing it. Social media reveals just how bad it is.  This pic was not taken locally, but it was posted locally.  The person who posted it doesn’t see a problem?  Do you? That brings me to Sonny Garcia – […]

Public Comment – worth watching!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Council was close to sickly sweet to each other last night.  Not one of them mentioned the failed attempt by Tari Renner is bully them into passing the welcoming ordinance. Citizens did however.  Just hit play to watch Public Comment.  If you want to see the guy Sonny Garcia calls a […]

Chris Koos: Trump Derangement Syndrome

By:  Diane Benjamin At 9:26 last night Chris Koos posted this to Facebook: Why does the left always call us a democracy? We aren’t a democracy, that means mob rule.  Somebody wants your bike, the mob can vote to steal it from you.  That’s democracy. We are a Republic where we elect people to represent […]

The show is cancelled!

  The dog and pony show for tonight has been cancelled.  The meeting would have been illegal because City hall isn’t big enough for everyone to attend that wants to.  Tari knew that when he scheduled it.  The Council now needs and ordinance not allowing Tari to call special meetings without agreement by a majority […]

Lesson in why government MUST be limited

By:  Diane Benjamin Government doesn’t have to be competent, especially when incompetent people are elected!  The City of Bloomington has proven over and over they know where to get more money. YOU! The naming rights for the Ice Center expired more than two years ago.  Pepsi is no longer paying to have their name on […]

What does “No Bids” tell you? (and more Council tonight)

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington City Council meeting tonight: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18264 Beginning on PDF page 380 Remember the Wayfinding signs? In August 2016 the Council hired a firm to design the signs for $62,190.  In December 2017 the Council approved spending another $28,095 for design after the original designs were nixed. They could have held a local contest […]

Sonny using Chicago playbook

By:  Diane Benjamin Sonny’s latest threat after the Dan Ryan was shut down by protesters against gun violence: Who runs Bloomington? Send Tari a thank you message! . . . . . . .  

Bloomington is at war thanks to Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin These are the people who helped elect Tari both times, note he looks much younger in the pic below.  The talking points haven’t changed. These are the people demanding a “welcoming ordinance” now. These are also Tari’s people: This is what “civility” looks like in Tari’s Bloomington. Proof:  Tari’s hate filled rant […]

This should make your weekend-if you don’t live in Bloomington

Local elections will be in March of 2019 – Even number Wards. Think you should vote this time?

YWCA & Jenn Carrillo

By:  Diane Benjamin I reader sent this to me this morning – it’s a Facebook post: Since the Pantagraph never credited me for their story, Sarah – how do you know?  Maybe they saw Jenn’s story with the burning limousine and ALSO thought it was a threat!  Even if they did steal the story from […]

The radicals lose Monday

By: Diane Benjamin The proposed “welcoming ordinance” is now posted.  Illinois People’s Action, the YWCA, and all the other radicals demanding it will celebrate, but they are the big losers: The ordinance is a worthless exercise that changes nothing. It only recaps what is already happening. Some flowery Tari language is included only so the […]

Bloomington’s spending priorities Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin If the new City Manager is able to sell his house in Decatur, maybe he can take David Hales’s house off his hands.  It is still for sale, reduced AGAIN to $245,000.  It started at $279,900 last November.    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Conway-Cir-Bloomington-IL-61704/76972678_zpid/?fullpage=true Tari’s favorite non-profit, Illinois Policy Institute, wrote about Bloomington’s new City Manager, it’s […]

4 of 5 contributions NOT local

By:  Diane Benjamin Campaign Contributions: Friends of Nikita Richards Why are 4 of the 5 contributions NOT from McLean County? Two are from Chicago and one from Rockford!

Is Tari calling for an illegal meeting?

By:  Diane Benjamin In typical progressive politics, Tari Renner wants to beat the Council into voting on the Welcoming Ordinance.  Nothing is posted yet on the City website, but somehow the Pantagraph knows this meeting is going to take place on Monday.  Yes, more proof the media prints what they are told to print! The […]

Who is going to sue Normal?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m betting the Town of Normal has a problem:  Discrimination! Is it legal to pass an ordinance that tells some people they HAVE to do something while others people don’t have to? That is exactly what the Normal Town Council did last night.  They have a legal department, did anybody check to […]

BLM: You bailed out this guy?

By:  Diane Benjamin For Mother’s Day Black Lives Mater bailed out a mom already out on bond for retail theft in Springfield.  She was arrested for the same thing here and for having her baby with her when she did it. Keep in mind, everything you buy is more expensive to cover the losses from […]

ISU must not teach capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council meeting lasted more than 10 minutes last night!  It actually went over an hour because of the mandatory recycling ordinance. ISU kids showed up to demand their right to recycle.  Some called it a necessity, one claimed she had to drive 5-10 minutes to drop hers off and […]

Democrat Jocularity!

By:  Diane Benjamin Erik Rankin is on the McLean County Board.  He is also the local Democratic Party Chairman.  Democrats are VERY outnumbered on the County Board.  VERY! Since Jason Chambers ran on the Republican Party ticket for State’s Attorney, his replacement until the next election has to be a Republican. Ranken was on WJBC  […]

Once again Nikita, facts matter

By:  Diane Benjamin Nikita Richards wants to be the next McLean County Clerk.  She has a problem with facts however.  See this post from her Facebook page and try to spot the problem: Spot it yet?  Should I wait? waiting . . . waiting . . . Nothing? She claims she met a guy in […]

Maybe the last Valente story, maybe not

By:  Diane Benjamin If you missed any of the first three stories, see them  HERE (Videos)  and  HERE (Phone Message) and  HERE (Emails) Judy Valente had settled down until the videos were published I obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.  Besides the phone message above, she also emailed Chief Woodruff.  She is no longer calling him Aaron.  […]

Valente – the saga continues

By:  Diane Benjamin If you missed either of the first two stories, see them  HERE  and  HERE The new information comes from another FOIA request I filed to see if STATE EMPLOYEE (as in YOU pay her salary) Judy Valente actually followed through with her threats to file a complaint against the officers involved in her traffic […]

Tari’s antics continue

By:  Diane Benjamin According to the Pantagraph (I actually cite sources), Renner is calling a special meeting July 9th to discuss the welcoming ordinance. Of course, he will have to waste more money holding it at the BCPA.  Since threats of violence have been made (yes, you Jenn Carrillo), police officers will have to attend. […]

More Jenn Carrillo

By: Diane Benjamin Jenn has new comments on Facebook this morning claiming she is completely non-violent.  Everything not in quotes are Jenn’s words.  This is non-violent? Below are the parts of the article Jenn didn’t quote.  “this man” is President Trump.    https://splinternews.com/this-is-just-the-beginning-1827099100 The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s. […]

Unethical Reporter: Edith Brady-Lunny

By:  Diane Benjamin Ms. Lunny just published a story on the Jenn Carrillo violence post and didn’t mention where the Pantagraph found it.  I know where she found it: I have this sweet little program linked to my website that tells me where reads are from.  Above are two of the reads, I know there […]

Tari on WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council LOVES their SECRET meetings – Executive Sessions.  They love them so much they won’t release the minutes from when Tom Hamilton was City Manager!  Hamilton retired more than 9 years ago.  The only reason to not release evaluations etc. is to hide.  Some people are STILL on the […]

Connect Transit LOSS GROWS!

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s only a matter of time before Connect Transit makes at all the way to a $1,000,000 loss in one month.  They are trying really hard to get there. PDF page 8:    file:///C:/Users/Diane/Downloads/26Jun18%20Board%20Meeting%20Packet%20Final.pdf May income was: Income barely covered fuel expenses of $104,193.08 Total expenses: Total Operating Loss: This isn’t monopoly money!  This […]

Jennifer Carrillo: This looks like a threat

By:  Diane Benjamin Jenn Carrillo announced she is running for Karen Schmidt’s City Council seat.  She even moved to the Ward just so she can take on Schmidt.  Jenn runs on “Loving everybody” and “When We Fight We Win”.  She’s really running against Karen because of the Welcoming Ordinance and the Council’s failure to pass […]

Is Tari lying?

By:  Diane Benjamin Before the vote to neuter Tari’s agenda privileges, he gave a little speech.  He claimed an Alderwoman came to him 30 days after he was first elected with a list of over 100 items she wanted him to put on the agenda.  He claims that person has NEVER voted for a City budget.  […]

Council Recap

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council only had ONE meeting last night instead of 2 or 3.  It didn’t help them not spend your money, but at least they only contemplated how to shovel out more.  Of course, it was on downtown.  More later. Jamie Mathy did not attend, so Ward 1 had no […]

$225,000 unaccountable

By:  Diane Benjamin At tonight’s City Council meeting BN Advantage will get $125,000.  That is in addition to the $100,000 currently paid to the Economic Development Council which happens to be part of BN Advantage. Confused? It’s not going to get any clearer since both organizations can not be FOIA’d. PDF page 277  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18156 This is […]

More on Judy Valente

By:  Diane Benjamin This article must be read first:   https://blnnews.com/2018/06/24/smile-you-are-on-police-video/ h/t another reader Bio from:    https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00E9BE1J2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1?redirectedFromKindleDbs=true Judy writes what appear to be self-help spirituality books. Click the link above to see the titles. Any further comment appears unnecessary.  

Heartland is pricing kids out of college

By:  Diane Benjamin Budgets for Heartland Community College only go back to 2012 on their website.  Below are tuition increases starting in 2012: PDF page 11:   https://www.heartland.edu/documents/bo/budgetfy12.pdf Note tuition was increased $16 per credit hour in 2012.     2013: PDF page 11:  https://www.heartland.edu/documents/bo/budgetfy13.pdf Since 2012 didn’t mention a “Student Life Fee” and it’s only $1 per credit […]

More State’s Attorney errors!

By:  Diane Benjamin Followup to this story:    https://blnnews.com/2018/06/19/the-next-mclean-county-states-attorney/ Charges have already been dropped against one of the Coliseum defendants – judge blamed the charges filed by the State’s Attorney’s office. Now rape charges have been dropped against another defendant – again the judge ruled the charges weren’t filed right:  See this story: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/rape-charges-dismissed-against-murder-suspect/article_8ac3ab38-b90e-57ae-9632-e6807d557d95.html In both […]

Heartland is deficit spending for BAD reasons

By:  Diane Benjamin According to this article (buried on their website), Heartland Community College is planning on not having a balanced budget until 2021.   https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/education/heartland-board-approves-first-budget-with-deficit/article_a0c39e6e-4dca-5637-b1ba-749dc4cd88b1.html Do you deficit spend for 2 years or more?  Government does. The planned deficit is because they lost the authority to levy “equity property taxes” amounting to $3 million.  Of […]

Decatur comments on Gleason + Council last night

By:  Diane Benjamin It sounds like both Unit 5 and District 87 are as tired of TIF Districts as the citizens.  Both Barry Reilly and Mark Daniel spoke about 23 years of diverted taxes being ridiculous.  The Council tabled any changes until better language agreeable to the school districts could be worked out.  Bloomington may […]

The next McLean County State’s Attorney

By:  Diane Benjamin The biggest problem in the State of Illinois is State’s Attorneys who refuse to prosecute government corruption.  I and the Edgar County Watchdogs have seen case after case of extreme malfeasance by government officials that never gets prosecuted.  Breaking the law in Illinois is way too easy, getting by with it is […]

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