When Lawyers Don’t Care About the Law

By:  Diane Benjamin Long time readers know finding a prosecutor is almost impossible.  Public corruption prosecutions must be demanded by many people before equal justice under the law actually exists. Then there is McGrath Law Office in Mackinaw.  These guys represent many small units of government who evidently aren’t capable of reading the Open Meetings […]

We are all racist

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday night the Normal Town Council met for over the usual 10-20 minutes.  Most of the time was the discussion of community policing. Judging people on the content of their character and not the color of the skin is officially dead.  RIP Martin Luther King. Police must now enforce social equity, not […]

Hovering on a cliff

By:  Diane Benjamin Source:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14181 The 2017 year ended for the City of Bloomington last April 30th.  We are most likely MONTHS away from seeing real financial statements, late is what governments do and the private sector would never tolerate. I did find a glimpse into what they will say – see the link above. […]

Council indifference

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council is meeting tonight, but nothing is on the agenda about the Renner media blitz spreading misinformation. The only people discussing enforcement  of the law will be citizens – should they choose to make public comment.  The meeting begins tonight at 5:30. If the City Council wants to hold […]

Little of this and a little of that

By:  Diane Benjamin Gas in Decatur today $2.11.  Gas in Bloomington today $2.25. _____________________________ A complaint was filed against Tari Renner for violating the garbage can ordinance:  https://blnnews.com/2017/08/06/do-laws-codes-regulations-matter/ It was filed by a Bloomington resident who has recently been hassled by the City.  The resident filed a FOIA request for the letter sent to Renner’s address, […]

Lack of Transparency continues

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington can’t legally withhold documents that existed before the State Police announced their investigation, but they are trying to keep me from finding the truth anyway.  Did they really think I wouldn’t write about it? I filed a FOIA request for the all General Ledger Accounts pertaining to Sister […]

Is Sister Cities a Tax scam?

By:  Diane Benjamin From the bottom of the Sister Cities website:   http://www.bnsistercities.org/ When I FOIA’d the names of people who went on the trip, I got a list of names.  Hand written on the sheet is: Since I didn’t FOIA donations, I wondered why they would give me that list and why these people would […]

FOIA Failures

By:  Diane Benjamin No, transparency doesn’t exist in Bloomington! This FOIA request was made on July 31st.  I did receive the information on the dinner at Lucca Grill, I have not received the names of the people money was paid to IACE Travel for.  A second request on August 10th and a third request on […]

Do laws matter?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m not celebrating the State Police investigating Tari Renner’s use of a City PCard for a personal purchase.  Being investigated is not the same as being prosecuted.  We will find out if laws still matter, sometimes it’s hard to tell.  Illinois Constitution: Government officials and employees aren’t allowed to read the law […]

Visual: Eating at your expense

By:  Diane Benjamin From last Monday night at City Hall: The Bloomington City Council wouldn’t need to meet at 5:00 pm if they weren’t trying to control every aspect of your life.  Meetings would be a lot shorter! You wouldn’t need to feed them either.  Monday was pizza, I wonder where the leftovers went?  Does […]

More Media fail

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner has been making the media tour to justify the use of government funds on his girlfriend’s plane ticket to Japan. It’s amazing how WJBC and WGLT can let Renner spout anything and never challenge his statements. This morning Tari was on WJBC.  He claimed his girlfriend’s ticket was bought as […]

More Lies Tari?

By:  Diane Benjamin Since last night Tari called comments made by citizens about the Japan trip lies, I have no problem calling his statement lies. Just hit play below to hear him. First, he claims the Chief Legal Officer said he did nothing wrong.  Who is the Chief Legal Officer Tari?  Jeff Jurgens or somebody […]

Ideology means no choices for you

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council spent almost an hour discussing why citizens shouldn’t be allowed to choose the lowest cost electricity under Municipal Aggregation.  The final vote was 7-2 with Aldermen Sage and Mathy against limiting your rights.  The rest of the Council voted with one finger pointed directly at you. Even with […]

Bloomington: Your Mayor

By:  Diane Benjamin If you question Mayor Renner or publicly disagree with his actions on any subject – YOU will get attacked. I’m sure you remember when he attacked me:  https://blnnews.com/2015/02/11/tari-attacks-me-again-not-in-our-town/ I talked to a reporter tonight who told me about another vile email Tari sent a couple of weeks ago, but he didn’t know […]

More CONTROL

By:  Diane Benjamin Of course this is on the Consent Agenda – No discussion required! The Council is being asked to codify discrimination in the City Code.  It will be legal to prosecute anyone that isn’t a non-profit and government-funded. In other words, Connect Transit can have electronic signs, but only them.  Nobody else can […]

How many LIES will you tolerate?

By:  Diane Benjamin “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”  –Thomas Jefferson “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.”  –William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783 Just this year the City of Bloomington created a Transportation Committee, a […]

Welcome Tyranny to Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal came really close to ending their tyranny when Chris Koos was almost defeated in April.  Renner didn’t get Modified Wards, but now that he’s reelected, nothing is going to stand in his way.  The Council certainly won’t – gee they approved his girlfriend’s ticket to Japan! No, nobody is looking out […]

Japan: What we don’t know

By:  Diane Benjamin We have no idea how many people went on the Japan trip.  We’ve heard numbers as low as 19 to over 35.  The names of those on this trip have not been produced under FOIA. We have no idea who paid and what the total cost was – other than the bills […]

Maybe THIS is Tari’s excuse:

By:  Diane Benjamin The following Press Release was sent today by the City of Bloomington.  It has a couple of problems though! Who gave Tari the award? Did he award himself in his hotel room?  I predict a GLOWING Pantagraph article! ___________________________________________________ From: Nora Dukowitz <ndukowitz@cityblm.org>Date: Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 11:19 AMSubject: Press Release: MAYOR RECEIVES […]

UPDATED: MUST see video

By:  Diane Benjamin The media used to be the government watchdogs.  They no longer are.  It is now the job of citizens to hold their government accountable.  If we don’t, government will destroy us with taxes, regulations, and tyranny. The video below is from the Village of Wheeling.  One resident has taken it upon herself […]

More Bloomington stalling:

By:  Diane Benjamin Another extension by the City of Bloomington: Maybe the people the City hires just get paid a lot but aren’t very smart.  Maybe somebody at the City is micromanaging everything that happens – even following the law! Link to the FOIA law:  http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=85&ChapterID=2 There are no exceptions for redacting who got their […]

Looks like Renner/Ehrlich didn’t pay

By:  Diane Benjamin The following FOIA request was due today. How difficult is it to look up who paid the City?  Browse the General Ledger!   Remember, Tari claimed from Japan that I was lying and he was going to sue me for stating the truth – the City paid for his girlfriend’s ticket: Got […]

Failed Downtown Bloomington Assoc

By:  Diane Benjamin I hope Tari’s handpicked stacked Downtown Bloomington Committee is having fun dreaming of how to spend your money.  At the end of this month they will enlighten the public with ideas for getting people downtown.  Just because somebody builds it, it doesn’t mean anybody will come.  How many decades has taxpayer money […]

Normal raising taxes on Monday!

By:  Diane Benjamin Of course, Normal is calling it “fee increases” or “user fee increases”.  Regardless of the terminology, Normal needs money and you have it until they take more of it. Standard procedure for sailing these past the Council is: Comparing rates with surrounding cities  (PDF page 167) Burying the Council docs with technical […]

UPDATE: PCard Fraud and CITY Policy

Tari Renner signed the form agreeing to comply with the PCard policy:  Renner PCard forms Is he going to turn in his PCard voluntarily since he has violated the policy numerous times?  Is the Council going to let him get by with it?  Are rules just for everybody but Tari? __________________________________________________ By: Diane Benjamin Did […]

Reprobate Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s time to review Tari Renner’s history as Mayor: Tari is the only mayor in Bloomington’s history censured for his foul language on this site.  See the comments to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2015/02/10/does-tari-know-that-judy-isnt-running/ Tari has an extensive history of attacking anyone who doesn’t agree with him – especially women.  See this story for […]

What Few Realize + More Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin Police: Police Officers have a LOT of discretion in who gets a ticket, who gets their car searched, and who gets hauled off to jail.  You respect their authority under the law and they will respect you.  You act like a jerk and you will be treated like a jerk if you […]

4 Things – One Story

By:  Diane Benjamin In the interest of sustainability and providing you with time-saving instant news – this is a FOUR IN ONE story. 1) When your news comes from mornings with WJBC, don’t believe what you hear.  Scott Laughlin has a problem with facts.  Hey Scott:  The Democrats lost their super majority in the Springfield […]

IML on what Tari did

By:  Diane Benjamin Previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2017/07/30/do-we-have-a-prosecutor/ https://blnnews.com/2017/07/31/tari-responds/ The City of Bloomington pays a small fortune to be members of the IML (Illinois Municipal League) and attend their conferences.  Tari and Jeff Jurgens even spoke last year about the “new media and watchdogs”.  I’m sure they have seen this the below.  It isn’t me accusing Tari […]

Soeldner/Segobiano Charity Facts

By:  Diane Benjamin County Board member Jim Soeldner’s Letter to the Editor today got me looking for an update to a story I did in March of 2016:  https://blnnews.com/2016/03/17/segobiano-charity-facts/ Another County Board member, Paul Segobiano, has his own non-profit charity called Great Plains Life Foundation.  Soeldner praised this charity for a recent event in his […]

The School Funding Showdown

By:  Diane Benjamin The Democrats needed the help of Republicans to increase taxes.  Two from this area complied:  Bill Mitchell and Mike Unes The GOP had the winning hand until 10 people pretending to be Republicans voted with the Democrats.  As a result NO reforms were passed and the path to destruction Illinois was on […]

Yes, there is Free Lunch and Travel

By:  Diane Benjamin From Bills and Payroll for Monday night:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=14312 Nothing is on the City Calendar for 6/23/17, was this a private party? This month’s eating and travelling at your expense: Why does Public Works need the Pantagraph and why is it cheaper for them than regular people? Even the police get fraudulent charges: […]

Brick Streets: FORWARD!

By:  Diane Benjamin Two truths: Bloomington road resurfacing is seriously underfunded Tari has stacked the commissions with people who think just like him Tomorrow the Historic Preservation meeting is at 5:00 in the Council Chambers.  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5532/17?backlist=%2f On the agenda is discussion of a Master Plan for Brick Streets.  Keep in mind Master Plans are suggestions […]

Hyatt hucksters or Normal nonsense?

By:  Diane Benjamin Something isn’t right with Hyatt reportedly changing their minds on wanting tax rebates from Normal. The resolution and new agreement was in the packet for last night’s meeting:  PDF page 159 and following:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2672 The Town of Normal didn’t seem to mind the handout – they put it on the agenda where […]

Atlanta: More small town shenanigans

Update:  See page 3  Bertrand-Rule   By:  Diane Benjamin This paragraph in the minutes of the June meeting of the Atlanta Il Public Library Board:  http://www.atlantapld.org/board-of-trustees/ . Bill Thomas is a Board member and the owner of the building next door to the library.  He previously got the library to rent the building from him, […]

Guest Writer: Bike Lanes

The truth about adding bike lanes on Washington Street has little to do with safety, as Bike BloNo would have everyone believe. There are Illinois State Statutes as well as municipal codes governing the safe use of bicycles. https://www.activetrans.org/sites/files/Illinois%20statutes.pdf City Code Article XIX Regulations for Bicycles Chapter 29:  Section 158: Traffic Laws Apply to Persons Riding Bicycles. […]

UPDATE: King Tari and Liquor

Tari denied the Liquor license to Hucks.  From notes to Liquor Commission minutes, that makes them ineligible for video gaming which is also controlled by the Liquor Commission.   The two people Tari named as his assistants didn’t show for the third meeting in a row.  That make them ineligible to serve.  Since Tari is […]

UPDATE: Small towns are the worst!

The subject of this story is also the President of the McLean County Mayors Association.  I hope he isn’t providing any advice to the other mayors. By:  Diane Benjamin Corruption in small towns rivals any found in large cities.  Dixon only had 15,000+ people and got taken for $50 Million by a trusted “public servant”. […]

WJBC: Scott wrong again!

By:  Diane Benjamin Scott Laughlin clarified this morning on WJBC why the local media is useless.  The host hates people who think government should do nothing. Scottie doesn’t realize “those”  people don’t want government doing nothing, they want them doing only the things the population can’t do themselves.  Like fix the roads!  How are the Bloomington […]

1st the State – local fleecing next

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois politicians at almost every level don’t understand how to live within their means.  They don’t believe you are entitled to spend your money how you want it spent.  Quality of Life!  They know what that is, you don’t. Chris Koos just got a nasty surprise: Funny how both mayors didn’t have […]

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