What did Tari say?

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting ended with accusations against Tari for what 2 aldermen heard he said at the conference below. It would be really easy to find out the truth – just ask Mike Matejka or Chris Koos – they were there with Tari: https://events.illinoisstate.edu/event/social-ethnic-racial-boundaries-campus-community-21st-century-race-immigration-trump-administration/ You might want to look at […]

District 87 – Reverse Discrimination

By:  Diane Benjamin Back in 2013 the Bloomington School District #87 was investigated for reverse discrimination because they failed to protect a white student. The school district signed an eleven point resolution that included this statement: Is reverse discrimination covered during orientation? This case resulted in substantial injuries to the student.  One of the parents […]

BHS needs a WHITE Student Union

No More Comments Will Be Approved On This Story   By:  Diane Benjamin Nikita Richards wants to be the next McLean County Clerk, She evidently wants to divide people.  See the post below from her personal Facebook page. How did BHS ever survive until 2018 without a Black Student Union? Why stop there?  Short people […]

Tri-Valley: Referendum

By:  Diane Benjamin If you live in the Tri-Valley School District you should have received information about the Referendum on the March 20th ballot.  The referendum, if passed, will result in no increase in property taxes.  That means if it fails your property taxes will decrease.  The decrease would be between .69 and .70. Last […]

Government thinks you are REALLY stupid

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington and Normal are the only cities doing their own garbage pickup in the area.  According to the Pantagraph, Normal did their own investigation of rates. They declared NO money could be saved by privatizing garbage pickup. See the chart here:  http://www.pantagraph.com/graphic-waste-collection-fees-services/pdf_a5d93a81-e7db-537c-b830-c5fafd8a34bc.html The Pantagraph must not have noticed some of those other cities […]

District 87 spends YOUR money!

By:  Diane Benjamin From Illinois News Network:  https://www.ilnews.org/news/schools/bloomington-taxpayers-shell-out-thousands-for-school-board-hotels-food/article_03e0ef4c-0078-11e8-9c76-03e07cf01e22.html Taxpayers in Bloomington paid thousands of dollars for District 87 school officials to enjoy a weekend of high-end hotels and restaurants in downtown Chicago. In doing this, it appears that they broke their own rules on spending. Twelve district officials spent approximately $18,511.39 while attending the Illinois Association of […]

Quit giving your address!

By:  Diane Benjamin Some public bodies still ask you to state your address before speaking during Public Comment.  You are not required to according to the law. See this 2014 opinion from the Illinois Attorney General’s office:    http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/pdf/opinions/2014/14-009.pdf This paragraph sums up the decision: The Town of Normal and the Unit 5 School Board need […]

More Unit 5 emails

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed this FOIA request: Copies of all complaints filed in any form against all coaches employed or volunteering in the Unit 5 school district for the last three years – 2015, 2016, 2017. Copies of all responses to the above complaints. I’m only going to post what is applicable to the […]

Unit 5: Not good enough

By:  Diane Benjamin We are expected to believe a dedicated 15 year football coach suddenly decided he needed to spend more time with his family. It’s a great idea, but it’s difficult to believe he wouldn’t have planned his departure and made sure a great coach was in place so the program wouldn’t suffer. That […]

Unit 5: Nobody is going away without answers

The below is a comment left on a previous Unit 5 story.  It states clearly what questions need to be answered.  A reader posted the picture in a comment yesterday. I have been following this story in the media for the past almost month now, and have been reading the many stories and comments that […]

Unit 5 – Still not making sense

By:  Diane Benjamin According to the newspaper, Unit 5’s payments to coaches violated IHSA rules.  Unit 5 still won’t connect the dots and say why Coach Hess resigned and if they told him to resign or be fired because of these payments. Unanswered questions still circle back to the disgruntled parents secretly meeting with the […]

Unit 5 – story corrections

By:  Diane Benjamin The spontaneous Executive Session was not held on November 13th, it was held on November 8th at the end of a regular meeting.  It was held in response to some disgruntled parents. The Board briefly recessed, hopefully not to discuss whether to hold an Executive Session.  Holding any discussions outside of a […]

UPDATE: Unit 5 Board: Illegal meeting

See corrections in this story:  https://blnnews.com/2018/01/11/unit-5-story-corrections/ By:  Diane Benjamin I wish my kids had been coached by Darren Hess.  The parents who spoke at last night’s School Board meeting proved Hess was a great mentor and role model for the players and their families.  Great coaches don’t happen often, supporters are crushed to lose this one.  […]

Unit 5 – the emails

By: Diane Benjamin We don’t know what happened in the Unit 5 School Board secret meetings that caused Coach Hess to resign.  Some have questioned if the football coach at Normal Community resigned for the same reason. If paying assistant coaches had anything to do with it, I just received the emails where it was […]

Unit 5 – Board meeting tomorrow!

Details 7:00 at Chiddix Junior High Unless you demand answers, you won’t get any. 30 Minutes for Public Comment will not be enough time.  I think a lot of people plan to attend and many will want to speak. The School Board can not interrupt speakers.  During Public Comment citizens have the floor, stopping free […]

Start the New Year right!

I wish I was independently wealthy, but since I’m not  . . . . I need reader support to continue bringing you news the rest of the media ignores: paypal.me/blnnews If you appreciate the truth, please contribute! If you would rather send a check, see this link for address:  http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ . Any help is much appreciated!  […]

Does a Unit 5 School Board member have a conflict?

By:  Diane Benjamin A Statement of Economic Interest is required to be filed by EVERYONE who is elected and appointed to any unit of government.  Other employees may also be required to file. It is the law that SEI must be filed. Everyone on the Unit 5 School Board did file, unlike some other units […]

#2 Update-Update: Normal West: I need some help

I received this comment by email and permission to print it: Thank you!!!  Thank you for digging into this story. Don’t give up.  You don’t know how happy this makes me to see somebody trying to get to the bottom of this and find the truth!!  Is it coincidental that this is happening right before […]

1st Student, Unit 5, and the safety of YOUR kids

By:  Diane Benjamin The email below was sent to the entire Unit 5 School Board.  If your kids ride Unit 5 buses, you need to know the facts and ask questions. From: David Bradley <Redacted> Date: 10/12/2017 1:04 PM (GMT-06:00) To: clearyj@unit5.org, dwfortner@unit5.org, hayekj@unit5.org, hitchinsb@unit5.org, lefflet@unit5.org, mickensm@unit5.org, traskm@unit5.org Cc:  letters@pantagraph.com Subject: Staffing Issues at First Student . Good Afternoon Unit 5 Board Members. […]

Heartland’s Fleece

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph reported today the Heartland Board passed an operating budget that is 7.8% higher than last year. The overall budget is 13.4% higher than last year. Heartland approved a huge tax increase last year.  When your property tax bill increased – much of it was Heartland! Below are the tax rates […]

Bam! Higher Ed CLUELESS!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph Opinion Page continues to be an endless source of entertainment.  Orchestrated Letters to the Editor are claiming voting rights locally have been violated.  The election is more than a year away and normal everyday people are writing letters asking you to vote for their candidate?  Keep in mind:  Repeat a […]

Normal meets for THIRTEEN MINUTES!

By:  Diane Benjamin Actually the City Council meeting lasted 13:26 minutes, that included 2 public comments – Ron Ulmer and Marc Tiritilli. Guess what got about SEVEN SECONDS before a vote was taken? Normal has such severe financial issues they are offering early retirements to cut expenses and there is no discussion?  Start watching the […]

Numbers Lie

By:  Diane Benjamin Media is reporting a slight drop in enrollment at ISU.  Here’s the proof that numbers lie and liars use numbers. Incoming freshman – down 342 students (9.3%) Transfer students – down 239 students (11.7%) Those are huge percentage drops, the source is WGLT which happens to be part of ISU:  http://wglt.org/post/freshman-enrollment-falls-illinois-state-university#stream/0 Incoming […]

More HATE on the ISU campus

By:  Diane Benjamin Last week the Nazi comments were directed toward the ISU Republicans and a guest speaker. This week it’s against a group called Turning Point USA. The President of the ISU chapter, Andy Byars, sent me pictures of the vandalism to chalked messages and posters they hung on campus.         […]

Update #2: Update: Hate is very alive in Normal!

I attended this event – Nick Adams has an amazing love for America AND Americans.  He has a non-profit call FLAG.  From their website:  http://www.flagusa.org/ Its principal purpose is to educationally proclaim the greatness of America, and ensure that the next generation of American leaders understands what it means to be an American. Several members […]

ISU: Allow HATE speech on campus?

By:  Diane Benjamin A conservative speaker was invited to speak at Illinois State University by the College Republicans.  Yesterday I heard EVERY flyer they posted around campus has been defaced, destroyed, or removed. President Dietz: Is ISU now Berkley Ca? Is Antifa going to protest American values? Are your campus snowflakes embarrassed by their country? […]

Jewel No Longer

By:  Diane Benjamin Occasionally the Bloomington elected are still pretending Bloomington is the Jewel of the Midwest. Ask them why 56.72% of the students in District 87 qualify for free or reduced lunches?  https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/libraries/pdfs/il-nslp-eligibility.pdf What income qualifies? SOURCE Obviously way too many people in Bloomington aren’t able to participate in the Quality of Life they […]

Per kid: Area school spending

By:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois Comptroller’s Office has lots of interesting information. Look at this site:  http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/ Virtually every level of Illinois government is required to complete information for this site.  Schools must not be required to provide much information. Cities, towns, villages, etc enter much more. I was looking at area schools and noticed […]

Inside ISU

The writer worked at ISU for 18 years – she walked away because she couldn’t take it anymore.  No – Nobody from this meeting has contacted her. Source and other stories from the same person:  https://justifygettinglost.wordpress.com/ I finally figured it out… This morning I showed up at the Board  of Trustees meeting and made comments (in quotes […]


By:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois Senate needed one Republican to vote with the Democrats to override Gov Rauner’s veto of the income tax hike.  They got one:  Dale Righter. Madigan got MORE Republicans than he needed to pass the tax hike in the House – 15 of them.  (Including Bill Mitchell and Mike Unes from […]

WJBC: ISU/Central Catholic Facts matter

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday WJBC read the Melanie Spellmeyer-ISU-Central Catholic update story on my website.  They read the original story too, but never reported on it.  The story only became important to them when Dan Brady got involved.  It probably helped that his funeral home advertises on WJBC. See their story here:  HERE Totally lost […]

Remember Melanie Spellmeyer, ISU, and Central Catholic?

By:  Diane Benjamin When the Central Catholic girls were playing basketball at Red Bird Arena for the State Championship, an ISU employee violated their fans free speech rights.  She told them they were not allowed to wear anything related to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. In case you missed the story, see it here:  […]

UPDATE: What’s the penalty for HATE speech?

No one at ISU has responded to my requests for a comment.  They are hoping this blows over if they pretend nothing happened. By:  Diane Benjamin Saturday – Redbird Arena, Illinois State University – Central Catholic High School girls basketball team is playing for the State Championship. Many Central kids arrived at the game wearing […]

What if Unit 5 did this? CPS did!

By:  Diane Benjamin Should schools practice partisan politics?  What if Unit 5 sent a letter home with every student blaming Chris Koos’s TIF districts for stealing money from them?  It would be true, but should they do it?  Of course, Unit 5 had to agree to the TIF districts, so it’s not totally Koos’s fault. […]

Ethics Law everybody ignores

By:  Diane Benjamin From Attorney Tyson Manker:  http://tysonmanker.com/ America is the greatest nation on Earth. Thanks to the Constitution and its enduring principles, We the People enjoy freedoms unknown in many parts of the world. However, right now in America there is a serious lack of honest leadership in Government at all levels. Both nationally and locally, […]

ISU’s Illegal Public Comment policy

By:  Diane Benjamin Complying with the law doesn’t matter when citizens “interfere” with government’s ability to do whatever they want! Normal is the perfect example.  The entire Council, Mayor, and City Manager are pretending they asked the Attorney General to rule on their policy.  They didn’t.  TWO citizens want Lisa Madigan’s Public Access office to […]

ISU avoids a lawsuit

By:  Diane Benjamin First ISU refused to give me a document I requested by FOIA claiming it was exempt. See this story Next they gave me the document but redacted the part I wanted:  See THIS story Some light finally went on at ISU and they decided the document in the story above is NOT exempt […]

ISU is embarrassing . . NIOT?

By:  Diane Benjamin Martin Luther King Day was last Monday, but ISU won’t be holding their annual dinner until Friday.  Maybe even ISU knows this event should not be held on MLK Day since King would never approve of the speakers they bring in. King was a minister.  King was a Republican.  King knew the […]

Does more school spending get results?

By:  Diane Benjamin All of the numbers below are from the Illinois Report Card on public schools:  https://illinoisreportcard.com/Default.aspx Now see this graph on spending since the Department of education was established by Jimmy Carter: Read the whole story  HERE Obviously, the answer is NO. . . .    

High School comparisons

By: Diane Benjamin Below is a summary of stats taken from the Illinois Report Card on schools:  https://illinoisreportcard.com/search.aspx?address=Bloomington&miles=5 This is area High Schools only.  All the data is from the pics below except class size, that was taken from another page. State Averages :  Ready for the Next Level:    33% College Ready:   46% . […]

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