District 87: How about some current spending?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are the charges made in April and May 2019 – by person.  I’m going to dissect each one. Sam’s Club – no receipt Lowes:   The receipt is labeled “Skills USA”.  It includes Sales Tax of $33.92. Home Depot:  $598, the receipt doesn’t say what the “miter” equipment is for.  No sales. […]

District 87: July was FOOD month

By:  Diane Benjamin Received by FOIA:  08-2017 The Walmart charges are for 48 of these, no mention of who is using them or why they were bought separately.  The other highlighted items are for eclipse glasses.   All of the below are food receipts – some not itemized.  Legally, all receipts must state the purpose of […]

District 87 spending your money

By:  Diane Benjamin On a tip from a reader I FOIA’d 2 years of credit card charges from District 87.  I’m not anywhere close to looking at everything yet.  I will post items I found as I go through the files. Start with this one from July 2017: No, Barry Reilly didn’t spend all that […]

Fundraising done wrong

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t  a reader See this Press Release: What is “For a Better Tomorrow” and where do the funds raised go? This was attached to the Press Release: I still have no idea who this group is, they don’t appear to be an official non-profit. The money raised is going to FOUR Chosen […]

Update: Is the University of Illinois covering up?

New story from Champaign:  http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2019-04-28/emails-profs-absence-created-stir-ui.html By:  Diane Benjamin The Champaign newspaper did this  story yesterday:  http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2019-04-26/ui-professor-under-investigation-says-hell-leave-job-end-may.html Professor Joe Petry, who was previously put on leave, plans to retire at the end of May.  He was previously a mayoral candidate in Champaign and has resigned as a member of the Historical Preservation Commission. What is he […]

The $100,000+ Club

Open The Books has a new interactive map for Illinois which allows users to see Illinois Educators either receiving a salary or pension in excess of $100,000.  Click below to see it.  Keep in mind the pensions go up 3% every year, Pritzker refuses to put a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to change it.  […]

Incompetence! ISU

By:  Diane Benjamin It really isn’t difficult to stop employees from pocketing your money.  The City of Bloomington leaders buried their heads underground when they were repeatedly told about CIAM, evidently ISU did the same thing at Bone Student Center. Pantagaph article: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/woman-accused-of-stealing-from-isu/article_e6587ca4-0cf7-531b-b17d-1b3b4ec87c73.html#tracking-source=home-breaking A woman is accused of stealing $161,000 going ll the way to […]

County + Town of Normal Elections

By: Diane Benjamin What would happen to freedom if an election was held and nobody showed up to vote? I predict VERY low turnout on April 2nd.  Except for the Town of Normal, few other races are even contested.  Unit 5 residents will have much higher property tax bills this year.  When fiscally responsible candidates […]

Bloomington Voters:

By:  Diane Benjamin Elections for Wards 2, 4, 6, and 8 are on the ballot.  Note: Ward 8 does have two candidates even though Travis Wilson was disqualified.  Crabill can’t get any farther left, so you could vote for Wilson.  Tari would then have to appoint his replacement.  If he appoints the loser Crabill, it […]

NEA subverts Black History Month

By:  Diane Benjamin Black History Month isn’t about teaching kids Black History.  Instead of proving America is a country where anybody can succeed, the  National Education Association is taking a different path. Why aren’t they talking about Madam C.J. Walker?  She was born in 1867 and had a very difficult life.  But she had a […]

The Illinois Progressive War on Children

By: Diane Benjamin Capitalism has proven to the world that competition produces better results than monopolies.  Costs decrease, quality increases, and better products are delivered to consumers. Illinois started a program in 2017 called Invest in Kids which provides a tax credit for parents wanting their kids in private schools but can’t afford it:   http://www.revenue.state.il.us/InvestInKids/ […]

Will half of all colleges close?

By:  Diane Benjamin Since Bloomington-Normal is a college town, this is an article that needs to be read.  It was printed in Forbes Will Half Of All Colleges Really Close In The Next Decade? Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen consistently turns heads in higher education by predicting that 50% of colleges and universities will close or […]

ISU: Promoting bigots

By:  Diane Benjamin For last years MLK dinner, Illinois State University hired Marc Lemont Hill as the Keynote speaker.  Hill was just fired from CNN for extreme antisemitic remarks.    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna942151 Previously ISU had Van Jones speak at an MLK dinner.  He resigned from the Obama administration after his ties to Marxist and communist groups became […]

Democrats buying votes?

Why was the Democrat Party Chairman handing out pizza to the voters at ISU?  Erik Rankin just happen to be with Dan Brady’s opponent – Ben Webb.  Webb had to be asked to leave since his presence at a polling place is obviously illegal. Rankin didn’t know that?  (Seems democrats either never know the rules […]

Corn Crib taxes – brilliant business plan

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow up to this story:   https://blnnews.com/2018/10/20/the-corn-crib-fleece/ The property ID # in the County system for the Corn Crib was 14-17-400-004.  You can look this PIN number up on the County Assessor’s site:     http://mcleanil.devnetwedge.com/ Taxes for 2010 were $95,365.40 Taxes for 2011 were $145,019.90 Taxes for 2012 were $32,119.36 Taxes for 2013 were ZERO Heartland […]

Connect Transit: More of the same

By:  Diane Benjamin September report:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pLCpemf28nZGauwhZ5Qw4vpqKGZvpJ0C/view Keep in mind this ridiculous use of your money happens across the country.  Cheaper ways to transport people can’t be that difficult.  Note below – ISU has a contract so the kids can ride for free. Expenses are almost 10 times Revenue! Boardings per hour is higher, total ridership […]

The Corn Crib Fleece?

By:  Diane Benjamin I reported in this story Heartland Community College pays the property taxes on the Corn Crib property:   https://blnnews.com/2018/10/18/heartland-pays-property-tax-corn-crib/ I’ve been doing lots of research on where the Corn Crib originated.  In case you missed the latest news, only college kids will play at the Crib in the future.  Minor league baseball is […]

Heartland pays property tax: Corn Crib

By:  Diane Benjamin Even though Heartland Community College is tax exempt, if they own property that isn’t being used for a tax exempt purpose they pay property taxes.  Below is the list of properties they paid taxes on for 2017: 14-17-300-013  $132.92  (did not pay taxes prior to 2017) 9.67 acres commercial vacant land   http://normaltownship.org//parcelinfo.php?SearchPIN=1417300013 […]

Rule of Law Matters because women do LIE

By:  Diane Benjamin In this country the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Allegations mean nothing without proof.  Way too many people think that women should always be believed when they accuse a man of sexual assault.  They are wrong, below is why: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Brian-Banks-Rape-Case-Exonerated-NFL-Atlanta-Falcons-218978851.html Brian Banks was a great high school football player with […]

ISU usurps capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Everybody should already know that capitalism isn’t taught to most of the students at ISU.  The kids flocked to the last Democratic primary to vote for a socialist. ISU now has an Adventure Center!   https://campusrecreation.illinoisstate.edu/adventure/ The Center just opened this month.  Click on Equipment Rental A long list of items for rent […]

ISU enrollment – facts

By:  Diane Benjamin The media dutifully reported the freshman class at ISU is up 10% this year.  They mentioned the class is bigger than in recent years, they neglected to report real numbers. Incoming freshman LAST year was down 9.3%:   https://blnnews.com/2017/09/07/numbers-lie/ Note that number was reported by the same WGLT who reported this year the […]

Is ISU suspending Christianity?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Campus Ministry Association has been a registered student association at Illinois State University since 1996.  It was called Ecumenical Campus Ministries until 2011.   For 22 years they participated in recruitment events through the Department of Admissions. I’m hearing two sides to this story.  A member of the Campus Ministry Association says […]

Unit 5 – labor agreements

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m hearing rumors that Unit 5 wants a property tax increase next year.  I have to start following what they do even though I don’t have time to do it right. I’m starting here because it’s going to be fascinating to see what union members do after the Janus Supreme Court decision.  […]

Report from the Renner-Koos-ISU meeting today

A reporter who wishes to remain anonymous filed this report, see yesterday’s story:  https://blnnews.com/2018/07/26/things-that-dont-fit-anywhere-else-2/ Mayoral Presentations Koos spent his time praising ISU and the excellent relationship with the Univ.   Then a little about historic preservation.   (Short and concise) Reporter Comments:  Although the first 3 historic building east of the NE corner of the circle (In Normal […]

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 – […]

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 […]