Convention of States

By:  Diane Benjamin Twelve States have now passed a Convention of States Resolution.  34 states must pass it to make the Convention happen. Contrary to what naysayers claim, this is not a Constitutional Convention.  The resolution says nothing about re-writing the Constitution.  Abolishing the Constitution won’t be discussed, the Convention of States is merely a […]

Bill Brady: Pay up Illinois

This article was just published by the Illinois Policy Institute:  https://www.illinoispolicy.org/grand-bargain-redux-brady-plan-the-next-in-a-long-list-of-failed-compromises-for-illinoisans/ Bill Brady proves once again why the IL GOP is useless: Only in Illinois could a budget deal that hits struggling Illinoisans with billions in new taxes be called a “grand bargain.” Excerpts: State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, has proposed what he hopes may […]

Lawyer Comedy!

By:  Diane Benjamin Jeff Jurgens needs to take his show on the road.  The City of Bloomington has BOUGHT the Springfield law firm now, so any opinions he offers are obviously going to be the answer the City wants to hear.  Keep in mind the City sends Sorling Northup Hanna around $60,000 every month.  A […]

Send a local message to Springfield:

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal spent $100,000,000+ on Uptown and they aren’t done spending money.  See this story:  http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/illinois/small-town-downtowns-il/ 9 Small Towns In Illinois Where Downtown Is The Place To Be Normal isn’t on the list and it isn’t a downtown destination, unless you like the taxpayer-funded free events.  These 9 cities used existing buildings.  Quaint […]

Rivian-What they got from Illinois

By:  Diane Benjamin I sent a FOIA request to the State of Illinois on February 6th for information on the Rivian incentives.  I finally received it today. Rivian received NO money up front, the story is not going to be repeated in Illinois that happened in other states. The entire deal is based on the […]

Bloomington: $20 Million in cuts?

By:  Diane Benjamin Can $20 million be cut from Bloomington’s budget?  David Hales thinks disaster would strike Bloomington if the tax increases were rolled back.  (The media happily reports it!) Here’s a better question: The 2012 TOTAL budget was $165.3 million (Pre Tari) The 2013 TOTAL budget was $167 million (Pre Tari) That 2017 TOTAL […]

Bloomington is in recession

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s not me saying Bloomington is in a recession, it’s: . The report doesn’t go into details about Bloomington – just this statement on page 4: . See the entire report HERE Next month’s primary election just got serious.  Liberal progressives think they need to keep spending money in a recession, conservatives […]

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 […]

More on ISU and RC McBride

By:  Diane Benjamin Update to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2017/01/11/next-lawsuit-isu/ I received the email below concerning the ISU denial of the required waiver to hire RC McBride as the General Manager of WGLT: Attached to this email was: The previous story spelled out that waivers can only be issued in extraordinary circumstances – note ISU redacted those […]

Next Lawsuit: ISU

See update here:  https://blnnews.com/2017/01/13/more-on-isu-and-rc-mcbride/ By:  Diane Benjamin I filed the following Freedom of Information request with ISU – their answer is included. They included the obligatory you have to right to contact the Attorney General . .  .: . Since we all know asking Lisa Madigan to do her job is a complete waste of […]

Here: Call Police, elsewhere . . .

By: Diane Benjamin When the Edgar County Watchdogs told the Bloomington Election Commission their meeting was illegal BEFORE the meeting started, they started the meeting anyway. Then, when Kirk Allen, John Kraft, and I interrupted the meeting because it was illegal – they called the police! Relive great moments in Bloomington history by watching the […]

Dick Durbin: King of FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin Sen Dickie Durbin sent me an email today claiming the Electoral College isn’t what the Founders intended.  Yes, FAKE NEWS does exist!  Durbin not only spreads his lies to his email list, he is allowed to spout on any media source that refuses to challenged him. The media enables his FAKE NEWS, […]

Matejka: Purveyor of FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin WJBC allows a few people to spout anything they want on their “Forums”. Yes, “Fake News” does exist – Mike Matejka used his forum platform back on December 1st to proliferate it.  See his comments here:  HERE Matejka is upset that Clinton won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college. His […]

WJBC, Dick Durbin – fake news

By:  Diane Benjamin Our Democratic US Senator Dick Durbin is a frequent guest on the WJBC morning show.  Unfortunately he is allowed to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the truth unchallenged.  Yes, fake news does exist! Add this story to the long list of ones I never got around to writing last week.  The interview was on 11/29.  Listen […]

Dan Brady: Your GOP leadership

By:  Diane Benjamin Rep Dan Brady has a huge office in Springfield because he is part of the House GOP leadership team. The email below was sent to Dan Brady.  Democrats in Illinois think if they can close every gun store in the state no guns will exist.  They are pushing a bill to make […]

BGA on Madigan’s Public Access

I was interviewed for this story WEEKS ago, glad to see this is STATE problem.  The story is published on the Better Government Association website:  http://www.bettergov.org/news/illinois-foia-appeals-linger-with-no-end-in-sight Illinois FOIA Appeals Linger With No End In Sight Lengthy appeals process, non-binding decisions hamper ability to obtain records through Illinois Freedom of Information Act. After Edgar County corrections […]

Stand up to Lisa Madigan

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington resident April Huber isn’t sitting by and letting Illinois Attorney General get by with not doing her job.  She asked me to post this information. I would not have been forced to file a lawsuit against the City of Bloomington concerning the Coliseum if Lisa Madigan’s office had done their job.  […]

Turbines: County went for money

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday the McLean County Board passed a new Wind Farm ordinance that benefits developers over people. Livingston County had a referendum on their last ballot asking whether a 1600 feet setback was enough, the voters there said NO. McLean’s ordinance is a measly 1500 feet from any occupied home – not the […]

Democrats in Illinois want you to pay for abortions!

By:  Diane Benjamin I am 1000% against killing babies!  I will make no apology to ANYBODY for wanting to protect unborn life.  It’s not tissue – it’s a beating heart of a person who has no choice in the decisions a mother makes.  I have to stand up for the over 50,000,000 million people who […]

Electoral College for those who forgot

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve heard WAY too many people talk about abolishing the Electoral College lately.  Here’s a crash course in why it is in the Constitution! We are not a democracy! We are a Representative Republic.  Populism never has been part of our government, and never should be.  The Constitution protects the rights of […]

Election Day

By:  Diane Benjamin Tomorrow will be a disastrous day for our country.  Close to 50% of the population will despise whoever is elected. The results are immaterial. We are powerless to do anything about it. Quit stressing about things you have no control over! The D.C. and Springfield clowns all came from local government. You […]

UNION BOSSES TRYING TO BUY THE 110th ?

By:  Diane Benjamin Nearly 96% of all donations to Dennis Malak for his bid on the 110th Illinois State Representative seat come from outside of the District and from Unions, some from Indiana and Maryland. Is this what the voters of the 110th need in Springfield?  More union representation, which would mean more taxes, and […]

If you haven’t seen “Madigan: Power, privilege, politics”

Democrats running for election should have to state why they aren’t a Madigan puppet!  Watch for more info. . Northwest Herald, Joliet Herald-News and DeKalb Daily Chronicle to host online screening of “Madigan: Power, privilege, politics” Full-length documentary will be available to watch online at newspapers’ websites starting at 7 p.m. tonight through 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 . […]

Is Connect Transit hiding info?

By:  Diane Benjamin This month’s Connect Transit Board meeting was moved from October 25th to October 17th.  NO financial information is available in the Board Packet.  Normally the packet shows income and expenses for the previous month. Keep in mind, Connect Transit is claiming they will shut down on January 1st because the State hasn’t […]

Bikers have rights (and a death wish)

By:  Diane Benjamin On January 1st bicycles in Illinois will be considered vehicles under a new law:  http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/08/19/new-bike-law-gives-cyclists-right-way-illinois House Bill 5912 amends the state’s vehicle code to assign the same right-of-way privileges to cyclists that car drivers have. In essence, it clarifies that bicycles are vehicles. Saturday I saw three bikers on Route 9 about eight […]

You thought the East Side Highway was dead?

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s not unless the County Board KILLS it.  There is a public hearing Wednesday October 19, 2016  at 6:00pm – Central Catholic High School.  I don’t know why, but it is scheduled until 9:00pm.  The last plan I remember is a 4 lane divided highway with divided bike paths.  If you ever […]

Know anybody is SE Illinois? (110th House District)

By:  Diane Benjamin The 110th House District includes Mattoon and Charleston.  See a complete map here:  https://elections.il.gov/Downloads/VotingInformation/PDF/2011Districts/2011RepDist110.pdf There is a guy running for the Illinois House in this district who looks to be misrepresenting himself: Dennis Malak, Candidate for the 110th District in Illinois claims “the system failed him” – and that is one of […]

More government theft

From Forbes:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2016/10/12/can-you-pay-me-now-cell-phone-tax-rates-continue-to-increase/#ad84c32383e0 Where’s the best place to have cell service? According to the Tax Foundation, the five states with the lowest combined state and local wireless taxes and fees are: Oregon (1.8%) Nevada (2.1%) Idaho (2.3%) Montana (6.2%) Delaware (6.3%) And the worst? The five states with the highest combined state and local wireless […]

November 1st Wind hearing

By:  Diane Benjamin The County Zoning Board of Appeals will continue the hearing on changes to the wind ordinance on November 1st.  The hearing earlier this month allowed time for all to speak who signed up, but time ran out of rebuttal testimony. This hearing is only for that rebuttal testimony.  No one who didn’t […]

TODAY: ECW’s win!

By:  Diane Benjamin Today the Edgar County Watchdogs, Kirk Allen and John Kraft, are receiving a NATIONAL honor.  They will receive the award in Nashville at the SPN Annual Meeting:   http://www.cvent.com/events/spn-24th-annual-meeting/event-summary-17582afac7254eb881abfc15f0efe30f.aspx SPN 24th Annual Meeting SPN’s Annual Meeting is the leading conference in the freedom movement aimed squarely at advancing state policy reforms essential to […]

Coliseum Investigation

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m happy to see the Illinois State Police was called in to investigate the former management of the Coliseum. However, I have no proof they are investigating my allegations that surfaced because of my lawsuit, Or that David Hales is being investigated for his role. CIAM would not have been able to […]

UPDATE: Government is doing this:

More current information:  July-Jobs-Report-Unemployment-Rate-Drops-as-Illinois-Workforce-Shrinks-by-33600-during-summer-moving-season/ . IRS Migration Data: Taxpayers Leave NY, IL & CA For TX, FL & SC The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just released its July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 migration data, which “approximates the number of individuals” who moved between states in the U.S. California was the third largest net […]

AG: Pending cases against Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin The Public Access division of the Attorney General’s office was designed to hold government accountable and give citizens a voice. As with Judy Stearns’ case against the City for violating the Open Meetings Act, justice can take years of mostly no action. I lost count of how many Request for Reviews have […]

Dan Brady: Campaign Cash

By:  Diane Benjamin Comptroller Leslie Munger has a new website to promote transparency.  This one reveals campaign contributions.  The State Board of Elections has this information, but it’s NOT in a usable format.  This website is!  Data can be copied to a spreadsheet without doing any reformatting.  From there is can be sorted, grouped, and […]

Kirk vrs Duckworth

By:  Diane Benjamin The choices we have for US Senator are almost as despicable as the choices for President.  Mark Kirk votes with Democrats way too often.  He rarely represents me. Voting 3rd party for Senate won’t accomplish anything, even though I’ve thought about it.  I am now voting for Kirk because of one picture […]

Update: Illinois HACKED!

I wonder how the Pantagraph found the story? 9:19 this morning By:  Diane Benjamin Government is looking out for you:   From: Thomas, Kyle <KThomas@elections.il.gov> Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:06 PM To: Thomas, Kyle Cc: List – VRS Subject: Status of Statewide database (IVRS) Dear Election Authority, We will begin the process of bringing […]

Chapin Rose on Illinois’s budget

By:  Diane Benjamin A number of people have asked me recently where the tax money is in Illinois if the bills aren’t being paid.  Senator Chapin Rose took the time on Tuesday to fill me in. First, he went over how we got in this mess.  Of course, this is his opinion. The Democrats didn’t […]

Breakfast with Superstars

By:  Diane Benjamin This morning I had a long breakfast with the Edgar County Watchdogs, Kirk Allen and John Kraft.  They call me when they are passing through town.  For some reason they always pick places on the west side to eat, that gives me a chance to see how bad the roads are on […]

15 minutes causes carnage

By:  Diane Benjamin Power was out in downtown Bloomington for about 15 minutes yesterday.  From the news reports carnage ensued as businesses shut down unable to cope. 15 minutes! As the State of Illinois continues to operate without a budget, worst carnage is happening. Businesses haven’t been paid which means they can’t pay their employees, […]

Rauner is being TOO nice!

By:  Diane Benjamin Democrats have super-majorities in the Springfield House and Senate.  They can pass anything they want, the Governor can veto it, and they can override the veto.  After May 31st they need 3/5 of both chambers to pass a budget, it won’t happen. Democrats refuse to do it because tax increases would have […]

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