Update: 2nd Amendment: Where’s McLean County?

County Board member Jim Soeldner sent a resolution the Board passed in 2008.  It needs updated!  See it here:   2008 McLean County Resolution _________________________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin Does the Constitution matter or not?   The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. (Militia meant every person capable of using a […]

Illinois’ neighbors scrapped Prevailing Wage

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I wrote about Bloomington approving a prevailing wage ordinance:     https://blnnews.com/2018/06/12/without-the-king-not-much-business-to-do/ Since Illinois is run by unions, the demise of Illinois will continue.  Government isn’t for the citizens, it’s for buying votes and getting campaign contributions in exchange. The Illinois Policy Institute reported a few days ago that Michigan is the […]

Threw a party, few came

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday a Meet and Greet was held for the three remaining Bloomington City Manager candidates.  The paper failed to report a crowd was expected but didn’t show up.  The below is from reports by two people who did attend.  Citizens can vote for their choice at a link below. People who did […]

Pension Funding

By:  Diane Benjamin “One of the best-funded pension plans in the country is the nearly 90 percent funded Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, which has long had the ability to enforce payments into the plan.” IMRF funding isn’t a problem.  That’s why pension spiking penalties were enacted, the fund couldn’t afford to pay pensions for employees […]

ISU – All Gender Bathrooms

By:  Diane Benjamin In the interest of diversity and inclusion, more than 20 all gender bathrooms have been added to campus.  Are showers included? Source:   http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/education/climate-change-isu-working-to-fill-gaps-in-diversity-inclusion/article_85982c94-c66e-598e-9654-532026d71e95.html Just who are they trying to include? Do you want your daughter walking in a restroom with a bunch of guys?  Why do they need more than 20? Next […]

Accident Investigation

By:  Diane Benjamin The only reason I FOIAd’s the State Police report for the accident involving the Normal West student who died earlier this year was because of a tip from a reader. If you didn’t know, the driver of the vehicle who hit her was the son of Bloomington’s Fire Chief, Brian Mohr.  Mitchel […]

ISU: Teaching Tribalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Why is it impossible to talk to each other these days?  Many times it’s because people retreat to their corner and refuse to listen to any points of view that conflict with what they were taught or what they think they believe.  Common sense and rational thoughts must be attacked if doesn’t […]

The latest in “Laws Don’t Matter”

By:  Diane Benjamin On May 1, 2018, the Village of Mackinaw held a retirement party for their fake cop. Robert Davies collected a police officer salary and now a police officer pension without being qualified to be a police officer in the State of Illinois. It looks like the State’s Attorney for Tazewell County is […]

Normal’s Pension Problem (and Bloomington)

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal has to pay into three pension funds:  IMRF, Police, and Fire. The funding for IMRF isn’t horrible, Police and Fire are.  What does that say about who the Town management and Council respect and who they don’t? I’m sure you remember property taxes being raised year after year […]

Good News!

By:  Diane Benjamin One of the worst roads in Bloomington is getting fixed!  Clinton – if you didn’t know it’s a State road.  I hear they are moving fast.  You might want to avoid using it until it’s done however. . . . . .

Connect Transit fuzzy math?

By:  Diane Benjamin WGLT posted a story about Connect Transit a few days ago.  The author listed is a student along with Charlie Schlenker. See it here:  http://wglt.org/post/connect-transit-eyes-locations-downtown-transfer-center Connect still looking for places to build a downtown transfer station.  Isaac Thorne wants a place for 10 buses to park at the same time!  He claims the […]

Legalize Marijuana? Think First!

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night I attended a meeting discussing the effects legalizing marijuana has had on Colorado.  It isn’t a pretty picture. First, before anybody says it’s no different from alcohol:  1 beer doesn’t impair the user.  One joint does.  THC also stays in the blood stream for 2-3 days, alcohol doesn’t. WAY too […]

District 87 – Useless inspection

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve never understood the logic of scheduling an inspection if the intent is to see what it really happening.  Is the real reason to show complete compliance instead of reality? The email below is from the principal of BHS to all staff.   It was received by FOIA. “ROE Inspection” is Regional Office […]

Motivation Required

I’m sitting here with a 4 inch stack of FOIA request to go through as well as numerous massive digital requests I just received.  I’ve got at least two huge investigations going without a State’s Attorney in sight willing to prosecute.   The Public Access office won’t acknowledge receiving a Request for Review I filed 3 […]

Say hello to Governor JB

By:  Diane Benjamin Bruce Rauner will not be able to recover.  In his acceptance speech he said Jeanne Ives ran a principled campaign.  He didn’t.  Illinois is much worse since Rauner has been governor, he doesn’t deserve 4 more years.  Besides the lies he told during the campaign, he is responsible for making Illinois a […]

Bruce Rauner is a LIAR!

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m still running into people who have fallen for the lies the media is allowing Bruce Rauner to spew about Jeanne Ives! Ask yourself why she would run against Rauner if she is in Madigan’s pocket? Rauner gave Madigan everything he wanted: Income tax increase Illinois made a Sanctuary State taxpayer-funded abortions! […]

Dan Brady

By:  Diane Benjamin The next time you see Dan, ask him who he is supporting for governor.  I hear he won’t answer that question. Maybe the reason is because the House GOP gave him $27,080 since February.  The Illinois GOP is backing the worst Republican Governor in the country according to National Review last December:  https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2017/12/18/bruce-rauner-illinois-worst-republican-governor-america/ […]

Media is destroying democracy! (Rauner)

By:  Diane Benjamin We aren’t a democracy, but I might as well use the language of the left.  It fits. It’s bad enough the Pantagraph refuses to do investigative reporting, but now the media is threatening to throw an election for MONEY. Cities 92.9 knows Bruce Rauner is lying in his endlessly running commercial claiming […]

#TimesUp / #MeToo – not in Illinois!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Chicago Tribune has been doing great reporting and editorials on Mike Madigan’s problem: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-madigan-harassment-investigation-springfield-20180301-story.html Excerpt: I’m glad Madigan refuses to resign.   He doesn’t think hiding allegations of wide-spread sexual abuse in Springfield means he should. After he is re-elected by his precinct in November,  Democrats will need to vote him back […]

FRIDAY: GOP AG candidate in town

By:  Diane Benjamin Election season is heating up – it’s your JOB to know the candidates before you vote! I’m not sold on Erika Herald as the GOP candidate for Attorney General, mostly because she is backed by Bruce Rauner. Side note:  Why would anyone vote for Rauner when we KNOW he will lose in […]

Stand for your Right SUNDAY

Update:  Guns Save Lives will be participating:    http://www.gunssavelife.com/join-us-guns-rights-rally-sunday-bloomington-il/ By:  Diane Benjamin We have a GOD-given RIGHT to protect ourselves.  That RIGHT is enshrined in the Constitution. Sunday 1:30 in front of the BCPA in Bloomington: Stand up for your 2nd Amendment RIGHT. Bring signs and flags.  The rally should last until 3:00 I will be […]

Get Scott Laughlin some gun facts!

The 2nd amendment wasn’t written when the only guns were muskets! Scott Laughlin thinks today’s guns don’t qualify as a right.  He needs to know HISTORY. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/04/03/firearms-technology-and-the-original-meaning-of-the-second-amendment/?utm_term=.78e56d448119 Excepts: Gun-control advocates often argue that gun-control laws must be more restrictive than the original meaning of the Second Amendment would allow, because modern firearms are so different […]

IL GUN DAY WEDNESDAY:

Reprinted with permission from Guns Save Lives:   http://www.gunssavelife.com/il-gun-day-wednesday-age-limits-bump-stock-ban-extended-waiting-periods-ban-body-armor-high-caliber-ammo/ Age limits, bump stock ban, extended waiting periods and a ban on body armor and “high caliber” ammo Mike Madigan has quite a lineup ready for Illinois’ residents this Wednesday.  Despite government’s failure in Florida to protect those kids from a savage sicko, Madigan and the Chicago Democrat […]

More problems: Statement of Economic Interest

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed a FOIA request for all Statements of Economic Interests filed by candidates in 2017 with the County Clerk’s office. This is the file I received:  candidates SEI 2017 filings I compared the people who filed the SEI with the candidate list on the County Clerk’s website:  http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10946 Only one candidate is missing:  Rebecca […]

Unit 5: You work for those paying the bills!

By:  Diane Benjamin The next School Board meeting is January 10th, 7:00 pm at Chiddix Junior High, 300 S Walnut St, in Normal.   Website See the Unit 5 Public Comment policy HERE Public Comment at every meeting of a Public Body is LAW.  It’s called the Open Meetings Act.  If you read Unit 5’s Public Comment policy […]

“Welcoming Ordinance” Glitch

By:  Diane Benjamin Not In Our Town didn’t care when the mayor of Bloomington abused numerous citizens with vile comments.  They didn’t care when he attacked an elected alderman.  He used his position to intimidate people with different opinions.  How is that any different than Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, and Harvey Weinstein?  Because sex isn’t […]

Sustainable? nope

By:  Diane Benjamin Government help frequently makes the problem worse. There is no clearer case than Connect Transit! Keep in mind the Federal Government is funding this lunacy at your expense across the country. The below was an addendum to last month’s agenda:  PDF page 3    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQubmxRRUsxaHZicFU/view   65% funding is the same as 2017.  […]

$7000 for one day

By:  Diane Benjamin On November 6, 2017 Normal had this payment on the meeting documentation:   http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2772 I filed a Freedom of Information request for details.  See the response here:  Invoice for Camp Workshop CAMP stands for Commissioner Assistance & Mentoring Program.  The full name of the Payee is  National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.. It looks like Normal […]

Atlanta Library gets a “free” building

By:  Diane Benjamin Video here:  https://blnnews.com/2017/11/17/video-atlanta-library-meeting-11-16-2017/ This meeting was rescheduled from last Thursday when the Agenda had not been posted as required under the Open Meetings Act. No one who spoke during Public Comment was excited about the “Donation of Union Hall” agenda item.  The best comment was made by a gentleman who ended his remarks […]

Why jobs and people leave Illinois

By:  Diane Benjamin The Technology and Manufacturing Association released their Legislative Scorecard today showing legislative support in Illinois for manufacturing. From the report: Illinois has been at the heart of transportation, distribution, and manufacturing for decades. Yet, we are losing one resident every 4.6 minutes – 114,000 in 2016 alone. Those moving out of state include members […]

Dump Rauner for Jeanne Ives

By:  Diane Benjamin Bruce Rauner has accomplished little for Illinois, now add he declared Illinois a sanctuary state and forced pro-life people to pay for abortions.  He is mistaken to believe his base will support him for another 4 years.  We have been betrayed by Rauner and we will not forget. We have a better […]

Connect Transit: September Fleece

By:  Diane Benjamin See the September report here:     https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQuX0JzckFHNFZJV1k/view Revenue from riders doesn’t come close to pay the wages of the employees:   The total operating loss appears to not be a red flag for anybody: Government can’t come up with a way to transport people without losing $833,895 in one month? The loss […]

Citizens Fight Back: Logan County

By:  Diane Benjamin Logan County has more than it’s share of problems.  I’ve written a few stories about the Atlanta Public Library: https://blnnews.com/2017/10/13/the-citizens-of-atlanta-saved-themselves-200000/ https://blnnews.com/2017/10/13/atlanta-library-makes-huge-oma-violation/ https://blnnews.com/2017/07/13/atlanta-more-small-town-shenanigans/ These stories barely touch the surface of the problems in not only Atlanta, but now Lincoln. All the controversy revolves around one guy:  Bill Thomas. If the name sounds familiar, […]

Fun Facts (or not so fun facts)

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington population:  78,005 Normal Population:  54,264 Bloomington Total Budget:  $214,126,710 PDF Page 2:  http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=13155 Normal Total Budget:  $107,133,177 PDF Page 15   http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/11571 Normal has 30% fewer citizens. Normal budgets 50% of what Bloomington does. Bloomington spends $2,745 for every citizens Normal spends $1,974 for every citizen Bloomington total debt 4/30/16:  270,629,828 http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/ProcessSearchResults.cfm?DisplayMode=GETAFR&AFRDesiredData=Indebtedness&Code=064/025/30&CFY=2016&Menu=Yes&PrintIt=No 4/30/17 information […]

Health Dept: Palms Grill’s Nasty Drain

By:  Diane Benjamin I heard some citizens of Atlanta Il have witnessed employees of the Palms Grill pouring grease down a drain behind the restaurant.  The last time the Edgar County Watchdogs and I were in Atlanta, we decided to check it out. The smell emanating from the drain was the vilest stench I’ve ever […]

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 […]

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? […]

Ethics!

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois Law requires every level of government adopt an Ethics Ordinance.  Even though it has been brought to Bloomington’s attention, they do not have an ethic ordinance on their website.  When asked who the Ethics Officer is – I believe we were told David Hales.  I did find this on the City […]

Wind Energy caused White Oak Twp Tax Increase

By:  Diane Benjamin White Oak Township met to raise taxes last night.  They voted by referendum because the Township needs more money.  The Agenda lists the increase “not to exceed” .167%: The reason given for the tax increase is: Wind farm revenue is decreasing!  The State is also late paying Motor Fuel Tax. Not surprising, […]

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