Normal will violate the law Monday night

By:  Diane Benjamin The only reason units of government have been allowed to meet on-line instead of in person is because of Gov. Pritzker’s Executive orders:  https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/government/execorders/executive-orders.aspx#y2020 Everything on that page was ruled illegal last Thursday! Pritzker’s authority to act like a dictator expired 30 days after his first proclamation.  He made NO attempt to […]

Darren Bailey won! Pritzker cooked

The Clay County judge ruled today that any orders issued by Pritzker past the 30 days given to him by law are invalid! There are now no limitations on ANYONE in the State of Illinois.  You are open, open, open.  This applies to schools too – Illinois can not require masks. This also voids any […]

Bloomington: 5 years and no news?

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington bought this property almost 5 years ago just to control who built on it: The address is 807 N Main, the site of the old Mennonite hospital. In May of 2019 the Council voted to list it for sale with Coldwell Banker after they tried to sell it on a national […]

Attn: Black Lives Matter

Ask Angela Fyans what she is hiding from her time with Sorling Northrop.  She is now a City of Bloomington lawyer. The Bloomington police did an amazing job stopping your looters, unlike Normal.  That doesn’t mean problems don’t exist in the department.  You will find out soon, with or without what is still hidden.  It […]

Ward 5 – they are coming for you next

By:  Diane Benjamin The local elections next year could give the radicals complete control of Bloomington.  Right now they have 2 out of 9 seats, 5  and the mayor up for election next April.  The radicals will be running candidates, all they need is 3 more seats to turn the Bloomington into their Marxist utopia. […]

Democrats vrs Black Lives Matter

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington Council meeting will reconvene Wednesday at 7:30.  Technical difficulties were experienced with the Live Stream.  Instead of having the meeting anyway and posting video today, the meeting was rescheduled. That was a good thing because it allowed Jenn Carrillo and Jeff Crabill to comment on a Live event […]

Bloomington tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1079&Inline=True The McLean County Regional Planning Commission  is getting paid by Bloomington: Look at where most of their funding comes from.  Who do you think they are really working for? Does the below apply to Vision Zero?  Not when the contract says information is confidential!  https://blnnews.com/2020/06/20/julie-hiles-contract/ End of an era for the […]

Julie Hile’s contract

By: Diane Benjamin Normal paid the McLean County Regional Planning Commission $54,000 as their last meeting:  https://blnnews.com/2020/06/13/normals-asininity/ I previously wrote about Julie Hile’s involvement with the MCRPC here:  https://blnnews.com/2020/05/21/progressive-julie-hile/ I received a copy of the contract Hile signed with the MCRPC.  See it here:  Vision_Zero_Contract-HG-20190619_(Final_Executed)_redacted Excerpts: The contract was sign in July of 2019, so […]

Don’t forget who won’t let you work

By:  Diane Benjamin Indiana is open.  I know locals who have driven to the Beef House right across the border to sit down for a good meal. Iowa is open for full capacity in-restaurant dining. Wisconsin is open after their Supreme Court ruled the governor’s actions illegal. Illinois has Pritzker’s boot on everybody’s neck, he […]

Starkly Different Biblical views

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting was over 3 hours, it included a Township meeting that started at 5:00.  The longest discussion was about the Community Development Block Grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Stop for a second and think about this program.  The Feds take your money […]

Bloomington tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1075&Inline=True Delayed because of Memorial Day, tonight’s meeting starts with a Proclamation against gun violence: See the whole document Renner will probably read on PDF page 11.    Note the last 3 words above.  Gun violence isn’t caused by guns, the person holding the gun is the problem.  We don’t value unborn life […]

What about the money Bloomington owes VenuWorks?

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington has been paying VenuWorks $4,999.98 sporadically since 2016, payments are marked loan principle.  This story says why:   https://blnnews.com/2016/10/06/so-bloomington-claims/ The short version:  VenuWorks paid John Butler (CIAM) for equipment at the Coliseum.  The City is reimbursing them for that purchase.  The total was $299,999, no interest, payments over 5 […]

WOW! So close Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin If only they had spent a little more on consulting and architects for bus stops, they could have made it to $1,000,000 lost in ONE MONTH: Cost per trip is now a whooping $9.26, last April it was $3.30. Cost for Connect Mobility is far worse:  $117.13 per rider.  Last year it […]

Why brush is on the street

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a reader Bloomington taxpayers are forced to pay the City for hauling garbage, recycling, and brush.  There is no competition so service can be whatever the City decides it is, and they got the Council to pass automatic increases to spare the embarrassment of taking votes. The situation below is not […]

Bloomington recap

By:  Diane Benjamin Tim Gleason started the meeting with a COVID update: The City has used $2 million of $4 million in excess reserves.  They won’t have a clear picture of the hit to the budget until June or July. Police respond to all calls of violation of shelter in place.  They attempt to gain […]

Take Action Now: Tyrant Pritzker!

By:  Diane Benjamin Dictator Pritzker is playing politics while Illinois burns.  It is obvious now the shutdown in Illinois was never about bending the curve.  It is about trashing the economy in hopes of a huge bailout while crushing small businesses and people deemed non-essential. Congratulation democrats – you elected a dictator.   Proof:  Raising taxes […]

Need a reason to never go to downtown Bloomington?

By:  Diane Benjamin Committee of Whole meeting 5/18  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1076&Inline=True Alderman Mathy doesn’t understand people don’t want to pay for parking.  That is why strip malls and other shopping options are where people go – not downtown. Mathy has 3 Council initiatives for the Council.  They will vote Yes they want to hear more or NO […]

This one is for law enforcement

By:  Diane Benjamin With threats from Pritzker, Koos, and Renner to call out law enforcement to keep people and businesses from exercising their Constitutional Rights, it is time to remember your oath of office.  It wasn’t to Pritzker, Koos, or Renner. The only power government has is from the Consent of the Governed.  See the […]

Another private parade

By:  Diane Benjamin City of Bloomington employees held another birthday party parade today.  This time is was for a 12 year old girl – golden birthday. She is also the daughter of a City employee! The vehicles were staged on private property, they didn’t ask permission before using it.  Isn’t that called TRESPASSING? Maybe the […]

Bloomington: 2019 vrs 2020

By:  Diane Benjamin Total Bills and Payroll approved at the first meeting in May of 2019: Total Bills and Payroll for approval Monday: Employees are getting paid as usual, other spending is WAY down. This wouldn’t exist if the Bloomington Election Commission had been abolished FYI Either the fireworks show is going to be a […]

Koos has no power, neither does the Governor

By:  Diane Benjamin READ all the way to the bottom please! The tyrants keeping Illinois shut down have no basis in the law to continue doing so. Start with Chris Koos – his original ordinance #5804:    http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/16424/ORD-5824—Emergency-Authorization—032320?bidId= That ordinance references: Koos is basing his Executive Powers on the Governor’s Executive Order.  What does the […]

East Peoria Mayor is leading

By:  Diane Benjamin Media was quick to report East Peoria is moving forward with reopening their City.  WEEK Live streamed Mayor John Kahl’s press conference on May 1st.  The only place I have been able to find it is on the East Peoria’s Facebook page. What I have not heard in any media report is […]

Defeated again

By:  Diane Benjamin The local beggars held another weekly call Wednesday night.   Alderman Jeff Crabill wants the Council to be compassionate and cough up money.  https://week.com/2020/04/29/despite-setback-twin-city-coalition-resumes-battle-to-ease-covid-19-economic-stress/ Excerpt: I could make an extensive list of how government has no compassion, but that isn’t necessary here. Also according to the article, these groups made up the attendees: […]

The entitled show up to shame 

By:  Diane Benjamin Public comment last night was loaded with those who think they are entitled to tax dollars.  Yes people have lost jobs and yes paying bills is next to impossible, but that doesn’t make them entitled to anything.  The good socialists showed up en masse to criticize the FIVE Council members who voted […]

Bloomington: Business as mostly usual

By:  Diane Benjamin Make sure you read to the bottom! http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1069&Inline=True Monday there is an ordinance up for approval to prorate refunds paid for video gaming licenses since these businesses are closed.  See PDF page 374.  Anybody else hold a license you can’t use?  Demand a refund too, equality supposedly matters. PDF page 372 has […]

Bloomington: How is this Justice?

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch the Pledge of Allegiance at 1:55:00.  The only part where Jenn’s lips move is “Liberty and Justice for All”.  She obviously has no clue where liberty comes from, she must think government grants freedom, of course government must also give justice for her hommies too. Two years ago I did a […]

Alinsky Monday: Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin City of Bloomington has a Committee of Whole meeting Monday.  Agenda:  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1072&Inline=True On the agenda: How the Budget Overview is presented will be fascinating.  If it is “sugar-coated” it will be to promote the discussion following.  Tax revenue has to be plummeting:  Income tax, Sales Tax, Food and Beverage Taxes, Hotel/Motel Tax, […]

The difference couldn’t be more clear

By:  Diane Benjamin The local political parties elected their leadership this week.  The Republicans picked Connie Beard for a second term.  Connie works in the private sector.  The Republicans previous leader was John Parrott.  He worked in the private sector. The Democrats chose Nikita Richards.  She works for the City of Bloomington.  Their previous chairman […]

Bloomington on Zoom!

By:  Diane Benjamin Citizens were spared from a long line of people wanting the City to fork over your money.  Most of public comment was emailed, those were forwarded to the Aldermen but not read out loud.  One of the comments was called in, the form aid would take is never mentioned.  Stan Nord also […]