Switching to Bloomington last night

By:  Diane Benjamin No one showed up for Public Comment last night at the Bloomington meeting! There is A LOT more to cover about Normal, I will get back to that meeting eventually. First on the Agenda was a presentation from VenuWorks.  I have no idea why this presentation is allowed instead of the AUDITED […]

New Bloomington Website – waste of YOUR space

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington is now posting information about meetings in a new place with a different presentation:  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1129   Instead of being able to view supporting documents on-line, everything now downloads automatically.  Either people will no longer look at the documentation or their computers will be clogged with a bunch of […]

IML’s latest Fleece

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve written many stories about the Illinois Municipal League.  This organization works for cities, not the people paying their bills.  This is their latest plan: It all sounds wonderful until you look at the facts. All of these funding numbers come from the Comptroller’s website, the latest numbers for Bloomington and Normal […]

Bloomington: Carrillo clipped

By:  Diane Benjamin Consent Agenda: 23:40 – Donna Boelen pulled the purchase of the garbage trucks to talk about the Henson Disposal bills.  She wanted clarification on why Henson was getting thousands a week from the City.  She asked if the contracts will expire soon so they can be renegotiated.  City Manager Gleason said internal […]

Sports Complex?

By:  Diane Benjamin Why did the Sports Complex come back?  It looks like it’s being pushed by the Convention and Visitors Bureau:  (CVB) That email was included in one of the FOIA request I received. Another email shows the Normal City Manager’s response to a citizens opposed to the complex. I redacted he name: Meanwhile, […]