Looting in Normal, don’t ask questions

By:  Diane Benjamin Videos of the looting at Target are all over Facebook.  Obviously most of the people involved have not been arrested, but worse the videos show police did little to stop it. A resident of Normal had questions – note he sent this email to the entire Council, Mayor and City Manager: Doug […]

Punting to a Tyrant

By:  Diane Benjamin Somewhere I heard it stated:  Illinois will open when the people want it to open.  Your elected officials aren’t going to help, they are bowing before Pritzker’s tyrannical rule. The County Board debated for two hours last night.  Peoria and the other cities who put together the HOI plan have all backed […]

Why Normal billed taxpayers $154,120

By:  Diane Benjamin Think all the way back to March 16, 2020.  That was pre-shutdown and the Normal Town Council was still meeting in person.  The staff got raises at this meeting and the Council was forced to approve a site plan for Stan Nord’s property.  It isn’t in Uptown so different rules apply – […]

WJBC former host Scott Laughlin

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a reader Twitter can be a great place to express your true feelings thinking nobody will notice, especially when you respond to a Donald Trump tweet.  A reader of mine did notice. WJBC has always been at least suspected of leaning left, maybe it was really FAR left: Former morning host […]

Fake News

By:  Diane Benjamin This story could go 1000 different ways.  Most readers here know Fake News when they see it. The local media doesn’t. This morning two women on a local radio station were discussing how distressing it is to be called Fake News since they are in the media. A month or so ago […]

Mike Matejka leaves out some FACTS

By: Diane Benjamin You will probably remember Matejka as a former Bloomington Alderman. During his tenure he voted FOR the Coliseum and FOR the never used fire station. If he could get your money to fork over to union members with a government project he was all in. Now he is at it again. It […]

How much the ARENA really lost

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember the celebrations when VenuWorks announced they ONLY lost $276,367? They budgeted a loss of $495,514, so everybody happily reported they lost less than expected.  See PDF page 27:  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=23151 Long time readers won’t be surprised to learn the auditors didn’t agree with the  VenuWorks accounting. The audited financial report has appeared […]

Redacted emails – WMDB

By:  Diane Benjamin If you listened to Tari Renner’s WJBC interview yesterday, you heard him mention “real journalists” not following up on what bloggers report.  WMDB TV was at the council meeting when both Kirk Allen and I spoke. Yesterday:  https://blnnews.com/2019/10/16/tari-on-wjbc-3/ See these redacted emails received by FOIA.  What is Nora telling the POLICE CHIEF  concerning […]

UPDATE: Tari on WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin Ol’ Mayor Renner called “bloggers” liars this morning on the Scott Miller show.  So far I haven’t been able to find a podcast.  If somebody sees it please let me know! This link was posted in the comments:  https://post.futurimedia.com/wjbcam/playlist/2/listen-233.html?cb=1571239016.737804 Tari also complained about negative reporting by bloggers.  I thought I would do […]

Proof of a Cover-Up?

By:  Diane Benjamin I received a lot of information from a FOIA filed with the City of Bloomington.  Almost everything is redacted including discussion of Holiday Decorations for downtown.  That must be a state secret! This is what you get when you pay a law firm in Springfield almost $60,000 every month! (pre Tari the […]

Kirk Allen’s Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin You can watch Public Comment on the City website, but I filmed Kirk’s comments from a different perspective.  Kirk spoke to Council several years ago and his comments were mysteriously cut – just him – the video worked fine for all the other people.  That was one reason I filmed him. Another […]

WJBC – Scott Miller & Tari Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner was on WJBC this morning.  Since Scott did a lot of the talking, it’s was hard to tell who was interviewing who. Miller is upset the Kimberly Bray didn’t use the Spanish pronunciation of Jenn’s last name last Monday.  Maybe Kim just Americanized it since we are in America.  Jenn […]

Rodney Davis – WJBC

I know most of you aren’t listening!  Just an FYI By:  Diane Benjamin I have never been a big Rodney Davis fan.  At times he does the right thing and at times he’s part of the swamp.  He does know a few things about mass shootings though since he was in one on a Virginia […]

Flashback: May 11, 2016 Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin WJBC has reported Tari Renner wants to end the moratorium on new video gaming  machines: http://www.wjbc.com/2019/07/29/renner-sides-with-businesses-seeking-to-end-bloomingtons-video-gaming-freeze/ I remember when the moratorium was put in place, Tari was outraged that $50 million a year went into the machines.  It sounds like he changed his mind. Back in 2016 Tari was on WJBC talking […]

Feeling okay Koos?

By. Diane Benjamin This sage started with a planted story at WGLT, it needed 3 reporters to write it:    koos-says-nord-went-lone-wolf-fire-department-merger-uptown-recruitment Then it got funnier when the Pantagraph decided it was news:  koos-nord-acted-alone-to-poach-bloomington-business Somebody please check on Chris.  Make sure he isn’t suicidal or buying a gun.  He’s obviously lost his mind over Stan Nord. […]

No Reimbursement for Lake Bloomington Fire – yet

By:  Diane Benjamin Original story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/23/the-lake-bloomington-fire/ I filed this FOIA request for additional information on the Lake Bloomington fire: Below are answers to two of the three questions: Four months after the fire the City has received zero from insurance.  I believe they have bought everything they plan to replace except the building.  I have […]

Fireworks at Bloomington Council

By:  Diane Benjamin Jenn Carrillo had her “pride” flag at the beginning of the meeting.  She sits right next to the mayor, he said nothing.  Maybe he doesn’t know displaying a personal flag that is larger than the American flag is offensive and violates the US Flag Code.  If you missed last night’s story, see […]

WOW! Bill Brady exposed

By:  Diane Benjamin Before I get to Billy, did you know Robert Brady Sr filed bankruptcy?   This discharge report lists everyone who got taken by Brady:  Brady Discharge – with creditor list What’s Billy up to?  Every wonder how politicians earn a paycheck and somehow end up rich after they have been in office awhile? […]

Stan Nord on WJBC this morning

By:  Diane Benjamin Stan Nord was on WJBC this morning with Scott Miller.  The article below only recaps the conversation they had about Connect Transit. Nord also explained why he paid the tap-on fees instead of filing a lawsuit.  The conversation ended with Stan asking both Bloomington and Normal to eliminate their Local Motor Fuel […]

How much did the fire cost?

By:  Diane Benjamin I still haven’t seen any media coverage of the fire at Lake Bloomington.  That would make sense if the loss was inconsequential, but it wasn’t: Source:  Fire Inventory by Category Note:  The above document contains $6,300 for personal items. The worksheet does not include replacing the building. The City paid $11,500 to […]

TV spotlight on Renner and Nord

By:  Diane Benjamin Step back to last Friday – Tari Renner’s Open House.  Both WJBC and the Pantagraph had reporters there, they failed to do a story on what happened or Tari’s racist comment.  They have now allowed time for Tari to formulate a response.   Lost in this conversation are the people who attended to […]

Want context Tari? Here it is

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner and his supporters are trying to claim the video I posted of him was taken out of context.  Actually, with more context it is worse.  Watch the video and listen to the reaction of those present.  Tari was smiling, nobody else was.              

People who need Connect Transit deserve better

By:  Diane Benjamin I had the unfortunate experience of needing to drive around Bloomington today.  I decided to actually look for the Connect Transit flags signifying a stop. Head west on Lincoln from Veterans Parkway.  There are so many flags a bus could probably idle between them! The only one I saw that might be […]

Update: If Connect Transit meets tomorrow – they will be breaking the law

Meeting is rescheduled to June 4th. By:  Diane Benjamin From the Connect Transit website – they have a monthly meeting scheduled for tomorrow: https://www.connect-transit.com/about/trustees/packet.asp The agenda MUST be posted 48 hours in advance to comply with the Open Meetings Act.  It isn’t posted, therefore they must cancel the meeting: Did they fail to post it […]

Media and the Lake Bloomington Fire

By:  Diane Benjamin The fire at a City owed building at Lake Bloomington was on March 10th.  Below is one of the emails I received by FOIA: Another email identified Mr. Penn as John Penn.  I wonder if he is still waiting for the Pantagraph to report the fire? Just so you have a small […]

Tari’s obsession (Connect Transit)

By:  Diane Benjamin According to Renner’s interview this morning on WJBC he has been plotting since December to appoint Amelia Buragas and Justin Boyd to the Connect Transit Board. He wants two people who know economic development and have experience spending millions of dollars.  (his words)  Keep in mind, Amelia wanted to tear down a […]

Trail East: Stealing Bloomington jobs

By:  Diane Benjamin The proposed building on Uptown Circle will result in the loss of historic buildings on Beaufort – and the mural. What does Normal Get? Farnsworth Group and AFNI jobs will relocate from Bloomington.  No new jobs.  No growth for the area, just destruction of the mural and historic buildings. Is the war […]

Character: Koos vrs Tiritilli

By:  Diane Benjamin As reported yesterday, at Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting Marc Tiritilli asked Mayor Koos about the vacant seat representing Normal on the Connect Transit Board.  Marc claimed he asked for the appointment 5 weeks ago, the seat is still empty at a time it needs filled.  Many citizens are not happy with […]

Renner and Gun Violence

By:  Diane Benjamin This is one of those stories I meant to write days ago but didn’t get to it.  Since yesterday was Illinois Gun Lobby Day in Springfield, today I got to it.    Thousands of people were in Springfield:   https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/thousands-of-gun-owners-turn-out-for-lobbying-day-in/article_ed1c396a-50d5-11e9-b951-dfdb2efccee9.html?fbclid=IwAR3AfotxEgqUQ8WjZ30146IZdbBimEozGIk5d77gUK16Lbzq3CpfwvUJZOs There is one thing Democrats don’t get: Criminals don’t care about laws Last […]

Lent and Economic Development

By:  Diane Benjamin Wednesday nights used to be off limits for school and government activities because many people attended church activities. “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to […]