Green Top – one of these doesn’t fit

By: Diane Benjamin Green Top Grocery has a program called Positive Change. Customers that bring their own bag get and token with which to “Vote” for a non-profit. There doesn’t appear to be any benefit of winning the “vote”. Instead of choosing non-profits that aren’t controversial, Green Top must want to alienate at least half […]

Correcting the Portillos myth ONE LAST TIME

By: Diane Benjamin Portillos didn’t get a dime of taxpayer money. Koos’s buddy did! Chris Koos wanted Portillos in Normal. I don’t know if he really believed it would be a destination as he claimed, but obviously it isn’t since other nearby cities also got a Portillos. Koos wanted the hotel where the restaurant is […]

The left has no values, or morals

By:  Diane Benjamin Campaign sign of conservatives and GOP candidates have been disappearing for years.  I’ve never heard of signs by Democrats disappearing.   When issues won’t win an election, the left isn’t above cheating. Two huge Trump/Pence signs have disappeared from the same location: Fox Creek Road and West Oakland.  Anybody in the area with […]

The business killer in Bloomington

By: Diane Benjamin Why would any business decide to locate in Bloomington when a member of the City Council retweeted this: Black Lives Matter lost all credibility when they bailed looters out of jail. People of all political persuasions know theft and destruction of other people’s property is wrong. Looks like Jenn thinks it’s fine. […]

Normal: Your hypocrisy is showing

By: Diane Benjamin Last Wednesday Normal passed ordinances limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people within the ISU campus area and additional bar and restaurant social distancing restrictions. This was in response to the skyrocketing infection rate of COVID in the campus and Uptown area. Town hall is located near the epicenter of the outbreak […]

Normal needs transparency!

By: Diane Benjamin This statement is in the Town of Normal code: No the Council can’t “waive” disclosure requirements, but that’s not the important part. The Open Meetings Act states they can’t vote on anything not disclosed 48 hours in advance. The code states the City Manger must know a week in advance what will […]

Normal is terrified of their Citizens

By: Diane Benjamin Start with One Normal Plaza. STAFF convinced the Council to instigate zoning changes. The area residents only want ONE THING – alcohol sales banned in the park. Drive through – it’s a park like setting with narrow roads and family atmosphere. They want it to stay a tranquil place. STAFF refused to […]

Enjoy the show Bloomington

by: Diane Benjamin Normal has an excellent chance of electing servant representatives next April. You do remember they used to be called PUBLIC SERVANTS, not tyrants with their own agenda? Bloomington not so much yet. Either everyone with morals and values is too busy working or they have left town. This guy claims he is […]

Normal plays health experts

By: Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council held a special meeting last night to address the COVID outbreak around campus. Guess what! Protests are exempt from regulations so as not to trample on the 1st Amendment. Funny how Normal has no problem trampling on YOUR rights under the 1st Amendment: …to petition the government for […]

The document you MUST see

By: Diane Benjamin Before I show you the whole document, you need to see the supporters names at the bottom: Many of those names will be familiar, the rest I might talk about in another story. One name doesn’t fit with the rest since he claims to be a Republican: Josh Barnett This proves the […]

Fly on the Wall – League of Women Voters

Flying around I heard the League has severed ties with WGLT to conduct local debates. Is WGLT too partisan for LOWV now? Will voters only get WGLT’s candidate interviews to base a vote on? Is the League going to make an announcement? Some organization needs to step up and hold debates! Meanwhile, the League still […]

Pam Reece drops the hammer on employees

By: Diane Benjamin Since Chris Koos has been dictating to citizens without any input from your elected officials, didn’t you already think the Town of Normal employees were required to wear masks at work? Evidently not. Remember why the shutdown happened? It was to keep the hospitals from being overwhelmed. It was never to keep […]

UPDATE: ISU Black Athletes Boycott

ISU has released a plan for social change! http://www.videtteonline.com/sports/illinois-state-releases-action-plan-for-social-change-in-response-to-athlete-boycott/article_80feef42-ebb2-11ea-a80e-db89545107d9.html?fbclid=IwAR2rk9FyaZB7wZw_nQHqTngKMG3YybfZvMkJyLLOHCN0meOpY6qeVrcoQpo ________________ By: Diane Benjamin ISU President Dietz declared ISU is a Social Justice University. https://blnnews.com/2020/06/02/dietz-social-justice-is-an-isu-priority/ Athletics Director Larry Lyons proclaimed he’s all in too: https://blnnews.com/2020/08/04/did-isus-larry-lyons-become-a-social-justice-warrior/ What neither understand is caving to progressives never ends. Hand them one victory they will want 5 more things. When they […]

More from Back The Blue

John Boch of Guns Save Life posted a nice recap on his website. It includes lots of pics and other information. Click below to see on on his website: PEACEFUL THANKS TO GUNS: Back the Blue in Bloomington sees big pro-police crowd, harassment of attendees entering and arrest of anti-cop heckler . . . . […]

Back the Blue Rally pics

These are just to give you and idea of how many people attended. counting was difficult because people were social distancing. Black Lives Matter only had a handful of people trying to disrupt the rally, we were too far away to hear them. h/t John Boch – Guns Save Life for these pics. h/t Sonny […]

Tomorrow: Back the Police!

There are more people who support the police than don’t. Those who do MUST show up at the rally tomorrow. Rep Darren Bailey will be speaking. Today he is at a rally in Charleston. The loony left is disrupting the event. Tomorrow they will be across the street, security will keep them out of the […]

Nikita Richards should be fired today

By: Diane Benjamin Nikita Richards is not only the chair of the local Democrat Party, she is an employee of the City of Bloomington in Human Resources. Yesterday she posted this on Facebook: Nikita just alienated all 130 Bloomington police officers. Nikita accused every officer of being unprofessional at best and racist at worst. How […]

Cannabis windfall?

By: Diane Benjamin Remember when cannabis was legalized in Illinois? Remember how the point system was suppose to award licenses to those most affected by past drug enforcement policies? https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/10/1/20894020/pot-marijuana-cannabis-shop-dispensary-license-illinois If those “disproportionately” affected planned to profit they thought wrong. Meanwhile local money is spent in Normal, but where does it go? https://www.streetinsider.com/Globe+Newswire/Jushi+Holdings+Inc.+Reports+Second+Quarter+2020+Financial+Results/17293320.html Jushi Holdings […]

Graffiti in Uptown

By: Diane Benjamin According to my millennial interpreter, this means happy and sad at the same time. The symbol is all over Uptown, there are also letters said to be a slur on police. Below are just a few examples: h/t: Two readers Maybe the Marxist teacher running for Bloomington City Council can provide further […]

Boot this Progressive

By: Diane Benjamin Some politicians have a really hard time leaving office. Progressives always have just one more project to complete, and then another, and then another. Progress must be made – problem is it’s “their vision” and not shared by the people paying the bills. Anybody craving an underpass? Chris Koos has joined this […]

Before you believe John Butler:

By: Diane Benjamin John Butler and his lawyers have been telling media John didn’t know his employees were stealing concession money. Evidently he’s such a great guy he agreed to a misdemeanor and paid $450,000 in restitution just because. That of course was after spending who knows how many thousands (hundreds of thousands?) on attorneys […]

John Butler – the Rest of the case

By: Diane Benjamin State’s Attorney Don Knapp just sent me the final documents. The City of Bloomington is getting $430,230. The Illinois Department of Revenue is getting $19,770. That’s where the $450,000 previously reported came from. Butler plead guilty to a Class A misdemeanor for manipulating concessions sales. BMI Concessions, operated by John Butler plead […]

Before anyone considers a mask ordinance – READ this

By: Diane Benjamin I’ve recently done two stories about the City of Leroy considering a mask ordinance. The Council voted it down. See this link: https://blnnews.com/2020/08/18/leroy-dont-trust-your-mayor/ A resident of Leroy received many documents by FOIA. I found this letter from the Police Chief Jason Williamson really good. All units of government considering torturing all their […]

Koos legacy will be tyranny

By: Diane Benjamin If the massive debt and failure to listen to citizens isn’t bad enough, ISU students will remember Mayor Chris Koos thinks he’s a doctor with the right to spew edicts that must be obeyed. He doesn’t, but that doesn’t stop him or the compliant businesses owners terrified of this tyrant. Only the […]

Bloomington: Did the Council just screw you?

By: Diane Benjamin Tari Renner attended the Township meeting held before the Council met at 6:00, but then left claiming he had an appointment. Maybe he didn’t want to discuss a mandatory mask ordinance. Several on the Council would jump at the chance to enforce draconian rules when we know where all the new cases […]