District 87: How about some current spending?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are the charges made in April and May 2019 – by person.  I’m going to dissect each one. Sam’s Club – no receipt Lowes:   The receipt is labeled “Skills USA”.  It includes Sales Tax of $33.92. Home Depot:  $598, the receipt doesn’t say what the “miter” equipment is for.  No sales. […]

Chateau Hotel and Conference Center

By:  Diane Benjamin Start over folks!  The City didn’t just buy the Jumer’s Conference Center.  The original lease for the Conference Center was dated in 1987.  Documents from that long ago are not on-line, but I imagine they did what Normal did with the Marriott:  The hotel is owned by the operators and Normal owns […]

More Bloomington Brilliance

See the follow-up story:  https://blnnews.com/2019/06/13/chateau-hotel-and-conference-center/ By:  Diane Benjamin Remember at the end of May when I reported the City owns the Jumer’s Conference Center?    https://blnnews.com/2019/05/28/value-of-city-properties-2019/ It looks like $3 million was sunk into it. So what is its status? The City is leasing it and getting NOTHING for it.  From my FOIA cover document: […]

District 87: July was FOOD month

By:  Diane Benjamin Received by FOIA:  08-2017 The Walmart charges are for 48 of these, no mention of who is using them or why they were bought separately.  The other highlighted items are for eclipse glasses.   All of the below are food receipts – some not itemized.  Legally, all receipts must state the purpose of […]

District 87 spending your money

By:  Diane Benjamin On a tip from a reader I FOIA’d 2 years of credit card charges from District 87.  I’m not anywhere close to looking at everything yet.  I will post items I found as I go through the files. Start with this one from July 2017: No, Barry Reilly didn’t spend all that […]