Normal: 4-20-20

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Peoria is facing a $31 million deficit because of COVID-19: Normal is missing close to half of their population because of college closures.  What is their deficit?  (crickets) Since bills were not included in the last packet, there are two lists in this one. Previously Normal paid […]

The funniest thing you will read today

By:  Diane Benjamin A website called SmartAsset just published a new list of: The Least-Stressed Cities in America – 2019 Edition Bloomington made the list! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the real unemployment rate is: Since the survey claims they are using 2017 data, see the REAL unemployment rates in […]

Poverty and the League of Women Voters

By:  Diane Benjamin The League of Women Voters is holding an event tomorrow:   See details here: An ISU student is on the panel to reveal poverty as a college student! (No comment required) The purpose of this forum is to set up future events: Upcoming programs include: “Affordable Housing: How Do We Get […]

One you must see to believe!

By:  Diane Benjamin The below is from the Planned Unit Developments section of Bloomington’s proposed zoning changes Public Health means walking or biking, cars aren’t allowed.  Safety?  How safe is Constitution Trail? This one is funny:  Morals Brought to you by the same people  hosting the Naked Magicians at the BCPA. Evidently the […]

Wrong side of the tracks

By:  Diane Benjamin In March I posted a story concerning the “luxury” apartments in the new building on Uptown Circle: At that time Zillow showed 16 apartments for rent.  It now shows 14 ranging from $1650 and month to $4200: Public Comment on items other than the Welcoming Ordinance was at […]

Bloomington buying more property

By:  Diane Benjamin PDF page 447: Monday night the City wants to buy a house adjacent to the old Coachman Hotel property.  The address is 404 E Washington. Less than a month ago a developer talked about building “affordable” housing on the Coachman property which the City also owns. The City is planning […]

Government needs MORE money

By:  Diane Benjamin Alderman Amelia Buragas on WJBC: Apartment owners in Bloomington currently pay around $30 a year to register their property.  Buragus wants a small increase to $65-$75.  According to Amelia, Bloomington should be charging at least as much as Normal!  She also mentions Urbana.  How much does Champaign charge Amelia?  I don’t […]

Affordable Housing guilt trip

By:  Diane Benjamin Here’s the latest craze in Bloomington-Normal:  If you can’t afford local housing prices, government has a responsibility to help you. Nothing about personal responsibility.  Nothing about doing whatever it takes to support yourself.  Wealth redistribution is the obvious answer.  It’s immaterial if a permanent underclass of people living on subsidies is created […]

Affordable Housing COMMON SENSE

By:  Diane Benjamin The League of Women Voters is decrying (through the bird-cage liner) the lack of affordable housing in Bloomington-Normal. In an Editorial today some obvious flaws in logic are more than apparent. The League claims housing should be 30% of income.  That means somebody making $600 per month would need to pay $200, […]