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 https://smartasset.com/financial-advisor/least-stressed-cities-in-america-2019 Bloomington made the list! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the real unemployment rate is:    https://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.il_bloomington_msa.htm Since the survey claims they are using 2017 data, see the REAL unemployment rates in […]

One you must see to believe!

By:  Diane Benjamin The below is from the Planned Unit Developments section of Bloomington’s proposed zoning changes http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=19956 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.    https://blnnews.com/2018/08/22/women-evidently-this-is-for-you/ 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:     https://blnnews.com/2018/03/17/more-on-uptown-circle/ At that time Zillow showed 16 apartments for rent.  It now shows 14 ranging from $1650 and month to $4200:     https://www.zillow.com/b/1-uptown-circle-normal-il-9J8XNH/ Public Comment on items other than the Welcoming Ordinance was at […]

Bloomington buying more property

By:  Diane Benjamin PDF page 447:   http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15814 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.    http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/affordable-housing-pitched-for-ex-coachman-site/article_e11f52ca-39cd-5465-936d-1f2873a4567e.html The City is planning […]

Government needs MORE money

By:  Diane Benjamin Alderman Amelia Buragas on WJBC:  http://cdn.stationcaster.com/stations/wjbc/media/mpeg/Amelia_Buragas__Bloomington_Alderwoman__12_17_15-1450373042.mp3 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 […]