Normal: A Council of Frauds

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch the discussion of Stan Nord’s plat beginning with a speech by Mayor (hypocrite) Koos at 1:06:43.  The entire discussion is lenthy, get a cup of coffee and get comfortable. Kathleen Lorenz, Kevin McCarthy, Chemberly Cummings and the mayor all wanted Nord to pay a price for ignoring Town orders.  Attn Frauds:  […]

Snow removal too expensive?

by:  Diane Benjamin I’ve heard the big snow removal in Bloomington may have cost $169,000.  Most people think that is the job of government: doing what people CAN’T do for themselves.  Out of a budget of at least $169 million, $169,000 can’t be found?  Cut a few of the studies recently approved, and there you […]

Aggregation Bids: Bloomington

by:  Diane Benjamin I finally obtained the bids from Tari Renner.  The Bloomington Freedom of Information Officer was evidently too busy to copy. As previously reported, Bloomington opted for 100% Renewable.  Electricity is not storable, so it is impossible to determine the source of the power.  The turbines East of Bloomington are frequently turned off […]

Fly on the Wall: Lee Rudolph

This  progressive tried to intimate a new conservative on the Bloomington City Council with a short Letter to the Editor. What are you afraid of Lee?  Government not spending enough of the citizens money?  Do you actually believe government makes better decisions than citizens?  If you think government control of electricity is so great – […]

The uniformed fall for anything

by:  Diane Benjamin As I predicted, Homefield Energy won the bid for aggregating Bloomington’s electricity.  Of course Ameren (parent company of Homefield) was going to bid low, that cuts out the competition faster than actually working for peoples business. Worse is Bloomington’s claim they signed up for 100% renewable energy.  Unless the local bikers are […]

More on Aggregation

by Diane Benjamin As reported previously (https://blnnews.com/2012/12/18/aggregation-follow-the-money/), Electricity rates were deregulated in Illinois in 2007.  Many smaller companies formed to give consumers choices in suppliers – thus competition led to lower rates.  Ameren and Co-Ed saw their monopolies disappearing, so they talked Springfield into aggregation.  Since so many cities have approved it, monopoly restored!  The cities are also happy because they […]