Did Koos con the Connect Transit Working Group?

By:  Diane Benjamin Thanks to the Pantagraph for pointing out that Chris Koos serves on the Advisory Board of Transportation for America.  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/watch-now-normal-mayor-chris-koos-nominated-for-amtrak-board-of-directors/article_f7dc9015-4f0a-512f-9117-e35eb5af8b0e.html Who is Transportation for America? http://t4america.org/about/ Smart Growth America is the consultant who never finished what they were hired for with the Connect To The Future Working Group. Think back.  Many citizens […]

Important! – Don’t miss this one: The rest of Normal’s fleece

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal Mayor Chris Koos was nominated by Sen Dick Durbin to the Amtrak Board of Directors.  Amtrak and Koos are a perfect fit.  It does mean that Koos can no longer participate in discussions about building an underpass since all decisions involve Amtrak.  See PDF page 5:  http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/12829/2017-Purchasing-Policy-Manual-x?bidId= Amtrak will be paying […]

Mike Matejka leaves out some FACTS

By: Diane Benjamin You will probably remember Matejka as a former Bloomington Alderman. During his tenure he voted FOR the Coliseum and FOR the never used fire station. If he could get your money to fork over to union members with a government project he was all in. Now he is at it again. It […]

Why was Subway’s rent lowered?

By:  Diane Benjamin PDF page 41  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2891 The Subway located inside Uptown Station isn’t prospering as expected.  It might have something to do with the Town not allowing them to have a sign visible from the street so people know they are there.   From the discussion last Monday, the Town may allow them to use Sandwich […]

13 votes: Congrats Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin The next Normal Town Council meeting will be Wednesday because of the holiday.  See the packet HERE From the agenda: Amtrak can’t afford to buy a “tram” to move handicapped people from the south platform, across Broadway, and up the north platform – so the Town taxpayers are buying it for them.  Don’t […]

Normal: Showing up?

By:  Diane Benjamin The last thing the Normal Council wants to see tonight is a large number of citizens telling them to knock off the spending.  Fritzen and McCarthy have made it clear that debt isn’t a problem.  They consider themselves much smarter than the people who voted for Marc Tiritilli. Do they handle their […]

Normal’s Rental Properties

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed a FOIA with the Town of Normal after learning they paid more than $7000 a year in property taxes on the property leased to Dan Brady for $1 a year. What I received appears to be missing some information, but below is what I have figured out so far.  It […]

Amtrak: The rest of the story

by:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I posted some horror tidbits from a guy riding Amtrak.  Today He copied me on an email he sent to Amtrak with the rest of the story.  Keep in mind while reading it that Amtrak is heavily subsidized with your tax money.  Agencies funded by government doesn’t have to give good […]

CNN story: The only thing ‘high speed’ about ‘high speed rail’ so far is the speed at which the money is being spent

By Doug Powers  •  March 27, 2013 11:57 AM Joe Biden once laughingly (does Joe say anything that isn’t?) referred to former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as the “conductor of the train to the future.” According to the CNN story below, the “train to the future” is a boondoggle — a slow boondoggle — so slow that it just got […]