(Dis) Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin The financial statements from the year that ended June 30, 2018 are still not on the website.  No audits are posted under Financial Information.  What are they hiding?    https://www.connect-transit.com/about/financial_information.asp The empty buses came REALLY close to losing $1,000,000 in January:  PDF page 7  https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/Meetings/Packets/RevisedFebruary%2026,%202019%20Board%20Packet.pdf   The money borrowed from capital funds […]

UPDATE: The Hales Coliseum coverup

This is another story where Hales claims the Coliseum had CLEAN audits:  http://ilnews.org/9870/financial-probe-of-coliseums-former-manager-may-involve-concession-money/ They weren’t clean, concessions were NEVER audited, and Hales refused to protect taxpayer money. _____________________________________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin According to this September 12th Pantagraph article, City Manager David Hales claims the Coliseum audits have always received a clean opinion:  http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/state-police-city-investigating-coliseum-operations/article_6e1ae325-da35-5573-845a-454e9b4c8031.html David Hales […]

Transparency: Normal vrs Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight the Normal Town Council will get a presentation on their newly released financial statements.  Included in the presentation is all correspondence from the auditor. Here is the difference between Normal and Bloomington:  I used to get the same information from Bloomington – last year they denied my FOIA.  If you don’t […]

More Bloomington (lack of) Transparency

By:  Diane Benjamin See this document – page 16 – 26  2015 Audit Communication The title: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS CONTROL DEFICIENCIES This report is from the City of Bloomington’s auditors.  Every other year I have reported on these “Control Deficiencies”, many are reported year after year after year with nothing being done to fix the […]

Transparency Fallacy

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington now believes “Citizens don’t have a right to know”.  The local media is told what to report and they dutifully comply. Here’s the latest example: I’ve written before about deficiencies in Internal Controls at the City.  In English – the Auditors found the City isn’t doing enough to […]

Is Bloomington finally fighting fraud?

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight the City of Bloomington is holding an Executive Session, another one of their secret meetings.  Under the Open Meetings Act, they cited this section as the reason for the meeting: (29) Meetings between internal or external auditors      and governmental audit committees, finance committees, and their equivalents, when the discussion involves […]