Supporting Downtown Neighborhoods +

By:  Diane Benjamin With the change to twice yearly bulk waste pickup, areas around downtown now look like this: The owner could call the City for pickup and pay $25 per bucket, or they can wait to be tagged by the City.  The tagged mess still won’t be picked up immediately because the City is […]

6 things you need to know

By:  Diane Benjamin 1) RC McBride asked to be excused from voting on payments to WGLT at last night’s Normal Council meeting since he is the General Manager.  He did vote on the Harmon Grants, 3 of which went to ISU, also his employer since WGLT is the campus NPR station. ISU, McBride, and the […]

Mental Health Alert!

By:  Diane Benjamin What sane people lose $961,115.06 in one month and think they deserve more money? https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z9J6Y41RLRkSNO-5bQwiJgGr6lSYnpGp/view PDF page 8: Connect Transit! On the Special Meeting agenda for Bloomington Monday: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15936 Starting on PDF page 17 Ends on page 35 – just something Farnsworth threw together for Connect Transit: The medium brown spot is […]

Guest Writer: Bike Lanes

The truth about adding bike lanes on Washington Street has little to do with safety, as Bike BloNo would have everyone believe. There are Illinois State Statutes as well as municipal codes governing the safe use of bicycles. https://www.activetrans.org/sites/files/Illinois%20statutes.pdf City Code Article XIX Regulations for Bicycles Chapter 29:  Section 158: Traffic Laws Apply to Persons Riding Bicycles. […]

Mob Rule

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington is now run by special interest groups.  The Council will pass a Citizens Advisory Board at the next meeting if only to pacify the large crowd that showed up last night and will show at the next meeting to intimidate them. Of course, the Council will pretend to not be intimidated. […]

Update: Illegals welcome, police questionable

Ask Tari to explain the contribution illegals make verses the cost:  https://www.nationaleconomicseditorial.com/2017/07/04/illegal-immigration-cost-illinois/ _______________________________________________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin Mayor Tari Renner wanted to lump 3 controversial items together at Monday night’s Council, but one got derailed.  The Council will consider: Bike Lanes on E. Washington to create congestion Welcoming ordinance for illegals The Citizens Advisory Board to […]

Pantagraph’s FRAUD, bikes

By:  Diane Benjamin I bet some lawyer would take this case as a class action suit against the Pantagraph for fraudulent selling of subscriptions. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this story, but now I hear it so often it’s worth writing.  If you are stupid enough to still be a subscriber, read this […]

Council Monday night

By:  Diane Benjamin Every vote was 9-0 with virtual no discussion, so the Council part of the meeting was boring. Public comment was better.  Note to City:  The length of public comment isn’t 30 minutes – the time citizens spend talking is 30 minutes.  The chair is capable of wasting the public’s time. First up […]

The BIKE fix is in

By:  Diane Benjamin We wouldn’t be talking about bike lanes on busy streets if Bike Blono wasn’t pushing for them. Bike Blono members voted for and helped elect Tari Renner because he supports their agenda of promoting the use of bikes for all transportation.  (Beats fixing the roads!) That brings me to the Planning Commission […]

Normal’s Fleecing continues

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal spend $1.4 million to STUDY the proposed Uptown Crossing: Source What did they get for $1.4 million?  Evident what they want to pass Monday night: The plan doesn’t know if ADA compliance can be achieved?  Bike Blono has to dismount?  The at-grade crossing is adjacent?  Why is the underpass […]

Bike Blono runs Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington wouldn’t have a Bike Master Plan without Bike Blono.  Bloomington wouldn’t have a Complete Streets plan without Bike Blono.  Bike Blono had private meetings for months with Public Works to make lanes on Washington happen.  (as stated by Michael Gorman of Bike Blono) Bikes have always been allowed on the roads, […]

The Bike Blono bullies

By:  Diane Benjamin Bike Blono thinks their few numbers have superior rights.  They are launching a bullying campaign against anybody who doesn’t agree with bike lanes on E Washington.  From Facebook: The speakers knew there wasn’t a vote by the Council, they knew there was another hearing yesterday and a vote TODAY by the Planning […]

Council Fun – Part 2

By:  Diane Benjamin Renner didn’t ask to extend the time so everybody could speak, so everybody didn’t get to.  Tari did make sure Mike McCurdy of Bike Blono, WGLT radio, and Connect Transit got to speak though. To hear all of the public comment – just hit play below.  Then listen to the second Public […]

If demand mattered, the roads would get fixed!

By:  Diane Benjamin Only a tiny group of citizens want bike lanes.  Tari Renner ran for office twice pledging to fix the roads.  He obviously isn’t as serious as the people with damaged vehicles are. This is from 2015:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/public-works/streets-sidewalks/street-resurfacing The table shows how much money per year is required just to have TERRIBLE STREETS. […]

Bike facts that don’t matter

Update:  The lady in the video reported Amelia stated her family won’t be using the bike lanes – too dangerous!  She is supporting the plan because Bike Blono wants it.   By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I attended Renner’s Open House for the first time.  I don’t attend because I already know what answers are going […]

Common Sense: Bye Bye Bye

By:  Diane Benjamin Bike Blono wants all cars to drive slower.  TENS of THOUSANDS more cars than bikes is immaterial. Even kids understand that riding a bicycle in the road is dangerous, Bike Blono wants you to change your behavior.  If you don’t agree,  you are evil.  They have at most a couple hundred members, […]

Tari’s latest attack

By:  Diane Benjamin I wonder when Renner is going to take his comedy show on the road! Source:  http://www.pantagraph.com/business/local/expert-communication-diversity-key-for-economic-development/article_145290bf-c5c5-50cd-9536-8b1b4c6e34bc.html Renner’s comments don’t deserve any respect. We know transparency is much less since Tari became mayor. We know anyone who challenges his beliefs are his enemy.  (“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”) […]

Sheep or Wolf?

By:  Diane Benjamin A few days ago a saw a biker on Veterans Parkway, he constantly looked over his shoulder to see if he was going to get hit.  Yesterday a lady on a bike made a left hand turn in front of me without any signals.  Remember when we were kids – left arm […]

Another Guest Writer

Today’s medical update:  The doctors are amazed at my husband’s progress the last 48 hours.  He is wide awake, off the ventilator and only on Tylenol for pain.  He knows who we are and is trying to talk – even though he isn’t suppose to yet.  Three days ago the medical staff wasn’t sure he […]

WGLT, Normal – More FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal held a SHORT meeting last night.  The video claims to be 17:44 minutes, but the meeting didn’t start until 8:22.  Watch it Here Of course nobody mentioned the issue from yesterday pertaining to renting a building to Dan Brady for $1 per year while the Town is paying […]

Is Connect Transit hiding info?

By:  Diane Benjamin This month’s Connect Transit Board meeting was moved from October 25th to October 17th.  NO financial information is available in the Board Packet.  Normally the packet shows income and expenses for the previous month. Keep in mind, Connect Transit is claiming they will shut down on January 1st because the State hasn’t […]

The “Complete Streets” scam

By:  Diane Benjamin The local minority that ride bikes expect their right to ride to be superior to your right to drive. They have the Federal and State government on their side because cars are evil.  (See the global warming scam) Last night I was driving East on Front from downtown Bloomington.  It was almost […]

Fly on the Wall: Trust Bikes?

I hear bikes were banned from Miller Park on the 4th of July. Let me see if I heard this right while buzzing around: Bikes are allowed on busy roads with thousands of pounds of cars right next to them, but they couldn’t be trusted in a park? Isn’t the speed limit really LOW in […]

Tari sees objects ripe for fleece:

By: Diane Benjamin This is story #1 from the Saturday preview.  I wanted to begin with the County, but since there is a Bloomington City Council meeting tonight, I’m starting here.  Tari Renner is at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.  I don’t know if he will be back for the meeting tonight or […]

Local lunacy you pay for

By:  Diane Benjamin Government wastes your money!  Proof:  An unused fire station and unused water tower.  $$$$ – MILLIONS – $$$$ poof, up in smoke and nobody in jail. Those are just huge examples of utter incompetence.  Many many more exist on a small scale.  Just this week Council and staff time were needed for […]

Michael Gorman? Please stand up

By:  Diane Benjamin Only two short month ago, the Council approved the appointment of Michael Gorman to the McLean county Regional Planning Commission.  He was appointed to represent the City of Bloomington on the Commission. Dec 14 2015 – Page 2 Michael Gorman is associated with Bike Blono: Note his middle initial is C. Tonight […]

Hey Bikers:

By:  Diane Benjamin Bikers are their own worst enemy!  Bike Blono guy Michael Gorman was quoted in the paper saying bikers don’t ride on the roads to disrupt traffic.  Since he is a reader:  Yes Michael bikers do disrupt traffic. When a motorcycle is hit by a car, the driver of the car frequently says […]

Bike BloNo Banned UPDATE

Since bikes have the same rights to the roads as cars, it’s also illegal to ban them!  Lawsuit anyone? By:  Diane Benjamin New rules at Miller Park for July 4th: No bikes allowed.  Celebrate the Land of the Free, just don’t ride there!  Will the 100 Bike BloNo people show up to protest?  Maybe the […]

Bloomington: You MUST pay for bikes

by:  Diane Benjamin A citizens sent this link to me today:  http://bloomingtonil.mindmixer.com/  It isn’t connected to the official City of Bloomington website, but City employees are asking for your input. The Bike Blono crowd is going to respond to the surveys and show up at meetings.  Citizens who will be paying for bike lanes and […]