By: Diane Benjamin Another bike path was on the agenda. Refer back to the previous story, bike paths have a higher priority than roads. Mayor Bike Shop? The Town supposedly received 100% funding for the new path on the west side of Normal. Engineering is 8.5% higher than expected so the Town needed a budget […]
By: Diane Benjamin This is a beautiful plowed bike path – done way before the streets: This is the path to get to the above: Has your street been plowed? I hear some never are.
By: Diane Benjamin The University of Illinois at Chicago recently rated Illinois as the second most corrupt state in the country: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/corruption-costs-illinois-taxpayers-at-least-550m-per-year/?fbclid=IwAR11VlYYI6ARmHozjFT0DQgsFig-PgAJNkYwkSGbD1jj3AvL_hCEGbDrJK8 Central Illinois isn’t exempt. The Town of Normal is famous for calling new bike trails a Quality of Life issue. It is – for bike shop owner and Mayor of Normal: Chris Koos. […]
Writing articles at night is never a good idea for me – I’m a morning person! Spending so much time at the Peoria hospital makes writing difficult though. Hubby continues to improve slowly! I need to correct a few things in this post. Riders for March were 220,804 up for the first time I remember […]
By: Diane Benjamin First a medical update: Prayer does work! My husband has had people all over the globe praying for his recovery. Today he woke up, opened his eyes and responded to our voices and commands from the medical staff. He had a brain aneurysm that burst on Good Friday. The ICU neurology staff […]
By: Diane Benjamin Quality of Life? it’s not if you can’t afford to live here or participate! Details for anything listed as Total are in this document FY 2017 Budget Detail It’s searchable, so any item is easy to find. Much of the below is what Bloomington spends to entertain you. I’m purposely not including […]
My sources tell me Bryan will not have bike lanes. Cars and bikes are expected to “coexist”. The purpose of the narrowing is to slow down cars to match the speed of bikes. The bike master plan for Normal is extensive and expensive. Cottage is expected to become a 2 lanes road with bike lanes […]
It’s only $240,500!
by: Diane Benjamin McLean County is going to add to the bike trail going north. The Illinois Department of Transportation is paying 80% of the cost, McLean county, Bloomington, and Normal are paying most of the rest. The smaller cities are pitching in some money too. McLean County will pay: $145,000 Bloomington will pay: […]
It might seem to some local citizens, and even to many of our local city officials and elected council members, that the focus of sustainable issues, and thus, Agenda 21 – related projects, are issues that only us here at CITYWATCH are concerned about. Such is not the case. But, unfortunately, our community and city officials […]
BIKES AND DEMOCRACY? – Give me a Representative Government DIRECT DEMOCRACY/BLONO FACEBOOK PAGE May 21, 2012 Direct Democracy. What is it? James Madison defined it as “…a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the […]