Update: Campaign Cash-the rules for using it when not in office

See update below By: Diane Benjamin At the end of September Dan Brady was sitting on $438,947.66. https://www.illinoissunshine.org/committees/7645/ Jason Barickman was sitting on $835,282.52. https://www.illinoissunshine.org/committees/23150/ We won’t know the actual balances now until both file 4th Quarter reports. Both will no longer hold elected office in January. Many states require closing campaign accounts 60 days […]

Bill Brady sued in Florida

By: Diane Benjamin Did Bill go through all his campaign cash already? Or, does Bill just have a problem paying what he owes? Remember this story: https://blnnews.com/2020/04/02/bill-brady-resign/ New problem for Billy and company: https://bocanewsnow.com/2021/03/24/jimmy-johns-in-east-delray-faces-eviction-owes-more-than-50k/ Jimmy John’s In East Delray Faces Eviction, Owes More Than $50k NewsMarch 24, 2021 BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com DELRAY BEACH, […]

Bill Brady in Chicago Tribune

By:  Diane Benjamin Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass must have a tough life living and reporting on the Chicago corruption.  If you’ve ever rad his columns, he turns it into comedy. Kass wrote a column on January 30th pertaining to the supposed ethics reforms in Springfield:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-illlnois-political-corruption-kass-20200130-m44sodf625ab3mjeb7vprhsidu-story.html After Kass is done skewering Pritzker he gets […]

How did Bill Brady Vote?

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story first:  https://blnnews.com/2020/01/09/fake-republican-dan-brady/ Billie voted NO on 2 of the 3 bills.  He voted Yes on the BIG one! Thank Billie when you fill up your gas tank. Thank Billie when your plate sticker costs $50 bucks more this year.  Remember just a few years ago when it was $48?  […]

Bill Brady needs some ethics!

Toggle Me The ILGOP will never reform Illinois with leadership like this:Source:  https://www.wcia.com/news/capitol-news/geez-bill-plummer-says-brady-offered-him-ethics-post-if-hed-agree-to-back-off-ethics-reform/ ‘Geez, Bill:’ Plummer says Brady offered him ethics post if he’d agree to back off ethics reform CAPITOL NEWS by: Mark Maxwell Posted: Dec 3, 2019 / 12:55 AM CST / Updated: Dec 3, 2019 / 09:03 AM CST SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Senator Bill Brady’s tenure as […]

Four B’s and an R (Gas Tax)

By:  Diane Benjamin Dan Brady, Bill Brady, Jason Barickman, Tom Bennett, and Chapin Rose I bet the gas prices are killing your budget.  Lawmakers never understand you have to cut your budget in other places to pay their tax increases.  You have less money to spend, therefore tax revenue, like sales tax, will decrease.  You […]

WOW! Bill Brady exposed

By:  Diane Benjamin Before I get to Billy, did you know Robert Brady Sr filed bankruptcy?   This discharge report lists everyone who got taken by Brady:  Brady Discharge – with creditor list What’s Billy up to?  Every wonder how politicians earn a paycheck and somehow end up rich after they have been in office awhile? […]

More on the VA story from yesterday

By:  Diane Benjamin This is an update to yesterday’s story:     https://blnnews.com/2018/07/11/not-the-right-fit-tari/ This morning I spoke to the Marine veteran who was the subject of the Facebook post by Danny Leifel.  He wants to remain anonymous because of the large number of phone calls he received yesterday. One phone call he never received was from […]

Used Car Law makes GOV your daddy

By:  Diane Benjamin Anybody else noticed that people get stupider every year? Long gone are the days of citizens expected to take care of themselves.  Government has usurped the right of self-determination by deciding it must act as parents to the population, the peasants aren’t capable themselves! The latest usurp: Illinois has a law going […]

Connect Transit TOTALS!

By:  Diane Benjamin See this previous post:  https://blnnews.com/2016/10/28/connect-transit-tears/ I made the list in that story quickly this morning – chances are good I missed some!  The list was to make a point, not get exact numbers.  I saw many other items I could have added, like THOUSANDS spent on HVAC.  Isn’t the facility pretty new? […]

Connect Transit tears

See this story for the totals:  https://blnnews.com/2016/10/28/connect-transit-totals/https://blnnews.com/2016/10/28/connect-transit-totals/ By:  Diane Benjamin I didn’t attend the Connect Transit meeting last night, but I have reports from people who did. Of course people spoke that rely on buses, but people also spoke about BUDGETING a $12,000,000 loss when the country and the State of Illinois both have no […]

Why Illinois fails: Bill Brady

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve written stories about McLean County Board member Dave Selzer’s property tax problems.  His taxes were purchased by people profiting from people unable to pay.  See these stories: http://blnnews.com/2016/02/29/selzers-tax-problem/ http://blnnews.com/2016/02/15/dave-selzer-tax-deadbeat/ Freedom of Information requests from the County led to the people buying taxes:  RealTax Developers (Huffs) and Shannon Logsdon. Another FOIA request […]

Pantagraph: Public decides how money is spent? Really?

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s been awhile since the Cheers and Jeers editorial said something really stupid, but today they struck left-wing gold. Of course the editorial doesn’t say who wrote it, I wouldn’t want my name on it either. It “CHEERS” the Bloomington City Council for deciding how to spend the non-existent $750,000 grant from […]

I love the police but . . . Updated

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m one of those people who thanks veterans and the police whenever I see them.  I really appreciate the job they do for the people of this country.  I have military and police in my family, their jobs aren’t easy.  We all know veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice, but so have […]

What the $750,000 Brady grant vote REALLY meant last night

By:  Diane Benjamin Pretty much everybody understands that Sen Bill Brady wanted to funnel money through the City of Bloomington to benefit Central Catholic.  We do live in Illinois after all.  Citizens may be real conservatives, politicians not so much.  It looks like Brady rolled up his play mat and went home after the Council […]

Renner spending non-existent money

By:  Diane Benjamin At the November 24th City Council meeting Renner obviously felt the $750,000 State of Illinois grant via Bill Brady belonged to him.  He showed a complete reversal from the previous Council meeting when Aldermen were told it could only be spent on expanding McGraw Park. This comment from City staff was included […]

Send in the Clowns!

by:  Diane Benjamin The 3 stooges (previously used to describe City leadership) isn’t enough people.  Therefore the non-numerical term “Clowns” will now be used. “Lighting the Evergreen Tree in Withers Park” : It’s a CHRISTMAS TREE City of Bloomington!  Okay, it’s really the Downtown Bloomington Association doing this, but they get most of their money from […]

Bloomington Agenda for tonight:

by:  Diane Benjamin In the consent Agenda – which means the potted plants are supposed to not question, just vote yes: Analysis of Request for Proposal (RFP) and Contract Award to Anderson Building Services, Inc. for Fire Headquarters Station Kitchen Remodel, (RFP 2015 – 40). (Recommend that the RFP for Fire Headquarters Station Kitchen Remodel […]

The Gang that can’t shoot straight: $750,000

By:  Diane Benjamin One overlooked fact:  Central Catholic is NOT in Bill Brady’s District!  They are represented by Jason Barickman. Local City government loves back room deals, no risk of exposure since they are cozy with most of the press.  You won’t see the Pantagraph breaking news of corruption, in fact they cover it up. […]

Fruin – conflict of interest? ($750,000) BREAKING NEWS

JIM FRUIN is on the Board of Trustees of Central Catholic! http://www.blmcchs.org/about_us/board_of_trustees Official Misconduct Jim?     by:  Diane Benjamin h/t JS At Monday’s Council meeting, Jim Fruin spoke extensively on why he shouldn’t recuse himself from the vote to accept $750,000 from the State of Illinois to buy land so Central Catholic could have […]

More on the Bill Brady money – $750,000

by:  Diane Benjamin Note:  The Brady grant of OUR money would NEVER have happened without the approval of Renner and Hales.  Blame not only Bill Brady but them for bringing it to the Council. Renner’s pick to replace Rob Fazzini, Diana Hauman, voted last night to take $750,000 from the bankrupt State of Illinois for Central […]

Bill Brady: I gift you $750,000 Update #2

This would NEVER have been on the agenda without Renner and Hales supporting it.  Upset about mis-use of taxpayer money?  Now you know who to blame! 5-4 vote Bloomington is taking the money.  Votes against were Kevin, Judy, Mboka, and Karen.  Evidently Billy said the money had to be used for this project. by:  Diane […]

Pantagraph: Brady isn’t interested in Illinois

by:  Diane Benjamin My TITLE is what the Pantagraph title should have been. With a large picture of Bill Brady on the front page of the Pantagraph today, the story is really what they  didn’t report.  The Pantagraph will never report anything negative about real estate agents, developers, or car dealers because of advertising dollars. […]

Chicago Tribune reports what the Pantagraph won’t: Bill Brady

by:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday the Chicago Tribune posted a long article on a vote Bill Brady took last November that benefited his family.  The local press not only didn’t report on Brady’s vote, they never looked for any corruption in it.  Local insiders are exempt from any scrutiny. The Pantagraph and WJBC  have a firm policy […]

Illinois is Bill Brady’s fault

by: Diane Benjamin 2010:  remember it?  The year the GOP won election after election after election across the country and re-took the House of Representatives in DC.  Illinois alone sent 5 new GOP reps – the people were mad at Democrats for slamming ObamaCare down their throats and all the other shenanigans perpetrated by Democrats […]

The Unfit for GOP Governor in Illinois

Yesterday a lady in Naperville was arrested for not allowing a Smart Meter to be installed on her house.  It is too late for the local Bloomington-Normal area because these meters have already been installed.  Meanwhile, there are court cases all over the country pertaining to individual rights and health problems associated with these meters. […]

Local Legislators: Getting your money’s worth?

by:  Diane Benjamin According to the state Comptroller’s website:  http://ledger.illinoiscomptroller.com/index.cfm/find-the-salary-of-a-state-employee/find-state-employee-salary-sql/ Salary paid through 11/30/2012 Dan Brady  $75,123.95   (annual: $81,953.40) Bill Brady  $77,382.03  (annual:  $84,416.76) Keith Sommer  $68,355.10 (annual: $74,569.20) GARS = General Assembly Retirement System This information was obtain under the Freedom of Information Act: Dan Brady has served 11 years and 11 months.  He has […]

IL GOP platform on Illegal Immigration

Below is a section of the Illinois GOP platform adopted 6/9/2012.  This section speaks to immigration issues in Illinois.  Note E and F. Where does issuing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants fit into the platform?  Bill Brady, can you answer since you voted Yes?  How does your vote “abandon incentives for illegal aliens to settle in Illinois”? […]

More on Driver’s Licenses for illegal aliens

by Diane Benjamin If you want a clear picture of who in the Illinois Senate is a conservative and who is pandering for votes, click here to see who voted to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens in Illinois:  http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=957&GAID=11&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=55832&SessionID=84&GA=97 Note 2 persons wanting to be governor, Dillard and Brady, voted YES. If a vehicle […]

The Brady Bunch

Dollars for leaders Of the 177 Illinois state legislators, 136 receive some type of salary boost for a leadership post, which will cost taxpayers an additional $1.7 million this year. Annual salaries for all 177 is $64,716. Both Dan Brady and Bill Brady receive extra money for their leaderships rolls: Dan   $9,851 Total  $  74,567 […]

Why illegal aliens should NOT be issued a drivers license

1)  They are illegal!  Why should anybody who entered our country illegally, breaking the law to do so, be given any privileges? 2)  If the law keeps bending to accommodate illegal aliens, why have any laws at all?  or is that the point! 3)  American laws have always worked on the “honor” system.  Citizens aren’t assigned a personal monitor by […]

McLean County Republicans Part of Pension Mess

Illinois Review posted a story this weekend about Madigan’s pension mess.   It concentrated on the bill allowing people to work briefly for the state, then work for a union, then collect huge state pensions based on their work for other organizations instead of the state.  Madigan, of course, wrote the bill to benefit an […]