Bills and Payroll finally posted! UPDATE!

Update:  The City promptly replied to my FOIA for missing information I amended the information received below in BOLD.  See the receipts here:  201503241124_Redacted  Even if only one person ate, why are taxpayers paying the bill?  Does your boss pay for your lunch? By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8396 ADMIN City Council Expenses American AI $ 384.20 […]

One budget cut that couldn’t be discussed: GOLF

by:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington owns 3 golf courses.  I previously report that these 3 courses DO NOT pay for themselves, even if Mayor Renner likes to say they do:  https://blnnews.com/2014/03/29/golf-pays-for-itself-hahaha/ It’s hard to keep track of what is in the budget and what isn’t, but I think the $250,000 for path resurfacing at Prairie Vista […]

Mayor No Transparency

by:  Diane Benjamin There once was a mayor named Tari Who campaigned on promoting transparency Evidently a myth Too difficult to deal with Free speech must no longer exist! Excerpts from emails sent from Tari to me: From June 2013 Thank you Diane for your diligence! Your parody was actually MUCH closer to reality that […]

Read before you see new Matt Damon film!

The Meyers Report: The Promised Land? For the first time ever, we are looking at a new movie to be released on December 28th. The Promised Land, starring Matt Damon, who also was supposed to be the director, but Damon turned it over to Gus Van Sant. The Promised Land, has a clearly “anti-fracking” theme. […]

Humanity Lost

by:  Diane Benjamin Government thinks they are capable of making better decisions than citizens.  There is no more obvious example than the take-over of the healthcare industry.  Massive regulations and fees are issued every month by the un-elected, all supposedly to cover the un-insured. Regulations do nothing to promote healthcare for all.   Large providers […]

Progressives – Part 3 (why Obama won)

by Diane Benjamin Please read Parts 1 and 2, the narrative continues from the progressive ideas spelled out so far. Part II of The Little Blue Book is titled:  The Epidemic of Extreme Conservatism.  The concept that conservatives follow the strict authoritarian father model continue painting anyone wanting limited government as a threat to democracy.  They fail to mention […]

McLean County Taxes Compared to ALL Counties

This report was released by the tax foundation in 2011 for 2005-2009.  http://taxfoundation.org/article/property-taxes-owner-occupied-housing-county-ranked-taxes-paid-2005-2009-five-year-average The comparison is for ALL Counties in the United States.  McLean County isn’t far down the list: #130 for medium property tax paid on homes #61 for % of tax paid based on home value #151 for % of tax based on […]

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 […]

You can’t escape Agenda 21

Now you need to Remodel for Sustainability!   Questions:  Who decided we weren’t sustainable?  Who appointed anybody to be in charge of deciding what is and what isn’t sustainable?  Why are their opinions forced on you?  Bloomington – Where to you think the idea of requiring sprinklers in new construction came from?  Note the word “vision”, that would be the one […]

Bloomington being Investigated for Another Open Meetings Act Violation

by Diane Benjamin This is the 2nd investigation, even though the State’s Attorney’s Office hasn’t made a decision on the first investigation.  Here is a link to the first investigation:  https://blnnews.com/2012/07/18/city-of-bloomington-investigated-for-violation-of-the-open-meetings-act/ The only response available for why it is taking them so long is: Thank you for contacting the Public Access Bureau.  You requested an […]

More on School Districts

by Diane Benjamin http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu/scripts/awards.asp?searchStr=L&awtype=E&year=2011&so=name Which area schools achieved: 2011 Academic Excellence Awards No Unit 5 Schools No Dist 87 Schools Tri-Valley Elementary Tri-Valley Middle School No Leroy schools Lexington Elementary No Heyworth Schools Olympia West Elementary Ridgeview Elementary Also See:  https://blnnews.com/2012/11/12/school-district-comparison-continued/ Also See:  https://blnnews.com/2012/11/12/school-district-comparisons/

School District comparisons

by Diane Benjamin From the Illinois State Board of Education website: http://www.isbe.net/ See the chart below: Unit 5 and District 87 have less Administrators per pupil, but the percent spent on Instruction is low. Where is the money going?  Graduations rates are way below surrounding districts. Leroy, Lexington, and Ridgeview have high pupil to admin percentages. […]

UN Flag Still an Issue

Update:  I’ve now learned the replacement flag was purchased by a citizen, not the City. by Diane Benjamin Numerous citizens have asked the Bloomington City Council to remove the UN Flag from the Council Chambers.  They have refused to openly discuss the issue, but privately they email each other. Here’s how they feel about the […]

Big Spending Environmentalists running Normal

by Diane Benjamin First Fact:  The whole Global Warming, Global Cooling, Climate change propaganda that is bankrupting the entire globe is being slowly debunked by actual science – see prior post: https://blnnews.com/2012/06/25/significant-evidence-that-mankind-has-an-insignificant-impact-on-the-climate-of-planet-earth/   If you really do believe in global warming, how many billions or trillions of dollars are you willing to spend with no guarantee the […]

Another Letter the Pantagraph Refused to Print-Update

Explanation from the Pantagraph:  (like we all haven’t seen lie filled letters printed from the left) From: Pantagraph Letters <PLetters@pantagraph.com> To: Charles Nicholson <cnicholson123@yahoo.com> Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 9:27 AM Subject: RE: Letter to the Editor It is your letter; I cannot tell you how to write it. But to ME, it comes off as borderline racist; get […]

Reasons the Recorder of Deeds Should Remain Elected

On November 6th, the voters in McLean County will be asked if they want to move the Recorder of Deeds office into the County Clerk’s Office.  Since private property rights are critical, and what makes us different from other countries, weakening control of land documents puts our freedom and liberty at risk.  Please vote NO – keep the Recorder an independent and and […]

Stanley Wonder Wonders Again

byline: Stanley Wonder Is it just me, or is something missing at Bloomington City Hall? No, not the usual trappings of government – the podiums, microphones, gavels, and flags.  They’re all there, complete with the beautiful blue and gold of the United Nations. Huh?  The UN?  Isn’t that the organization that wants a New World […]

Pantagraph LIES Again!

by Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph has a HUGE fear of being exposed for their bias reporting.  This is in YOUR hands.  They will never reform unless the citizens DEMAND it or quit paying them.  Maybe their advertisers need to be contacted and asked why they are willing to support the spreading of flat out lies! […]