Bloomington dying under Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin The real story of Bloomington is it is in a steep decline.  We felt it, Moody’s confirmed months ago that Bloomington-Normal is in a recession. Here’s more proof: Bloomington was named the NUMBER ONE city in the country with a shrinking economy! Note: this is 2015 – 2016 was worse! Also […]

Comparing area cities

It looks like the magazine made a mistake.  They are talking about Springfield, Bloomington was a typo.   By:  Diane Benjamin The following page is from a publication called Decatur Magazine, that’s Decatur Il. I think it is printed every other month.  An acquaintance in Decatur always gives it to me, this page is the […]

Bloomington vrs Madison Wisconsin

by:  Diane Benjamin The population of Madison Wisconsin is estimated at  243,344, Bloomington is around 77,000.  That makes Madison more than 3 times bigger than Bloomington. Madison has a full-time Mayor, salary $131,855.74 Bloomington has a full-time City Manager, salary $202,489 Bloomington has 23 employees earning more than $125,000. Madison has 25 employees earning more than […]

Vetting Tari Renner – Part 3

How does Tari feel about immigration issues? From an IWU Newsletter: This again has been an exciting semester for us. Dr. Carolyn Nadeau’s Spanish for Social Justice class, with the support of the IWU Action Research Center, presented their work on community involvement. The audience learned about valuable IWU-community connections and how fieldwork strengthens the […]

Vetting Tari Renner

Tari Renner recently announced his run for Bloomington Mayor.  Below is a partial list of things discovered on the web: Who better to vet than his IWU students? 4/17/03 PSCI101 Lectures by Dr. Renner=Good times. What other prof leaps on the desk and runs around the room to make his points? And you gotta love […]

Bloomington City Council-Upside Down Government

CityWatch is a group of citizens keeping an eye on local government.  This is the first in a series of articles about the City of Bloomington government. From:  March 27, 2012 Upside down government. I’ve addressed it before. At last evenings Bloomington City Council meeting, more topsy-turvy politics appeared. It doesn’t surprise me any […]