We know what Sage is up to

By:  Diane Benjamin At last Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting, David Sage was adamant that an agenda item signed by 6 Council members be on this Monday’s Committee of the Whole agenda.  Tari Renner attempted to stall, but it is on the agenda:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15300   Instead of bringing it up Monday, it has played out in […]

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 […]

Backfire: very revealing

By:  Diane Benjamin In addition to approving minutes from a meeting held 9/21/2015, Monday the Council will be asked to approve minutes from a meeting held: March 20, 2010 Only THREE Aldermen are still on the Council:  Schmidt, Sage, Fruin The minutes are interesting reading since not much has changed.  The Council is still dwelling […]

Tuesday: 4 Wards Town Hall

By:  Diane Benjamin Alderman Lower had a Town Hall meeting last week.  104 citizens showed up to listen and voice their opinions.  It got rowdy when citizens loudly objected to flamingos when they have sewage in their basements!  funny how the bird-cage liner didn’t report it. Tuesday night 4 Alderman that need to hear outrage […]

Which represents you?

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night 2 Aldermen made their governing philosophies clear. Remember what they said when your taxes are raised again. First, listen to Amelia Buragas.  This comment came after the spending for flamingos passed and spending for new filters at the water treatment plant. . Now listen to Alderman Lower on why he […]

Confused? So are they!

By:  Diane Benjamin Mayor Tari wants the Front and Center building torn down so he can get a downtown hotel. Other City departments want the windows and roof fixed. Um.   Haven’t citizens been told over and over and over the City can’t force Huffs to fix the building?  It would take too much time and […]

The Buragas problem

By:  Diane Benjamin It is no accident that a special meeting was called for the City of Bloomington days after the new Council member took the oath of office and the others were sworn in.  Renner has been possessed with downtown since being elected. The new Alderman has a problem though.  Amelia Buragas’s father, David Dorris, is a property owner downtown.  […]

This is your Coliseum moment Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin After the Bloomington City Council voted for the Coliseum – every member who voted YES left the Council. If citizens had elected like-minded people you wouldn’t be saddled with the Coliseum today! Failure to vote in local elections put aldermen on the Council who didn’t represent you! It’s happening again: Tari Renner […]

Tomorrow: Move or Vote

By:  Diane Benjamin Only 3 of the 5 alderman seats up for election in Bloomington tomorrow are contested.  The Ward 4, 5, and 8 races couldn’t be more clear: If you think Bloomington is headed in right direction – throwing more money away downtown, then vote for Renner’s candidates: Ward 4:  Buragas Ward 5:  Painter […]

WJBC interviews candidates

By:  Diane Benjamin WJBC interviewed some of the candidates for Bloomington City Council.  Listen to interviews with Joni Painter, Amelia Buragas, and Diane Hauman http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=711&c=3781&f=4198913 All were interviewed by different people, the same interviewer would have been nice. Supposedly WJBC will get to the other candidates eventually. There is plenty more material – but here […]

Buragas: More you need to know

By:  Diane Benjamin Mayor Renner has a limited supply of Democrats to appoint.  Evidently that’s why Amelia Buragas was appointed to two positions by him.  (Zoning Board of Appeals and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Board:  https://blnnews.com/2015/02/04/ward-4-forum-buragas/) With a limited pool of potential appointees, Renner appointed Amalia’s husband to the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.  http://www.mcplan.org/department/board.php?structureid=16 The […]

Hauman – Renner’s pick

By:  Diane Benjamin I wonder if Tari Renner wrote the campaign materials his picks are using for the Bloomington City Council:  Hauman, Painter, Buragas!  They all say pretty much the same thing. Luckily 2 of the 3 have a voting history on the Council.  Yesterday I wrote about Joni Painter’s campaign materials and her voting […]

More Coliseum fraud?

By:  Diane Benjamin Previously I’ve reported CIAM (Central Illinois Arena Management) reports profits and losses that aren’t close to what the auditor reports:  https://blnnews.com/2015/01/20/more-coliseum-fraud/. How are the CIAM numbers so far off?  (Almost $600,000 last year?) Easy!  CIAM creates the report, CIAM has no reason to tell the truth, so they report whatever they want. […]

More Ward 4 video-Buragas

By:  Diane Benjamin I will be posting videos from other candidates.  The views expressed Tuesday night at the Ward 4 forum by Amelia Buragas need to be heard by Ward 4 residents.  Finding a replacement for Alderwoman Judy Stearns who will fight for the citizens is vital to stop spending and tax increases.  Buragas is […]

Tari has a potted plant to replace Stearns

by:  Diane Benjamin Amelia Doris Buragas declared she is running for Bloomington City Council next year in Ward 4.   The seat is currently held by Judy Stearns. It’s not a secret that Tari will do whatever it takes to fund his agenda.  Tari doesn’t want to be questioned.  Judy Stearns gets in his way […]