Bloomington last night

By:  Diane Benjamin Eric’s Too Beer Garden got sent back to the Liquor Commission.  I was disappointed to see Scott Black absent sent he had sent this email:  (Received by FOIA) If Eric’s was doing outdoor seating before the Council approved it, the Liquor Commission should deny their request.   Otherwise the meeting was fairly boring.  […]

Rent Payments and more Normal spending

By:  Diane Benjamin For approval Monday night:   http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2919 See page 14 for what “buy local” looks like:  Amazon, Amazon, Amazon, Amazon, etc etc – plus some others. Eating your money: Looks like a few more employees got free bus rides, who got the shirts? More money to non-profits, 2nd of 3 payments for the bike sharing […]

Monday’s bills – FOIA’s filed!

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll for 1/22/2018  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15632 Tari finally filed an expense report – 1st one since his PCard was yanked: _________________________________________ Council and staff weren’t eating at your expense in December.  I wonder what event is 1/27?  There is nothing on the City Calendar.  Buy local?  Ha. _________________________________________ This guy is getting an […]

Insider Payoffs – Chamber of Commerce

By:  Diane Benjamin The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is the poster child for insider payoffs.  They have their own Political Action Committee to aggressively get the candidates elected they want.  The candidates they want elected are the big spenders, therefore the Chamber is the ENEMY of taxpayers. The 2018 Bloomington Budget shows why they […]

Normal throws money at employees

By:  Diane Benjamin When the citizens aren’t paying attention to what their government is doing, you get the below.  If you thought $100,000,000 was ridiculous for Uptown, be prepared for more folly. PDF page 59:   http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/7440 This statement is in the Town of Normal’s Annual Report: There is a good reason people want to work […]

Miscellaneous stuff

By:  Diane Benjamin The Year End for the City of Bloomington and the Coliseum was APRIL 30, 2016. More than 6 months ago! The financial statements for both are still not available.  Any private sector business wouldn’t tolerate this behavior.  Last year the financial statements were presented to the Council at the first meeting in […]

Tari says buy local!

By:  Diane Benjamin I haven’t heard the commercial, but several people have told me they almost wrecked their cars when Tari Renner’s radio ad called on the community to “Buy Local”. Maybe the City of Bloomington should participate before Tari is sent out to lecture citizens.  These totals are from last year, I could have […]

Budgeted Legal: burning bucks

By:  Diane Benjamin A reader made a terrific point:  Did the Budget Task Force have a line item budget – like the one I’ve been posting?  I suspect not since they only spoke of BIG spending items.  Maybe they should meet again and prove they weren’t a joke because right now they sure look like […]