Normal tonight

By: Diane Benjamin https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3932 Remember this story: https://blnnews.com/2021/04/01/union-hypocrisy/ Plumber and Pipefitters Local 99 wrote a letter to Chris Koos upset a water main project was awarded to an out of town contractor – SNC Construction. Tonight this company is being awarded another contract totaling $610,764.92. The disgusting water is getting fixed: The Water Department’s FY2020-21 […]

Normal “No Bills” Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin Unlike Bloomington, that now has a financial report to the Council every month, Normal issues a report once a year in September.  They call it a Financial Trends Report.  Do citizens have to wait until September to find out just how bad Revenue is now? The turndown isn’t stopping them from spending […]

Normal: Subsidizing Culture

By:  Diane Benjamin The charts below are from the current Town of Normal budget unless otherwise stated:  https://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/14883/2019-2024 PDF page 64 – Revenue projections for Children’s Discovery Museum and the Normal Theater PDF page 121 – CDM Expense projections PDF page 123 – Theater Expensive projections Projected Revenue: Children’s Discovery Museum   $1,003,050 Normal Theater   $259,700 […]

Oops: More on Normal for Monday

By:  Diane Benjamin The Children’s Discovery Museum has a new Wind exhibit.  Just like real wind turbines, it was subsidized with tax dollars.  They got a grant from the bankrupt State of Illinois – Department of Natural Resources. The grant didn’t cover the entire expense however.  The problem is somebody forgot to get Council approval […]

Normal feeds themselves and more

By:  Diane Benjamin See the entire response to my FOIA  HERE I filed a FOIA request for some items identified in this story:    https://blnnews.com/2018/02/18/normals-twice-a-month-fleece/ The Koos accident report was part of the FOIA:    https://blnnews.com/2018/02/22/the-koos-auto-accident-report/ Page 25 says Mayor’s insurance pending – it wasn’t his fault, so why is his insurance pending? Also FOIA’d was: If Normal […]