Why Normal billed taxpayers $154,120

By:  Diane Benjamin Think all the way back to March 16, 2020.  That was pre-shutdown and the Normal Town Council was still meeting in person.  The staff got raises at this meeting and the Council was forced to approve a site plan for Stan Nord’s property.  It isn’t in Uptown so different rules apply – […]

Koos: Different rules for us

By:  Diane Benjamin Since the media isn’t interested in holding tyrannical dictators accountable, I must keep posting Mayor Koos taunting protesters.  This picture speaks volumes about him and his buddies on the Council – the PLAN is the only thing that matters, not you. But there is more: A guy name Josh Favus is Koos’ […]

Renner, Koos, and Pritzker have no power!

By:  Diane Benjamin Executive Orders are not law.  We don’t live in a dictatorship, the only power government has is what you let them get by with!  The Illinois shutdown has morphed from “bending the curve” to tyranny. The Edgar County Watchdogs have been leading since March by simply reading the law.  The State and […]

Who is lying?

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday Tari Renner participated in a video conference led by the Peoria’s mayor.  There were MANY other mayors on the call, Chris Koos was not one of them. Below is a clip of just Renner.  He starts by thanking Mayor Ardis for his leadership, he asks a question, then expresses his appreciation […]

Bloomington continues to ignore law

By:  Diane Benjamin Pritzker has no power to shut down businesses.  Neither does Renner or Koos.  Local governments are graveling at Pritzker’s feet instead protecting your rights.  They are probably afraid of losing State grants.  Not living within your means makes them captive to the overlord Pritzker, Has anybody read the Illinois Constitution?  Where does […]

Did Koos read what he signed?

By:  Diane Benjamin Mayor Chris Koos posted this statement to his official Facebook page yesterday: Did he bother to read the Emergency Order # 20-008 he signed on April 4th? http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/16503/Emergency-Order-20-008—Stay-at-home-enforcement-?bidId= Excerpts: Did somebody forge your signature Mayor? One or more of the below is true: Koos is intentionally deceiving citizens Koos knows his order […]

Chris Koos taunts protestors

In response to citizens peaceably protesting yesterday” Normal Il mayor taunted “nonessential” struggling citizens and business owners while his business is OPEN. The banner proves he has NO compassion for his own community. He knew people were coming to protest, his message to those NOT ALLOWED to work: his middle finger! Worse – Koos told […]

Koos has no power, neither does the Governor

By:  Diane Benjamin READ all the way to the bottom please! The tyrants keeping Illinois shut down have no basis in the law to continue doing so. Start with Chris Koos – his original ordinance #5804:    http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/16424/ORD-5824—Emergency-Authorization—032320?bidId= That ordinance references: Koos is basing his Executive Powers on the Governor’s Executive Order.  What does the […]

Normal scammed it’s citizens

Followup story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/04/16/more-on-the-normal-ordinance-scam/ By:  Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council rushed through an emergency ordinance.  One section was very problematic for citizens.  See details in this story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/22/normal-emergency-meeting-monday/ The offending section, granting emergency powers to only Koos and Reece, was rapidly removed from the ordinance when suggested by Chris Koos and immediately amended by Kevin […]

Normal: FOIA filed

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight the Town of Normal will attempt to seize power there is no need for:  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/22/normal-emergency-meeting-monday/ Mayor Koos and Pam Reece want broad powers to respond however they see fit when no emergency exists locally.  See this story from earlier today:  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/23/just-the-facts-china-corona-virus/ Worse, the Town of Normal doesn’t want citizens present.  Public […]

Koos doesn’t like being challenged

By:  Diane Benjamin Two citizens mentioned the gift to Jeff Fritzen during public comment tonight. Koos didn’t like being challenged so he decided to respond. He claims he overlooked submitting the bill, that explains a lot mayor especially below market leases. Koos also claimed he sold it to the Town at cost.  Koos claimed no […]

Koos: Citizen Derangement Syndrome?

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos posted this on Facebook: Other than bad grammer, this statement proves he is clueless.  He has not been paying attention to citizens because he doesn’t want to! Facts Chris: 1 Uptown Circle is a failure because of the ridiculous lease your previous Council approved to get the building built 1 […]

Corruption in Normal?

By:  Diane Benjamin Would anybody be surprised if there was?  We do live in Illinois after all! WGLT did a story yesterday about Stan Nord’s property on W. College.  First you need to know this: Below are payments to WGLT from Normal taxpayers while one of WGLT’s employees was a trustee:  (RC McBride) Why did […]

The Koos Chronicles

By:  Diane Benjamin All emails received by FOIA. This comment appeared in a December 4th article – Mayor Koos: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/in-step-or-out-of-line-normal-council-wants-to/article_deebde5c-33be-5c08-bd94-828984d434bf.html The Mayor was talking about the Citizens Summitt.  He wanted only “invitees” to participate.  Stan Nord invited the Town from his Facebook page.   Koos and Pam Reece  were annoyed at the December 2nd council meeting:  […]

Normal Taxpayers fleeced again

By:  Diane Benjamin Surprise surprise! Normal had an agreement with IDOT to build an overhead passenger walkway at their expense: The source for the above is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by former City Manager Mark Peterson and officials from the State of Illinois and Union Pacific Railroad:  12.6.16_MOU Your elected officials decided a […]

Pam Reece is aggravated with Stan!

By:  Diane Benjamin Pam Reece can’t understand why Stan Nord is questioning the actions of past Councils.  If Pam can’t understand why Stan was elected, she had an opportunity handed to her: Stan has raised questions about a number of issues.  Some of them included Town owned properties being leased for much less than market […]

Normal: Only 2 voices of common sense

By:  Diane Benjamin Citizens of Normal can expect more backroom deals and handouts to friends because most of the Normal Trustees didn’t get the message from the last two elections.  Voters can permanently get a representative government in 2021.  Meanwhile Stan Nord and Karyn Smith are by themselves expecting fiscal sanity. The excessive spending trying […]

More things that don’t fit anywhere else:

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos’ bike shop sells electric bikes.  https://www.vitessecycle.com/product-list/bikes-1000/ebikes-electric-bikes-1038/ These bikes can reach speeds of 30 MPH, but they are not banned on Constitution Trail.  Signs on the trail say “No Motorized Vehicles”, so why are electric allowed?  Safety doesn’t matter?  Aren’t some bikers on the trail already a hazard?  How is “electric” […]

This explains the Divide in America

By:  Diane Benjamin This story should explain why Tari Renner despises Clarence Thomas.  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/25/tari-renner-clarence-thomas-doesnt-act-afro-american/ Thomas is black and successful.  Clarence proves being born poor and black in America does not mean you are doomed for life.  The same applies to Ben Carson and many other minorities who are living the American Dream because they worked […]

The Normal cover-up

By:  Diane Benjamin One more thing happened at Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting that you need to see. First, some background.  Both Bloomington and Normal have decided in recent years to write minutes that don’t reflect exactly what happens at meetings.  If citizens want to research something that happened a year ago and don’t know […]