Bloomington Library No longer Publishes Facts

By:  Diane Benjamin It wasn’t that long ago the data pertaining to City functions was available.  We used to know what the tax receipts were – now we don’t.  We used to know traffic at the library has been declining – now we have no idea.  Traffic isn’t included in Library Board reports either. The […]

Library – the FACTS

By:  Diane Benjamin Back when the City Manager did real Monthly Reports, the library traffic was easier to understand.  It always included year-to-year comparisons.  The summary now doesn’t. See this graph from October 2015:  PDF page 43  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=9452 This is what was reported for October 2017: PDF page 11    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15324 Several items are noteworthy: a large […]

The Scam

By:  Diane Benjamin The old type Bloomington City Manager reports with real usable information ceased to exist when Alderman Diana Hauman called their “printing” a waste of money.  The last REAL report was April 2016.  City manager David Hales still does a City Manager report on-line, but it has little useful data. The old reports […]

December Library usage

By:  Diane Benjamin From Page 10 – City Manager’s December report:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=11954 From page 44 of the December 2015 City Manager’s report:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=9706 Information for December 2015 isn’t available.  Library information is missing from many of the new jumbled City Manager reports.  David Hales is DONE winning awards for delivering information to citizens! The transparency […]

Soccer waited too long

By:  Diane Benjamin According to Moody’s, Bloomington-Normal is now in a recession.   See yesterday’s story Here A recession is at least 6 months of stagnant wages, fall in retail sales, contraction of GDP, and high unemployment.  Here it could also mean people have left because opportunities are limited. I wonder if this is why Bloomington […]

Why Hauman isn’t qualified

By:  Diane Benjamin Not only is Hauman not qualified to be mayor, she isn’t qualified to be alderman! Why?  Because both are supposed to represent the people who elected them.  She doesn’t.  It is her fault that monthly City Manager reports are no longer published.  The Council never voted, she just mentioned it was a […]