Update: FOIA filed

See what they were hiding here:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=17440 By:  Diane Benjamin I wouldn’t have to file so many FOIA requests with Bloomington if the information actually got posted to their website.  Many are THEIR fault: This was filed today. I wonder if the Council knows what they are approving for payment tonight?  9 hours before the meeting, […]

Monday: Funding Gap! Ha Ha

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s way past time for adults to be running the City of Bloomington!  We are tired of the lies and the abuse of taxpayers by pretending the city doesn’t have enough money because taxpayers aren’t paying enough. End the charade.  Cancel the court jesters.  It’s OVER! They just don’t know it yet.  […]

Bloomington’s Mosquito Farm

By:  Diane Benjamin Brady Homes did a subdivision off Fox Creek road called Fox Hollow.  Toward the rear of the subdivision is a retention basin  that is supposed to drain.  It doesn’t.  Brady failed to maintain it, thus the drain is clogged. In the Fall of 2014 the City of Bloomington accepted it from Brady, […]

Renner spending non-existent money

By:  Diane Benjamin At the November 24th City Council meeting Renner obviously felt the $750,000 State of Illinois grant via Bill Brady belonged to him.  He showed a complete reversal from the previous Council meeting when Aldermen were told it could only be spent on expanding McGraw Park. This comment from City staff was included […]

Kimmerlings pension

by:  Diane Benjamin People receiving pensions under Illinois Law aren’t the problem.  The law is the problem, written years ago by people in Springfield thinking they could manage utopia and therefore buy votes.  The system worked until people actually started retiring.  Their checks automatically increase every year by 3%.  Within 10 years they get paid […]

Do you appreciate being lied to?

by:  Diane Benjamin See this link from earlier today:  https://blnnews.com/2014/10/07/the-bloomington-tyrrany/ Look carefully at the number of employees. 2000      542  Total employees 2011       595   Total employees Yes, the City did shed jobs during the recession – after they exploded the total number! I’ve got more facts for you.  All of […]

Highlights: Bills and Payroll for tonight’s Council meeting

by:  Diane Benjamin From:  https://blnnews.com/2014/08/18/how-about-some-facts-tari/ In the last 2 years the City of Bloomington has hired 120 people.  Why are they still spending money on Temporary Labor?  I hope somebody checks that invoices aren’t being paid twice.  All 3 list invoices for the exact same amount.   https://blnnews.com/2014/08/18/how-about-some-facts-tari/ Bills are approved for payment twice a month […]

Comparing Salaries: Bloomington and Champaign

by:  Diane Benjamin In 2012 the population of Bloomington is listed at 77,733.  Champaign’s population was 82,517 This is a link to the City of Champaign salaries:  http://ci.champaign.il.us/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/2013-Compensation-Report-Final.pdf This is a link to Library salaries in Champaign:  http://ci.champaign.il.us/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/FY-2012-13-ACTUAL-TOTAL-COMPENSATION-LIBRARY-POSTED-ON-CITY-WEBSITE.pdf Champaign numbers are fiscal year ended 6/30/13 Champaign City Manager Salary:  $194,905 Total employees for City and Library   […]

Was Mayor Renner covering up the Truth about the Coliseum?

by Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph story on the repairs at the Coliseum didn’t sound like the situation was serious.  Obviously it was since the City paid laborers weekend rates to start fixing the problem. Mayor Renner gave a lot more details on WGLT radio:  http://wglt.org/wireready/news/2013/12/07602_coliseum_ventilation_web_155703.shtml “It was really disappointing that a building this new would […]