BLNNews Verses MCRPC Poll

by Diane Benjamin The McLean County Regional Planning Commission has been very busy planning how to spend YOUR money.  The complete Long Range Plan is available at:  http://www.mcplan.org/egov/documents/1350666761_64351.pdf Keep in mind, these people are un-elected.  You will never vote on the members of this commission.  Some are elected in other areas of government, some are […]

THE UNSOPHISTICATED NORMAL CITIZEN

Earlier this  year in March, the citizens of Bloomington and Normal took the opportunity and exercised their right in a fair and square, uncontested, open election process that was without incident.   In that election. citizens decidedly  rejected a proposal that would have, essentially, allowed local government to choose the source of citizen’s electric utility and who that electricity would be provided by.  In fact, more citizens participated […]

THE HEAT IS ON – CITYWATCH WATCHED?

Is the heat being turned up on CITYWATCH? Has the search of truth become so infringed that it has become a threat to those that hide it?  And has the right of the citizens to know that truth become threatened when groups like CITYWATCH become the “watched”? The answer to all three of those question […]

Notes on Normal from CityWatch

Today’s Pantagraph reports in headline fashion on tonight’s Normal Town Council meeting.  The Pantagraph coverage highlights apparently what it considers the most impacting items on the agenda as rural Towanda’s ambulance service and bus service to Normal’s new train station. My point here is certainly not to downplay or minimize the importance of emergency vehicles or emergency response.   Obviously a critical […]

Voice of The People

THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE June 1, 2012 CITYWATCH.    Of the people, for the people, and for the good of the community. Those are big shoes to fill. As CITYWATCH strives to be the voice of the people in our community, and to advocate for the best interest of the community, its success depends, in part, on […]

Bloomington City Council-Upside Down Government

CityWatch is a group of citizens keeping an eye on local government.  This is the first in a series of articles about the City of Bloomington government. http://citywatch1.blogspot.com/2012/03/wish-you-were-there-bloomington-city.html From:  March 27, 2012 Upside down government. I’ve addressed it before. At last evenings Bloomington City Council meeting, more topsy-turvy politics appeared. It doesn’t surprise me any […]