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 […]

BLM: Bullying the Council?

By:  Diane Benjamin The west-side police substation is back on the agenda of the Bloomington City Council Monday, but now it’s called a community center: Black Lives Matter still isn’t happy.  Even though the City changed the name, BLM is still calling the house a substation on Facebook: BLM is organizing people to attend […]

Burying Bailouts in “Quality of Life” PART 2

by:  Diane Benjamin Part 1: Community Center How did CAAY pick the property currently rented by the Great Escape to relocate the YMCA?  Once again, it helps to know who owns it now. The McLean County Recorder’s Office shows: Great Escape Property 1716 RT Dunn Dr Ste 4: Parcel 21-09-452-002 Main & Veterans LLC […]

Burying bailouts in “Quality of Life”?

by:  Diane Benjamin On Monday a presentation will be made to the Bloomington City Council pertaining to the proposed Community Center and Soccer Complex.  The group behind the project wants 1/4% Sales Tax for 8 years which they say will completely pay for both projects.  The group is called Citizens Advocating for Area Youth (CAAY). […]

It’s just 1/4%

by:  Lane Hansen But let’s look at the ‘big picture’ in terms of Bloomington’s overall finances:   Other Tax Increases Currently Being Considered –Connect Transit: considering a ¼% sales tax –Bloomington Public Library: considering a ¼% sales tax -$30M Miller Park expansion: considering a ¼% sales tax –District 87: considering a tax increase (possibly a sales tax) –Unit 5: considering a tax increase (possibly a sales tax)   […]

Bloomington: Don’t show up for local elections

by:  Diane Benjamin Obviously when around 20% of voters actually vote in local elections, what City government does to you isn’t a priority.  This is what happens in Bloomington when you don’t care who represents you: An estimated $139,000,000 needs to be spent on sewers in the next 20 years It will cost an estimated […]