McCarthy proves Democrats aren’t interested in fixing pensions

By: Diane Benjamin The Democrat Party of Illinois isn’t going to reform pensions with a Constitutional Amendment. Next year they do have a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to hand unions even more power. https://www.illinoispolicy.org/press-releases/what-is-amendment-1-an-illinois-constitutional-amendment-on-the-ballot-next-november/ If local elected officials across the State demanded a Constitutional Amendment to reform pensions, they would prove they care about […]

BEC’s New Director

By: Diane Benjamin It took a long time for the Bloomington Election Commission to name a new Executive Director, the last one quit in May. I’d still like to know why Tim Mitchell quit suddenly and why it took so long to replace him. Did they have trouble finding a qualified applicant? The new Executive […]

Early Voting starts tomorrow. DON’T!

by: Diane Benjamin In my opinion voting in September for an election in November is lamebrained, dim-witted, and unintelligent. There will be “October surprises”, the presidential debates don’t even start until next week. The ONLY reason to vote now is to pretend you investigated all the candidates and have determined which ones represent your values. […]

Why is ISU going after private business?

By:  Diane Benjamin Years ago ISU decided to tear down old dorms.  This led to a plethora of private companies building housing for ISU students.  Buildings went up all over Normal that contribute to the Town budget through property taxes. ISU has now decided to build a sophomore dorm.  Are 2nd year kids living on […]

County Slate – no wonder Rankin wants out

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are all the people who filed for County offices.  The ones in red boxes will be on the primary ballot, evidently retiring dem party chair Erik Rankin couldn’t stop leftists from competing to see who can be the most extreme.  2 races will have democrat primaries, only one republican.  I wonder […]

More Local Dems hilarity

By:  Diane Benjamin Can 97% of taxpayers in Illinois pay less in taxes while the State plans to spend more?  The local Democrat Party must think citizens have ZERO common sense: They don’t mention Springfield is planning to give financial aid to illegal aliens too. The FLAT income tax has been continually increased.  The State […]

Vote NO on the Roads Lock Box!

By:  Diane Benjamin Instead of controlling pension costs and the Medicaid spending bankrupting the State of Illinois, lawmakers want you to think locking in spending for infrastructure is a good idea.  The unions love it – they will have security if it passes, the rest of us will pay dearly. Just like Bloomington set up […]

Constitutional scam amendment on the ballot

by:  Diane Benjamin The Democrats in Illinois want to see just how stupid the citizens are in November.  Just voting for any Democrat because you think they will make sure you get your pensions is plenty of proof, but they want more. On the ballot will be a Constitutional Amendment labelled Suffrage and Elections.  The […]

FIDDLING WHILE ILLINOIS BURNS

October 26, 2012 – (Rockton, Illinois) – Early voters are flocking to county clerk’s offices across the state, but, sadly, most will be surprised when the first thing they encounter on their ballot is Illinois Constitution Amendment 49. The amendment purports to protect taxpayers from rash simple majority votes on state employee pension benefits by […]

More on Amendment 49-Constitutional Amendment

Illinois amendment would eliminate constitutional protections CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A little-publicized amendment to the Illinois Constitution on this November’s ballot could have a big impact on the pensions and health care of state workers if Illinois voters approve it, a University of Illinois expert in legal policy says. According to John Kindt, a professor emeritus […]

Surprise! Amendment 49 in the Nov Ballot – Update

by Diane Benjamin First, Mike Madigan is behind the Amendment.  This amendment is based on a bill passed by the Illinois  House and Senate overwhelmingly last May: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?GAID=11&GA=97&DocNum=49&DocTypeID=HJRCA&SessionID=84&LegID=67098&SpecSess=&Session= This amendment concentrates monetary power in Springfield.   Here is a 2 page summary More Information at:  http://www.suaa.org/assets/pdf/ImpairmentProvision.pdf?PHPSESSID=8cc7ec3dabdfdd7286d960220b1225ec Also:  http://www.ilretirementsecurity.org/reports?id=0062 Summary: Mike Madigan is behind placing a Constitutional […]