Want ethical government?

By: Diane Benjamin The citizens of Clark County Washington had to pass a charter amendment to get an ethics commission: The ethics commission is the result of the charter amendment approved by voters in November that requires the council to adopt an ordinance establishing a code of ethics and penalties for violations of the code […]

Koos is a Conflict of Interest

By: Diane Benjamin The University of Illinois at Chicago recently rated Illinois as the second most corrupt state in the country: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/corruption-costs-illinois-taxpayers-at-least-550m-per-year/?fbclid=IwAR11VlYYI6ARmHozjFT0DQgsFig-PgAJNkYwkSGbD1jj3AvL_hCEGbDrJK8 Central Illinois isn’t exempt. The Town of Normal is famous for calling new bike trails a Quality of Life issue. It is – for bike shop owner and Mayor of Normal: Chris Koos. […]

Corruption in Normal?

By:  Diane Benjamin Would anybody be surprised if there was?  We do live in Illinois after all! WGLT did a story yesterday about Stan Nord’s property on W. College.  First you need to know this: Below are payments to WGLT from Normal taxpayers while one of WGLT’s employees was a trustee:  (RC McBride) Why did […]

Media is destroying democracy! (Rauner)

By:  Diane Benjamin We aren’t a democracy, but I might as well use the language of the left.  It fits. It’s bad enough the Pantagraph refuses to do investigative reporting, but now the media is threatening to throw an election for MONEY. Cities 92.9 knows Bruce Rauner is lying in his endlessly running commercial claiming […]

Did corruption beat Quinn?

by:  Diane Benjamin The incredible waste of taxpayers dollars before the 2010 election didn’t make much news downstate.  The media thought it was nothing more than politics and questions from republicans were unjustified.  Maybe the people of Illinois knew better.  Maybe the people are sick of low job growth, companies leaving the state, and high […]

CEOs sound off on Illinois’ business climate

by: Michael Lucci CEOs of major U.S. corporations went on record in Chief Executive Magazine’s “2014 Best and Worst States for Business.”  Business leaders pulled no punches in their description of Illinois, going so far as to compare doing business in Illinois to doing business in a third-world country. The publication ranked Illinois at the bottom […]

Why is Illinois & McLean County corrupt?

by:  Diane Benjamin Crimes are only crimes if they are prosecuted.  Elected officials can do anything they want, including breaking the law, but if they aren’t prosecuted – magically there is no crime!  They learn early they are at little risk of being prosecuted. Why is Illinois corrupt?  Because very few elected officials are prosecuted. […]

More follow-up to Illinois corruption reporting

see 2 previous posts: https://blnnews.com/2013/06/27/its-your-money/ https://blnnews.com/2013/06/27/back-story-to-its-your-money/ “CNSI has not solicited Illinois…” Kathryn Harris Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel Client Network Services, Inc (CNSI) Comment Posted 6/30/13, Edgar County Watchdogs Website   Why did the General Counsel for an Obama Care contractor post blog comments on a Southern Illinois watchdog’s website?Follow the Obama Care money…    […]

Illinois Medicaid expansion? Not so fast!

Much more information to come! YOUR CALL TO ACTION Did the Quinn administration circumvent procurement law on $196 million of Medicaid contracting? Is the administration now engaged in a cover-up? For The Good of Illinois   Medicaid is a quarter of the state government operating budget- the largest program. It serves our most vulnerable citizens: the disadvantaged, […]

Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest

This letter appeared in the Newtown Bee:  http://newtownbee.com/Opinions/Letters_to_the_Editor/2013/01-January/2013-01-10__13-58-39/Elected+Officials+Are+Fundamentally+Dishonest To the Editor: This letter was forwarded to Barack Obama, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, and Harry Reid I live in Sandy Hook, CT. My family and close friends weren’t harmed on December 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain […]

Local Sovereignty: How to get it back

This post if for citizens who understand America is on the wrong track.  It is insanity to send our money to Washington and Springfield and then beg for some back – subject to their rules and regulations.  Who is REALLY making local decisions? LOCAL control means the people have control, not far away bureaucrats attempting to socially […]

Sen Bill Brady Votes by Accident – UPDATE!

by Diane Benjamin Once again the Republican Party in Illinois shows ZERO leadership ability.  The final session of the legislature was a circus created by Mike Madigan to pass whatever legislation he approved of, a lot of it created to benefit his law clients. See http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-madigan-medicaid-20120602,0,824489,full.story What did the Republicans do?  Walk out? Refuse to […]