Riveting assemblage tonight in Normal?

By: Diane Benjamin Keep in mind many of Normal’s professional staff don’t live in Normal: https://blnnews.com/2020/12/14/guess-where-town-of-normal-employees-dont-live/ They have no reason to keep taxes low, make the roads drivable, or the water drinkable. The Council will be meeting at 5:15 to hear the status of the underpass project. Public opinion is immaterial. The fanciest properties will […]

If you like Dan Brady you can’t keep Dan Brady

By: Diane Benjamin The new district maps are now available. Of course the Democrats drew them behind closed doors with zero transparency. Anybody hear the local democrats objecting like they did to the County District maps? Primary elections will be moved to June 28. It makes no sense to hold a primary 7-8 months before […]

The REAL Chemberly Cummings

By: Diane benjamin h/t a reader Besides borrowing money at 97.74% interest, Chemberly’s actions on the Normal Town Council prove she isn’t fit to serve if you are looking for fiscal responsibility in government. You didn’t know about the loan? See detail here: https://blnnews.com/2019/09/16/part-2-why-chemberly-isnt-fit-to-serve/ Below is the back side of the campaign literature her minions […]

More Property Taxes Normal Doesn’t Owe

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever heard “Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves”? The Town of Normal is not only not “watching the pennies”, they aren’t watching dollars either.  (YOUR DOLLARS) These bills are “presented” for Monday night – nobody is suppose to ask questions. Start with the One Uptown Circle Rent.  […]

Normal: Incompetence and More

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal’s IT staff continues to show their incompetence.  The Live Stream video and the posted recorded video are TINY.  Early in the meeting the audio would go out, reappear, and go out again. Why does the Town of Normal tolerate employees who aren’t capable of doing their job?  I’ve lost track of […]

Last chance to see people not fighting for toilet paper

By:  Diane Benjamin VOTE Bloomington sample ballots:  https://www.becvote.org/wordpress/electiondatesandoffices/specimen-ballot/ Everywhere but Bloomington:  https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/692/Sample-Ballots You have to vote either Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or nonpartisan (only matters for Letory and El Paso-Gridley Schools). Picking a party doesn’t make you a member of that party.  It does prevent you from seeing the same old names on the ballot again in […]

The Election Isn’t Cancelled!

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois has not cancelled the primary election for Tuesday!  Evidently rumors are on social media saying it is.  Show up! Still undecided on Dan Brady?  This should help: You can’t get rid of McLean County Auditor Michelle Anderson unless you pull a Republican ballot.  She needs to go!

David Blumenshine – Why he is running

By:  Diane Benjamin It doesn’t make sense to send the same representatives to Springfield over and over and over when Illinois is in a death spiral of debt.  Pensions need reformed, we don’t need a progressive tax that will chase high income job creators out of the state. We need fighters in Springfield, we don’t […]

Dan Brady’s Fatal Flaw

By:  Diane Benjamin Dan has plenty of money to run ads, the theme seems to be: People not Politics What that tells me is he is not interested in fixing the problems in Illinois.  He wants to shake hands and show up everywhere and help people with problems who call his office.  His secretary could […]

Note Who is Missing!

By:  Diane Benjamin If you didn’t watch the debate between Dan Brady and David Blumenshine you missed Brady interrupting Blumenshine during an answer.  It felt just like Chris Koos shutting down citizens during Public Comment.  Kneeling is required at all times before the elite. Start watching at 57:40.  Dan Brady called David Blumenshine the “King […]

David Blumenshine endorsed over Dan Brady

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois taxed you more last year and Dan Brady helped the Democrats do it:  https://blnnews.com/2020/01/09/fake-republican-dan-brady/ Meanwhile the fiscal condition of Illinois continues to decline:   https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois-fiscal-condition-worsens-despite-higher-revenues-interim-annaul-report Illinois doesn’t have a revenue problem they have a spending and corruption problem! The only fix is to elect different people for Springfield. Illinois Family Action PAC […]

Part 2: Why Chemberly isn’t fit to serve

By:  Diane Benjamin See Part 1 here:  https://blnnews.com/2019/09/15/part-1-why-chemberly-isnt-fit-to-serve/ This article will explain why Chemberly should not be in any elected office deciding how to spend taxpayer money.  Lots of people find themselves in difficult spots, what matters is digging yourself out.  The only way to do that is cut-cut-cut expenses and/or increase income.  Cummings chose […]

Four B’s and an R (Gas Tax)

By:  Diane Benjamin Dan Brady, Bill Brady, Jason Barickman, Tom Bennett, and Chapin Rose I bet the gas prices are killing your budget.  Lawmakers never understand you have to cut your budget in other places to pay their tax increases.  You have less money to spend, therefore tax revenue, like sales tax, will decrease.  You […]


By:  Diane Benjamin Homeland Security has not issued a valid retainer for Jose Rodriguez.  They knew when they sent one signed by an immigration officer instead of a judge it wasn’t valid in Illinois because former REPUBLICAN Governor Rauner signed the Trust Act. I looked up who voted to make Illinois a sanctuary State, none […]

The News Thinks Dan Brady is Wrong

By:  Diane Benjamin I reported in May Dan Brady voted YES on HB 2040 – the bill (now signed into law)  bans private immigration detention centers.    https://blnnews.com/2019/05/11/dan-brady-isu-local-democrats-more-slbb-and-pay-to-play/ I asked him why he voted YES, he told me it would’t affect the Dwight location.  It sounds like Dan is the only person who believes that, the […]

Illinois GOP, a minority on purpose

By:  Diane Benjamin State GOP Chair Tim Schneider led the Republican Party in a wipe-out last November.  The Republicans have zero power in Springfield thanks to his leadership.  There is now a lawsuit connected to the election of the State Central Committeeman over election improprieties.  Schneider is accused of stealing the election.   Details here:  19-0422 […]

Citizens of Normal need to see this one!

By:  Diane Benjamin Town Council meeting TUESDAY   http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3172  (delayed for MLK Day) Misc spending:  CDM is Children Discovery Museum.  It’s easy to give your money as a memorial! This is what you need to see: (yes it’s complicated) The Town of Normal owns the building at 104 W. North.  It is currently rented to Dan Brady […]

More on the VA story from yesterday

By:  Diane Benjamin This is an update to yesterday’s story:     https://blnnews.com/2018/07/11/not-the-right-fit-tari/ This morning I spoke to the Marine veteran who was the subject of the Facebook post by Danny Leifel.  He wants to remain anonymous because of the large number of phone calls he received yesterday. One phone call he never received was from […]

CIRA needs money too

By:  Diane Benjamin Illinois is in a death spiral and now it’s local.  Every level of government refuses to live within their means and adjust to changing conditions.  They think they can pick your pocket whenever they want. Central Illinois Regional Airport is the latest. CIRA has found a state legislator in Bellville to sponsor […]

Get Scott Laughlin some gun facts!

The 2nd amendment wasn’t written when the only guns were muskets! Scott Laughlin thinks today’s guns don’t qualify as a right.  He needs to know HISTORY. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/04/03/firearms-technology-and-the-original-meaning-of-the-second-amendment/?utm_term=.78e56d448119 Excepts: Gun-control advocates often argue that gun-control laws must be more restrictive than the original meaning of the Second Amendment would allow, because modern firearms are so different […]

Connect Transit tears

See this story for the totals:  https://blnnews.com/2016/10/28/connect-transit-totals/https://blnnews.com/2016/10/28/connect-transit-totals/ By:  Diane Benjamin I didn’t attend the Connect Transit meeting last night, but I have reports from people who did. Of course people spoke that rely on buses, but people also spoke about BUDGETING a $12,000,000 loss when the country and the State of Illinois both have no […]

Dan Brady: Campaign Cash

By:  Diane Benjamin Comptroller Leslie Munger has a new website to promote transparency.  This one reveals campaign contributions.  The State Board of Elections has this information, but it’s NOT in a usable format.  This website is!  Data can be copied to a spreadsheet without doing any reformatting.  From there is can be sorted, grouped, and […]

Dan Brady voted against this bill.

Ask him why, he’s got a story.  None of it has anything to do with the Campaign Contributions from the Teachers Union.  Does showing up everywhere make a good legislator?  Evidently, nobody is running against him again.  He had a chance to free around 30,000 Chicago kids from rotten schools and the teacher’s union.  He […]

What happens to wrecked and junky vehicles?

by:  Diane Benjamin On Friday I got THREE certified letters from the City of Chicago.  At a cost of $3.50 each, my husband and I were notified that our vehicle was impounded for Altered Tags.  All 3 letters were identical except one had my name and 2 had my husband’s – more government efficiency in […]

The Illinois Lottery scam

by Diane Benjamin Weeks ago I heard from a source INSIDE the Illinois Lottery that Illinois has been skimming money to pay bills.  Yesterday Crain’s Business reported that an audit found $200 Million in reporting errors.  http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130701/BLOGS02/130709979 Associated Press reported the same story.  Reporting errors?  $200,000,000?  Crain’s blames a  “transition to being an independent agency”.  Illinois […]

2nd Amendment in Illinois

This site will end without your support.  Click here to contribute:   http://blnnews.blogspot.com/ Below is a recap of votes taken in the HOUSE yesterday.  Note how many times Dan Brady voted Present!  Keith Sommer even had a few. See the entire report:  http://tinyurl.com/a7njqw6 Legislation remains on second reading – will need another vote in House before […]

Illegals get Drivers Licenses!

Thanks to Yes votes from both Bill Brady and Dan Brady, illegal (ILLEGAL) aliens will now be able to get Driver’s Licenses in Illinois.  Supposedly the roads will be safer. How are they going to verify identity?  Legal citizens have to bring a birth certificate when they get a drivers license. It didn’t work in […]

Local Legislators: Getting your money’s worth?

by:  Diane Benjamin According to the state Comptroller’s website:  http://ledger.illinoiscomptroller.com/index.cfm/find-the-salary-of-a-state-employee/find-state-employee-salary-sql/ Salary paid through 11/30/2012 Dan Brady  $75,123.95   (annual: $81,953.40) Bill Brady  $77,382.03  (annual:  $84,416.76) Keith Sommer  $68,355.10 (annual: $74,569.20) GARS = General Assembly Retirement System This information was obtain under the Freedom of Information Act: Dan Brady has served 11 years and 11 months.  He has […]

The Brady Bunch

Dollars for leaders Of the 177 Illinois state legislators, 136 receive some type of salary boost for a leadership post, which will cost taxpayers an additional $1.7 million this year. Annual salaries for all 177 is $64,716. Both Dan Brady and Bill Brady receive extra money for their leaderships rolls: Dan   $9,851 Total  $  74,567 […]

Republicans Forfeited Right to Gloat About Chicago Teachers’ Strike – UPDATE

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2012/09/last-14-teacher-union-contributions-to-republican-leaders.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FbYHz+%28Illinois+Review%29 This article may further explain. oes Republican silence on CTU strike relate to union contributions? Illinois Republican lawmakers seem strangely quiet on the CTU strike. Few press releases. Even fewer comments. Might it have something to do with teachers union support? Below are some of the contributions the Illinois Education Association – Illinois’ largest […]