What would have happened if that comment had been about Obama?

By:  Diane Benjamin Followup to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/17/public-service-announcement-district-87/ We’ve known for a long time Martin Luther King’s vision of America is dead: Would King want people to vote for blacks only? Kiasha Henry proved King’s legacy is dead in her Facebook rant.  Replace her comment about Trump with Obama and imagine a WHITE School Board […]

Do you think kids are e-learning? Not Unit 5

By:  Diane Benjamin District 87 has a statement on their website expecting kids to E-Learn:  https://www.district87.org/Covid 19 Update Unit 5 has this statement:    https://www.unit5.org/cms/lib/IL01905100/Centricity/Domain/4/parent_letter.pdf Act of God? Evidently God isn’t banned in schools when he can be used as an excuse! District 87 uses the same terminology but they are still E-Learning anyway. I […]

District 87: How about some current spending?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are the charges made in April and May 2019 – by person.  I’m going to dissect each one. Sam’s Club – no receipt Lowes:   The receipt is labeled “Skills USA”.  It includes Sales Tax of $33.92. Home Depot:  $598, the receipt doesn’t say what the “miter” equipment is for.  No sales. […]

District 87: July was FOOD month

By:  Diane Benjamin Received by FOIA:  08-2017 The Walmart charges are for 48 of these, no mention of who is using them or why they were bought separately.  The other highlighted items are for eclipse glasses.   All of the below are food receipts – some not itemized.  Legally, all receipts must state the purpose of […]

District 87 spending your money

By:  Diane Benjamin On a tip from a reader I FOIA’d 2 years of credit card charges from District 87.  I’m not anywhere close to looking at everything yet.  I will post items I found as I go through the files. Start with this one from July 2017: No, Barry Reilly didn’t spend all that […]

The $100,000+ Club

Open The Books has a new interactive map for Illinois which allows users to see Illinois Educators either receiving a salary or pension in excess of $100,000.  Click below to see it.  Keep in mind the pensions go up 3% every year, Pritzker refuses to put a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to change it.  […]

Bloomington Voters:

By:  Diane Benjamin Elections for Wards 2, 4, 6, and 8 are on the ballot.  Note: Ward 8 does have two candidates even though Travis Wilson was disqualified.  Crabill can’t get any farther left, so you could vote for Wilson.  Tari would then have to appoint his replacement.  If he appoints the loser Crabill, it […]

Yes there are free lunches!

By:  Diane Benjamin In yet another attempt  to turn the library into something it was never meant to be:     http://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org/Assets/files/SRPprogramguide.pdf I wonder where the tables and chairs will be set up?  How are they going to keep the jelly fingers off the books?  Will the library staff have to wash kids hands after lunch? […]

BHS get National Publicity!

By: Diane Benjamin BHS is now nationally famous for firing a conservative teacher AND handing out gun propaganda to students!  It was by accident I found  the document, what else is going on we don’t know about?  Anybody think indoctrination was a one time event?  Have the students ever heard the story behind the 2nd […]

District 87 has failed students

By:  Diane Benjamin I attended the District 87 School Board meeting last night.  Evidently not many people speak at Public Comment because they have NO Public Comment rules.  Public Comment is at the end of the meeting and anyone who wants to speak can with no time limits.  (Refreshing!) Two students spoke in support of […]

District 87: Hiding!

By:  Diane Benjamin On March 22nd I wrote about a document handed out to kids at BHS during their student walkout concerning gun violence:   https://blnnews.com/2018/03/22/remember-the-student-walk-out-bhs/ This is the email that made me want to know what the document says: The email says WE will provide copies. Note also the email says the copies were given […]

District 87 – Useless inspection

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve never understood the logic of scheduling an inspection if the intent is to see what it really happening.  Is the real reason to show complete compliance instead of reality? The email below is from the principal of BHS to all staff.   It was received by FOIA. “ROE Inspection” is Regional Office […]

District 87-Run backwards

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever feel like people you elect to a local office, like alderman and trustees, don’t represent you? How about School Board members?  Who do they work for? In District 87 the people you elect to represent you don’t work for you. From the District 87 website: Click to access filedownload.ashx Does the […]

District 87 – Reverse Discrimination

By:  Diane Benjamin Back in 2013 the Bloomington School District #87 was investigated for reverse discrimination because they failed to protect a white student. The school district signed an eleven point resolution that included this statement: Is reverse discrimination covered during orientation? This case resulted in substantial injuries to the student.  One of the parents […]

District 87 spends YOUR money!

By:  Diane Benjamin From Illinois News Network:  https://www.ilnews.org/news/schools/bloomington-taxpayers-shell-out-thousands-for-school-board-hotels-food/article_03e0ef4c-0078-11e8-9c76-03e07cf01e22.html Taxpayers in Bloomington paid thousands of dollars for District 87 school officials to enjoy a weekend of high-end hotels and restaurants in downtown Chicago. In doing this, it appears that they broke their own rules on spending. Twelve district officials spent approximately $18,511.39 while attending the Illinois Association of […]

Truth about property taxes

By:  Diane Benjamin Between 2007 and 2015 my total property taxes went up almost 15%.  The assessed value went up  a little over 9%. That’s EIGHT years. All those rate decreases mean nothing when the assessor thinks your property values went up. Remember the 2008 crash when property values supposedly dropped?  For taxes, mine didn’t. […]

Common Core

By: Diane Benjamin I just caught the last few minutes of District 87’s Barry Reilly on WJBC. Dr Reilly repeated the Common Core talking points:  It’s a set of standards not a curriculum. Dr Reilly:  Since the students are tested over and over and over, please explain how that “set of standards” doesn’t become “teaching […]

District 87 Vacancy

Don’t sit back and complain about our failing education system.  Do something about it: http://www.district87.org/pages/Bloomington_School_District_87 BLOOMINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 87 ________________________________________________________________________ The Bloomington Public School District 87 Board of Education will be filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Mr. John Dirks effective December 29, 2015. Persons interested in the position should send a […]

Unit 5 and District 87 BURN your money

By:  Diane Benjamin Maybe this story came out over a long weekend so you miss it.  The bird-cage liner REALLY blew the story!  Reason #24367 to not trust them or give them your money! Back story:  A law was passed in 2005 to prevent school districts from fattening pensions of retiring educators.  The Chicago Tribune […]

Unit 5, Dist 87 – Facts

By:  Diane Benjamin The pencil pushers in Washington DC have created their own reality, the Census Bureau has convinced local government, schools, and the media that McLean County is growing.  Instead of examining local conditions and applying common sense,  the local royalty is undeterred.  More government spending required, the population keeps growing.  (Note: start collecting […]

Wallet Alert! Vote March 18th

by:  Diane Benjamin Every McLean County resident will be asked to approve a 1% SALES TAX increase for schools.  You do NOT need to choose a Democrat or Republican ballot to vote on this issue.  Just ask for a non-partisan ballot. Here is why you should Vote NO 1)  This is a permanent tax.  Your Property […]