Tari: Forget your oath of office?

By: Diane Benjamin Vowing to uphold both the Constitution of the United States and the State of Illinois is beyond the left. Tari Renner proved that again at the emergency Liquor Commission meeting yesterday. See the short video clip as reported by Cities 92.9: https://www.cities929.com/2020/11/21/bloomington-mayor-renner-whines-at-liquor-commission-hearing-about-the-states-attorney/?fbclid=IwAR3IAg490VjyNCDqMzrrp8xgykB7fmsDgfxZdlbgmHMyl4m6kPGO9oEyrO0 Tari expect State Attorney Don Knapp to enforce Pritzker Executive […]

Before you believe John Butler:

By: Diane Benjamin John Butler and his lawyers have been telling media John didn’t know his employees were stealing concession money. Evidently he’s such a great guy he agreed to a misdemeanor and paid $450,000 in restitution just because. That of course was after spending who knows how many thousands (hundreds of thousands?) on attorneys […]

ISU: When you hear from the Attorney General just plead guilty

By:  Diane Benjamin I have filed a Request for Review with the Attorney General’s office based on this meeting held by Dr. Susan Kalter, the Chair of the Academic Senate at ISU:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/16/looks-like-a-revolt-at-isu/ Part 2 was supposed to happen tonight to finish what didn’t get done last Thursday.  Tonight’s meeting has been postponed indefinitely, the […]

That’s a felony Karla Marx

By:  Diane Benjamin Obviously the name is a fake, the police need to find out the real name.  WGLT reported she is afraid for her safety if her real name was known – she should be afraid.  Jail isn’t a fun place I hear. What did she do?  She admitted to creating the “boycott list”.  […]

More on the Public Building Commission

By:  Diane Benjamin See yesterday’s story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/01/20/ever-heard-of-the-public-building-commission/ Frist, there is State Law governing Public Building Commissions – it was enacted in 1955: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=683&ChapterID=11 Excerpts: They are separate from other government agencies They have to keep minutes, receipts and disbursement records They are subject to an annual audit They can sign contracts and borrow money I have […]

Felons not going to Jail?

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story from Conservative Review:  Chicago Hellhole Parole Free Bail Jailbreak Violent Gun Felons The story is mostly about how felons, even convicted of gun violence, end up back on the streets.  Unfortunately, McLean County made the story: We know crime decreased for decades due to mandatory sentences.  That trend is […]

Justin Barr: The charges

By:  Diane Benjamin State’s Attorney Don Knapp obtained the charging statements from Will County against Justin Barr.  He forwarded them to me. When I posted the original story I had no idea how huge this story would be.  I have talked to people from multiple counties who also claim to be victims.  See it here […]

Are you a victim of Justin Barr?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m hearing stories from all over central Illinois about people who have hired Justin Barr and feel ripped off.  All the reports started when I published this story:   https://blnnews.com/2019/01/12/lexington-guy-arrested-in-joliet-he-has-history-here/ If you are a victim and have NOT filed a police report, you need to now.  If the police refuse to take the […]

Consider this:

By:  Diane Benjamin Joliet chose Bloomington’s City Manager. Bloomington had 3 candidates to replace him – all from Illinois. Bloomington chose Decatur’s City Manager.  He then chose another guy from Decatur as an assistant. The Streator City Manager has now been chosen by Decatur. The Bloomington City Clerk came here from Arizona.  She didn’t stay […]

Charges to be re-filed against John Butler

By:  Diane Benjamin The charges previously dismissed by a judge against John Butler for theft from the Coliseum are going to be re-filed on January 2nd. A reader asked me after he noticed an arraignment scheduled on the County website.  I emailed State’s Attorney Don Knapp and asked him what was going on, this was […]

It’s official! The New State’s Attorney

Don Knapp was appointed with ZERO discussion.  The fix was in. By:  Diane Benjamin The County Board meets this morning at 9:00.  On the agenda (Item 7) is the Chairman’s pick to replace Jason Chambers as State’s Attorney.     https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6150 I predict Chairman John McIntyre picked the current Assistant County Administrator Don Knapp.  Don is […]

The next State’s Attorney

By:  Diane Benjamin This note is on the McLean County State’s Attorney website:    http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/index.aspx?NID=96 Sources tell me the State’s Attorney job is mostly administrative, I don’t buy it.  If the State’s Attorney has never tried a case or prosecuted anyone, how can they know the people they are supervising are competent?  I bet prosecuting the […]

Normal: Blatant illegal meeting(s)

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s getting harder and harder to see that ANY laws matter, at least for government.  Officials can twist facts, feign illness, and violate the law knowing nobody is going to prosecute.   The Town of Normal Council is doing their part Tuesday night: I don’t know if this “planning session” has taken […]

UPDATE: Another Bloomington FOIA failure

Today I got this response: Obviously there is no reason why this lame response couldn’t have been given within the 5 days allowed by law. The Grove information came from this document dated February 2015:  http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=12052 Since many more houses have been built at the Grove since 2015 – Tari is relying on old information. […]