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 […]