The rest of Bloomington

By: Diane Benjamin I wonder how many of the people with sewage in their basements bothered to vote in past local elections. I’m betting many didn’t because turnout is despicable. City Councils are the ones who destroy you the fastest, think Coliseum, BCPA, a never used fire station, and a water tower built to short […]

Crabill again: Cut police funding

By: Diane Benjamin Since Jenn Carrillo would have been laughed at, Jeff Crabill was the BLM representative last night. He wanted to approve last years police budget instead of the increased number. State Farm – make sure he doesn’t get a raise this year since he thinks public safety personnel don’t deserve one. The video […]

Amenity not Economic Development

By: Diane Benjamin Last night’s Bloomington council meeting: Tari Renner and the Clerk had to be reminded Public Comment was skipped. I hope the next mayor can read and follow an agenda, Tari can’t (numerous examples from recent meetings). See around 49:00. There was only one Public Comment. Ward 3 candidate Willie Holton Halbert took […]

Bloomington 12/14/2020

By: Diane Benjamin Before Covid restrictions put more businesses with video gaming out of business, the City is taking action. Not to help them stay in business, the Clerk will now allow other businesses to get on a wait list for new licenses. I found it hilarious that previously they thought this was too difficult. […]

I wonder how Bloomington and Normal will explain this:

By: Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council is meeting Monday night. The ICE hater s will be out in force because Donna Boelen’s council initiative is on the agenda. The far left doesn’t think laws are material to any conversation. http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1098&Inline=True At last Monday’s meeting the City auditor stated Bloomington is paying more than necessary […]

Bloomington last night

By: Diane Benjamin The far left are the only voices being heard by the Council. Policy is therefore being run by them because few regular citizens bother to call in for public comment. There was another line of leftists that thought they would get a Welcoming Ordinance when that wasn’t what Donna Boelen’s initiative was. […]

Bloomington: The far left has control

By: Diane Benjamin Have you heard Joe Biden calling for civility because we are all Americans? It’s cute but he forgot his base isn’t civil. Funny how all the protests and burning businesses have stopped. I suggest businesses don’t dispose of the boarding-up materials: Joe Biden isn’t president-elect. The media doesn’t get to declare a […]

Bloomington’s short meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin Short meeting last night, there was nothing worth writing about in advance.  Off course the meeting was.more interesting than the agenda predicted. One public comment speaker couldn’t understand why time wasn’t extended for cannabis comments when it had been extended previously for other items.  That’s too easy:  Nobody had anything new to […]

I need 1 minute and 17 seconds

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington Alderman Donna Boelen posted this video on Facebook yesterday.  She is a  advocate the Strong Towns philosophy. Keep in mind I can see how many people read a story.  I can also see how many people CLICK on something I post.  PLEASE watch this really short video, it sums up everything […]

More on the Coliseum LOSS

By:  Diane Benjamin On September 16, 2019 VenuWorks presented THEIR report to the Council.  We know now the report was fictitious.  The audited loss is much higher, VenuWorks should only be allowed to present audited financial statements in the future.      https://blnnews.com/2019/10/25/how-much-the-arena-really-lost/ 11:45 – Kimberly Bray thanked Lynn Cannon for everything contributed and the fantastic […]

Fake News from the Pantagraph matches Connect’s fake caring

By:  Diane Benjamin Pantagraph story:  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/connect-transit-to-buy-at-least-electric-buses-over-four/article_63972e20-636a-52ea-81d2-a56849c9cef2.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2 So many things are wrong with what happened at the Connect Transit meeting, but start with the fake reporting: Stan Nord wasn’t there! Bloomington Alderman Donna Boelen did and she did ask the Board to wait until the Working Group was finished.  Did a reporter even attend?  Was stating […]

Council: Word Twisting

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council spent around 45 minutes discussing the language for the new Concrete and Asphalt Fund which obviously didn’t mean ONLY concrete and asphalt.  See this story for more background:  https://blnnews.com/2019/04/06/bloomington-moday-agenda/ Even though City Manager Tim Gleason claimed “concrete and asphalt” around 1:01:00 the ordinance still had infrastructure wording – […]

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 […]

Response to comment left last night:

By:  Diane Benjamin A comment was left on BlnNews last night that deserves a longer response than just my reply.  The citizens of Bloomington need to understand who is REALLY responsible for the roads and new designs in recent years.  It isn’t Jim Karch. The comment: Why are few roads getting fixed and those that […]

4 pics you need to see

By:  Diane Benjamin First refer back to yesterday’s story:   https://blnnews.com/2019/02/09/remember-when-bloomington-was-broke/ The City of Bloomington will be adding yet another Quality of Life location most of the population will never use.  EVERY Quality of Life location they have now loses money, including the zoo.  Even though local soccer people have finally taken it on themselves to […]

The CLUELESS running for office

By:  Diane Benjamin Last Saturday the McLean County Republican Party held a debate for the candidates running for Bloomington City Council.  The only candidate to decline the invitation was Jenn Carrillo who is running to replace Karen Schmidt. The debate was filmed by the GOP and linked here in 4 parts, each around 15 minutes.  […]

Bloomington: Socialism coming

By: Diane Benjamin It has been easy for socialists to take over Bloomington  – the citizens haven’t paid attention for years.  When they don’t show up to vote it’s easy for the far left to win.  April 2nd Tari Renner will likely get the Council he wants, and along with the Welcoming Ordinance: http://www.wglt.org/post/renner-may-revisit-welcoming-city-ordinance-after-april-election?fbclid=IwAR1tfK4ePtAvcM1W_NCE-ueb-fwb3_ZYx5uBOXirWeoISOTNXA_Li9k7QAo#stream/0 Read […]

Pantagraph bias

By:  Diane Benjamin Sometimes the biased reporting of the Pantagraph is clear. Gee, they left one word out of the following:    https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/mcbride-to-run-again-for-normal-council/article_2343d2f9-03af-5b94-833c-eb1310ce6228.html Chissell was just elected in March.  I’m betting she was the only person running, but BECVOTE.org doesn’t have the primary election results posted:     http://www.becvote.org/wordpress/electiondatesandoffices/pastresults/ Keep that in mind when Democrats say the […]

Tari is grooming candidates!

By:  Diane Benjamin Renner was on WGLT earlier this month talking about the Council changes that will happen next year since two alderman have announced they aren’t running for re-election.  The story says nothing about his comments, you have to listen to the 4 minute interview: http://www.wglt.org/post/sage-wont-seek-re-election-bloomington-city-council#stream/0 Tari is actively recruiting, grooming and supporting candidates […]

Ward 2 – Donna Boelen announcment

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release: I, Donna Boelen, am formally announcing my intent to run for Bloomington City Council representing Ward 2. I have been a resident of Bloomington for 26 years.  My children attended District 87 schools.  My son graduated from ISU.  As a result, I have an emotional attachment to this City. I […]

Abusing Citizens gets the Council’s OKAY

By:  Diane Benjamin Since the Council has been deadly silent over holding Tari Renner accountable for his latest antics, we can only assume they think Renner’s behavior and ethics is very much becoming of local public servants. Will they start calling people “nasty” and “liars” next? I guess that’s what we can expect. It’s been […]

Public Comment YOU need to see

By:  Diane Benjamin The sharing of Sales Tax with Normal was not discussed at the Council meeting Monday.  Continuing talks were voted down at the meeting before – the Work Session. Two supporters, a guy from the Chamber of Commerce and another from the Economic Development Council, spoke before two citizens.  You need to hear […]