Five things:

By: Diane Benjamin Headline from the Pantagraph: h/t a reader So, a journalist from a country without any “freedom of the press” has partnered with the US government for almost 10 years to teach how to be a journalist and teach how to teach journalism I think we found the reason 95% of the media […]

Downtown Bloomington website

By: Diane Benjamin Downtown Bloomington has it’s own website. The map below is actual size on that site, yes it’s hard to read. http://downtownbloomington.org/welcome-to-downtown-bloomington/business-parking-guide/ One glaring error – Grossinger Motors Arena should be 13, not 11. How many businesses survived COVID? Comment below if you have any information. Any flooding downtown? The website also has […]

Walking downtown: Weeds

By: Diane Benjamin I had a little time before going to the District 87 Board meeting, so I walked around downtown Bloomington. The pictures start on Center street, then Front Street to the a short walk past the CII East building, down East street to Washington, and back to Center. There is broken mirrored glass […]

Downtown Bloomington Weed fest

By: Diane Benjamin If the weeds in the planter boxes of the CII East building aren’t bad enough: Just down the street is another weed fest: (h/t a reader) This is the corner of Washington and East Street – directly across from Bloomington’s new “Hub” in the Government Center. The CII East weeds are actually […]

Today – Downtown Bloomington

POW/MIA Flag raising at the Mclean County Museum of History. New Normal Township Trustee Art Rodriguez led the event. Rep Dan Brady and County Board member Jim Soeldner attended. The bugler from Leroy Axillary Unit 79 was superb. Flags have been at half staff for quite awhile, nobody remembers why. It may have started under […]

Bloomington last night – no Tari

By: Diane Benjamin The meeting lasted a little of an hour. Tari wasn’t there because the internet was out at his house. Mboka Mwilambwe acted as mayor. Tim Gleason was also absent, nobody said why. Maybe he didn’t want to be present when they voted on his contract extension and raise – without any discussion. […]

Bloomington: Can’t miss Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin 5:05 – Jon Reed was the only public comment.  Others emailed the Council.  I believe public comment isn’t for the Council – it is for the public.  Citizens will never know what other citizens said by emailing.  Get on the phone people! Jon did a great job taking down Jenn Carrillo (while […]

Need a reason to never go to downtown Bloomington?

By:  Diane Benjamin Committee of Whole meeting 5/18  http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1076&Inline=True Alderman Mathy doesn’t understand people don’t want to pay for parking.  That is why strip malls and other shopping options are where people go – not downtown. Mathy has 3 Council initiatives for the Council.  They will vote Yes they want to hear more or NO […]

Can Tari be stopped?

By:  Diane Benjamin Had enough of “Right Fit” yet? I remember Tari telling the Council they HAD to buy the Sugar Creek Packing property to keep anybody else from buying it.  (Like anybody else was interested)  $245,000 subverting capitalism. Tari bought the old Mennonite Hospital property so he could control who built there.  When the […]

New Name because of Jenn

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a reader I hear the owners of the new restaurant downtown have renamed it from The Gypsy Room to The Mystic Kitchen & Tasting Room. If you remember, Jenn Carrillo took to social media demanding a name change because Gypsy is a racial slur. Leftist are always changing the meaning of […]

Expect flooding and mosquitoes

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a Reader I’ve been trying not to respond to the NUMEROUS comments on line about Bloomington parks not being mowed.  We’ve had a lot of rain, but evidently a couple blocks downtown takes priority. The City has been busy reclassifying employees, many will get raises.  They should be hiring public works […]

Carrillo thinks she’s the speech police

By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a reader Remember the song by Cher:  Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves? Remember the TLC show:  My Big Fat American Gypsy wedding? Suddenly the far left has decided gypsy isn’t an acceptable word.  It’s RACIST! This is on the Facebook page for Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene announcing a new eatery downtown: It […]

The tale of Two Downtowns

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I took a road trip to downtown Decatur.  Since Tim Gleason was hired to make Bloomington’s downtown like Decatur’s, I wanted to see what has been done there. Have you heard comments about matching awnings?  Below are on two sides of office space.  The windows are covered with closed blinds. Have […]

Tari’s Creative Financing

By:  Diane Benjamin Taxing Tari has mentioned more than once that Tim Gleason has some “creative financing” ideas.  This morning I think I figured out their game – at least part of it. We know they want to double the gas tax.  We also know the entire amount raised won’t be spent on roads – […]

Run by Jacka$$es

by:  Diane Benjamin According to the City mouthpiece, Bloomington will double the local gas tax to $.08 for every gallon:  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/road-weary-city-officials-eye-doubling-local-motor-fuel-tax/article_258321e6-928b-57d7-a1c0-ad250fb8e18b.html#tracking-source=home-breaking Another prediction:  Somebody will say it’s only a few bucks. Quote:       Here is what the mouthpiece forgot to add to the story: The $.04 a gallon Motor Fuel Tax was passed […]

New Zoning based on faulty information!

By:  Diane Benjamin 8 of the 9 aldermen heard an hour and a half recap of the proposed zoning changes last night.  David Sage was absent, of course with no explanation.  Most people don’t need to listen to 1 1/2 hours, it got much more interesting when the alderman got to ask questions.  To hear […]

Bloomington Downtown Zoning Delusional

By:  Diane Benjamin The proposed Zoning changes cover a lot of ground, but let’s start with downtown.  Obviously everything the City does revolves around putting lipstick on this pig.  This map is included in the documentation:      http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=19954 The Purple proposed to be D2. The Green proposed to be D1 Light Blue proposed to be […]

Bloomington Council tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin The VenuWorks report is not the audited version, it is therefore immaterial.  Time allowed for the presentation is 5 minutes, included will be the fictional economic impact of the arena.  See PDF page 40:   http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=19928 Financial information is on PDF page 39.  The loss does not include depreciation on the building which […]

Why downtown is all the matters

By:  Diane Benjamin The short answer is because of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission. The MCRPC is an organization most citizens know nothing about.  In 2013 a new executive director was hired:  Vasudha P. Gadhiraju.  The formerly conservative Commission took a hard turn to the left immediately after.  According to the MCRPC website, 2013 is […]

Council Recap

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council only had ONE meeting last night instead of 2 or 3.  It didn’t help them not spend your money, but at least they only contemplated how to shovel out more.  Of course, it was on downtown.  More later. Jamie Mathy did not attend, so Ward 1 had no […]

An article Bloomington leaders won’t read

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight Bloomington is holding a special meeting to talk about TIF’s.  Again, they believe they can create prosperity with the “Right Fit”. Here’s the article they need to read:   https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/6/18/running-government-as-a-business Excerpts: If you’ve been here with Strong Towns for any amount of time, you know the suggestion that, “the object of a […]

Supporting Downtown Neighborhoods +

By:  Diane Benjamin With the change to twice yearly bulk waste pickup, areas around downtown now look like this: The owner could call the City for pickup and pay $25 per bucket, or they can wait to be tagged by the City.  The tagged mess still won’t be picked up immediately because the City is […]