Nobody thrown off the ballot

By: Diane Benjamin Original story about the petition challenges is in this story: The 3 person board ruled all County Board candidates will remain on the ballot. Court cases were cited concerning numbering pages. They showed not numbering pages did not threaten election integrity, candidates were not removed for this technicality. The vote was […]

Nikita: Seriously?

By:  Diane Benjamin This picture was taken from Nikita’s Facebook page. Nikita must not know Illinois Law requires County Clerks to clean the voter rolls! Claiming that “cleaning” dramatically impacts low-income and people of color implies these people aren’t intelligent enough to vote.  Not voting in six years means NOT voting in at up to […]

Democrat and Independent?

By:  Diane Benjamin A voter in Ellsworth brought this to my attention this morning.  I don’t vote in the local Ellsworth election since I don’t live in Ellsworth. One guy is running for the Village Board as an Independent AND Township Trustee as a Democrat.  He probably thought he would have a challenger for Trustee, […]

Elect Hauman? WHY?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is a brief recap of things I’ve written about previously: Comprehensive City Manger reports are no longer issued because Hauman thinks they are a waste of money.  Now citizens have no idea how tax receipts are trending.  See email HERE  This email also sounds like she doesn’t care about speakers at […]

Fly on the Wall: Renner petitions

Petitions for local office were allowed to be circulated starting August 30.  Filing petitions starts tomorrow. Flying around I saw a bunch of people in the Christmas spirit at the Festival of Trees.   They became unhappy to be assaulted by Renner volunteers wanting petitions signed! In 2 1/2 months Tari couldn’t get a minimum […]

Where to see how McLean County voted

By:  Diane Benjamin The declared winners of an election don’t tell the whole story.  Rodney Davis lost both McLean County and Bloomington, but won anyway.  Many local  uncontested races show large under-votes, meaning people left it blank.  That signals the candidate that voters didn’t think they were worth voting for. Hillary won Bloomington but lost […]

Normal’s DEBT!

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night Normal voted to waste more taxpayer money on consultants.  They already know they want an expensive underpass, but they are spending $1.4 million+ on another study anyway. As of March 31, 2016: From the link above – click View Data – Indebtedness 2014 Total Debt:  $86,788,630 2015 Total Debt:  […]

Tari’s re-election bid

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph reported around 50 people showed up yesterday for Tari’s big announcement.  I hear 25 of them were media.  If you can read the Pantagraph on-line, the comments aren’t promising for his 2nd run: Tari claimed he stabilized Bloomington’s finances.  I thought David Hales did that in 2008 and 2009 […]

ISU, Voting, and stupid Media

By:  Diane Benjamin Same day voter registration was a stupid law and, contrary to what Democrats think, it’s not government’s job to make it work without any attempt to DUMP it.  Stupid laws with unintended consequences can’t be fixed.  It was never about increasing voting, it’s about getting uniformed to the polls.  Think ISU. So […]

Election County Board District 2

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s tragic that citizens don’t pay attention to local elections. Matt Sorensen, under Federal indictment for wire fraud and the guy who cast the deciding vote to raise property taxes, got 48% of the vote and won in District 2. Scott Murphy came in second with a great Write-in vote.  Scott is […]

Jeers Pantagraph!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph really needs to give up being a source for any useful information.  They exist only to spew propaganda and publish pics of the local preferred royalty. Today is no exception.  They “jeered” the State of Illinois for delaying the start of early voting.  Of course they didn’t mention early voting […]

Vogel: You make my writing sooooo easy

By:  Diane Benjamin Evidently Steve Vogel’s god is Santa Claus.  Today in the Pantagraph, Stevie is asking Santa not to wait until next Christmas to grant a long list of progressive requests.  Hide the children:  Sorry Steve, Santa Claus isn’t real. Still believing in Santa must be why Steve thinks  “Gun Free Zone” signs magically […]

Heartland – On the Ballot!

By:  Diane Benjamin EVERYONE has something to vote for tomorrow – even outside of Bloomington – Normal! School Board elections:  I don’t have time to investigate every candidate, but I did write this on Unit 5 and District 87: Tri-Valley has a long list of candidates including Steven Stark, son of the former board […]

Early Voting already started

By:  Diane Benjamin Early voting is happening now through April 4th for the April 7th consolidated election.  Wards 4, 5, and 8 in Bloomington have contested elections.  Wards 2 and 6 aren’t contested. Elections in Bloomington are perfectly clear.  If you love Mayor Renner vote for his hand chosen picks.  (Buragas, Hauman and Painter) If […]

Renner’s “friends of government” handouts

By: Diane Benjamin If you contributed to Renner’s campaign for Mayor you are doing well! The unions got massive increases in pension funding – the Council was set up and fell for plans needing tax increases to succeed.  More increases coming. At least one campaign contributor has art for sale in the Mayor’s office Rob […]

YES you are smart enough

by:  Diane Benjamin I’ve talked to many people recently who think they aren’t smart enough to run for City Council.  Have you watched a Council meeting?  Seriously, most of the current elected do as they are told.  If you are capable of any amount of independent thought, you would be among the best and brightest […]

Politicians aren’t here to solve problems

by:  Diane Benjamin It’s way past time for Americans to realize politicians aren’t capable of and don’t want to solve your problems.  Any problems they attempt to solve only cause more problems.  I could provide a LONG list of problems made worse by government, can anybody provide an example of one thing they made better? […]

Your vote for President is becoming worthless

by:  Diane Benjamin Ever heard somebody say they don’t vote because it doesn’t matter?  We used to think they were being ridiculous and misinformed.  Maybe they aren’t so wrong. 10 states and the District of Columbia have now passed a National Popular Vote bill.  These states comprise 61% of the electoral college vote.  The President […]

Remember when Barack was cool?

Remember when his first campaign was the new model for campaigning through social media?  Well, he has lost it.  He sent the following email today, but according to the Illinois elections calendar, there are NO elections in Illinois tomorrow!  How many of his uniformed voters are scrambling tonight? Friend — Decisions are made by those […]

No Voter Fraud Here – sure

Below are links to reported voter fraud around the country. Is America now a 3rd World country? A Banana Republic? Why are Democrats opposed to voter ID?  It’s obvious. _________________________________ Add this link from Chicago: Think Lisa Madigan will prosecute?  Don’t be silly. _________________________________ Is there any doubt in your mind today that this is […]

Communist goals for America

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.” Norman Thomas Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1940, 1944 and 1948. Before you vote: Instead of maintaining a […]

State Legislative Races Matter

2012 ELECTION OCTOBER 31, 2012 BY: JOHN DYSLIN While much of the election focus has been on the race for president, Illinois voters must not lose sight of the significance of the many races for State Representative and State Senator. In order for any change to begin in Illinois or for Illinois to even begin heading in the […]

An American Verse

T’was the night before elections, And all thru’ the town, Tempers were flaring And patience was down. I, in my bathrobe With a cat in my lap, Had shut off the TV, Tired of political crap. When all of a sudden, There arose such a noise,  I peered out my window,  Saw Obama and his […]

Normal: Paying to Manipulated You

Below is a list of the top 50 people paid by the Town of Normal in 2010.  Go to is you want to see names.  Medium HOUSEHOLD income in McLean County 2006-2010 was $57,642. 2010    Town Of Normal         $156,585.31 2010    Town Of Normal         $134,396.06 2010    Town Of Normal         $122,905.14 2010   […]