Two emails have been added to the bottom. I’m all the way to page 314 of 924! By: Diane Benjamin I’m paging through 924 pages received by FOIA, I’m up to page 187. When I see something citizens need to know I do a story. What I received belongs to citizens, you paid for them […]
Followup story: https://blnnews.com/2020/04/16/more-on-the-normal-ordinance-scam/ By: Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council rushed through an emergency ordinance. One section was very problematic for citizens. See details in this story: https://blnnews.com/2020/03/22/normal-emergency-meeting-monday/ The offending section, granting emergency powers to only Koos and Reece, was rapidly removed from the ordinance when suggested by Chris Koos and immediately amended by Kevin […]
By: Diane Benjamin The ordinance Normal passed last Monday did this: PDF page 5 http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3586 Now jump to the Town Code – PDF page 10: http://normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/7775/Chapter-25—Miscellaneous?bidId= Put the two together. Normal declared a local emergency as required by City Code. That proclamation gave the Mayor the authority to enact 1 through 4 if he chooses. […]
By: Diane Benjamin Both Bloomington and Normal held meetings last night. Both attempted to use “conferencing”. Some elected officials were in the council chambers, others were on the phone or computer. Both attempts proved government incompetence. Government should be the very best possible performing essential services. When government expands their role “for the people” it […]
By: Diane Benjamin I have no idea who is in the Council Chambers because the Town is not using regular video. I do know some of the Trustees are on the phone, it appears they are trying to use video conferencing. The sound eventually got better and then worse again.. Kevin McCarthy read many public […]
By: Diane Benjamin Maybe the below will tell you why the public is encouraged to watch this meeting on-line instead of showing up. In an “emergency”, keep citizens from speaking. WEEK is the only media I’ve seen saying the virus has likely been here for some time: https://week.com/2020/03/20/mclean-county-reports-3-new-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR0txyysl-6hw6DFVEnpzQ_g8xkdJh7ESaf0Re0UoDVIsLaSu2wYe3l0ukg Packet for Bloomington Monday night: http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1067&Inline=True Hey […]
By: Diane Benjamin Correction: “firearms” is mentioned on pdf page 343 7.3a.7 No surprise, it wasn’t posted until around 5:00 pm. PDF page 335 http://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1067&Inline=True This is mostly a re-write of the City Code and has Jeff Jurgens’ legalise all over it. The words ammunition and gun are NOT in it, unlike Champaign. This statement […]
By: Diane Benjamin Since no documentation is available for today’s “special” City Council meeting, citizens need to show up. Rights are lost when government acts without witnesses present. TODAY: Since the meeting is being held at the VFW Post, hopefully attacking the 2nd Amendment isn’t part of their plans.