Executive Session Training

By: Diane Benjamin Since the Illinois Attorney General can’t get his website functional, elected officials need a course in what is legal and what isn’t to discuss in private Executive Sessions. See AG’s website message here, evidently 6 months isn’t enough time to fix what his office failed to protect: https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/downformaintenancepacmessage.html The only elected official […]

UPDATE: Normal FOIA fail

Normal claims they have a right to redact the names of FOIA Requesters: Normal did not include PAC documents and only binding opinions are published.  Since a PAC Binding resolution Year and Number wasn’t cited, that claim is illegitimate. The court case cited is from 2004.  https://caselaw.findlaw.com/il-court-of-appeals/1165157.html The case was in Chicago and covers different […]

Catch a glimpse inside FOIA requests

By:  Diane Benjamin The Freedom of Information Act was created to insure citizens can obtain information about the government THEY pay for. All documents belong to citizens, not government.  There are a few exemptions to what can be withheld, but every FOIA request starts with the assumption documents are available to anybody who asks for […]

Downs Fire last night

See this story too:  https://blnnews.com/2018/04/10/downs-fire-another-side-to-the-story/ By:  Diane Benjamin Two of the three Trustees attended the meeting.  The chairman decided not to show up – Mark Casada.  Candidates for open positions were allowed to make their case and answer a few questions.  At least one candidate didn’t attend, his application letter was read by one of the […]

Sister Cities non-budget

By:  Diane Benjamin I did finally receive my FOIA for the General Ledger entries to the Sister Cities accounts.  Travel expenses is sometimes in “Travel” and sometimes in “Community Relations”.  The accounts are full of transfers and memo entries that make it difficult to determine what is happening. The Sister Cities program is supported by […]

The Scam

By:  Diane Benjamin The old type Bloomington City Manager reports with real usable information ceased to exist when Alderman Diana Hauman called their “printing” a waste of money.  The last REAL report was April 2016.  City manager David Hales still does a City Manager report on-line, but it has little useful data. The old reports […]

Tari: The windows are closed

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari’s campaign speech is probably memorized by everybody now.  Repeat things often enough some people might believe them. No, transparency doesn’t exist at City Hall.  I dare anybody to file a FOIA request and actually get the information they filed for. The windows are NOT “wide open” as Tari claims. Here is […]