Public-Private Partnership Fail: Coliseum

By: Diane Benjamin The Arena was renamed in 2017 when Grossinger Motors agreed to pay naming rights. See this story: https://blnnews.com/2017/06/23/arena-name-change/ The naming rights expired June 30, 2022. Grossinger Motors doesn’t even exist anymore so obviously they didn’t renew the naming rights. I would have to file a FOIA to see if they even paid […]

The Press Release you probably missed

by:  Diane Benjamin First some background: Thousands of kids play soccer in Bloomington-Normal.  They will soon lose their fields on the airport property because the FAA thinks it’s too dangerous.  A group of supporters recently put together a proposal for a new complex on the west side combined with relocating the YMCA to south Bloomington. […]

Coliseum Hockey History – not pretty

by:  Diane Benjamin 9/21/2005 http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3225416 “A tremendous amount of time and energy has been put into making this day a reality,” stated Mike Nelson, General Manager & Chief Marketing Officer of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. “We feel that we have chosen the right league for the great city of Bloomington. The UHL is a league […]

Bloomington’s New Hockey Team is hiring!

by:  Diane Benjamin Central Illinois Arena Management (CIAM) is moving forward with a non-professional hockey team in Bloomington even though it violates their contract.  Council approval must not matter. Either Mayor Renner and David Hales have told them to go ahead because Council approval is in the bag, or CIAM wants the City to believe […]

Bloomington: You NEED to see this:

by:  Diane Benjamin I have written many times about the potted plants on the City Council.  Only 2 council members bother to ask questions on most issues, the rest sit back and cheer for whatever is proposed. Meanwhile, Mayor Renner has been vilifying the Council for not approving his tax increases or proposing their own […]

More on the HOCKEY spin – UPDATE

Update:  According to the link – John Butler took money from the Junior Hockey team wanting to locate in Bloomington without Council approval.  What if the Council votes to CANCEL the CIAM contract and doesn’t approve a Junior Hockey team?  If the 7 potted plants were interested in the citizens welfare instead of being buddies […]