Normal: Say NO to hotel subsidies

By:  Diane Benjamin Town of Normal agenda for Monday: This item is listed: Discussions about subsidies is not on the agenda. According to this document, plans for Constitution Trail Centre PUD go back to 2005: A hotel was always part of the plan.  Evidently Normal doesn’t know when you pass plans specifying what […]

13.7M, 9.5M – what Tari didn’t want to hear

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari didn’t want to consider any budget cuts last year, so he forced through 3 tax increases. Tari didn’t want to consider any budget cuts this year, so he is taking $3M from savings. Tari didn’t like the results the citizens summit and surveys, so he’s putting a commission together to study […]

Surprise Surprise! Pantagraph supports City again

by:  Diane Benjamin Actually it’s no surprise.  The Pantagraph wouldn’t exist without City advertising dollars, so of course they are in lock step.  Also, the Pantagraph is desperate to unload their downtown building since the paper isn’t printed locally anymore.  Wouldn’t it make a cute hotel? Today the Pantagraph printed an editorial praising the City […]

If You Live in Normal . . .

by Diane Benjamin I’m sure you heard the plans for another hotel in Uptown Normal – across the street from the Marriott. From what I can tell, this property was purchased from Commerce Bank in 2007 or early 2008 for $1,550,000.  Given the history of Uptown, Normal may be planning on GIVING this property to […]