Normal Pay Attention: Uptown TIF Report

By: Diane Benjamin All the Financial Information for the Town of Normal is now posted on the Comptroller’s website. It includes reports on the FIVE TIF districts. This site is for citizens because they are in a much easier to read format. The reports used to be easy to find, the Democrat Comptroller redesigned the […]

More on the Hyatt

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow-up to this story: I’m sure any potential buyers of the Hyatt would know it hasn’t performed up to expectations. Since this is public record, it’s fit to print.  PDF page 159: The Hyatt wanted a tax rebate from Normal, but withdrew it before the meeting.  Maybe since JB was […]

Hyatt is up for sale

By:  Diane Benjamin The Hyatt hotel in Uptown Normal is up for sale. See this link: See page 5 for claims about the local economy:  Rivian will have 1000 employees next year and Trail East Development will have 830 employees.  It also lists AFNI (who is moving to Trail East when it is built) […]

Possessed with saving the State Farm building

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari thinks a Public-Private partnership can save the State Farm building in downtown Bloomington.  Jenn Carrillo must think she can bully State Farm the way she did the Gypsy Room. If you don’t understand the hazards to your wallet, keep reading.  If you do, a petition to “Let It Go” is on-line […]

Hyatt hucksters or Normal nonsense?

By:  Diane Benjamin Something isn’t right with Hyatt reportedly changing their minds on wanting tax rebates from Normal. The resolution and new agreement was in the packet for last night’s meeting:  PDF page 159 and following: The Town of Normal didn’t seem to mind the handout – they put it on the agenda where […]

OOPS! Explain please Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin Thanks to a reader who pointed this out to me!  Around 1/3 of my stories are tips from readers, I REALLY appreciate it. FY 2016 Adopted Budget Book 1-Budget Overview & General Fundd The below is from Book One Budget Document on the City Website:  (including the spelling) Note it’s 2016 […]