Normal last night

By:  Diane Benjamin During the Pledge of Allegiance – the sign is courtesy of Chemberly Cummings: The meeting began with comments from Janessa Williams, chairperson of the Human Relations Board of Normal.  She did denounce the violence. The part of the meeting that should outrage citizens was the selling of the property on Ft. Jesse.  […]

Bloomington Monday 8-26

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=22497 Indoctrination camps, the Illinois Municipal League represents cities, not taxpayers: The Coliseum continues to bleed taxpayers: This is year THREE for the Small Business Development Center.  Is anybody asking what has been developed?    https://blnnews.com/2018/01/03/knuckleheads/ Option 1 (50/50 split): That the Resolution approving the Small Business Development Center funding […]

Everybody travels – Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin Bill and Payroll for 10-18-2018  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20190 Since the auditing bill is being approved, the financial statements are done.  Of course, they aren’t being released yet.   Coliseum continues to bleed taxpayers: More PCard fraud-should be easy to see where it happened: TRAVEL: ICMA (City Manager) $866.04 +685.00 and $777.61 last month = total […]

International Infamy: Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin I been on the ICMA email list for years.  ICMA is INTERNATIONAL CITY/COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.  This is the place for managers who think government solves problems.  All it takes is money, of course yours. The daily email is a summary of what government is up to, mostly around the country, but also internationally.  […]

$$$$ Saved, doubtful

Correction:  Karen Schmidt did report that Diana Hauman was sick By:  Diane Benjamin Alderman Hauman and Mayor Renner were both absent last night.  Not a word was spoken about either.  That means 20% of the people you elected were missing.  Progressives evidently don’t think they have any responsibility to citizens.  Of course watching them in […]

Coliseum keeps bleeding

By:  Diane Benjamin From Bills and Payroll for approval Monday night:  11-14-2016-bills There are other tiny payments I didn’t include.  Below are the bills just since the last Council meeting – total $85,516.23 Other spending: Finally paid for 807 N Main, the purpose of the purchase is still a secret.  Of course they have a […]

Where was David Hales last night?

By:  Diane Benjamin The City Manager wasn’t at the Council meeting last night.  I suspect he was here, since he goes every year: The ICMA Annual Conference is the largest annual event in the world for local government managers and staff. The conference is being held in Seattle.  (ICMA = International City/County Managers Association) Are […]

Hales travelling at your expense

By:  Diane Benjamin In September, I assume City Manger David Hales will be travelling to Seattle for this years ICMA conference.  I’m pretty sure he goes every year, you will be paying the bills.  Tari just got back from San Francisco at your expense.  Maybe the City motto should be changed to “We see the Country […]

Renner: The rest of the world knows better

by:  Diane Benjamin At last night’s City Council meeting, adding bike lanes for the Bloomington portion of Jersey Avenue was approved.  In case you can’t visualize what they approved, imagine turning on to Jersey from Towanda Avenue. On the right side will be parking and a bike lane for around 200 feet.  No parking will […]

Ditch the City Manager?

by:  Diane Benjamin The International City Managers Association (ICMA) sends a DAILY email.  Remember, Mayor Renner used to work for this group and David Hales is a member. The story below from the email caught my attention.  Why would an International group want to promote council-manager form of government? Update on ICMA’s Fund for Professional Management […]

What Tari reads: Progressive propaganda

by:  Diane Benjamin You can’t understand why politicians do what they do unless you know where their governing information comes from.  Professor Renner used to work for the International City Managers Association.  They are having a convention in September, I expect City Manger David Hales and probably Tari will attend.  Of course, it will be […]

Why Renner does what he does

by:  Diane Benjamin I’ve previously reported that Mayor Tari Renner formerly worked for the International City Managers Association.  (https://blnnews.com/2014/01/22/bloomington-your-land-is-at-risk/)  His time there says a lot about the changes happening in Bloomington.  Renner’s name is connected to many studies that analyze local government types.  One of my many sources sent links to a lot of websites, […]

Bloomington: YOUR land is at risk!

by:  Diane Benjamin Last night the Bloomington City Council held a Committee of the Whole meeting.  The hot topic was using a program by the International City Mangers  Association to rate City services.  Nobody could say what the cost would be.  Nobody could say why comparing Bloomington to cities in California or Georgia was a […]

Bloomington: Severe Danger ahead!

by:  Diane Benjamin Did you know Mayor Tari Renner used to be the Director of Research for the International City/County Management Association?  (3/17/13 Pantagraph) What is the ICMA? It’s the same group I filed an ethics complaint with against Normal City Manager Mark Peterson – IN NOVEMBER. https://blnnews.com/2013/11/20/more-on-normal-city-manager-mark-peterson/ The ICMA has yet to make a decision on […]