Enough of Josh Barnett!

By: Diane Benjamin I’ve never gone to County Board member Josh Barnett’s Twitter page until today. He has me blocked! Isn’t that special! Is it because this Republican hangs out with the Democrats on Twitter? You might have forgotten Jeff Crabill is on the Bloomington City Council only because Barnett claimed he was leaving the […]

Illinois’ neighbors scrapped Prevailing Wage

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I wrote about Bloomington approving a prevailing wage ordinance:     https://blnnews.com/2018/06/12/without-the-king-not-much-business-to-do/ Since Illinois is run by unions, the demise of Illinois will continue.  Government isn’t for the citizens, it’s for buying votes and getting campaign contributions in exchange. The Illinois Policy Institute reported a few days ago that Michigan is the […]

Kirk vrs Duckworth

By:  Diane Benjamin The choices we have for US Senator are almost as despicable as the choices for President.  Mark Kirk votes with Democrats way too often.  He rarely represents me. Voting 3rd party for Senate won’t accomplish anything, even though I’ve thought about it.  I am now voting for Kirk because of one picture […]

Connect Transit Theft

By:  Diane Benjamin Connect Transit issued their 12 month UN-audited financial statements at their last meeting. Celebrate now – they didn’t lose as much as they budgeted: Page 7:  http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/July%2026,%202016%20Regular%20Board%20Meeting%20Binder1.pdf They did lose more than $1 million in June bringing the year total to just short of $10 million. Has ANY local press reported on […]

Think twice about Peter Roskam – Update

Roskam LOST!    Tomorrow, Cong. Peter Roskam tries to move up to Majority Whip in U.S. House Republican leadership. Our experience? Roskam will do anything and say anything for the promotion. To win re-election in 2008, Roskam embraced Obama.  Watch video: Radio Host Mark Levin Facebook here Read: Daily Herald story In 2012, Roskam chose to support a […]

Confused about Independent Maps?

by:  Diane Benjamin Mike Madigan doesn’t want the Redistricting Constitutional amendment on the November ballot.  In 2010, since a Democrat was elected governor, Democrats got to redraw the maps.  They used gerrymandering to insured Democrats will completely control Illinois until 2020.  It also insures that Republicans will represent huge areas making it difficult for them […]

This Letter to the Editor states the Obvious!

Need burial for GOP Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CD To the Editor: Only in the Republican wasteland called Illinois can a sitting Republican senator, in this case called Kirk, state that he is not going to campaign for the Republican nominee for the seat now held by the Democrat, Dick Durbin. Kirk said […]

The #GOP really hates when I say this

by:  Diane Benjamin When you VOTE you will see a lot of uncontested races.  The primary is where ideas and values should be fought, but too few people step up to run for office.  We are permanently stuck with career politicians who do nothing but vote themselves raises and big pensions.  Think locally – we […]

Run, recruit, or don’t complain

Obama’s bad. Madigan’s bad. Quinn’s bad.  I get it. If you’re the kind of person who would like to do something productive in response to bad Democrats, beyond just preaching to a self-selected choir on Facebook, then run for Republican Precinct Committeeman – or at least help recruit. There are currently 6,407 precincts in Illinois. […]

Some truth for WJBC and Pat Brady

by:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois GOP under Pat Brady gave Illinois voters very few reasons to vote Republican.  Pat would have been very happy if GOP candidates were just like  Democrats. Maybe that’s why they had to cheat to raise any money.   The Illinois GOP is now dead because they stand for NOTHING!  A […]

Another reason to #DefundTheGOP

by:  Diane Benjamin The Democrats passed Dodd-Frank in response to the meltdown of 2008.  There wasn’t much in the way of free-market principles in this bill, but they did make an attempt to keep government from bailing out Wall Street.  The GOP House of Representatives just voted to overturn part of the bill, and reports […]

Memories of How Tom Cross brought Obamacare to IL two years early

by:  Illinois TEA Party Recently, Republican Tom Cross “forgot” that he brought Obamacare to Illinois two years early.  Former GOP Leader Tom Cross is currently running for State Treasurer against  Dupage County Auditor Bob Grogan. Bob Grogan is the DuPage County Auditor, a CPA, and a Certified Fraud Examiner, who has both public and private financial sector experience.  […]

No time today

by:  Diane Benjamin I’m sidetracked today with lots of other issues, so unless something changes there won’t be any other posts today. I will leave you with this for the weekend: $17,000,000,000,000 Look your kids in the eyes and tell sorry, but the debt will be all yours.  Merry Christmas, you have no future. Who represents […]

#DefundTheGOP – The War is On!

HARRY REID’S OFFICE LEAKS BOEHNER OFFICE EMAILS—AND IT COULD RUIN ANY FAITH YOU HAVE IN WASHINGTON A series of emails from House Speaker John Boehner’s chief of staff, Mike Sommers, leaked by Senate Democrats Tuesday show that the Speaker may have coordinated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to exempt Congress from Obamacare. The emails were […]

Yes, the Republicans do have a replacement ObamaCare plan!

  H.R. 3121 Bill Text  |  Press Release |  Pocket Card  |  Dear Colleague | Two-Page Summary    Section-by-Section  |  Health Care Standard Deduction     Presentation  The centuries-old oath taken by health care professionals reads, “Do no harm.”  It is time for Washington lawmakers to take a similar approach when working to fix the problems that exist in our broken health care system.  Simply repealing […]

Can the #ILGOP old guys be trusted?

by:  Diane Benjamin Both Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson openly support Kirk Dillard for governor. According to http://www.openthebooks.com/ MONTHLY pension received: Jim Edgar:  $11,574.84 received since 2001 11, 575 X 12 mths = $138,900 per year x 12 yrs (so far) = $1,666,800 of which he contributed a total of $164,657 Jim Thompson: $11,246.86 received since […]

Conservatism died in McLean County today

Update:  https://blnnews.com/2013/08/21/phony-republicans-on-the-mclean-county-board/ by:  Diane Benjamin Today the County Board voted to accept a $170,000 State grant to help implement ObamaCare in McLean County.  They accepted the money from a bankrupt state which got it from the bankrupt feds to implement a program that is failing across the country and will never be ready to start […]

These GOP Representatives must support ObamaCare-UPDATE

Update: Guess who read the story: Washington, District of Columbia, United States U.s. House Of Representatives ( [Label IP Address]  blnnews.com/2013/08/18/these-gop-representatives-must-support-obamacare/ (No referring link) Exactly when does the #GOP quit playing defense and start playing offense? ___________________________________________________________________________ They voted close to 40 times to repeal ObamaCare knowing it was just for show.  Now they have a chance […]

A plan for the GOP

Update:  29 Senators and 138 House members have agreed to de-fund ObamaCare.  My video of Aaron Schock made MSNBC last night!  They love the GOP having a hard time at Town Halls after what the Democrats went through in 2009. by:  Diane Benjamin Since the Republican plan is “Can’t we all just get along?”, I […]

Does the GOP ever do any thinking?

by:  Diane Benjamin The American people aren’t really interested in immigration reform, not when the country has so many other problems.  In poll after poll, immigration is way down the list – Amnesty NEVER makes the list unless you are a progressive Democrat. The NSA is collecting massive amounts of data and turning the United […]

Illinois is Bill Brady’s fault

by: Diane Benjamin 2010:  remember it?  The year the GOP won election after election after election across the country and re-took the House of Representatives in DC.  Illinois alone sent 5 new GOP reps – the people were mad at Democrats for slamming ObamaCare down their throats and all the other shenanigans perpetrated by Democrats […]

Back story to “It’s Your Money”

by:  Diane Benjamin See previous post:  https://blnnews.com/2013/06/27/its-your-money/ The entire story detailing the corruption in Illinois at the highest levels will appear in the Wall Street Journal very soon.    Illinois got involved with a company named CNSI through an intergovernmental agreement with Michigan, so not even the legislators knew what the Department of Health and […]

Seeking liberty-focused candidates

Since the #ILGOP is immaterial: The Illinois Opportunity Project, a non-profit policy advocacy organization promoting free minds and free markets, is looking for candidates to run for the offices of State Representative and State Senator across Illinois. 118 State House seats. 59 State Senate seats. These offices belong to the people; they are not the […]

Think the GOP isn’t Dead?

Read this story about Paul McKinley and his attempt to win Jesse Jackson Jr’s congressional Seat:  http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/09/McKinley-Wins-2-3-Counties-and-22-in-IL02-Despite-Zero-Republican-Party-Support The best part is the comments.  Many Many people are done with the IlGOP and the RNC AJDeCarlo • 6 hours ago That is because he was running against TWO political machines: the Chicago Machine, and the Republican Party elites. […]

No GOP in Bloomington-Normal

by Diane Benjamin The local GOP is holding the annual Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner April 16th.  The key-note speaker is Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee. Recently the RNC announced they will now play the Identity Politics game – they will reach out to minority voters.  Is that what Ronald Reagan did?  Are GOP […]

Progressives – Part 3 (why Obama won)

by Diane Benjamin Please read Parts 1 and 2, the narrative continues from the progressive ideas spelled out so far. Part II of The Little Blue Book is titled:  The Epidemic of Extreme Conservatism.  The concept that conservatives follow the strict authoritarian father model continue painting anyone wanting limited government as a threat to democracy.  They fail to mention […]

IL GOP platform on Illegal Immigration

Below is a section of the Illinois GOP platform adopted 6/9/2012.  This section speaks to immigration issues in Illinois.  Note E and F. Where does issuing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants fit into the platform?  Bill Brady, can you answer since you voted Yes?  How does your vote “abandon incentives for illegal aliens to settle in Illinois”? […]

No difference between Democrats and Republicans in Illinois

The #GOP leadership is supporting drivers licenses for illegal aliens.  http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x1156351109/State-GOP-leaders-back-drivers-licenses-for-illegal-immigrants According to the GOP, it’s okay to break the law by being in Illinois, work in Illinois, but somehow they will magically follow other laws?  What makes them believe illegals will buy insurance? Pandering to illegal immigrants, just like the Democrats do, will not win any […]