Bloomington did not vote to pay damages

By: Diane Benjamin Jamie Mathy was not at last night’s Council meeting, Ward 6 is still vacant. Therefore, only 7 alderman took part in discussions. The Council had 3 options for how to assist residents that suffered flood damage: (copied from the documentation) Option A: A Resolution in Support of Utilizing the Illinois Housing Development […]

A FAIR TAX is the same rate for all

By: Diane Benjamin The mantra of the left is Equality – unless you earn more money than somebody else. Equality is not stealing a higher percentage of income from the people who earned it. A completely FAIR tax is taking the same percent from everyone. The proposed change to the Illinois Constitution to Tax The […]

Bloomington continues to ignore law

By:  Diane Benjamin Pritzker has no power to shut down businesses.  Neither does Renner or Koos.  Local governments are graveling at Pritzker’s feet instead protecting your rights.  They are probably afraid of losing State grants.  Not living within your means makes them captive to the overlord Pritzker, Has anybody read the Illinois Constitution?  Where does […]

UPDATE: Illegal Parade Yesterday

See this UPDATE:  https://blnnews.com/2020/03/31/i-expect-apologies-the-kid-isnt-even-sick/ By:  Diane Benjamin h/t a reader Yesterday there was a mini parade of City vehicles, including an emergency fire department vehicle. The parade was organized by a Public Works employee, I know who.  I am waiting for a response from City Manager Tim Gleason before using her name. Supposedly the parade […]

Is Illinois going to violate religious freedom

By:  Diane Benjamin This is from the Illinois Constitution: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con1.htm That sure sounds like government can’t tell you want to believe.  Until just a few years ago almost everybody believed that. Now see this article:  https://prairiestatewire.com/stories/512782685-illinois-christian-home-educators-director-fears-repercussions-of-bill-to-add-lgbt-curricula Actually read it folks!  (hint:  I can tell how many people do) Illinois wants to make sure kids hear […]

Swearing in – Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin Unlike Bloomington, the swearing in of the two new members and one returning to the Council in Normal was on video.  All three took an oath to uphold both the Federal Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Illinois. The State in the Illinois version contains this statement which should be […]

Normal’s $1,000 Memorial

By:  Diane Benjamin Evidently the Town of Normal doesn’t understand they can’t use their credit card because it’s convenient – even if the charge is reimbursed.  Of course, laws don’t matter in Illinois, more than 1 1/2 years later Tari Renner still hasn’t been charged for misusing his P-Card.  Are those Pam Reece’s initials approving […]

UPDATE: Normal: Who got your $1,000 donation?

A reader on Facebook thought this might be 10 entries for a house they are giving away!  Andrew?    https://www.stjude.org/give/dream-home.html?sc_icid=wtg-mm-dreamhome By:  Diane Benjamin In this story I showed a credit card charge labeled “memorial contribution to” for $1,000.   https://blnnews.com/2019/01/18/citizens-of-normal-need-to-see-this-one/ I filed a FOIA request for more information.  Normal has a new system to track requests.  […]

Public Corruption: Some do get prosecuted

As reported by the Edgar County Watchdogs, the Mayor of LaHarpe Il was charged with official misconduct after he used the City backhoe for foundation work on his house.  The Hancock County States Attorney  actually did his job! Public funds, property, and credit can not be used for personal gain. Read the story here:  http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/02/law-and-order-in-hancock-county-laharpe-mayor-charged-with-official-misconduct/ By […]

Pantagraph: Explain why Tari is scared

By:  Diane Benjamin The local paper has an article about the Cease and Desist email Bruce Meeks sent to the mayor.  See it HERE I don’t know what the writer means saying Meeks is “raising questions” about the airline ticket to Japan, but I wonder why Renner chose to go after Bruce Meeks when I was […]

Do laws matter?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’m not celebrating the State Police investigating Tari Renner’s use of a City PCard for a personal purchase.  Being investigated is not the same as being prosecuted.  We will find out if laws still matter, sometimes it’s hard to tell.  Illinois Constitution: Government officials and employees aren’t allowed to read the law […]

Pay to Play okay if nobody prosecutes

by:  Diane Benjamin If you own a business in Bloomington:  Hurry down to City Hall and stake out a spot to display your products.  Mayor Renner thinks is okay and so does State’s Attorney Jason Chambers.  Even though the Illinois Constitution says Public Property can ONLY be used for Public Purposes, it’s not a crime […]

Unguarded City-CityWatch Report #2

February 5, 2012 WHAT IF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS WEREN’T DOING THEIR JOBS? You might ask why and how that might happen? What if they weren’t aware of what their jobs were? What their duties were?  Or, what their obligations were? These are all very valid questions, especially if we, the citizens, aren’t aware of what their […]