Bloomington Bozos

By:  Diane Benjamin The Council met for a whopping 16 minutes last night, they didn’t have an Executive Session. Tim Gleason started the meeting with a COVID update.  He claimed cases are up because people have been traveling now and are out and about more.  He ignores the obvious: College kids are back and out […]

Tari caught on Hot Mic

By Diane Benjamin h/t a reader City councils are supposedly non-partisan.  We all know they aren’t.  Everybody needs to quit pretending many of the local elected aren’t playing party politics instead of what is best for it’s citizens. Bloomington’s mayor Tari Renner proves that point.  I wonder if he is teaching this crap to his […]

Bloomington ranked 294th in state for resident earnings in 2017

Update: A reader found this information: By:  Diane Benjamin Just Bloomington, not including Normal. https://ilbusinessdaily.com/stories/513055916-bloomington-ranked-294th-in-state-for-resident-earnings-in-2017#.XYgF7wwE5dk.gmail Excerpt: Bloomington ranked 294th among cities in Illinois by annual earnings per resident, according to data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau in August. The median income of Bloomington residents was an inflation-adjusted $33,702 per year. Bloomington had 31,652 households […]

Will half of all colleges close?

By:  Diane Benjamin Since Bloomington-Normal is a college town, this is an article that needs to be read.  It was printed in Forbes Will Half Of All Colleges Really Close In The Next Decade? Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen consistently turns heads in higher education by predicting that 50% of colleges and universities will close or […]

The local Democratic Socialists

By:  Diane Benjamin Maybe attempting to disguise themselves, the local group uses the initials DSA instead of Democratic Socialists of America. This Saturday they are holding a meeting on the Wesleyan Campus: I bet they will agree with this statement:   “capitalism is the realm of injustice”. Before DSA gets excited, those words were uttered by Hugo […]

What does “No Bids” tell you? (and more Council tonight)

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington City Council meeting tonight: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18264 Beginning on PDF page 380 Remember the Wayfinding signs? In August 2016 the Council hired a firm to design the signs for $62,190.  In December 2017 the Council approved spending another $28,095 for design after the original designs were nixed. They could have held a local contest […]

Government creates jobs

By:  Diane Benjamin According to Kyle Ham (Economic Development Council) at last night’s Bloomington Council meeting: McLean County lost 2000 jobs between 2015 and 2016 K-12 schools are down 1100 students in the last 5 years which affects aid from the State New housing starts are down 56% from 2000 to today 8 out of […]

De-funding Economic Development

By:  Diane Benjamin Woodford County is dropping how economic development has been funded:    http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/woodford-county-dropping-membership-in-economic-development-groups/article_5ca02933-c093-5916-87b4-d68cf5891b78.html The Logan County Board will decide soon whether to cut all funding for their economic development council. Monday night Bloomington wants to go in the opposite direction. http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15302 The council will hear presentation about funding BN Advantage and a Small Business […]

No Liquor Commissioner!

By:  Diane Benjamin Wasn’t it only a few weeks ago Tari Renner was so overworked as mayor he wanted a full-time assistant?  He must have been exaggerating since now he thinks he can take a leave of absence for some “medical related” reason for an indeterminate time. Since the Council did nothing when Tari Renner […]

The MISSING Minutes

Were these minutes ever approved by the Council?  By:  Diane Benjamin On February 20, 2015, the Bloomington City Council held a special meeting to CENSURE Tari Renner for his vile comments made on this site. The minutes have been missing ever since, a Freedom of Information Request had to be sent to obtain them.  Luckily, […]

How Renner wins elections:

By:  Diane Benjamin When very few people bother to vote in local elections, this is what happens.  I redacted the name of the sender. Kids are voting, most won’t be staying in town.  The Bloomington residents get stuck with their choice because they stay home. Polls are open until 7. . . .  

Government media isn’t going to tell you

By:  Diane Benjamin When the local media is bought and paid for with government advertising dollars, you will never hear the truth.  (Local Media Is Fake News) Did they ever tell you Connect Transit budgets a $12,000,000 loss per year so empty buses can drive all over Bloomington-Normal? I missed the bus fire at the […]

Tari: Announce your run for reelection yet?

By:  Diane Benjamin Luckily I have a huge network of people who want the truth told.  The local media has failed miserably at being government watchdogs. Below is a post that WAS on Tari’s campaign Facebook page from 2013.  It has since disappeared.  It was sent to me MONTHS ago by a reader who copied […]

IWU: Teaching kids to be offended

By:  Diane Benjamin I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remember the IWU teacher (professor?) who wrote a book about the racist TEA […]

Feb 26th – D-Day for the Internet

By:  Diane Benjamin The FCC will rule to make the Internet a Public Utility  on February 26th.  The more than 330 page report is already written, even though the public can still tell them to keep their hands off, they don’t care.  3 Democrats will vote for Net Neutrality, 2 Republicans against it.  5 total […]

Council: Suffering from “Group Think”

By:  Diane Benjamin The Council did nothing to hold Tari Renner accountable when he attacked me in December of 2013:  https://blnnews.com/2013/12/22/mayor-transparency-exposed/ The Council did nothing to hold Tari Renner accountable when he attacked Alderwoman Stearns in April 2014 in an open session meeting.  Watch the video, Council members had to intervene to stop his attack: […]

Freedom of Speech matters, just not to Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin The venomous comments made by Tari Renner on my website have nothing to do with our dislike for each other.  His comments were meant to silence political opposition – Freedom of Speech! I was merely Tari’s latest victim.  He claims I and people who agree with me launch savage attacks on him. […]

Is it up to Tari, Media, or you?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph and WJBC are in full MOVE ON mode.  Tari’s forced apology is their evidence for burying the controversy.  Alderman Scott Black wants nothing more than to forget his mentor’s foul mouth. Who says they get to decide Tari’s fate?  I’ve received a ton of comments and emails from citizens either […]

Renner apologizes, but . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin 5 minutes after Renner’s phone call to me, that he obviously didn’t want to make, I got an alert on my phone from the Pantagraph stating he had apologized.  5 minutes after that the Pantagraph reporter called for a comment.  Shortly after. her story was posted to the Pantagraph website.  Looks suspiciously […]

Dear Tari,

I sincerely apologize for this story:  https://blnnews.com/2015/02/11/pantagraph-covers-for-renner-facts-deleted/ I was outraged that you would use your adult son to justify your vile behavior.  I shouldn’t have written it because your relationship with your son is between the two of you. Diane Benjamin Tari, none of this changes the fact that you posted comments un-becoming a mayor […]

Tari attacks me again! Not In Our Town?

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night Bloomington’s Mayor left the following comment on this story:  https://blnnews.com/2015/02/10/does-tari-know-that-judy-isnt-running/     This is what Tari claims is an attack on his son.  A reader made this comment: I’m as conservative as they come, but why are you coming at a college kid and his girlfriend? Seems kind of creepy […]