The Truth about Higher Ed

By:  Diane Benjamin The President of Northern Illinois University is just the latest to step down amid allegations of scandal.  The bigger scandal is what the Board is planning on paying him to leave!  Details of that soon.  Remember when ISU paid Tim Flanagan to leave – the day before he got arrested? The Illinois […]

Connect the Dots

By:  Diane Benjamin You already know R.C McBride is the General Manager of WGLT radio and he is a Trustee on the Normal Town Council: , , , , , . If that isn’t enough to question the integrity of WGLT reporting, here’s more: McBride is also a precinct committeeman for the […]

Bill Brady: Pay up Illinois

This article was just published by the Illinois Policy Institute: Bill Brady proves once again why the IL GOP is useless: Only in Illinois could a budget deal that hits struggling Illinoisans with billions in new taxes be called a “grand bargain.” Excerpts: State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, has proposed what he hopes may […]

Bloomington’s Compensation

By:  Diane Benjamin Obviously nothing happened at the Bloomington City Council meeting last night to change the pension spiking policies that have cost taxpayer’s millions.  Policies can’t be changed close to an election, so the gravy train for government employees continues. According to the nearly year old financial statements that were just released, employees can […]

Bloomington erases history

By:  Diane Benjamin It isn’t up to government to decide what documents might interest citizens, all documents belong to the citizens. The new City website is up and running, I still haven’t heard why the City has a new website or when the Council approved it, but a lot of the information is missing!  Starting […]

I was trying to be nice . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin I have no idea why Bloomington needed a new website.  The one they had worked far better than others in the area – especially the McLean County website. They built a new one anyway.  Since I am a programmer, I know it’s very difficult to find all the problems when launching extensive […]

McLean County makes a mockery of Open Meetings Act

21 Sep 2014 | Brian Costin  Illinois Policy Institute In 2010, the Illinois General Assembly unanimously affirmed the right of citizens to speak at public meetings in stating: “Any person shall be permitted an opportunity to address public officials under the rules established and recorded by the public body.” In a sense, McLean County […]

Renner and Hales obviously hiding the truth

by:  Diane Benjamin At Monday’s Council meeting, spending over $1,000,000 to fix the Coliseum parking garage was on the agenda. Aldermen submitted questions for City staff before the meeting, the questions asked by Alderwoman Stearns weren’t included on the City website.  She questioned Renner and Hales at the meeting as to why hers weren’t included, […]

Current pension reform bills not good enough

PENSION FUNDS’ EXPECTED RATES OF RETURN: “BIGGEST LIE IN GLOBAL FINANCE” By Ted Dabrowski  In the April 10 edition of The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler points out that the bankruptcy situation in Stockton, Calif., “may expose the little-known but biggest lie in global finance: pension funds’ expected rate of return.” Last June the city of […]

Are You Taxed Enough Already?

Tax hike advocates often argue that Illinois is a low-tax state. Unfortunately for taxpayers, facts are not on their side. If you add up state and local taxes, Illinois residents have the 9th-highest overall tax burden per capita in the nation as of 2010. AND that’s even before factoring in the 67% income tax hike from 2011 (tax data for […]