Tari: Forget your oath of office?

By: Diane Benjamin Vowing to uphold both the Constitution of the United States and the State of Illinois is beyond the left. Tari Renner proved that again at the emergency Liquor Commission meeting yesterday. See the short video clip as reported by Cities 92.9: https://www.cities929.com/2020/11/21/bloomington-mayor-renner-whines-at-liquor-commission-hearing-about-the-states-attorney/?fbclid=IwAR3IAg490VjyNCDqMzrrp8xgykB7fmsDgfxZdlbgmHMyl4m6kPGO9oEyrO0 Tari expect State Attorney Don Knapp to enforce Pritzker Executive […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

I Smell a Setup!

By:  Diane Benjamin Think back to when Bloomington’s Public Comment Policy was changed to 30 minutes.  Tari Renner was out of the country, Karen Schmidt was acting mayor for that meeting. Since Renner has never been fond of Public Comment, and previously it had only been 15 minutes, he probably wasn’t happy when he got […]

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. . . .  

Tari admits subverting capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner believes in the top down approach to government.  He wants total control of local economic development.  Think about his hotel plans in downtown Bloomington that will steal business from existing hotels.  HE wants to decide who succeeds and who fails.   Understand now why he didn’t sign the loyalty oath […]

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 […]

Racist Code

By:  Diane Benjamin A sociologist At Illinois Wesleyan University has written a book about the TEA Party.   No, I have no plans to read it, and yes I did talk to the author.  Just the blurb on the IWU website says everything I need to know.  https://www.iwu.edu/news/2015/sociologist-sheds-light-on-tea-party.html When RACE is in the title of […]

What is Fair Share James Plath?

by:  Diane Benjamin How many Letters to the Editor has the Pantagraph refused to print supporting the Cities 92.9 flamingo campaign?  Yesterday the Editorial staff wrote urging Bloomington to get busy fixing up downtown.  It shouldn’t be a mystery why:  They want to sell their building and there is currently no market for it.  They have […]

Normal: Paying to Manipulated You

Below is a list of the top 50 people paid by the Town of Normal in 2010.  Go to OpenTheBooks.com is you want to see names.  Medium HOUSEHOLD income in McLean County 2006-2010 was $57,642.  http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/17113.html 2010    Town Of Normal         $156,585.31 2010    Town Of Normal         $134,396.06 2010    Town Of Normal         $122,905.14 2010   […]