What’s up with the E Lincoln HUD housing project

By:  Diane Benjamin The project at 2220 E Lincoln was announced last May.  Tari Renner claimed he had known about the project for many months:  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/m-affordable-apartment-project-planned-for-bloomington-s-southeast-side/article_4c472d43-f960-54ed-a61e-16e8dc485048.html If this project is a done deal, why is this sign still up on the property? More questions, what is in this redacted email I received by FOIA?  Why […]

The Carrillo/Crabill circus continues

By:  Diane Benjamin Jenn Carrillo makes up history and twists facts to fit her own agenda:  she wants democratic socialism.  She will tell you that democratic socialism is much different from just plain old socialism, but it isn’t.  Anybody who thinks government is capable of running your life better than you skipped civics and history. […]

Bring in the clowns

by:  Diane Benjamin Oh wait – they are already here: Jenn Carrillo still thinks being an alderman requires a public displays of sexuality: Jeff Crabill decided to stage his own protest with a T-shirt: This is what the shirt says: Jeff confirmed everything the democrat party is saying: People here illegally are more important than […]

TWO State Farm Lawyers on Council

By:  Diane Benjamin Interfering in the private sector is what local government does best.  Evidently Jenn thinks she can save the State Farm building: Meanwhile other buildings in downtown have been sitting empty for years.  The CII East building is an eyesore Jenn evidently isn’t working on.  The Front and Center building is boarded up.  […]

Fireworks at Bloomington Council

By:  Diane Benjamin Jenn Carrillo had her “pride” flag at the beginning of the meeting.  She sits right next to the mayor, he said nothing.  Maybe he doesn’t know displaying a personal flag that is larger than the American flag is offensive and violates the US Flag Code.  If you missed last night’s story, see […]

Oath of office – on video

By:  Diane Benjamin Just so there is a record, since the City of Bloomington didn’t live stream or archive video of the candidates being sworn in, a reader taped Carrillo and Crabill. They did take an oath to support the Constitution.  I wonder if they know the word “democracy” is not in it?   Below […]

Socialists sworn in today

By:  Diane Benjamin Sonny Garcia is a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.  He has no clue what that means.  He does want the Welcoming Ordinance, Community Policing, Green City, Affordable Housing, and free public transportation. Side note to Sonny and Jenn:  Bloomington aggregated buying electricity and opted for only “green”.  That means those poor and oppressed people […]

Crabill, Carrillo, and Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin In February, Connect Transit had a whooping $115,785.44 in revenue. That revenue didn’t cover 25% of the wages they paid to employees. ($470,076.10) Total expenses for February were $1,025,579.65. Drum roll please – they only lost $909,794.21! PDF page 10:    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f2onCQqMAcgBJYz2K8wJRQemNshaqk2T/view Both Bloomington and Normal give your tax dollars to this […]

Crabill is worried

By:  Diane Benjamin Maybe the voters in Ward 8 are wondering why the Council needs another State Farm lawyer on the Council when Bloomington already has a State Farm lawyer Kimberly Bray. That’s diversity? Maybe the Ward 8 voters can’t figure out why Crabill hangs out with the radicals in Dwight.  https://blnnews.com/2019/03/13/guess-who-else-was-in-dwight/ Maybe they can’t figure […]

Radicals on the loose

By:  Diane Benjamin These people were in downtown Normal yesterday to confront Rodney Davis: This event was put together by Sonny Garcia (Illinois People’s Action) with very little notice, they claim a total of two dozen eventually showed up.  Illinois People’s Action, Democrat Socialists of America, and the group below are all tied together by […]

Tari doesn’t represent you? Send him a message!

By:  Diane Benjamin Ward 8 has 2 candidates to pick from: Crabill has extreme leftists ideas which will lead to you paying more taxes.  He believes in the collective – as long as he gets to define what that means. Crabill thinks corporations should pay higher taxes.  He doesn’t understand the taxes paid by corporations […]

Response to comment left last night:

By:  Diane Benjamin A comment was left on BlnNews last night that deserves a longer response than just my reply.  The citizens of Bloomington need to understand who is REALLY responsible for the roads and new designs in recent years.  It isn’t Jim Karch. The comment: Why are few roads getting fixed and those that […]

The Laws Don’t Matter Candidates

By:  Diane Benjamin After the next election Bloomington won’t be represented by a majority of alderman who understand what made America great. Jeff Crabill will be elected since he is running unopposed (congrats Ward 8). Guess who is going to a No Ice In Dwight rally?             Crabill obviously doesn’t know […]

The CLUELESS running for office

By:  Diane Benjamin Last Saturday the McLean County Republican Party held a debate for the candidates running for Bloomington City Council.  The only candidate to decline the invitation was Jenn Carrillo who is running to replace Karen Schmidt. The debate was filmed by the GOP and linked here in 4 parts, each around 15 minutes.  […]

Jenn Carrillo post

By:  Diane Benjamin Ward 6 candidate for the Bloomington City Council posted the below today.  I’ve been trying to find out what her plan is to fix the problem.  I know how socialists, Marxists, and communists would fix it, but not Jenn.  If you see her please ask.  Ward 8 candidate Jeff Crabill appears to […]

Supposedly Nonpartisan

By:  Diane Benjamin Municipal elections are by law nonpartisan.  The theory is party doesn’t matter, everyone wants to do what’s best for the City.  Ask those who voted against the wishes of voters if they did that when they voted for the Coliseum.  Ask the recent council members if taking $40 million+ more a year […]

Proof they are a team!

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow up to this story:   https://blnnews.com/2018/11/27/taris-candidates/ The below is posted on Jenn Carrillo’s Facebook page and copied to the Facebook page of at least one other candidate.  It proves Jenn, Jeff Crabill, Georgene Chissell, and Julie Emig are running as a team. Would these 4 solve problems or create more? They can’t […]

UPDATE: Tari’s candidates

I hear a challenge has been filed to Julie Emig’s petitions. By:  Diane Benjamin Since yesterday was the deadline, this is what the April Bloomington ballot will look like.  These are the only Wards being elected in this cycle. Amelia Buragas was the last rat to jump ship.  She has been hurriedly replaced. The starred […]

Just so you know the Team:

By:  Diane Benjamin It was nice of most the progressives to pose for a pic together.  Progressives think government is the answer to every problems.  Personal responsibility isn’t required when government can create the future, they just need a ton more money to make it perfect.  Nikita Richards announced on Cities 92.9 that she plans […]