FOIA email: Jeff Fritzen

By: Diane Benjamin This email was received by FOIA. Although long, it has lots of good information you probably didn’t know – like the Town of Normal “settled” for Chick-fil-A. I wonder if this company that racks in tax dollars for Normal know? Remember, the Council pre-election voted 6-1 against High Haven. After the election […]

Hilarity continues in Normal!

By: Diane Benjamin The petitions submitted for Supervisor, Clerk, and Collector have been challenged by TWO people. The challenges are identical. Were they afraid the Normal Electoral Board couldn’t read the first one so they filed two? Guess who is back challenging again? The guy who got Normal into this mess: Patrick Dullard He is […]

Koos’ bike present violated Town Code

By:  Diane Benjamin I previously reported the Town of Normal couldn’t find any communication for Chris Koos’ purchase of a bike from his shop to give to Trustee Fritzen.  I also reported I filed a Request of Review with the Attorney General’s Public Access office: Fritzen’s party was held on April 23, 2019.  Fritzen […]

Remember that bike Fritzen got?

By:  Diane Benjamin Somehow retiring Normal Trustee Jeff Fritizen ended up with a big party and a bike the Town purchased from Mayor Chris Koos’s bike shop. Since inquiring minds want to know, I FOIA’d the Town of Normal for all communication about the bike.  In this story I printed the Town answer: They […]

One more on Jeff Fritzen’s bike

By:  Diane Benjamin Who decided it was a great idea to award Jeff Fritzen with not only an expensive party but a retirement bike? Anybody know? Evidently the Town of Normal doesn’t know either, they just paid Chris Koos’s bill submitted almost a year later. I FOIA’d the Town for any communication about the bike.  […]

Koos’s bike present

By:  Diane Benjamin At last Monday’s meeting of the Normal Town Council Chris Koos tried to justify the Town buying a bike from his business to present to retiring Trustee Jeff Fritzen.  The bike was in addition to the lavish party the Town threw for him. Koos claimed he sold the bike to the […]

I know who got the retirement present:

By:  Diane Benjamin From this story: So the Town of Normal used your tax dollars to buy a retirement present from the Mayor’s business. Of course, by the time Normal gets their mitts on your hard earned bucks, they consider it theirs. To further prove most elected officials don’t consider themselves “public servants”, the […]

Normal citizens don’t fit the PLAN

By:  Diane Benjamin Some angry citizens of Normal appeared at Public Comment asking the Trustees to at least investigate moving the proposed fire station to a different corner.  Staff had spent too much time to backtrack, they voted to proceed with “the plan” as presented anyway.  Kathleen Lorenz and Scott Preston voted against it.  One […]

Normal: Record short meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin On the video below, the meeting isn’t called to order until 14:10.  All business was finished by 19:50, the majority of that time taken by reading bios of three individuals appointed to the Children’s Discovery Board.  In Normal the names of appointees aren’t announced until the Council approves them.  Transparency is for […]

Koos and Fritzen: OPEN MIC!

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos had to call for a break after all the Trustee babbling, a story I am going to get to. Fritzen and Koos forgot the mic was still open: Listen for 30-45 seconds to around 2:24:52.  Fritzen walks behind Koos and says something about Rich Buchanan Truth or Fiction website.  Since […]

Normal: It’s the Council’s fault!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal is pretending pension expenses are mandated by the State and they can’t afford them without raising Property Taxes. Somehow the Police and Fire pensions have been seriously underfunded for years.  IMRF retirements have been funded above the 80% level since 2013, think Mark Peterson’s retirement, while in 2016 […]

Normal, Fritzen, and 2%

By:  Diane Benjamin The government gods in Normal are upset a lowly citizen challenged them.  LONG time (too long) Council member Jeff Fritzen doesn’t want people looking at the facts, he wants to explain them himself.  I heard a news report saying Fritzen thinks trust in government has been broken without cause. That what every […]

Normal plays protectionism

By:  Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council made some people very happy last night – the current video game owners! The Council voted to delay approving any new video gaming licenses until at least the end of the year.  Essentially government said the existing guys don’t need any competition.  Therefore, the profits of current owners […]