Oops – Bloomington slipped

By: Diane Benjamin See this link:  http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2015/12/08/on-a-list-of-top-cities-for-tech-job-and-wage.html On a list of top cities for tech, job and wage growth, Chicago and Illinois rank low On a new list that ranks U.S. cities for their growth in the technology industry, wages and jobs, Chicago and the rest of Illinois don’t fare very well. Excerpts: How were […]

Rauner is right – here’s proof

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington residents: Have you looked at the address you send water payments to? If you have the misfortune of taking a trip in an ambulance, and get billed for it – where does that payment go? Remember yesterday’s story about ISU?  https://blnnews.com/2015/10/21/isu-destroying-free/ What do they all have in common?  Illinois discourages business! […]

Workforce SHRINKS in Bloomington Normal

by: Diane Benjamin Local governments have still not faced the reality that local economic conditions are changing. The Illinois Policy Institute complied a report from data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The entire report can be seen here:   http://www.illinoispolicy.org/workforce-shrinks-in-9-of-10-metro-areas/ Below are a few of the highlights, or should I say lowlights: Click on the […]

Hey Tari: Since you really like the IPI now . .

Before the citizens of Bloomington are forced to fund more downtown spending: Illinois workforce shrinks by largest margin in state history 20 Jul 2014 | Michael Lucci  Illinois Policy Institute In June, Illinois suffered the largest monthly workforce loss in recorded state history. June’s workforce loss was worse than the worst month of the Great […]

Illinois Reality Check

The office of Gov. Pat Quinn is claiming victory off a study released Thursday by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International. The study shows that Illinois ranked third-highest nationally in the creation of net new business establishments from 2009-2012. An establishment is defined as a single location that produces some form of economic activity, and Illinois had […]

Obama Policies Copy Moribund California, Not Texas

Anyone who thinks that President Obama’s economic policies will spur strong growth should consider U-Haul rates between California and Texas. Renting a 20-foot truck one-way from San Francisco to San Antonio, for example, will cost $1,693. But the U-Haul tab to go in the opposite direction is just $983. To University of Michigan economist Mark […]


After his meteoric ascent to the top of the American political arena in the country’s history, we are now in the midst of witnessing one of the most stunning collapses of any man ever to hold the office of President of the United States. Over the past few weeks we have begun to see the […]

Pantagraph Fact-Checks Conservatives Only

by:  Diane Benjamin Two writers of Letters-to-the-Editor at the Pantagraph contacted me recently because the Pantagraph made them prove their facts were correct. Today I lady has a letter printed stating the Republican led House has passed NO jobs bills – plenty of others, but nothing for jobs.  Pantagraph:  Did she have to provide evidence? […]

Civil War if Obama is Re-elected

by:  Diane Benjamin I firmly believe the American people are too smart to fall for the same Obama lines again and they are WAY over voting for the first Black President.  McCain was a lousy candidate.  We were told banks would collapse without bailouts, I don’t blame anybody for saying – let’s give the guy […]

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