The local SHRINKING Middle Class

By:  Diane Benjamin Source:  http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/interactives/middle-class-metro-map/?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email This analysis of incomes was published yesterday by Pew Research. Click on the link above to see an interactive map.  This is Bloomington: (it’s easier to read on the link) From 2010 – 2014  Incomes above $124,925 INCREASED 3 points Incomes from $41,641 to $124,924 DECREASED 8 points Incomes below […]

Breaking: Mitsubishi news

By:  Diane Benjamin I have information from a VERY reliable source that the Mitsubishi plant is being sold to a liquidator.  They are taking possession of the plant on June 1st. Since there are no current prospective buyers, any providers with equipment inside the plant is being asked to remove it before July 1st. Since […]

Sharing Sales Tax is a DONE deal

By:  Diane Benjamin Congrats Bloomington!  Every one of your elected representatives managed to attend the unscheduled Council meeting last night! Normal wasn’t happy when Bloomington announced Kroger was moving down the road and across the street.  The story I’ve heard from numerous sources is that David Hales kept it a secret.  Normal had NO IDEA […]

Thoughts on sharing Sales Tax

By:  Diane Benjamin If you don’t pay attention to how Normal and Bloomington operate, once they start talking publicly about anything it’s already a done deal.  Both Councils are stacked, so Renner and Koos can easily talk them into the latest declared “best practice”.  Independent thoughts are too rare matter.  Have some lunch. Here’s what […]

Why Bloomington is expanding the library

By:  Diane Benjamin Traffic at Bloomington’s library continues to decline, yet plans to expand continue.  Why? The answer can be found in NORMAL’s Master plan for Uptown: If you haven’t read Normal’s new plan, here’s a link:  Uptown 2.0 Plan  (It downloads a PDF instead of linking you to a webpage) The document is the […]