Bloomington last night

By: Diane Benjamin Even though the Financial Statements (CAFR) have been finished for at least a month, they were finally presented last night. The data was uploaded to the Comptroller’s site many weeks ago, why the City couldn’t take the time to release the data is a mystery. The auditor stated Bloomington is overpaying into […]

How is an application lost?

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington City Council last night: See 12:17. A 30 year employee of the Illinois State Police spoke at Public Comment,  He applied for the Police Chief position.  His application was submitted on time and he received a confirmation email saying his application was received.  He followed up with Nicole Albertson, head of […]

Liquor License Denied to Park Pantry

By:  Diane Benjamin By a vote of 5-4 the Liquor License recommended by Tari Renner’s Liquor Commission was denied. 4 members of the council supported the license:  Scott Black, Jamie Mathy, Julie Emig, and Jeff Crawbill.  Reasons given were to support a large investment on the west side and a review of the license after […]

UPDATE: King Tari and Liquor

Tari denied the Liquor license to Hucks.  From notes to Liquor Commission minutes, that makes them ineligible for video gaming which is also controlled by the Liquor Commission.   The two people Tari named as his assistants didn’t show for the third meeting in a row.  That make them ineligible to serve.  Since Tari is […]

Council is immaterial now

By:  Diane Benjamin Under former Mayor Steve Stockton the Liquor Commission was headed by Stockton, but at least 5 citizens served on the Commission with him. Tari Renner decided on his own to only have two people on the Commission.  He got rid of the long time Commission members and picked two people he wanted.  […]

Downs Mayor: I make the laws

By:  Diane Benjamin First, Village Trustee Dan Lush no longer lives in Downs, he moved to Leroy.  Since Lush no longer lives in Downs, he can not vote in local elections.  Therefore his is not a “qualified elector”.  Dan:  I expect your immediate resignation.  If your voter’s registration isn’t changed in the next week, I […]

Raise liquor/gambling fees? Really?

By:  Diane Benjamin Lately the City of Bloomington has been raising every fee possible under the theory of “users” should pay for the service.  It doesn’t matter that decades of previous spending paid for the service with taxes already collected. Obviously the goal is to Tax more so they can Spend more. Tonight the Council […]