Marc Tiritilli is officially in!

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE   November 16, 2020   Marc Tiritilli to run for Mayor of Normal   Normal—Marc Tiritilli is pleased to announce his candidacy for Mayor of Normal in the election on April 6, 2021. He has submitted the required candidate filings and is eagerly moving on to the heart of the campaign. Tiritilli […]

Normal is terrified of their Citizens

By: Diane Benjamin Start with One Normal Plaza. STAFF convinced the Council to instigate zoning changes. The area residents only want ONE THING – alcohol sales banned in the park. Drive through – it’s a park like setting with narrow roads and family atmosphere. They want it to stay a tranquil place. STAFF refused to […]

Boot this Progressive

By: Diane Benjamin Some politicians have a really hard time leaving office. Progressives always have just one more project to complete, and then another, and then another. Progress must be made – problem is it’s “their vision” and not shared by the people paying the bills. Anybody craving an underpass? Chris Koos has joined this […]

No End to Normal’s Hypocrisy!

By:  Diane Benjamin All the neighbors of One Normal Plaza want is the proposed zoning changed banning alcohol in the park-like setting.  The “professional staff” wrote the proposal the “professional staff” can change it. Instead the Town and most of the elected representatives continue to flagrantly abuse citizens by demanding they appear before the Planning […]

Trifecta Koos – now lies

By:  Diane Benjamin This meeting will take more stories to adequately cover what happened last night  This is #3. #1  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/07/koos-i-dont-care-what-a-judge-says/ #2  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/07/is-koos-fit-to-serve-he-forgot-the-words-to-the-pledge/ Numerous people were appointed to boards and commissions.  Koos finally filled the empty seat on the Connect Transit Board.  Tim McCue will represent Normal, the seat has been empty for well over […]

Normal: The let’s marginalize Stan show

By:  Diane Benjamin 9:00 – Stan pulled the bills for further discussion – particularly paying property taxes.  Pam Reece and attorney Brian Day didn’t have good answers for not filing paperwork to make them exempt.  14:45 Koos ends the conversation. Next was the contract with the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.  Stan wanted the same […]

Select info from the FOIA

By:  Diane Benjamin I finally made it through all 924 pages of the latest FOIA from Normal. Marc Tiritilli addressed the Council in person before they voted to continue electric aggregation.  Prior to that he sent this email: I suggest you compare Ameren prices to your bills if you haven’t opted-out.  Marc knows what he […]

Normal: A Council of Frauds

By:  Diane Benjamin Watch the discussion of Stan Nord’s plat beginning with a speech by Mayor (hypocrite) Koos at 1:06:43.  The entire discussion is lenthy, get a cup of coffee and get comfortable. Kathleen Lorenz, Kevin McCarthy, Chemberly Cummings and the mayor all wanted Nord to pay a price for ignoring Town orders.  Attn Frauds:  […]

Note Who is Missing!

By:  Diane Benjamin If you didn’t watch the debate between Dan Brady and David Blumenshine you missed Brady interrupting Blumenshine during an answer.  It felt just like Chris Koos shutting down citizens during Public Comment.  Kneeling is required at all times before the elite. Start watching at 57:40.  Dan Brady called David Blumenshine the “King […]

Normal’s Long Nightmare is almost over, but first there is Monday:

By:  Diane Benjamin Marc Tiritilli has announced he is running again for mayor.  The local media apparently is ignoring it, Peoria isn’t:  https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/tiritilli-announces-his-plans-to-run-for-normal-mayor If only twelve more people had voted for Marc three years ago the citizen’s fleece and Koos ignoring the will of the people would already be over. Obviously the current mayor is […]

Lorenz and the Underpass

By:  Diane Benjamin Sometimes I can put puzzle pieces together on my own, sometimes I can’t.  It takes you readers filling in the missing pieces!  Many have, it is much appreciated. The underpass has MANY puzzle pieces!  Frequently I forget what I have written and what has happened at Council meetings – I am a […]

Tiritillli Public Comment found + another sports complex

By:  Diane Benjamin As reported in this story, the Public Comment by Marc Tiritilli was cut from the posted video at the 9/30/2019 joint meeting of the McLean County Board, Town of Normal, and Bloomington City Council:  https://blnnews.com/2019/10/07/comment-cut-from-video-tiritilli/ I filed a FOIA Request with Bloomington since they had posted the rest of the video.  It […]

Comment cut from video -Tiritilli

By:  Diane Benjamin On September 30th a Joint meeting of the County Board, Normal Council, and the Bloomington City Council was held.  This was an official meeting which was required to comply with the Open Meetings Act. Public Comment was held at the beginning of the meeting.  Marc Tiritilli was the only speaker.  His topic […]

Character: Koos vrs Tiritilli

By:  Diane Benjamin As reported yesterday, at Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting Marc Tiritilli asked Mayor Koos about the vacant seat representing Normal on the Connect Transit Board.  Marc claimed he asked for the appointment 5 weeks ago, the seat is still empty at a time it needs filled.  Many citizens are not happy with […]

WOW Normal!

By:  Diane Benjamin Chris Koos didn’t get the lesson from two years ago when he only defeated Marc Tiritilli by 11 votes.  Last night the voters in Normal sent a baseball bat to the head message:  We demand a new direction! Two of the top three winners took on the Koos and company agenda, Stan […]

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’s money grab

by:  Diane Benjamin Scott Preston was absent Nobody pulled the $127,000 to cover the Children’s Discovery Museum spending.  Bury it and move on.  This was by far the most read story of the week:   https://blnnews.com/2018/12/15/oops-more-on-normal-for-monday/ Three people spoke at public comment.  The first was Andy Shirk of Beer Nuts, he was in favor of the […]

Koos unites the Left and Right – AGAINST him!

By:  Diane Benjamin At the last meeting of the Normal Town Council citizens showed up to protest the latest development plan for Uptown:    https://blnnews.com/2018/10/16/normal-citizens-showed-up-no-minds-changed/ Two speakers decried the plan to destroy more historic buildings.  The Council didn’t care and passed the plan anyway. There is now a petition on-line to save the mural:   https://www.change.org/p/town-of-normal-city-council-save-the-mural-save-our-money It […]

Last night Council meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin The majority of the meeting was spent talking about TIF districts.  The City of Bloomington currently has two:  Empire Corridor which is a massive area along Empire street, and Downtown Southwest.  The City is trying to get approval from the other taxing bodies for two more:  The old Junior High building area […]

District 87 has failed students

By:  Diane Benjamin I attended the District 87 School Board meeting last night.  Evidently not many people speak at Public Comment because they have NO Public Comment rules.  Public Comment is at the end of the meeting and anyone who wants to speak can with no time limits.  (Refreshing!) Two students spoke in support of […]

BHS – Scoundrels & Liars

By:  Diane Benjamin This BHS and student walkout story is getting more serious. __________________________________ If you missed the previous stories, catch up: https://blnnews.com/2018/03/30/district-87-hiding/ https://blnnews.com/2018/03/22/remember-the-student-walk-out-bhs/ __________________________________ 1) From the District 87 website about FOIA requests:  https://www.district87.org/Page/309 Note:  they want to charge .15 cents for FOIA requests after the first 50 pages. The email below is in response […]

Want to know why Mark Tititilli was fired?

By:  Diane Benjamin The School Board and Administration aren’t talking.  Mark has too much class.  Received by FOIA – from one of his students.  I’ve got LOTS more, including a cover sheet where the FOIA officer misspelled Marc’s last name in numerous places.  If you aren’t disgusted after reading, what does it take?  Maybe look […]

District 87-Run backwards

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever feel like people you elect to a local office, like alderman and trustees, don’t represent you? How about School Board members?  Who do they work for? In District 87 the people you elect to represent you don’t work for you. From the District 87 website: Click to access filedownload.ashx Does the […]

Cummings: Who do you represent?

By:  Diane Benjamin During public comment many first time speakers almost begged the Council to save the historic buildings at 104, 106, and 108 Beaufort Street.  From the Council discussion, that is not going to happen. City Manager Peterson claimed all they were doing was picking a developer.  Oh they will see what they can […]