Unmask the kids-McLean County

By: Diane Benjamin The McLean County Board Health Committee met yesterday. One mother gave Public Comment. Julie Bakewell presented the Resolution below to Committee Chair Susan Schafer. The Resolution is a revised version of one another Illinois County has already passed. Julie spells out why Pritzker’s Executive Orders are meaningless and IDPH and ISBE have […]

Fly on the Wall: Logan Smith

I think I heard Democrat County Board member Logan Smith physically threaten Chair John McIntyre! Laurie Wollrab, I saw you were present. I was just flying around down the hall, loud enough office personnel heard the ruckus. If John wasn’t so nice he’d file a police report. (We all know laws don’t apply to democrats […]

Enough of Josh Barnett!

By: Diane Benjamin I’ve never gone to County Board member Josh Barnett’s Twitter page until today. He has me blocked! Isn’t that special! Is it because this Republican hangs out with the Democrats on Twitter? You might have forgotten Jeff Crabill is on the Bloomington City Council only because Barnett claimed he was leaving the […]

Oops, Democrats plan for County Board would be illegal

By: Diane Benjamin The McLean County Executive Committee held another meeting last night to discuss redistricting, or as they call it reapportionment. After many public comments, Assistant States Attorney’s Christopher Spanos explained the Democrats 20 single member district plan is unconstitutional. McLean County has an ordinance declaring Board Districts are multi-representative, changing to 20 districts […]

The IL GOP will always be a minority

By: Diane Benjamin It is only a short time before McLean County will be taken over by Democrat Socialists. The Republicans are doing nothing to stop them. The GOP believes in working together. The local democratic socialists don’t want to work together, they want to control everything. McLean County will soon be run just like […]

Voting for Democrats costs you money!

By: Diane Benjamin It should be obvious, but evidently too many people think government needs your money, so they vote democrat. How many tax increases does the State of Illinois have to hand you before you figure out government is working for itself – NOT YOU? Illinois Democrats have no intention of fixing the unaffordable […]

Who is the real Rachel Lund?

By: Diane Benjamin Democrat Lund is running for the McLean County Board in District 5 against John McIntyre (Republublican) and Joann Litwiller (Libertarian) Lund cleaned up her social media sites before declaring her candidacy, but some of her posts were captured before that happened. Read below before you vote for “Nasty Woman”. Lund isn’t a […]

The Jenn’s running for the County Board

By: Diane Benjamin How Jenn describes herself on her Alderman Facebook page: How FIVE candidates running for the County Board describe themselves: Notice anything? All Jenn progressives The Democrat Party left you. Progressives want to run your life, they don’t think you are smart enough to run your own. Of course they think you are […]

Local Stats nobody talks about – deaths

By:  Diane Benjamin I compiled these numbers from the Coroner’s Report filed monthly with the McLean County Board Justice Committee.   All of the below can be found in the meeting attachments here: https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/478/Justice-Committee I wanted to see what effect the COVID shutdown is having in McLean County.  There isn’t enough information in the Coroner’s report […]

Don’t forget who won’t let you work

By:  Diane Benjamin Indiana is open.  I know locals who have driven to the Beef House right across the border to sit down for a good meal. Iowa is open for full capacity in-restaurant dining. Wisconsin is open after their Supreme Court ruled the governor’s actions illegal. Illinois has Pritzker’s boot on everybody’s neck, he […]

Punting to a Tyrant

By:  Diane Benjamin Somewhere I heard it stated:  Illinois will open when the people want it to open.  Your elected officials aren’t going to help, they are bowing before Pritzker’s tyrannical rule. The County Board debated for two hours last night.  Peoria and the other cities who put together the HOI plan have all backed […]

Update:  County Board – 5:30 today

No decisions were made.  After almost two hours of many thinking they have the right to violate the rights of people and businesses, a motion was made to table.  Some republicans voted with the Democrats not to make a decision. Meanwhile, the surrounding states are open. ______________________ By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington and Normal have no […]

Democrats aren’t playing politics?!

By:  Diane Benjamin Nikita Richards, failed candidate for McLean County Clerk, was recently elected to lead the McLean County Democrats. When the economy was shut down we were told it was “to bend the curve”.  The purpose was to prevent massive numbers of hospitalizations that would overwhelm the system. Overwhelming never came close to happening, […]

Sharon Chung: CHINA virus

By:  Diane Benjamin A couple days ago this Letter to the Editor from McLean County Board member Sharon Chung appeared in the paper: https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/letters/race-connection-furthers-division/article_298225bf-64ea-5b14-b9a7-e62de06e15c4.html Chung is upset an amendment failed that would have removed “China” from the emergency proclamation the County passed. Sharon, Communist China wants the same thing!  Most of the media has knelt […]

County makes it to the 21st Century!

By:  Diane Benjamin The County is FINALLY live streaming County Board meetings.  The chairs have been rearranged and two cameras are being used so almost all members are on the video. The problem now is most of the work is done in Committees.  If any controversy occurs, it is most likely going to happen in […]

Guess who else was in Dwight

By: Diane Benjamin Previous stories: https://blnnews.com/2019/03/12/radicals-attack-dwight/ https://blnnews.com/2019/03/12/update-to-dwight-story/ Chicago is attempting to spread their far left lunacy across the State. They need support for bailing them out of the corrupt financial mess they put themselves in. Chicago has been completely controlled by Democrats for close to 90 years. If big government and taxing you to death […]

Update: Chicago comes to McLean County

See another pic:  https://blnnews.com/2018/12/03/more-chicago-comes-to-mclean-county/ By:  Diane Benjamin The newly elected County Board members were sworn in this morning: Shayna Watchinski proved today who she serves – it isn’t McLean County! This pic shows all the other recently elected members being sworn in, note Shayna isn’t with them: Shayna chose to be sworn into office by […]

No Voter Suppression at ISU

By:  Diane Benjamin A couple of days ago a comment was made on Facebook saying Republicans were trying to suppress the vote at ISU, and that’s why kids had to stand in long lines. The person who made that comment must have not realized the election was a primary.  Suppressing democrat votes does nothing to […]

It’s official! The New State’s Attorney

Don Knapp was appointed with ZERO discussion.  The fix was in. By:  Diane Benjamin The County Board meets this morning at 9:00.  On the agenda (Item 7) is the Chairman’s pick to replace Jason Chambers as State’s Attorney.     https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6150 I predict Chairman John McIntyre picked the current Assistant County Administrator Don Knapp.  Don is […]

Why no child abuse charges?

By:  Diane Benjamin Pediatric Resource Center for Child Abuse and Neglect in Peoria examined Mikey Cadena and documented several injuries as well as extensive dental problems. He had severe bruising, blunt force trauma, a human bite mark, black eyes, anal tear, rope burns, etc. They concluded he was abused.             […]

County holds an illegal meeting!

By:  Diane Benjamin This morning the McLean County Board held a meeting without announcing it.  Is the Open Meetings Act too difficult to understand? Notice of ALL meetings most be posted 48 hours in advance along with the agenda.  This morning they held a legislative breakfast for the entire Board AND State Senators Bill Brady, Jason […]

More State’s Attorney errors!

By:  Diane Benjamin Followup to this story:    https://blnnews.com/2018/06/19/the-next-mclean-county-states-attorney/ Charges have already been dropped against one of the Coliseum defendants – judge blamed the charges filed by the State’s Attorney’s office. Now rape charges have been dropped against another defendant – again the judge ruled the charges weren’t filed right:  See this story: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/rape-charges-dismissed-against-murder-suspect/article_8ac3ab38-b90e-57ae-9632-e6807d557d95.html In both […]

Update: Downs Fire – FYI

I received a legal opinion that “consideration” can allow for a vote.  Janice Bettisch should attend this meeting as a board member since her replacement’s term doesn’t start until May 1.   By: Diane Benjamin Below is the agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting:                   No votes can […]

Is the ZBA paying attention?

By:  Diane Benjamin The testimony before the Zoning Board of Appeals on a new Wind Farm in McLean County is very technical. It isn’t just that people don’t want monstrous turbines by their house.  If you didn’t know, the ones being proposed are MUCH bigger than the turbines east of Bloomington. Much more is now […]

Your future because of 5 RINO’s

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story from yesterday:    https://blnnews.com/2018/01/16/these-are-republicans/ The McLean County Board has an unwritten policy.  All work is done in committee and the Board members rubber stamp whatever comes out of committee.  I was told issues will not be re-heard before the entire Board, that’s why they have committees.  (My beef was with […]

These are Republicans?

By:  Diane Benjamin The McLean County Board voted for the original Solid Waste plan without the Scritchlow Amendment.  The vote was 10-8 meaning 5 Republicans voted with the Democrats. I hear Don Cavallini takes winters off for warmer weather, that at least is the rumor.  Board Chair John McIntyre didn’t vote.  The crossed out R’s […]

County: Mandatory Recycling TOMORROW

By:  Diane Benjamin Tomorrow we will find out who the real Republicans are on the County Board.  I can assure you that some of them do not believe in limited government.  Mandating recycling is not only impossible to enforce, it attacks the poor the most.  If landlords and businesses are FORCED to recycle, rents will […]