COVID-19 voids HIPAA

By:  Diane Benjamin Did you know if you test positive for COVID your rights to privacy will be violated? Even though the McLean County Health Department says to stay home until you have been fever free for 3 days and at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared, Metcom and Bloomington Dispatch will know about […]

If California can partner, why can’t Bloomington?

By:  Diane Benjamin Title to a story in a newsletter to all City Managers who are members of ICMA – both Bloomington and Normal are: Santa Barbara Moves to Partner With County for Emergency Dispatch Services Quote: Santa Barbara hopes to save up to two minutes in response time by combining emergency dispatch services […]

No faith in local government

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council meeting last night was conducted without the mayor and without any accusations against citizens like “crazy”, “nasty”, and “small vocal minority”.  Renner did hold another edition of his media blitz earlier in the day, but Karen Schmidt only announced he wasn’t there.  According to media reports of the […]

Tari’s stacked appointments and more

By:  Diane Benjamin At every recent Council meeting Mayor Renner has appointed people to various boards and commissions.  He is obviously transferring his agenda to every part of Bloomington and anywhere he can in the County.  How many people didn’t want to stop serving, but were forced to? Monday night Renner has two appointments and […]

Bloomington RESPONSE times

By:  Diane Benjamin Since the City of Bloomington wants taxpayers to fund another fire station to lower the response times, and taxpayers have already been charged for an additional ambulance crew, here’s another idea: Return to METCOM! I don’t know how calls are routed if a citizen dials 911.  I do know I dialed 911 […]

Bloomington: TONIGHT

by:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council is meeting tonight – Committee of the Whole.  In other words, it’s the indoctrination meeting where no votes will be taken. On the agenda:  Raising Liquor License and Video Gaming Fees.  The packet devotes pages 38-62 to the topic. The discussion revolves around User Fees.  Funny how […]