Trail East: Stealing Bloomington jobs

By:  Diane Benjamin The proposed building on Uptown Circle will result in the loss of historic buildings on Beaufort – and the mural. What does Normal Get? Farnsworth Group and AFNI jobs will relocate from Bloomington.  No new jobs.  No growth for the area, just destruction of the mural and historic buildings. Is the war […]

Normal is crying

By:  Diane Benjamin The financial statements and Financial Trend Report aren’t posted on-line yet.  They were discussed during the Council meeting last night, for now that’s the only information available. Below is one of the slides presented.  NO council members asked how Revenue is a Significant Concern, but Expenditures are No Concern.  Yes, your taxes […]

Zero Transparency, ISU, and more

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bills and Payroll the Council approved for payment last night have never been posted on the City website:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-500 I wonder if the council was given a paper version or if they just approved spending without knowing what the voted on?  Keep in mind – these are the same people who […]

Normal – Monday night

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal agenda and documentation for Monday night:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2628 Below are some items I found interesting – many others could be questioned.  This meeting will be short – nothing serious isn’t on the consent Agenda. 1) Town will reimburse emergency repairs. The documentation says a contractor caused the sewer back-up, there is nothing […]

Black: REAL FAKE news–Pantagraph

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph has a story today about last night’s vote to end the Metrozone agreement in Normal:  http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/article_bb09a977-1687-56db-81ae-176d6c2807fd.html I didn’t make it past this paragraph : Kevin Lower signed the document with 4 other aldermen to get this vote on the agenda. Details:  HERE When exactly did he oppose the measure?  NEVER! […]

Council last night

By:  Diane Benjamin At last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting: 1) Local attorney Chris Gramm was fed up with Renner citing the reading of Green Eggs and Ham to the local media as a reason to change the Public Comment policy.  Chris did read it years ago as a protest to Renner’s pending tax increases.  […]