When skin color is all that matters

By: Diane Benjamin If written many stories about the Art and Camille Taylor incident, they are all linked in this story along with the body cam videos: https://blnnews.com/2020/08/08/was-art-taylor-attempting-to-incite-something/ More information has been received by FOIA after an earlier FOIA obviously didn’t produce all of the documents involved. It was filed by John Boch. Start with […]

The Art and Camille Taylor POLICE Reports

By:  Diane Benjamin Police reports:  The Art and Camille Taylor incident These reports were received by the Edgar County Watchdogs, they forwarded them to me.  If you missed all the previous stories these reports have the same information as the body cam videos. This story has links to all the previous stories and videos:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/24/in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor-3-0-the-entire-police-interview/ […]

BREAKING: In Support of Art and Camille Taylor 2.0: The un-redacted truth

By:  Diane Benjamin See both previous stories at this link:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/23/in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor/ . Art Taylor, in his four-page screed complaining of his treatment during the incident closes with this: Not being accorded the respect of the “benefit of the doubt” is what hurts the most, and that is why citizens of color feel like there are […]

In Support of Art and Camille Taylor

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow-up to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/17/racism-claimed-where-non-existed/ In spite of the title – this story is not “In Support of Art and Camille Taylor”.  Below is the heavily redacted video released by the City of Bloomington of the incident described in the previous story. Why is it vital to know what really happened? Art […]

Few support Koos except for NIOT’s Matejka

By:  Diane Benjamin It probably isn’t possible that you missed yesterday’s story, but in case you did:  https://blnnews.com/2020/05/09/chris-koos-taunts-protestors/ If you need more proof that Not In Town Town is a joke to silence free speech, keep reading. From the NIOT Facebook page – written by Matejka himself: Mike’s mission isn’t to stop bullying if the […]

Bloomington March 9, 2020

By:  Diane Benjamin From the Consent Agenda:    https://bloomingtonil.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1063&Inline=True There is no such thing as 100% Green Energy – the label just makes it cost more. Read Book 1 of the budget here:  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=24029 I wonder if Mike Matejka knows Jenn Carrillo attacks law enforcement for doing their job.  Is that fine with Not In […]

Update #2: Update: Hate is very alive in Normal!

I attended this event – Nick Adams has an amazing love for America AND Americans.  He has a non-profit call FLAG.  From their website:  http://www.flagusa.org/ Its principal purpose is to educationally proclaim the greatness of America, and ensure that the next generation of American leaders understands what it means to be an American. Several members […]

City Code: Those “welcome” signs

By:  Diane Benjamin By now readers know sometimes laws matter, sometimes they don’t.  It all depends on how the people who are charged with enforcing them “feel”. Remember these signs popping up in yards and schools? (Do the schools still have them?) What does the Bloomington City Code say about signs in yards? (The website […]

Update: What the “welcome” sign means

This sign is at U-High.  Normal Community also has one.  Evidently being here legally isn’t a requirement. ____________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin This is the sign Not In Our Town supporters are putting around town: It means one thing to the people upset that Hillary Clinton lost the election and something totally different to everybody else. […]

BCPA response to NIOT bill

By:  Diane Benjamin First, Tina Salamone has been wonderful to work with.  Every time I asked a question I received a quick response – no FOIA needed. A reader found a rate sheet on the BCPA website http://www.artsblooming.org/rentals/rental-information Starting at the top of the rate sheet, it appears NIOT wasn’t charged enough.  I emailed Tina […]

UPDATE: NIOT: fake event advertising

I had to add this tweet – this person lives in Bloomington!  NIOT! By:  Diane Benjamin These pics are from the NIOT Bloomington-Normal Facebook page.  Obviously not all the attendees agreed with what was being said, both pics show numerous people sitting and not clapping while other are standing and cheering. Note the sign in […]

TONIGHT! NIOT creates their own truth

By:  Diane Benjamin Mike Matejka is hosting a Not In Our Town event tonight inside the BCPA.  From the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1826853930904096/ Who is talking about registering anybody Mike? This event is really an attack on President Trump’s Executive Order that TEMPORARILY bans travel from 7 countries until he is sure no terrorists are entering […]