Normal’s credit rating

By:  Diane Benjamin Moodys doesn’t have Normal at a AAA credit rating.  Their rating is still really good – AA1.  (Bloomington is AA2).  I can’t post link because an account needs to be created, you can create on for free at Fitch rating services have a different story – Their rating for Normal is […]

Normal recount Part 2

By:  Diane Benjamin Last week I wrote about the review of signatures of some voters in Normal: The McLean County Clerk has the signatures on file for the purpose matching the voter with that signature on election day.  Since voter ID isn’t required, it’s quite easy for anyone to pick the name of a […]

Normal’s DEBT!

By:  Diane Benjamin Last night Normal voted to waste more taxpayer money on consultants.  They already know they want an expensive underpass, but they are spending $1.4 million+ on another study anyway. As of March 31, 2016: From the link above – click View Data – Indebtedness 2014 Total Debt:  $86,788,630 2015 Total Debt:  […]

Uptown TIF and Taxes

By:  Diane Benjamin TIF’s create a slush fund for government to use – supposedly for economic development.  The increase in property values due to redevelopment create more taxes the City keeps instead of sharing the increase with all taxing bodies. In 2013, The Town of Normal shared some taxes – I don’t know what agreement […]

Normal IS California

By:  Diane Benjamin Every dime that Normal spends comes from somebody’s pocket.  Taxes and fees have been constantly raised on the citizens of Normal because your government needs more money.  State and Federal grants have been used to fund parts of Uptown – all TAX money from other people. When they build in Uptown they […]

Big Spending Environmentalists running Normal

by Diane Benjamin First Fact:  The whole Global Warming, Global Cooling, Climate change propaganda that is bankrupting the entire globe is being slowly debunked by actual science – see prior post:   If you really do believe in global warming, how many billions or trillions of dollars are you willing to spend with no guarantee the […]

Notes on Normal from CityWatch

Today’s Pantagraph reports in headline fashion on tonight’s Normal Town Council meeting.  The Pantagraph coverage highlights apparently what it considers the most impacting items on the agenda as rural Towanda’s ambulance service and bus service to Normal’s new train station. My point here is certainly not to downplay or minimize the importance of emergency vehicles or emergency response.   Obviously a critical […]

ISU and the Occupy Story-Update

See original post from April 30th This email was sent to the contact person listed in the magazine: Susan, As a graduate of Illinois state I am appalled by the May issue. Two stories are at best left wing propaganda. The Occupy story says nothing about the true intent of the movement and it attempts […]