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 moodys.com 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:  https://blnnews.com/2017/05/06/normals-vote-recount/ 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:  http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/LandingPage.cfm?code=064/095/31&searchtype=allunits&originalSearchString=Normal%20-%20a%20Town%20in%20Mclean%20County%20-%20064/095/31&CFID=11824458&CFTOKEN=2f4040be3c789a16-9F1393A4-5056-93B5-5E7A726C9A88D866 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: https://blnnews.com/2012/06/25/significant-evidence-that-mankind-has-an-insignificant-impact-on-the-climate-of-planet-earth/   If you really do believe in global warming, how many billions or trillions of dollars are you willing to spend with no guarantee the […]