ASK for the write-in list

By: Diane Benjamin When you vote you can write-in anybody you want if a line is provided. Your vote will be meaningless if that person didn’t file to run as a Write-In candidate. Many people did file – your polling place is required to provide you with a copy of the write-in candidates if you […]

Press Release: Art Rodriquez

We are 13 days away from a critical election. I first came here in 1961 from Detroit.  My father was a professor at Illinois State University.  I graduated from NCHS back in the last century in 1975.  Time flies.  Later graduated from Western New Mexico University and went on to work for Whirlpool in the Boston […]

White people can’t understand

By: Diane Benjamin The Normal Township races are ones citizens know little about. They likely don’t know much of what the Township even does or why it exists. It is another layer of government Illinois is famous for, we have way too many. Normal Township is where Supervisor Sarah Grammer went after two candidates to […]

Correction: “if you don’t file your paperwork properly to be on the ballot . . .”

Actually Straza signed as Treasurer. The CHAIR never signed. Evidently he isn’t required to, but the form still proves who is behind Responsible Cities. (Status Quo progressives) By: Diane Benjamin The title is is a quote from Normal Township Supervisor Sarah Grammer who challenged the petitions of two people running for the Township positions, she […]

UPDATE: “Labor” Picks Socialists for Bloomington

See who was endorsed in the last local election: https://web.archive.org/web/20190710062621/http:/www.bntrades.org/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=736543 Hint: Jenn Carrillo, Jeff Crabill, Kathleen Lorenz, RC McBride, . . . . By: Diane Benjamin The picks below were made by Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor. Some of their picks make ALL of their candidates suspect: To that end we ask our members and the […]

When you can’t win on issues . . .

Press Release: MCLEAN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN CONNIE BEARD RE: Normal Township races Wednesday evening the  drawing for ballot placement took place for the Normal Township races slated for the April 6 Consolidated Election.  The Democrat candidates drew first place in order for the Normal Township Races. I wish to congratulate both Amy Conklin and Ray […]

More on Normal’s Property Taxes they don’t owe.

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow-up to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2020/05/06/pam-reece-needs-to-pay-this-herself/ On May 6th when that story was written both the Adelaide property and the empty lot on Ft. Jesse were labeled taxable on the McLean County Assessor’s website.  Ft. Jesse still is, Adelaide has finally been changed.  Evidently Normal will continue to pay property taxes on an […]

Normal Township’s fuzzy math

See the comments, they borrowed money.  More debt!   By:  Diane Benjamin Continuing this story from yesterday:    https://blnnews.com/2018/04/30/townships-the-hidden-government/ The WAREHOUSE was created by the Illinois Comptroller’s office to give citizens access to local government financial information.  It is much easier to read than whatever local units of government call financial statements.  It would be a […]

Why do Democrats HATE Business?

By:  Diane Benjamin Years ago I attended a MoveOn rally outside the Bloomington Public Library.  I only went to hear what they had to say.  The speaker recognized me, made a few comments, I responded with if anyone wants to talk I’m available. Several people did.  I found out they despise corporations:  The owners or […]

Illegal or just unethical?

By:  Diane Benjamin The event below is being held tonight on public property. The Normal Township website says nothing about having a room to rent:    http://www.normaltownship.org/index.php Since a couple of politicians are using a room, according to an email I received, you too can reserve it.  Just make it open to the public and not-for-profit […]

Facts Mr. Koos

By:  Diane Benjamin This morning I attended the GOP breakfast because it featured the candidates for the Normal Town Council and Normal Township. Chris Koos made a comment about Uptown 2.0 I find hard to believe.  He claims there isn’t enough retail and office space in Uptown now, so Uptown 2.0 is to provide more. […]

More government tyranny

by:  Diane Benjamin The first job of government is to defend freedom and liberty.  Obviously, government forgot that.  The federal government has been on a spending spree for a long time, but so have local governments.  They grab more and more of your income for their agenda. See last weeks post on Heyworth:  https://blnnews.com/2014/10/03/heyworth-can-you-explain-this/ and Standford: […]