Normal’s Debt and Public Comment Policy

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve heard that one guy running for re-election on the Normal Town Council is telling people as he campaigns door to door the debt isn’t a problem.  I believe he is actually calling other candidates liars for questioning the debt. Hit play on the video below from last Monday’s meeting.  The speaker […]

Mr Koos goes to Washington

By:  Diane Benjamin Unlike the Constitution Mr. Smith (Jimmy Stewart) took to Washington DC (the original), Chris Koos wrote one to serve his purpose.  He was quoted in the paper:  “Federal support for transportation is a longstanding tradition and a core constitutional responsibility.” Maybe somebody should ask Koos where he found that in the Constitution.  […]

Council doesn’t like citizen contact

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is another email I received under the Freedom of Information Act while looking for something else.  It was written by Alderman Jim Fruin. Normal’s elections for council members are At-Large.  That means nobody on the their Council represents citizens, everybody represents the entire town.  It also means the Council members don’t […]

More on “Sharing” Sales Tax

By:  Diane Benjamin The anonymous editorial writer at the Pantagraph jumped in this week to proclaim the greatness of Bloomington and Normal sharing Sales Tax. Citizens are being set up! Normal has 5 TIF districts that are costing them A LOT of money because revenues generated aren’t paying the interest and principle on all the […]

Normal: Charging you for free

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal wants Bloomington and the County to help pay the $126,000 per year bill for electronics recycling. Best Buy will take your electronics for free!  Old computer?  Monitor?  Printer?   See the full list of what they accept:  http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/Recycling-Electronics If that link doesn’t work, try this one:  http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global-Promotions/Recycling-Electronics/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025 Why is government involved? […]

Speak your mind folks

By:  Diane Benjamin Tomorrow at the Den:  Public Comment – sign up before 8:00  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9090 Monday night at Council:  Public Comment – sign up before 7:00  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9124 Same meeting – time undetermined:  Public Comment will be allowed again on Raising the Sales Tax.  If you want more of your money stolen by government, stay home.  […]

Think the local economy is booming?

By:  Diane Benjamin Obviously there are a lot of empty big retail spaces.  Tax receipts in both Bloomington and Normal are down.  I’ve talked to apartment owners who can’t find renters. This morning I got a call from the personal assistant of an owner of a commercial building.  She wanted to know if I was […]

B/N: Higher Taxes Coming!

By:  Diane Benjamin So far the residents of Normal haven’t cared that Koos is stealing more money from them every year to so he can finish his vision.  Will you care this time? These 2 emails were received under the Freedom of Information Act – Bloomington is getting slightly better at complying with the law, […]

Normal’s debt

by:  Diane Benjamin To absolutely no fanfare, Normal issued their financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2014.  Bloomington has yet to issue theirs for the year ended April 30, 2014.  Tip:  If the private sector took this long, investors would be demanding a government investigation! The notes are the most interesting part.  Like […]

The wonderful world of bikes: Normal

by:  Diane Benjamin In Normal there is a great sledding hill on Jersey Ave.  I remember taking my kids there.  Even with parking on both sides of the street, at was still hard to find a parking place at times.  It’s a great hill that attracts a lot of kids and their parents. Unless you […]

Aldermen arrogance

By:  Diane Benjamin Obviously the Bloomington City Council has no interest in questioning City Manager David Hales.  Years from now Hales will be blamed for all the ills of the City, but the Alderman elected to represent their Wards don’t care now.  Hales does what Renner wants, Renner has all but banned free speech of […]

Normal uses consultants too

by:  Diane Benjamin A big complaint in Bloomington is the hiring of consultants.  Most of these consultants send your tax dollars out-of-town.  Evidently local employees aren’t smart enough to plan and analyze how to spend your money. Meanwhile, they tell you to spend locally to keep money here. Normal just hired a consultant of their own, […]

What is Normal doing to their streets?!?

by:  Diane Benjamin Normal is changing some intersections on the west side of town.  People driving in this area have reported to me that sidewalks are being brought out into the street.  When they are finished, some residents feel there won’t be enough room for a car waiting at the intersection and a car turning […]

Burying Bailouts in “Quality of Life” PART 2

by:  Diane Benjamin Part 1:  https://blnnews.com/2014/03/14/burying-bailouts-in-quality-of-life/ Community Center How did CAAY pick the property currently rented by the Great Escape to relocate the YMCA?  Once again, it helps to know who owns it now. The McLean County Recorder’s Office shows: Great Escape Property 1716 RT Dunn Dr Ste 4: Parcel 21-09-452-002 Main & Veterans LLC […]

Mayor Koos in bed with the UN

You can’t drive in the new Uptown Normal, you have to park in a garage and walk. Almost every new building is retail on the first floor and apartments above. The Town of Normal is spending over 20,000 for a feasibility study of a grocery store in Uptown. The train station has no place to drop off […]

Aggregation in Normal

In response to the PANTAGRAPH”s editorial dated October 25 in regards to Bulk purchase of electricity. Illinois is a regulated, deregulated state. Since 2008, residential and small business customers have been able to choose from a list of Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved Independent Electrical Suppliers for their home and small business electrical accounts. The […]

Miller Park Zoo and YOU

by Diane Benjamin Citizens and Politicians alike need a RESET!  Any tax dollars government has they STOLE from YOU. Radical statement?  YES.  But what is the role of government?  A Coliseum?  A Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts?  Total re-build of downtown Normal? Isn’t the REAL purpose of government to protect our rights?  Anybody read […]

Chris Koos and Green Koolaid

by Diane Benjamin At a breakfast this morning, Mayor Chris Koos talked endlessly about electric cars, the numerous charging stations he plans to bring to town, and how much he loves his EV. Evidently he doesn’t realize nobody else wants an all electric car, but it’s YOUR money being invested in charging stations nobody uses.  Even if […]

Normal: Paying to Manipulated You

Below is a list of the top 50 people paid by the Town of Normal in 2010.  Go to OpenTheBooks.com is you want to see names.  Medium HOUSEHOLD income in McLean County 2006-2010 was $57,642.  http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/17113.html 2010    Town Of Normal         $156,585.31 2010    Town Of Normal         $134,396.06 2010    Town Of Normal         $122,905.14 2010   […]

THE UNSOPHISTICATED NORMAL CITIZEN

Earlier this  year in March, the citizens of Bloomington and Normal took the opportunity and exercised their right in a fair and square, uncontested, open election process that was without incident.   In that election. citizens decidedly  rejected a proposal that would have, essentially, allowed local government to choose the source of citizen’s electric utility and who that electricity would be provided by.  In fact, more citizens participated […]