Union hypocrisy

By: Diane Benjamin I received this letter by FOIA. It is written to Chris Koos on letterhead from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 99: Excerpt – note the date: So, Local 99 is upset with Chris Koos for not awarding the project to a local contractor using local union labor on a Town of Normal […]

Illinois’ neighbors scrapped Prevailing Wage

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday I wrote about Bloomington approving a prevailing wage ordinance:     https://blnnews.com/2018/06/12/without-the-king-not-much-business-to-do/ Since Illinois is run by unions, the demise of Illinois will continue.  Government isn’t for the citizens, it’s for buying votes and getting campaign contributions in exchange. The Illinois Policy Institute reported a few days ago that Michigan is the […]

Without the king not much business to do

By:  Diane Benjamin The agenda for last night’s Bloomington City Council meeting was extremely light, Tari hadn’t planned to make it back in time from the US Conference of Mayors.  Serious issues couldn’t happen without his presence. Judy Stearns returned to Public Comment last night, only four people spoke.  Three of the four represented what […]

Slick Willy, Nonsense, and more

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-500 Bills and Payroll isn’t posted yet for Monday night: Hiding something? ________________________ Tari Renner and Chris Koos are in for a treat today at the US Conference of Mayors:  Former Present Bill Clinton spoke at the “City Livability Luncheon”.   I wonder if he will speak longer than scheduled?  I wonder […]

Monday: Rename the Council

By:  Diane Benjamin Monday night the Coliseum will get a new video scoreboard for the low low price of $1,389,605!  Less than 1000 people attend hockey and football games, the basketball team may not exist for long, but a new scoreboard is required.  My sources tell me this board is not used for concerts, performers bring […]

Prevailing Wage – Really?

By:  Diane Benjamin Who runs this state?  It isn’t the people paying the bills! See this site:  https://www.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/CONMED/Pages/Rates.aspx This link shows how much government if FORCED to pay in McLean County for labor:  https://www.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/CONMED/rates/2015/january/MCLEAN99.htm It is the law in Illinois that any project funded by taxpayers has to pay the prevailing wage rate.  Try that […]

Leaders verses Crybabies

By:  Diane Benjamin Does anybody else laugh at the New York state commercials?  You know, the ones promising new businesses will pay no taxes for 10 years if they move or start a business in New York.  Evidently Democrats (NY is run by Democrats) really do know low taxes increase economic activity and create jobs. […]

Fly on the Wall: Prevailing Wage

Illinois has a law – union labor only needs to apply for construction contracts.  Of course, they call it paying “prevailing wage” and require apprentice programs. Tonight Bloomington wants to require union labor for construction in TIF districts – like a new hotel downtown.  Free market labor NOT welcome. Can anybody think of a union […]