Normal’s spending tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3073 Redbox Workshop does design work, why Normal is paying isn’t known: Both Bloomington and Normal contribute the same amount I’m betting you aren’t on the list to receive one Needs no explanation Did they need a consultant? Being green doesn’t matter when it’s somebody else’s money       https://environmentalsystemsresearch.springeropen.com/ Normal doesn’t […]

Bloomington’s Monday Food, Travel, and more

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll for 5/29/2018  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=17800 See page 86-93.  All the NEGATIVE numbers mean they spent more than was budgeted for that area. It’s illegal to spend what isn’t budgeted without Council approval.  If I have time I may investigate further. Note:  Remember all Tari’s free lunches he claimed were for City business?  […]

FOIA fail – again and again

By:  Diane Benjamin A reader told me at the end of April the Bloomington Public Library was running ads on a Peoria TV station.  On April 30th I filed a FOIA request for the ad and what they are spending on advertising. Keep in mind the City of Bloomington spends a fortune on IT and […]

Bloomington Does Comedy!

By:  Diane Benjamin Sister Cities is spending A LOT of money as I wrote in this story:   https://blnnews.com/2018/04/18/cut-sister-cities/ Following the law is too difficult for them however.  Sister Cities does not have a schedule of 2018 meetings posted and they have no minutes posted since last June.    http://www.bnsistercities.org/about/#committee I filed a FOIA request for all […]

Cut Sister Cities

By:  Diane Benjamin It looks like Sister Cities is planning another trip.  Their website doesn’t have any minutes posted since June 2017 however.    http://www.bnsistercities.org/about/#committee They have a general agenda posted which shows meetings in 2017 were scheduled for: August 7 (Moved to Aug. 14 due to 55th Anniversary Trip) September 11 October 2 November 6 […]

Bloomington spending Monday:

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll Monday night:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16320 The report shows paying 461 Bi-Weekly employees and 361 Weekly.  That’s a total of 822 employees. January 2015:  458 Bi-Weekly and 335 Weekly Total 793  https://blnnews.com/2015/08/21/less-employees-at-the-city/ That’s an increase in employees of 29 in 2 years. SLBB:  Sick Leave Buy Back (Pension Spiking) Ashley Furniture: We have NO idea where […]

When will Tari be indicted?

By:  Diane Benjamin I filed this FOIA request with the Illinois State Police on December 5th:   I received this response today: Justice delayed is justice denied! The investigation has been going on since August. Is this why Tari is pandering to his supporters and trying to cram as much through the Council as possible? […]