Select info from the FOIA

By:  Diane Benjamin I finally made it through all 924 pages of the latest FOIA from Normal. Marc Tiritilli addressed the Council in person before they voted to continue electric aggregation.  Prior to that he sent this email: I suggest you compare Ameren prices to your bills if you haven’t opted-out.  Marc knows what he […]

Begging for more taxes!

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph filed this report from a meeting held last night between Parks officials and the public. First a quote from the article: Evidently Master Plans are only non-binding when they are created.  Once approved they are thrown in the face of citizens who object. Think Bike Lanes and Complete Streets. […]

Yep, you will be paying for it

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner on WJBC this morning: Listen to his opening statement declaring how transparent the City is!  Bull Tari.  The results of Council meetings are pre-determined, FOIA requests are routinely denied, City Manager reports with usable information no longer exist, and suddenly the City MUST spend $60,000+ a month on legal […]

Fly on the Wall: Soccer Fields

Who is telling the truth? Buzzing around I saw plans for a huge complex on the west side.  It wasn’t only soccer fields. Some people think if they get elected it’s their ticket to do whatever they want, some don’t. Pick wrong tomorrow and you have Coliseum 2.0 . . .  

Burying Bailouts in “Quality of Life” PART 2

by:  Diane Benjamin Part 1: 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 […]

It’s just 1/4%

by:  Lane Hansen But let’s look at the ‘big picture’ in terms of Bloomington’s overall finances:   Other Tax Increases Currently Being Considered –Connect Transit: considering a ¼% sales tax –Bloomington Public Library: considering a ¼% sales tax -$30M Miller Park expansion: considering a ¼% sales tax –District 87: considering a tax increase (possibly a sales tax) –Unit 5: considering a tax increase (possibly a sales tax)   […]

They are after your money – for the kids

by:  Diane Benjamin Make a list of the 30 community members who will voice support next week for getting your money.  The kids need a huge soccer complex and the city kids need a community center.  It’s always for the kids.  Pull some heart-strings and open your wallet.   How many kids play soccer?  My […]