What Normal is paying tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills for approval tonight:  http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2509 This is for the Big Group going to DC to beg for money: The media gets paid: Bikes: Normal paid Connect $32 for their employee’s rides + this subsidy: Video for Uptown, events?  I have no idea, but it’s a frequent expense. Elections matter – this expense […]

Normal’s spending tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin Why is your money going to the Chamber of Commerce?  So they can buy an election when the Chamber endorses candidates? MCLEAN CO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE     ANNUAL DUES   $2,172.00 MCLEAN CO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE    ANNUAL GALA    $1,000.00  . Koos took a trip to Pittsburgh for the National League of Cities conference + […]

In Honor of Tari’s re-election bid:

By:  Diane Benjamin The Total Budget Tari inherited in 2013:  $167 million http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=7074 Tari’s first budget – 2014:  $169.4 million http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=7073 2015 Budget:  $180.4 million http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=6501 2016 Budget: $186.3 million http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=8220 Proposed 2017 Budget:  206.9 million (Evidently the stacked Council is going to pass it as is) http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=9844 Spending increased $39.9 million in 4 years! […]

Everybody taxing you

By:  Diane Benjamin City of Bloomington is proposing spending 11% more.  http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=9844  See proposed Budget Presentation page 4. . See McLean County 2016 Fiscal Year recommenced budget:  http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/index.aspx?NID=102 The County passed a budget which spends 7% more in the General Fund.  Yes, your property taxes are going up. Everybody wants more of your money. Who […]

Recent events explain “Limited Government”

by:  Diane Benjamin You probably didn’t hear, but the Coliseum had an audited operating loss last year of $1,637,477.  The only Central Illinois Arena Management (CIAM) report posted for this year is for May-July.  Is shows a loss of almost $140,000.  Since there were very few events since July, that’s probably why nothing has been […]

Pantagraph: Bought and paid for Correction!

By:  Diane Benjamin Today the City of Bloomington Annual Account as of 4/30/14 was published in the Pantagraph.  If it wasn’t required by law, I’m sure the City wouldn’t do it. How much did the Pantagraph earn from the City of Bloomington?  $126,344.49 It’s easy to see why investigative reporting is banned.  Maybe the Pantagraph […]

The Bloomington tyranny

by:  Diane Benjamin  tyranny   The following is from OpenTheBooks.com.  The information comes from databases they have access to.  One way to see how fiscally responsible government handles your tax dollars is to look at trends. I gleaned information available from the City website to update the chart. Budget: FY 2013-2014    $169,000,000 FY 2014-2015 […]

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:  http://blnnews.com/2014/10/03/heyworth-can-you-explain-this/ and Standford: […]

Spending per student for area School Districts

The following information is from the Warehouse website of Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois Comptroller http://www.warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/ EAV is Estimated Assessed Value (Property) Bloomington SD 87 2011 What is the total population served/school enrollment 5,400 What is the total EAV of Bloomington $866,675,375 Total Appropriations                               […]

Sequester – Being LIED to Again-Update #2

Page Views: 1 Entry Page Time: 19 Feb 2013 12:23:12 Browser: IE 8.0 OS: WinXP Resolution: Unknown Total Visits: 1 Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States IP Address: Comptroller Of The Currency ( [Label IP Address] Referring URL: (No referring link) Visit Page:  blnnews.com/2013/02/19/sequester-being-lied-to-again/ Is somebody in DC worried the truth might be told? _______________________________________________ This year the sequester […]

GOP controls the House, but still can’t cut spending

According to the Constitution, all spending bills originate in the House.  Destroying our children s future with debt is not important enough for them to come up with a plan to stop it. CBO: Government to Spend $47.2 Trillion Over Next 10 Years By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary)  |  February 5th, 2013 at 04:24 PM We’ve all been waiting to see […]

Other Money Normal WILL vote to spend tonight

From the meeting packet: Motion to Waive the Formal Bidding Process and Accept Quotes Totaling $88,609.02 from Dell For the Purchase of Computer Equipment So much for getting local bids. DKMallon Cost Proposal  Grocery Feasibility Study Fact Finding Review $ 3,500.00 Market Assessment/Analysis $ 7,200.00 Site Evaluation $ 4,500.00 Report of Findings $ 1,000.00 Proforma/Site […]