Is Ford regretting investing in Rivian?

By:  Diane Benjamin I love reading a site called Michigan Capital Confidential.  It isn’t run-of-the-mill boring news, these guy actually investigate.  Most of their investigations pertain to Michigan, but a lot of what they find applies to politics in Illinois too. A story today mentions Rivian and Ford’s investment.  The bottom line is:  Unless government […]

Normal: Say NO to hotel subsidies

By:  Diane Benjamin Town of Normal agenda for Monday:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3274 This item is listed: Discussions about subsidies is not on the agenda. According to this document, plans for Constitution Trail Centre PUD go back to 2005:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2636 A hotel was always part of the plan.  Evidently Normal doesn’t know when you pass plans specifying what […]

Failed Downtown Bloomington Assoc

By:  Diane Benjamin I hope Tari’s handpicked stacked Downtown Bloomington Committee is having fun dreaming of how to spend your money.  At the end of this month they will enlighten the public with ideas for getting people downtown.  Just because somebody builds it, it doesn’t mean anybody will come.  How many decades has taxpayer money […]

Green isn’t really green

By:  Diane Benjamin The pictures below were all taken on June 2, 2017 east of Ellsworth, Il. In case you don’t know, wind turbines must have a backup system (FOSSIL FUELS!) because turbines aren’t capable of producing steady electricity.  The wind doesn’t always blow or it blows too hard.  Meanwhile, fossils fuels pollute more because […]

Zoo good news leaves this out:

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday news reports stated the zoo increased the number of visitors from last year and revenues were up around $21,000.  Good for them! One reason given was the new flamingo exhibit.  Left out of all the good news stories is how much it cost to increase revenue and attendance. Just construction – […]

Everybody happy!

By:  Diane Benjamin Jim Fruin proved economics is way beyond his abilities last night.  In his farewell statement Jim said he plans to attend Council meetings, but only sit by positive people. Some people are  positive Bloomington needs to keep making ‘progress’. Others are positive we are witnessing the destruction of the jewel Bloomington used […]