UPDATE: Tari on WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin Ol’ Mayor Renner called “bloggers” liars this morning on the Scott Miller show.  So far I haven’t been able to find a podcast.  If somebody sees it please let me know! This link was posted in the comments:  https://post.futurimedia.com/wjbcam/playlist/2/listen-233.html?cb=1571239016.737804 Tari also complained about negative reporting by bloggers.  I thought I would do […]

Need any more proof than this?

By:  Diane Benjamin This email was included in the latest FOIA from the City of Bloomington.  I didn’t have to redact any names, the City did it.  Names can’t legally be redacted, only personal information (like email addresses) can be.  I guess this couple won’t get any calls for jobs since nobody knows who they […]

Columbus Day haters are missing the entire point of the holiday

https://nypost.com/2019/10/12/columbus-day-haters-are-missing-the-entire-point-of-the-holiday Excerpts: Some 60 cities and states have stopped celebrating Columbus Day, in many cases replacing it with Indigenous Peoples Day. There’s no doubt Columbus — and the conquistadors who followed — enslaved and slaughtered on a mass scale. But Columbus didn’t bring cruelty to peaceful, benign peoples. The indigenous people were also cruel to […]

This explains the Divide in America

By:  Diane Benjamin This story should explain why Tari Renner despises Clarence Thomas.  https://blnnews.com/2019/05/25/tari-renner-clarence-thomas-doesnt-act-afro-american/ Thomas is black and successful.  Clarence proves being born poor and black in America does not mean you are doomed for life.  The same applies to Ben Carson and many other minorities who are living the American Dream because they worked […]

WJBC – Scott Miller & Tari Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner was on WJBC this morning.  Since Scott did a lot of the talking, it’s was hard to tell who was interviewing who. Miller is upset the Kimberly Bray didn’t use the Spanish pronunciation of Jenn’s last name last Monday.  Maybe Kim just Americanized it since we are in America.  Jenn […]

Flashback: May 11, 2016 Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin WJBC has reported Tari Renner wants to end the moratorium on new video gaming  machines: http://www.wjbc.com/2019/07/29/renner-sides-with-businesses-seeking-to-end-bloomingtons-video-gaming-freeze/ I remember when the moratorium was put in place, Tari was outraged that $50 million a year went into the machines.  It sounds like he changed his mind. Back in 2016 Tari was on WJBC talking […]

TWO State Farm Lawyers on Council

By:  Diane Benjamin Interfering in the private sector is what local government does best.  Evidently Jenn thinks she can save the State Farm building: Meanwhile other buildings in downtown have been sitting empty for years.  The CII East building is an eyesore Jenn evidently isn’t working on.  The Front and Center building is boarded up.  […]

Tari got clipped, then talked to death

By:  Diane Benjamin At last night’s Bloomington Committee of the Whole meeting Tari lost his ability to appoint anyone he wants to Boards and Commissions without review by the Council before a name is put on the agenda.  The Council didn’t vote, but the consensus was the Council needs to know names before notice is […]

Bloomington Council Can’t Make Decisions

By:  Diane Benjamin Absent last night:  Jenn Carrillo and Jeff Crabill. Tari Renner claimed he is homeless because pipes broke in his house.  I wonder if he will be paying the likely high water bill?  I hope he didn’t opt out of the insurance that will cover part of the cost.  He was back from […]

How can Emig lead MCLP?

By:  Diane Benjamin According to the paper, Alderman Julie Emig has been named Executive Director of the Multicultural Leadership Program.    https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/mclp-names-emig-as-executive-director/article_f62cf167-1366-568a-8882-b239c781b9cf.html She sits one person away from the racists mayor and says nothing.  Don’t forget, Not In Our Town hasn’t said a word either. According to the article:   “A program designed to develop leaders […]

Tari’s Racist comment isn’t going away

Link to WEEK TV story: https://week.com/news/bloomington-normal-news/2019/06/24/black-chamber-of-commerce-member-addressed-bloomington-mayors-racial-comments-at-council-meeting/   By:  Diane Benjamin Public Comment during the Bloomington City Council meeting featured two speakers from outside of Bloomington who felt they had to travel area to confront the mayor.  The first guy was Cornel Darden representing the South Suburban Region Black Chamber of Commerce.  Hear his comments at […]

TV spotlight on Renner and Nord

By:  Diane Benjamin Step back to last Friday – Tari Renner’s Open House.  Both WJBC and the Pantagraph had reporters there, they failed to do a story on what happened or Tari’s racist comment.  They have now allowed time for Tari to formulate a response.   Lost in this conversation are the people who attended to […]

Want context Tari? Here it is

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner and his supporters are trying to claim the video I posted of him was taken out of context.  Actually, with more context it is worse.  Watch the video and listen to the reaction of those present.  Tari was smiling, nobody else was.              

I wonder if Tari will show up?

By:  Diane Benjamin The people wanting accountability from Connect Transit aren’t going away.  They will be at Tari’s Open House on Friday: Details: Join riders, advocates, and concerned community members as we call on Mayor Renner to choose rider representation over favoritism on the Connect Transit Board! With two seats vacating on the Connect Transit […]

Per Tari: Budgets are a figment of your imagination

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari did an interview with WGLT two days ago:  listen to the 2nd link starting around 10:30   https://www.wglt.org/post/aldermen-pass-budget-struggle-new-spending-designation-0?fbclid=IwAR2Jx7sTc9iwMkVidRvhpYMO1qW6fVsAusw2AvgTqosU6rvBSisBhLRyK84#stream/0 None of the below got covered in the WGLT story. If the current Council thought they were setting a path for spending next year, according to Tari, they are wrong.  He claimed budgets are […]

Renner and Gun Violence

By:  Diane Benjamin This is one of those stories I meant to write days ago but didn’t get to it.  Since yesterday was Illinois Gun Lobby Day in Springfield, today I got to it.    Thousands of people were in Springfield:   https://www.ilnews.org/news/state_politics/thousands-of-gun-owners-turn-out-for-lobbying-day-in/article_ed1c396a-50d5-11e9-b951-dfdb2efccee9.html?fbclid=IwAR3AfotxEgqUQ8WjZ30146IZdbBimEozGIk5d77gUK16Lbzq3CpfwvUJZOs There is one thing Democrats don’t get: Criminals don’t care about laws Last […]

Water Fund: $27,831,465

By:  Diane Benjamin Almost $28 million is sitting in the Water Fund.  This is the same Fund that lost out on MILLIONS of Dollars because the City neglected for a decade to charge the right Fire Protection fee. Doesn’t this prove that fee isn’t needed? The fund balances were presented at Monday’s Bloomington City Council […]

Tari doesn’t represent you? Send him a message!

By:  Diane Benjamin Ward 8 has 2 candidates to pick from: Crabill has extreme leftists ideas which will lead to you paying more taxes.  He believes in the collective – as long as he gets to define what that means. Crabill thinks corporations should pay higher taxes.  He doesn’t understand the taxes paid by corporations […]

Tari’s Creative Financing

By:  Diane Benjamin Taxing Tari has mentioned more than once that Tim Gleason has some “creative financing” ideas.  This morning I think I figured out their game – at least part of it. We know they want to double the gas tax.  We also know the entire amount raised won’t be spent on roads – […]

Response to comment left last night:

By:  Diane Benjamin A comment was left on BlnNews last night that deserves a longer response than just my reply.  The citizens of Bloomington need to understand who is REALLY responsible for the roads and new designs in recent years.  It isn’t Jim Karch. The comment: Why are few roads getting fixed and those that […]

Tari needs reigned in AGAIN

By:  Diane Benjamin The Council held a retreat on November 4, 2017.  The minutes from the meeting show just how bad a City Manager David Hales was.  See them here, rarely do the minutes reflect contentious discussions – you can see some of it here even if they don’t reflect how bad it was:    http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16276 […]

The CIAM Grand Jury

By:  Diane Benjamin Some local media have reported on the grand jury testimony which laid out the case against the 5 former Coliseum Managers. The City of Bloomington continues to claim they did not know about improprieties at the Coliseum until VenuWorks took over in July of 2016. The local media continues to let them […]

100% Transparent Tari? Proof you aren’t!

By:  Diane Benjamin If you missed Tari’s State of the City address last Monday you can see my recap and listen to it here:   https://blnnews.com/2019/01/15/taris-state-of-the-city/ Recycling his talking points, Tari once again proclaimed the Illinois Policy Institute “continues” to give the City an A+ transparency score. Disregarding IPI discontinued the program in 2014, their transparency […]

Tari’s Ward 4 candidate and more

By: Diane Benjamin Clearly Emig is Tari’s pick for Ward 4, he’s holding an open house at his house for her.  If you aren’t a left winger and want to attend, just show up.  Responding on Facebook will get you blocked. Remember about a year ago when various Council people held “priority based budgeting” townhalls? […]

End of Bloomington starts tomorrow

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever since Tari was first elected, a never-ending supply of Master Plans covering everything in Bloomington has been produced at great expense.  In order to get Council support they were sold as “advisory”.  They never were meant to be advisory, they are considered law.  The hard-core leftist on the current Council frequently […]

Supposedly Nonpartisan

By:  Diane Benjamin Municipal elections are by law nonpartisan.  The theory is party doesn’t matter, everyone wants to do what’s best for the City.  Ask those who voted against the wishes of voters if they did that when they voted for the Coliseum.  Ask the recent council members if taking $40 million+ more a year […]

Bloomington’s Decline

By:  Diane Benjamin A lot of America has a booming economy, but not Illinois and certainly not Bloomington.  Removing government obstructions allows the private sector to grow, expand, and start new businesses.  If you aren’t the “right fit” here, don’t bother. Ever since Tari Renner was first elected, Master Plans have been created for everything.  […]

Nikita really doesn’t want the job!

By:  Diane Benjamin From Nikita’s website:  https://richardsmcclerk.com/issues/ Read through the whole website, it’s obvious who was a contributing copy writer! Who claimed the Clerk shouldn’t be counting their own votes?  (Like they do) Tari Renner!   One of Nikita’s goals – in her own words – is to take elections away from the County Clerk and create […]