1 Uptown Circle finally has a restaurant

By: Diane Benjamin The new restaurant was announced on Facebook: How much is Normal rebating? Since nothing happens in Uptown without incentives look for food and beverage tax rebates and maybe some free parking for customers in the garage. Review this story for details of what Normal wanted in this space back in 2016: https://blnnews.com/2022/04/19/kevin-mccarthy-re-writing-history/ […]

Normal: Pam Reece gets a retroactive raise!

By:  Diane Benjamin https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3554 Monday night: Normal is paying the retro salary from last year’s budget: The population of Normal in 2019 was 54,742, a lot of the population are ISU students.  Even with ISU, Normal is a small town.  Bloomington’s City Manager earns $185,000 to run a larger city:  https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=18082 Pam Reece’s contract expires […]

Normal: Corporate Welfare

By:  Diane Benjamin The handouts of tax money continue in Normal on TUESDAY.  Unless developers are paid to build in Uptown it doesn’t happen. Monday’s giveaway teeters on laughable.  The documentation claims the $1.6 million project will not go forward unless a rebate from sales tax of $150,000 is approved. Can you see the bulls-eye placed […]

Normal: Revised Schedule + Spending

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal Town Council tonight:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2745 More proof the Chamber of Commerce is working AGAINST citizens: This is the trip to explore building a sports complex here.  Even if it brings tourism dollars to hotels, restaurants, and retail, these are LOW WAGE jobs.  Guess who is going to pay for it! One person can’t […]