Flashback 2008 Bloomington – You have to see this

By:  Diane Benjamin We know why Stan Nord is being attacked in Normal – anyone actually representing citizens always has been. January 24, 2008 Pantagraph Headline: Officials not allowing city workers to talk with council members https://www.pantagraph.com/news/officials-not-allowing-city-workers-to-talk-with-council-members/article_f4228b0d-8f16-5899-b640-0ef103ab4ba3.html The first line: Since I know you can read, click the link and see the rest for yourself.   […]

RIMCO and the FBI

By:  Diane Benjamin Some readers still remember RIMCO, it is mentioned in comments from time to time.  I remember it coming up at a Council meeting a few years ago, somebody stated there wasn’t a FBI investigation.  Yes, there was! History:  1995 the City of Bloomington created a company called CIRPA to self insure property-casualty […]

Tari on WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council LOVES their SECRET meetings – Executive Sessions.  They love them so much they won’t release the minutes from when Tom Hamilton was City Manager!  Hamilton retired more than 9 years ago.  The only reason to not release evaluations etc. is to hide.  Some people are STILL on the […]

The SAD Coliseum history

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve been reading a TON of media stories from before and after the Bloomington City Council voted to build the Coliseum. Judy Markowitz didn’t care what people thought.  She was going to build it and nothing was going to stop her.  She really believed she was saving downtown.  Mike Matejka and former […]

Comedy via the elected

By:  Diane Benjamin Coliseum history: The below was printed in the Pantagraph on September 3, 2003.  It is available on microfiche at the Bloomington Public Library. Tom Hamilton, former City Manager now collecting $11,350 a month in retirement, is quoted in the same edition saying the city’s risk is very low because of the numbers […]

Blatant Taxpayer Abuse

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington knew the law had changed on pension spiking in 2012.  They changed the policy for NEW hires, but not for existing employees. Here’s the recap: The IMRF retirement fund was tired of paying for spiked pensions because of Sick Leave Buy Back payments that inflated ending salaries. Since […]

WGLT does journalism – mostly

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday WGLT published a comprehensive story about the Coliseum.  Ryan Denham  proved journalism isn’t dead in Bloomington-Normal yet.  Read the story here:      http://wglt.org/post/how-coliseum-blind-spot-tripped-bloomington-city-leaders I do have some comments and things I would have written differently: To much emphasis was put on the “bad contract”.  The contract had plenty of statements allowing […]

When you elect the wrong people . . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin It looks like Bloomington has to be destroyed by government spending before people realize local elections matter.  Or, maybe only the people who can’t move will be left paying the bills which are about to get much bigger. Monday night the Bloomington will see the results of doing “Wants” before Needs.  MANY […]

Bloomington Pensions

By:  Diane Benjamin Citizens need to know why there is no money for government to do their job without constantly raising taxes. Retired employee PENSIONS, in addition to Social Security and Medicare, and spiked pensions are the problem. Below are just some of the Monthly pensions payments retired City employees are currently receiving.  Note, it […]

The IML scam

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner and David Hales love to tout the greatness of the Illinois Municipal League.  From the IML website: The Illinois Municipal League is the formal voice for Illinois municipalities. The League was founded in 1913 and has worked continuously for the benefit of municipalities, promoting competence and integrity in administration of […]

Somebody is Lying

by: Diane Benjamin On September 21, 2013 the Pantagraph had a front page story about Brian Barnes, the former City of Bloomington Finance Director.  The article was very out-of-place since it was from 2008.  Maybe the Pantagraph can’t find anything current to investigate.  If they need help, I can suggest a myriad of possibilities. Rachel […]

More on “NO PRESS” in Bloomington

by Diane Benjamin A few years, the City of Bloomington was found to be over-paying for insurance – as much as $1.5 million per year!  Then mayor, Steve Stockton, and City Manager Tom Hamilton were on the board of RimCo, the company getting all your tax dollars.  Where was the multi-part Pantagraph investigation?  Did the […]

Bloomington: City attorney accuses a citizen of slander!

by:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council voted last night to not release any information discussed in Executive Session concerning former City Manager Tom Hamilton.  A private citizen wrote the following email to the Council: Dear Councilman, You have error-ed by not voting to release Tom Hamilton’s minutes for 2006,2007 and 2008, it is the interest of […]