Final Bloomington last night

By: Diane Benjamin The meeting, including Township before Council, was over 3 hours. Your representatives look ridiculous behind masks. Normal doesn’t wear them at Council meetings, citizens deserve to see your faces! Of course the camera operator makes seeing faces difficult since it always isn’t in the right location. It was much more fun seeing […]

Tari Then and Now plus council last night

By:  Diane Benjamin May 11, 2016, Tari on WJBC: At the very end:  Tari states that having NO Video Gaming in Bloomington should be on the table.  He groused about it making more need for police, especially when combined with alcohol. The rest is entertaining if you want to relive history.  Downtown, downtown, downtown.  […]

Bloomington Monday 8-26

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll: Indoctrination camps, the Illinois Municipal League represents cities, not taxpayers: The Coliseum continues to bleed taxpayers: This is year THREE for the Small Business Development Center.  Is anybody asking what has been developed? Option 1 (50/50 split): That the Resolution approving the Small Business Development Center funding […]

Bloomington Tonight – Connect Transit and more

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight a representative from the McLean County Regional Planning Commission will talk about local transit. She will be followed by the Connect Transit’s General Manager. Prediction:  Neither speaker will mention the buses are too big to serve the people with no other means of transportation.  Neither speaker will recognize the huge […]

Taxin’ Tari

By:  Dine Benjamin Start with this chart that recaps actual and projected tax receipts in the current budget: PDF page 120 The Local Motor Fuel Tax didn’t exist before Tari.  Since doubling the tax, the City expects to collect $4,630,000 this year. The Amusement Tax didn’t exist before Tari.  The City expects to collect […]

Flashback: May 11, 2016 Renner

By:  Diane Benjamin WJBC has reported Tari Renner wants to end the moratorium on new video gaming  machines: 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 […]

How is an application lost?

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington City Council last night: See 12:17. A 30 year employee of the Illinois State Police spoke at Public Comment,  He applied for the Police Chief position.  His application was submitted on time and he received a confirmation email saying his application was received.  He followed up with Nicole Albertson, head of […]

Bloomington Fleeces Monday night:

By:  Diane Benjamin Agenda and Documentation for Council 3/25/19 PDF page 33 authorizes $69,467.22 for repairs to the City’s only working Water Tower.  Notice how nobody ever mentions the other one in Normal that was built too short?  It was only used briefly.  Add that to the never used fire station, pensions spiking, Quality […]

Bloomington Waiving Moratorium for friends?

By:  Diane Benjamin On the agenda for Monday night is a public hearing on next years budget.  PDF page 163 has a brief summary that says next to nothing: If you want to see details, go here: Also on the Agenda: PDF page 166: Allowing exceptions to the moratorium on video gaming! The […]

Gas Tax only means incompetence

By: Diane Benjamin Spending priorities at the City of Bloomington have ZERO to do with what citizens expect them to fund:  Police, Fire, Water, Sewer, Storm Water, Roads.  If they could get by with taxing you for calling 911 they would. The City of Bloomington created Enterprise Funds to make it easier to take more […]

Last night’s Bloomington Propaganda

By:  Diane Benjamin If you have never watched a City Council meeting, last night is the one you need to watch: I can’t possibly cover everything that happened.  Toward the end of the meeting Joni Painter read something that demanded no more video gaming machines.  It was pretty incoherent.  2 people demanded the same […]

These people spoke for you

By:  Diane Benjamin Your government runs over you when you don’t bother to stand up to them.  5 people did stand up last night, more need to join them. Public Comment: The first guy owns Joe’s Pub and is concerned about raising video gaming fees.  He asked when the tax increases are going to end […]

Normal plays protectionism

By:  Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council made some people very happy last night – the current video game owners! The Council voted to delay approving any new video gaming licenses until at least the end of the year.  Essentially government said the existing guys don’t need any competition.  Therefore, the profits of current owners […]

Illegal emails on raising liquor fees:

By:  Diane Benjamin This story expands the previous post: I have emails from Aldermen Diana Hauman and Jim Fruin, Mayor Renner, and JAMES.  I believe that JAMES is James Jordan, member of the Liquor Commission.  I have MANY emails written by Jim Fruin over the past few years – none of them say JAMES.  […]

Bloomington is ANTI-business

By:  Diane Benjamin Governor Rauner ran on a platform of making Illinois business friendly.  He has failed because the Democrat super-majority in Springfield doesn’t care if companies move across the border to save millions of dollars.  They don’t care if Caterpillar leaves the state along with other companies who can’t compete in this high-tax high-regulation […]

Taxing more because they can

By:  Diane Benjamin When I reported on Tax Receipts missing from David Hales’ April City Manager report, ( my first thought was Renner/Hales plan to raise taxes.  It’s difficult to do if receipts show above budgeted amounts – they did in his March report. Monday night the Council is going after anybody with video gaming […]

Renner wants to abolish Video Gaming?

By:  Diane Benjamin Renner was on WJBC this morning: Update: I think the interview has been moved – try this link: He REALLY hates video gaming because the machine owners are making way too much money.  He actually mentioned a guy who told him he invested $1 million in his business, Renner calculated […]

Tari HATES Capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin History isn’t taught anymore, so let me briefly recap. Before America declared that “Rights” come from God, not government, and the people can govern themselves – the entire world was a dark place.  Capitalism didn’t exist.  The people were government slaves without any possibility of creating a better life for themselves. America […]

Raise liquor/gambling fees? Really?

By:  Diane Benjamin Lately the City of Bloomington has been raising every fee possible under the theory of “users” should pay for the service.  It doesn’t matter that decades of previous spending paid for the service with taxes already collected. Obviously the goal is to Tax more so they can Spend more. Tonight the Council […]