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:  https://audioboom.com/posts/4551685-tari-renner-bloomington-mayor-5-11-16?t=0 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: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=22497 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?    https://blnnews.com/2018/01/03/knuckleheads/ Option 1 (50/50 split): That the Resolution approving the Small Business Development Center funding […]

Bloomington Tonight – Connect Transit and more

By:  Diane Benjamin https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=22465 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21243 If you want to see details, go here:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/finance/annual-budget 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 […]

Other items from last night’s meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin The City wants you to believe they can control only 5% of the budget.  State mandates were heavily blamed. The budget discussion starts around 1:28. Not blamed was the cost of employees, the cost of their lavish benefits, and pension spiking. This Council made it worse when they hired two more employees […]

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 […]

UPDATE: King Tari and Liquor

Tari denied the Liquor license to Hucks.  From notes to Liquor Commission minutes, that makes them ineligible for video gaming which is also controlled by the Liquor Commission.   The two people Tari named as his assistants didn’t show for the third meeting in a row.  That make them ineligible to serve.  Since Tari is […]

It’s Official: Tari hates Capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Capitalism has lifted millions of people around the globe out of poverty.  It’s the perfect formula for success:  I have a widget that you want.  You give me something of value for the widget.  Both of us are happy.  With the Internet, exchanging things of value is possible across the globe. If […]

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 […]

Last night: Committee of the Whole

By:  Diane Benjamin Only the audio of the meeting is available – no video. I think some of the Aldermen were absent, the roll call was hard to hear, so I’m not sure.  Some might have arrived late. The paper reported a straw poll was unanimous in not taxing the video gaming machines.  If all […]

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 […]

Renner wants to abolish Video Gaming?

By:  Diane Benjamin Renner was on WJBC this morning:  https://audioboom.com/boos/4550788-tari-renner-bloomington-mayor-5-11-16?t=0 Update: I think the interview has been moved – try this link:  https://audioboom.com/boos/4551685-tari-renner-bloomington-mayor-5-11-16?t=0 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 […]