What about the money Bloomington owes VenuWorks?

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington has been paying VenuWorks $4,999.98 sporadically since 2016, payments are marked loan principle.  This story says why:   https://blnnews.com/2016/10/06/so-bloomington-claims/ The short version:  VenuWorks paid John Butler (CIAM) for equipment at the Coliseum.  The City is reimbursing them for that purchase.  The total was $299,999, no interest, payments over 5 […]

Last chance to see people not fighting for toilet paper

By:  Diane Benjamin VOTE Bloomington sample ballots:  https://www.becvote.org/wordpress/electiondatesandoffices/specimen-ballot/ Everywhere but Bloomington:  https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/692/Sample-Ballots You have to vote either Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or nonpartisan (only matters for Letory and El Paso-Gridley Schools). Picking a party doesn’t make you a member of that party.  It does prevent you from seeing the same old names on the ballot again in […]

More comments from Normal’s Masters

By:  Diane Benjamin More from the overlords here: https://blnnews.com/2019/04/02/turnout-very-low-and-more/ Chris Koos got the shock of his life when he only won by 11 votes two years ago.  He is even more scared now, facts are pesky things people aren’t supposed to bother with.  Koos found out people do care. Below is an email sent by […]

No, you don’t!

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s ELECTION DAY! If the only race you want to vote is MAYOR:  only vote Mayor. You aren’t required to vote in every race. Yes, you can same day register! Today is the day to send your message to City Hall. Either spending and taxes will continue to increase or you can […]

Dawson + County elections

By:  Diane Benjamin No matter where you live, voting Tuesday is essential.  Even if you don’t live in Bloomington or Normal – there are OTHER elections to vote in. See complete County list here:  http://mcleancountyil.gov/index.aspx?NID=692 I live in Dawson Township. Four years ago out of 447 registered voters, only 75 voted:  http://mcleancountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8115 The people elected […]

More on “Councils Don’t Listen”

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story from yesterday:  Why City Councils Don’t Listen After writing more than 4000 stories, I had forgotten I wrote about the Julie Crowe case when she won the lawsuit:  Julie Crowe Defeats the City of Bloomington That story contains a link to the original Council vote denying her the Vehicle-For-Hire […]

McLean County Board-VOTE!

by:  Diane Benjamin Does anybody remember when McLean County was the conservative bastion of Illinois? Those days are long gone, but you can help repair the damage done by people who think government solves problems.  They don’t, they just throw YOUR money at it. The County strongly believes in looking for money from the Feds […]

Use PAPER ballots!

by:  Diane Benjamin Don’t take any chances on election day.  Use paper ballots – don’t trust electric voting machines.  NO, I don’t want to hear how local machines are fine.  Don’t take any chances with your vote.  Fraud will be rampant, it’s your job to get your friends, family, and neighbors to the polls to […]

Vote! or be ruled by those who do UPDATE #2!

The Sales Tax question is probably on the BACK of your ballot.  I’m getting reports that some election judges aren’t telling you that!  (paper ballot)  Turnout is estimated at less than 25%!  Are you kidding me?  What to pay more taxes – permanently? by:  Diane Benjamin Voting is YOUR sacred right. Make your voice heard […]

Urgent alert: HB2418 – Changes to IL election law UPDATE!

Update: Rep. Mike Tryon said NO Republican will support this bill.  Here are the House sponsors for HB2418. Please call them NOW. They are taking a tally. Barbara Flynn Currie (D) (217) 782-8121 32nd District André M. Thapedi (D) (217) 782-1702 Jehan A. Gordon-Booth (D) (217) 782-3186 CALL THEM. STILL ABLE TO MAKE YOUR VOICE […]

Quotes to inspire the vote

Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote. George Jean Nathan Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. Franklin D. Roosevelt A vote is like a rifle; its […]

An American Verse

T’was the night before elections, And all thru’ the town, Tempers were flaring And patience was down. I, in my bathrobe With a cat in my lap, Had shut off the TV, Tired of political crap. When all of a sudden, There arose such a noise,  I peered out my window,  Saw Obama and his […]


The Tea Party is regularly ridiculed and declared “dead” by the mainstream press and their elitist allies in Washington and Hollywood. Not surprisingly, when Tea Partiers show up and rally by the thousands, they get all but ignored, while 30 Occupy Wall Street crazies in masks will always get wall-to-wall coverage and admiration. TV shows […]

I voted Democratic because:

Top 12 Reasons to Vote Democrat Posted by iPatriot on July 13, 2012 at 8:45pm View Blog 1. I voted Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I’ve decided to marry my German Shepherd.2. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon […]