5 Things you need to know

By: Diane Benjamin 1) I’m collecting signs gas stations have on their pumps to comply with Pritzker’s demand people know he delayed the $.02 increase until after the election. Thorton’s at Route 9 and Hershey just has the Pritzker verbiage. Correction: This is at the Exxon Mobile station off 74 in Downs. The reader who […]

Normal’s money grab

by:  Diane Benjamin Scott Preston was absent Nobody pulled the $127,000 to cover the Children’s Discovery Museum spending.  Bury it and move on.  This was by far the most read story of the week:   https://blnnews.com/2018/12/15/oops-more-on-normal-for-monday/ Three people spoke at public comment.  The first was Andy Shirk of Beer Nuts, he was in favor of the […]

Update: Tari, Tari, Tari – WJBC

I reported on December 28th State Farm was leaving downtown!  Nice to see SF finally admitted it.  https://blnnews.com/2017/12/28/state-farm-is-leaving-downtown/   By:  Diane Benjamin Mayor Renner appeared on WJBC yesterday – hear him HERE Couple of notes: He called a special meeting for next Tuesday because he thinks the people who volunteered to be on his downtown task force […]

It’s FIVE and 3 NOT SIX and 3!

by:  Diane Benjamin Previously I questioned if Rob Fazzini was trying to hide the truth to get signatures to put the Ward change on the March ballot: https://blnnews.com/2013/12/18/was-rob-fazzini-trying-to-cover-up-the-truth/  He managed to convince WGLT’s Charlie Schlenker of his Six Wards and Three At-large plan.  Listen to an interview aired today with Alderwoman Judy Stearns:  http://wglt.org/wireready/news/2013/12/07670_12-20stearnsqa_web_085852.shtml Schlenker […]

A walk down Fruin memory lane

by:  Diane Benjamin Back in May of 2011, Alderman Jim Fruin decided the Council needed a code of conduct.  Only these members signed it: Bernie Anderson Ward 1 Mboka Mwilambwe Ward 3 Jennifer McDade Ward 5 Karen Schmidt Ward 6 Rob Fazzini Ward 8 Jim Fruin Ward 9 Stephen Stockton Mayor Anderson and Stockton are […]