Coliseum-John Butler’s ghost

By:  Diane Benjamin The media has never reported on my lawsuit against the City of Bloomington and Central Illinois Arena Management (CIAM) – the old Coliseum manager.  John Butler was the principal agent for CIAM.  Possible fraud or abuse of taxpayers isn’t news. The lawsuit is based on a denied FOIA for the 2014 concession […]

Scott Laughlin: Ever get tired of Tari lies?

By:  Diane Benjamin Scott, how many lies do you need to hear?  Is it fair to your listeners to let Tari spout on the air and pretend he is telling the truth?  Is WJBC city controlled media?  Do facts matter? Here’s Scott’s latest interview with the illustrious mayor: Fast forward to 13:00.  Renner claims […]

For the Pantagraph:

By:  Diane Benjamin Back on December 20, 2013, the Pantagraph thought a sitting Alderwoman filing a complaint against Tari Renner, David Hales, and the rest of the Council was a big story: How about reporting on what happened? Start by hammering Lisa Madigan for taking more than two years to issue a determination!  The […]

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 […]

CIAM – truth matters Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin You have a chance to start over Tari.  Ending the relationship with CIAM will give the Coliseum one last chance.  Start telling the truth or the reset will flop.  Listen to this the interview Tari had yesterday with WJBC’s Dan Swaney: Tari states he didn’t think anything the City was negotiating […]

Goodbye CIAM

By:  Diane Benjamin Can anybody remember Tari Renner campaigning 4 years ago for transparency at the Coliseum? Got one of those short campaign video clips talking about the Coliseum Tari? Tari claimed that on WJBC this afternoon with Dan Swaney discussing the exit of the current Coliseum management. Both men know about my lawsuit – […]

Nothing worse than lies

By:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington’s illustrious Mayor Renner was interviewed on WJBC yesterday.  Hear it here: Credit goes to Scott Laughlin for calling Renner out on the budget task force sham since all we’ve seen are massive tax and spending proposals ever since.  But, it’s only another $20,000,000.  If the population is still anywhere near […]

Corruption Central

By:  Diane Benjamin Multiple Choice test: A)  Why is Matt Sorensen’s name not being taken off the March 15th ballot?  The “powers” think voters are just stupid enough to re-elect him  The “powers” want him re-elected so they can they get his resignation and appoint the person they want  The “powers” want the March 15th […]

Where’s the media?

By:  Diane Benjamin If elected officials are conservative, the local media is relentless in attacking them.  Any representative opposing “progress” on the grounds it isn’t government’s job, will get vicious treatment for not going along with the majority. The majority is bankrupting taxpayers, but that’s immaterial to media. Examples:  Judy Stearns, Kevin Lower, and Lee […]

Coliseum Calamity

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s no surprise Coliseum financial reports and audits going back to when it opened in 2007 are not on the City of Bloomington website.  It’s easy to see why.  Luckily, I have copies of what CIAM reported. For the partial year of 2007, total revenue was $3,469,708 For 2008, total revenue was […]

Scott Black: Remember this?

By:  Diane Benjamin May 2014. Aldermen Lower and Stearns had a list of proposed cuts. Renner would not let them speak! Instead, Renner read a prepared statement.  Watch the video: Little Scotty did an interview this week on WJBC: Scotty happily bashed Alderman Lower, the WJBC host was happy to join in.  I’ve never […]

Downtown folly

By:  Diane Benjamin This morning Tari was interviewed on WJBC.  Listen here: Tari claims he doesn’t know all the details of the presentations to the Council tonight by two developers.  He also claims Bloomington is “on the move” and that’s why developers are interested in downtown. Tari has been proclaiming since he was elected […]

Hales Lies again

By:  Diane Benjamin City Manager David Hales was on WJBC this morning: At least Scott Laughlin watched the meeting! Where did Hales lie?  Listen at 16:40. Scott asked Hales if he was happy with the Coliseum management.  Hales loves them and went on to say they achieved BREAK EVEN in operations!  That was your […]

Make them look you in the eye!

Note:  Share this post with your friends.  The media isn’t going to tell them the truth! By:  Diane Benjamin Poor Mayor Koos.  Normal can’t steal more money from you unless Bloomington votes to steal more too. The media is allowing Renner to lie to you! Hey Tari:  Why are tax receipts to date UP 3.9% […]

Ever wondered why few vote in local elections?

By:  Diane Benjamin If the citizens knew David Hales threw away more than $1.2 million tax dollars on spiked pensions The Council NEVER approved the IMRF payments because they were never on Bills and Payroll Monday the Council will approve over $50,000,000 already spent without Council approval Coliseum management isn’t held accountable by David Hales […]

Another of the local clueless

By:  Diane Benjamin Want to know why Donald Trump is still high in the polls?  Read this WJBC forum commentary to see what the “establishment” thinks.  He’s not even close to the real reason, but it’s good for laughs.  This is exactly what the GOP thinks too – and it’s why the Trump attacks are […]

Hales passes the buck

By:  Diane Benjamin Probably knowing he was getting the blame, David Hales called into WJBC this morning to discuss the sick leave payouts.  He claimed that except for Police and Fire. all new employees don’t get that benefit anymore. He blamed past Councils for not taking action. I guess he still hasn’t figured out the […]

More Hales covering up?

By:  Diane Benjamin Renner was on WJBC yesterday with Scott Laughlin.  You don’t need to listen to the whole discussion, just the last 30 seconds. The topic was the fine paid by Bloomington taxpayers when Emily Bell spiked her pension with accumulated sick days.  Renner and the Council were “shocked” according to Tari when […]

The Tari podcast APPEARS!

By:  Diane Benjamin Surprise!  WJBC decided to post the Renner podcast.  Yes, he did call anybody who objected to spending money for flamingos “loud nasty voices”.  Listen here. I bet you didn’t know the Zoo Master plan is a contract to fund their projects!  The Council is always told Master Plans don’t assure any […]

David Hales misleads WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin City Manager David Hales was on WJBC with Scott Laughlin yesterday.  The interview is the perfect example of the media not forcing the truth from a City official.  Maybe Scott didn’t know what questions to ask.  You can listen to the interview here: Yes, it’s painful, but the part that interested […]

Finally back, now the news

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph has been anxiously awaiting what I am going to write about Kevin Lower’s Town Hall last night.  If you read their report and attended, it’s easy to see what I spoke about toward the end of the meeting.  The bird-cage liner is either intentionally deceiving citizens for their own personal […]

Government should be worried

By:  Diane Benjamin By now you should know who the Edgar County Watchdogs are.  You may not know they also go by the name Illinois Leaks.  Tips flow into them from all over the State.  All it takes to end the corruption in Illinois is people with inside knowledge to speak up. They posted this story: In The […]

More reasons NOT to listen to WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin Why do Tari Renner, David Hales, Dick Durbin and a slew of other so-called leaders love to do interviews on WJBC? Because they can get by with saying anything and are rarely challenged! Low information voters are easily misled by low information media. The latest case in point: Today WJBC is running a NEWS […]

Lap dog media falls for Coliseum report

By:  Diane Benjamin The Coliseum year-end report is finally out.  The year ended 4/30/15. As I have reported many times, what CIAM reports is pure fiction.  The birdcage liner is reporting the Coliseum lost $494,320 for the year.  Of course, that number isn’t accurate.  Worse, they reported CIAM’s reported loss last year of $183,727 instead of what […]

WGLT, WJBC – anybody listening? Update

The WJBC Renner interview is now posted: The exact words Tari used to describe IPI were: they have an ideological agenda.  He switched the conversation to tax rates when he learned he was wrong.  He claimed Illinois has comparable taxes to surrounding states.  Why is everybody leaving Illinois? Other items of note: Tari has massive interest from […]

Council complicit in Renner lies

By:  Diane Benjamin Facts: The Normal police did NOT arrest Fistbump for knocking on Nora Dukowitz’s door. Dukowitz dropped civil action against Fistbump the day before it went to court. Tari proclaimed in open session that Fistbump was being investigated for a felony:  Start watching at 5:30. Diana Hauman believed a person representing Cities 92.9 is not fit […]

Tari on WJBC today

By:  Diane Benjamin Listen to the interview here: Tari seems possessed by Ronald Reagan.  Lately he has been saying often that TIF’s were suggested by Reagan.  Tari, Ronnie also cut taxes and created a boon in job creation and economic development.  Reagan also wanted to stop funding for Regional Planning Commissions because they exert control from DC […]

Hales: If his lips move . . .UPDATE

Evidently Hales hired a Water Director who wasn’t qualified! Imagine that. By:  Diane Benjamin I know it’s a lot to ask, but maybe the local government-run press (bird-cager liner and 90 yrs on air) could every once a while realize they are being lied to. The latest incident occurred this week when Bloomington City Manger […]

WJBC interviews candidates

By:  Diane Benjamin WJBC interviewed some of the candidates for Bloomington City Council.  Listen to interviews with Joni Painter, Amelia Buragas, and Diane Hauman All were interviewed by different people, the same interviewer would have been nice. Supposedly WJBC will get to the other candidates eventually. There is plenty more material – but here […]

Is it up to Tari, Media, or you?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph and WJBC are in full MOVE ON mode.  Tari’s forced apology is their evidence for burying the controversy.  Alderman Scott Black wants nothing more than to forget his mentor’s foul mouth. Who says they get to decide Tari’s fate?  I’ve received a ton of comments and emails from citizens either […]

More Coliseum fraud

by:  Diane Benjamin For the year May 2011 – April 2012: CIAM reported an operating loss of $51,281 Source: The auditor reported an operating loss of (1,071,599)  Depreciation of 911,269 = loss of $109,049 Source: Reporting by CIAM was off by:  $57,768————— For the year May 2012 – April 2013: CIAM reported operating income of $ 176,759 […]