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Mayor Renner’s Clerk Finally Produces Uncensored City Council Meeting Video –

January 15, 2017   ·   2 Comments

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – Although the City of Bloomington violated the law by failing to produce requested records within the timeline established by the Freedom ...

Bloomington Censors Council Meeting Video & Violated FOIA –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – What was a simple request for a copy of a meeting video has turned into Mayor Tari Renner’s staff violating state ...

Mayor Tari Renner’s Accomplishment? Bloomington Makes Most Dangerous City List –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – Mayor Tari Renner’s Accomplishment? Bloomington Makes Most Dangerous City List In Illinois – Quite an accomplishment, Bloomington beat out Chicago’s daily ...

Shelbyville Township Electoral Board Cancels Meeting –

Shelbyville, IL. (ECWd) – On our way to Chatham, Illinois for their city council meeting, we stopped off at the Shelbyville Township Electoral Board Meeting ...

Bloomington’s Coliseum Theft and Fraud Investigation reaches Minnesota –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – Curtis Webb, recently fired employee who worked for VenuWorks as Executive Director of the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL. is apparently ...

Bloomington Election Commission Delays Petition Objection Hearing Again –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – The Bloomington Election Commission and its Municipal Officers Electoral Board has rescheduled the hearing previously scheduled for Thursday (where they failed ...

Bloomington Election Commission – A Third Open Meetings Violation –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – We have already pointed out two recent examples of the Bloomington Election Commission violating the Open Meetings Act, and have also found ...

Bloomington Electoral Board – Not Their First Time Violating Open Meetings –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – In a day when adherence to the law is a revolutionary act, this one drives that message home. An objection was ...

City of Bloomington Sued Under FOIA For Withholding Public Records –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – A lawsuit was filed on September 30, 2016, naming the City of Bloomington as Defendant. The suit alleges the city is withholding ...

Watchdog Training in Bloomington, IL, Sep 24th –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – The Edgar County Watchdogs will be in Bloomington, Illinois with Americans For Prosperity Foundation on September 24th, from 8:00 a.m. until ...

ECWd on Illinois Watchdog Radio – Cities 92.9 Bloomington –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – Our radio interview Ben Yount and Andrew Nelms talking about the watchdog training coming up tomorrow (Aug 20, 2016) in Springfield. . ...

AG: Mayor Tari Renner and Bloomington Council violated the Open Meetings Law –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – This past week, after a three-year delay, the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor has finally issued a determination of an ...

McLean County Board Chairman indicted in Federal Court for theft, wire fraud totaling over $890,000 –

Chicago, IL. (ECWd) – Bloomington, Illinois’ McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen, former State Farm employee, named in federal indictment coming out of the Northern ...

Bloomington, IL. Holds Over $636,000.00 In Unpaid Water Bills –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – Fresh from the Bloomington FOIA Officer is the below list of individuals and companies who owe the City of Bloomington over ...

Bloomington, IL. conducts online bullying against “uncooperative media”? –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – So much for “Not In Our Town” – what’s happening under your watch Tari? Is your city actually using public funds, ...

Tari Renner’s Bloomington: Becoming Less Transparent Everyday –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – Another lawsuit Bloomington? November 6, 2015 By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve said this many times, but I will repeat it again.  If ...

Bloomington, IL. passes new public comment policy –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – During Bloomington’s City Council meeting on July 13, 2015, public comment started at around the 2:10 mark in the video. ECWd’s ...

Watchdogs mentioned on Cities 92.9 with Ian Bayne –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – Ian Bayne on Cities 92.9 talked about a recent article of ours where we surveyed cities similar to Bloomington to compare ...

Bloomington – a survey of public comment policies –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – I recently conducted a survey of cities similar in size to Bloomington, IL., including cities in Illinois with a population of ...

Bloomington’s Pantagraph should shutter its doors –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – The Pantagraph newspaper is doing the citizens of Bloomington, IL. a disservice by advocating for the City of Bloomington to violate ...

The Pantagraph’s Steve Vogel’s epic failure at journalism –

Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) – I usually try to stay away from commenting on what others report since I know my writing is not perfect and ...

Bloomington’s Nora Dukowitz refuses questions, files restraining order on reporter –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. Another public employee that thinks they do not have to answer questions – and this one has the job of answering questions… Edgar ...

City of Bloomington loses handwritten FOIA lawsuit; writes check –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – A local watchdog by the name of Diane Benjamin, from blnnews.com, has won a pro se lawsuit she filed against the ...

Bloomington, IL. Mayor Renner Censured by City Council for offensive comments –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – On Friday, February 20, 2015, the Bloomington City Council held a Special Meeting and Censured Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner for his ...

Bloomington City Council feeding their face on your dime –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – People wonder why taxes keep rising while their living conditions deteriorate. Here is one of those reasons. On the agenda for ...

Mayor Teri Renner (Bloomington, IL) caught trying to violate Open Meetings Law –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – Truth be told, I was still arranging to be in Bloomington, Illinois on Friday morning to take care of business reminiscent ...

Bloomington’s Alderman Fazzini tries restricting public comments –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – When I became aware of Bloomington’s text amendment to their Public Speaking Policy was on the agenda again, I took the ...

Corruption Does Pay for Sue McLaughlin – $85hr!

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – In yet another example of the sickness in this state, we have another ethically challenged public official that finds herself right ...

Bloomington Corporate Counsel Lied On FOIA –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – Rosalee Dodson, Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of Bloomington, has been caught signing her name to a lie. Whether she ...

Bloomington (IL) Mayor Tari Renner Attacking Citizen Comments –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – It has recently come to our attention that the Mayor of Bloomington, IL., Tari Renner, has a problem with people speaking ...