BY JOHN KRAFT & KIRK ALLEN
Bloomington, IL. (ECWd) -
Our response to Bloomington Mayor Renner's comments to Diane Benjamin's public comment at their City Council meeting:
Here is Renner's response during public comment and Renner's radio interview, which prompted our response:
The facade at Main and Jefferson appears spruced by the two gentlemen seated at the desk in the foreground.
Sounds like an organized crime movie, only this is reality
Mayor Renner, exposing corruption is not garbage.
Wow, this mayor seems like a real piece of work – power & ego, not leadership. Sad state of affairs in Bloomington.
Whoa, just realized this guy TEACHES college students. Now THAT is scary.
What a load of Kaka. BLN News and Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) do the ONLY investigations in this city. Besides an FM Talk Radio Station just inside Normal, they and the rest of local media are owned by The Mayor. Some politicians become media types, and some media types become politicians. It’s an incestuous relationship between local media nand politicians in this city.All of the local media, excluding that FM Talk Station ( Cities 92.9 FM ), call themselves journalists, they are not. They investigate nothing. They are the propaganda machine for the city. It’s been that way the 31 years I’ve lived here.
The WJBC )Station Manager refused to see the physical evidence gathered when Nikita Richards was accused, by me, of spending her City employee work time shopping, on dating sites, doing her own campaign work on city time, watching movies from home on her city computer, watching tv shows, and looking at travel sites instead of doing her Human Resources job. There were thousands of pages of evidence that I received through an FOIA Request. The platforms she used for her campaign were often accessed from her city computer while she was working on city time.. She was really into the analytic data. Also. Nikita was arguing with me on another stations FB page (WGLT)while on city time. I reminded her of of that during our argument. The amount of personal use of her city owned computer while supposedly working was staggering.WJBC and other media in the Bloomington market are not honest, nor do they spend any time looking for local corruption. The WJBC Station Manager is part of “The Club” of local politicians ( as are her peers in other media outlets), and so these so called “journalists” have nothing short of a love affair with each other. It’s an incestuous relationship all the way around. The WJBC Station Manager was adamant that she didn’t want to see any of the thousands of pages of proof off Nikitas computer, and she peddled Renners lie that Nikita cleared an investigation. WJBC failed to point out that Renner participated in the hiring and approving the cost of this “ investigator/ attorney “, and they failed to raise the question why wasn’t the investigation conducted by an independent party? It was amusing to see that this “investigator/ attorney” was from the same small town the lawyer Renner personally hired and paid for when I took him before the Bloomington Election Commission, a useless Commission made up of people appointed byThe Mayor! Bloomington Elections should fall under the McLean County Election Commission, an an agency that oversees all elections in the County except for Bloomington. By the way, both Commissions are located in the same building.
The investigator never contacted me once. He just declared nothing here! The City IT Department gave a lame excuse to the press saying what we were seeing really wasn’t real. You just can’t make this Kaka up! I had one of the top IT people in Chicago evaluate the printouts, and he found that the City was lying, and giving a very stupid lie at that. He confirmed that I was correct. The Pantagraph is just as corrupt. They were only interested in printing Renner’s BS position on the matter. Kudos goes out to the only honest station, Cities 92.9 FM. They ran some pretty good story’s on the manner on their website, and they presented all the evidence in electronic files that I gave them.
The press, some members of the City Council.,and Renner have blown off and ridiculed Diane Benjamin far to much. She warned the Council and Renner about problems with the Colosseum financials and Management of the Colosseum almost two years before the arrest of the former managers. It was laughable that Renner acted surprised! Internally, he was defecating his pants. For those who don’t know, Diane was a CPA. She knows how to read contracts. She knows how to read financials and identify problem areas. The City Manager at the time had too close of a relationship with the owner of the management company. The city didn’t even comply with their own contract requirements. Renner was really talking about himself when he verbally abused Diane.. One thing he is good at is “Projecting”. He’s dirty, and he’s dishonest. ECW is an fantastic Watch Dog organization. Both men are honorable and they put their heart and sole into their work. The results they receive are amazing. Diane uses facts that she can back up in all her stories. She’s honorable and credible as well. Not so with Renner. I have a feeling he is going to regret the recent lies he made in his tirade at Council during his interviews with his clownish radio hosts and printed news media.
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