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Questions Raised by Bloomington’s Choice for New Interim Police Chief

Bloomington City Manager David Hales’ recent decision to hire R.T. Finney as the new interim Bloomington police chief should raise some serious questions given Finney’s checkered history as head of police in Champaign, Illinois. Chief R.T. Finney was involved in numerous controversies in Champaign, the most serious being his close involvement in the police shooting … Continue reading

Critical Mass, Critical Needs

Viewpoint by Corey Mattson. Opinions don’t represent BloNo Critical Mass as a whole. BloNo Critical Mass kicked off the spring riding season on March 29th with a free-spirited social ride down Main Street, the street which is the subject of much-needed bicycle and pedestrians improvements. Critical Mass is a fun, bike-celebratory ride each last Friday … Continue reading

Stop Drone Warfare and Surveillance

BloNo residents are protesting the use of drones, both in military and domestic spying applications, in a number of upcoming events and actions. BNCPJ holds its vigil for peace Thursday, April 4th, as its ongoing first Thursday stand for peace at 5:30 pm, now at the Uptown Circle in Normal. Then, on April 6th, BloNo … Continue reading

Support the Moratorium on Fracking!

Two competing legislative efforts in Springfield will determine whether or not we will soon see fracking in Illinois. [Scroll down for action steps to oppose HB 2615 and support a moratorium on fracking in Illinois.] HB 2615, if passed, will give the oil and gas industry the green light to begin horizontal fracking in the … Continue reading

Enbridge Pushes for a Tar-Sands Pipeline in McLean County: Background and Update

by Anne McGowan We in McLean County have our own tar-sands pipeline, similar to the contested Keystone XL. The Enbridge Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project (Flanagan-to-Patoka) has been in the planning stages for years, scheduled to be built in 2009, but was delayed by the slumping economy and a class-action lawsuit brought by a group … Continue reading

Grassroots Activists Oppose Fracking, Support Moratorium (VIDEO)

Over 130 people from all over Illinois gathered in Springfield yesterday, urging legislators to support a 2-year moratorium on the dirty drilling process known as fracking. The activists – and over 13 grassroots environmentalist groups – support moratorium bills SB 1418 and HB 3086, as an alternative to the pro-fracking, ALEC-influenced bill, HB 2615. [Visit … Continue reading

Opposition to Fracking Builds (Video)

Central Illinoisans are building opposition to HB 2615, a bill that threatens to bring fracking to Illinois. Just last week, over 60 people traveled to Springfield with Illinois People’s Action to take action against the recently introduced legislation, and next week Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE) and Illinois People’s Action (IPA) will collaborate … Continue reading

Illinoisans Say No to Fracking (PHOTOS)

Over 60 people protested Monday in Springfield against a legislative bill, HB 2615, that if passed will bring hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to Illinois. Illinois People’s Action organized the grassroots rally and lobby action, joined by Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) and Food and Water Watch. [Read the opinion statement by Food and Water … Continue reading

Kyle Ciani Leads Discussion on Gender Equality

Kyle Ciani, ISU Associate Professor in the Department of History and Affiliated Faculty with Women’s and Gender Studies, led a discussion Sunday afternoon on current trends in achieving gender equality in our society. The title of the talk and discussion, hosted by Bloomington-Normal Coalition for Peace and Justice, was “Bounded by the Binder Mentality: An … Continue reading