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Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:18 AM

Sports complex will Significantly Raise Prices

Last year, the $43 million sports complex idea was dead on arrival, yet some in the Town of Normal keep trying to resuscitate it. There are many reasons why this project should not be pursued, but for now, I will focus on just the price of access.

Right now, municipal fields are free and program access costs are reasonable. These prices will have to increase significantly if a sports complex is built. Here’s how it works:

In the article, Normal Parks and Recreation director Doug Damery states that the proposed project “would likely force some sports programs to raise their own participation fees.” In the consultant’s report last year, an admonition was given that free access and below market-rate pricing would have to be eliminated in order to drive business to the new facility. Team memberships would rise significantly in price. Fields that are currently free would jump to $40 or $50 per hour. This is ironic since the consultants began their presentation by explaining how low-income youth are already at a disproportionate disadvantage in accessing recreational sports. They highlighted how lack of access to organized play is a significant factor for childhood obesity and disparities in achievement. This proposal would widen that gap and exacerbate the very problems the study decries. It makes no sense. Much more manageable and less risky opportunities already exist and are being pursued to serve the needs of our youth. A large, tourism-driven venue is not needed.

In short, our community is currently well served with what we have. Where aspirations are higher, progress is being made towards private ventures to meet those needs. By trying to reach outside for tourism, a sports complex would put an end to informal recreational facilities within our community. People at all levels would be forced to pay much more for the activities they are already pursuing and further stratification based on household income would be the result.

All this from their own data, yet somehow, they do not see it. This is why Normal needs better priorities. This is why I will be running again in 2021.

https://www.wglt.org/post/town-official-sports-complex-would-cover-operational-costs-2nd-year-0


Saturday, May 18, 2019 3:19 PM

Connect Transit Vacancy to Remain Empty

"Normal Mayor Chris Koos said he's holding off on filling a vacant Normal appointment to Connect Transit's board until the air has cleared."

In other words, there are a lot of concerns over Connect Transit, but he sees no need for a change in direction. This is poor and unresponsive governance. To underscore the point, Mr. Koos refers to the standing vacancy on the board by saying, "There are a lot of agendas out there making my job difficult right now" How does public controversy prevent him from appointing a person he feels is up to the task of managing Connect Transit? Instead of delaying action, he should be even more motivated to fill the position. There are many qualified people who have stepped up to say they are willing to serve. He has rejected them all. The mayor's statement that he is looking for people who "are not coming in with an agenda," points to his satisfaction with the status quo. This is a brutal rejection of residents' concerns. Normal needs better priorities. Normal and Connect Transit need new leadership.

https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/koos-holding-connect-transit-appointment-opposes-board-expansion/article_9feaabd7-eab7-5c3c-a679-ccff49029fab.html?fbclid=IwAR3QSLqnWomxSy57_ThfLSpqkTk2_cOg3aw9H2u8Dx_RljgkDJz6Rls56_M


Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:24 AM

Please vote by April 2nd

Lots of recent developments in the local campaigns for Town Council. I have some of the information on my facebook page at facebook.com/MarcTforMayor/

Please participate. The last election was decided by only twelve votes. Your contribution is important and does make a difference.

To find your polling place, go to Vote411.org

Polls will be open on Tuesday from 6am to 7pm.

There are also two locations where you can vote regardless of your precinct. They are the Bone Student center and the County Clerk's office. The addresses are:

Bone Student Center, Founders Suite, 100 N. University, Normal

McClean County Clerk 115 E. Washington Street, Room 102, Bloomington

You may register to vote at the same time. Simply bring two forms of identification. Those can include utility bills, library or insurance cards, and school IDs.

If you'd like to vote early, you may do so at the County Clerk's office on Monday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

If you have any questions or need help getting out to vote, please contact me here or on facebook.

See you at the polls!


Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:20 AM

Uptown Mural

Some thoughts on the WJBC article regarding the mural in Uptown and what it indicates about the Town's leadership.

 


Tuesday, July 24, 2018 7:55 PM

Marc hosting Watchdog Radio this Friday

Join me this Friday from 2-5pm as I fill in for Ben Yount on Cities 92.9.

Be a part of the conversation!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:21 PM

Please comment on TIF Extension

There are two important votes coming up Thursday on extending the TIF district in Uptown Normal. It is important that you contact members of the Township and Unit 5 school boards immediately to let your voice be heard. There are many reasons why the TIF extension is a bad idea. Several representatives are already opposed, many are undecided. There is a real chance to stop this with a quick word from you. For more details, please see my my videos on TIFs and schools. Contact information is below. Your input really can make a difference. The Township meets at 8:15am, the school board at 4pm.

Township board:
Sarah E Grammer - sgrammer@normaltownship.org
Sally Pyne - spyne@normaltownship.org
Dayna Schickedanz - dschickedanz@normaltownship.org
Ray Ropp - rropp@normaltownship.org
Arlene Hosea - ahosea@normaltownship.org

Unit 5 Board:
https://www.unit5.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=68


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:23 AM

Normal's New Budget

Normal's proposed 5-year budget is finally available.

-Total expenditures: $127 million (p.12)

-Total to repair and resurface roads: $1.4 million (p.199)

That's a mere 1% of our money being spent on roads.
Worse, it's only about half of what we spent last year, even though the roads are clearly in rougher shape.

Normal needs better priorities.

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/see-normal-s-new-proposed-budget/pdf_a106aeea-f386-5110-a25e-05289b761544.html


Friday, January 19, 2018 12:26 AM

The Latest on Normal's Spending

Last month the Town of Normal passed the largest property tax increase in 15 years and then turned around and gave the Portillos developer $1.7 million. Now they want to save $215,000 by eliminating dropoff and electronics recycling. They also want to double your garbage fees. Normal needs better priorities.

Read about the budget proposals here.


Saturday, December 2, 2017 1:32 PM

Public Tax Levy Hearing Monday Night

The Town of Normal is proposing the largest retirement levy in 15 years. This is a 60% increase since 2008. Public hearing on the property tax levy at 7:00pm on Monday night at Uptown Station. Please make your voice heard. No advance sign-up is required. Even a simple "Yes" or "No" is helpful. This meeting is held specifically for the public to weigh in on the issue. More information is available on the link to the Nov. 6 council information packet. Hope to see you there!


http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2772


Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:22 PM

Normal Plans to Raise Property Tax Rate for 11th time in a row

The Town of Normal is planning to raise your property tax rate for the 11th straight year in a row. Public hearing and council vote on December 4th at Uptown Station.

Data is from the Nov. 6 council packet, p.60.
http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2772



Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:55 PM

Marc on Illinois Watchdog Radio Friday, September 22

Marc will be talking with Benjamin Yount on Illinois Watchdog Radio on Friday at 4:30. Tune in to Cities 92.9 or stop by the studio at 108 Boykens Place for some fresh-grilled brats!
http://www.cities929.com/


Wednesday, July 12, 2017 4:25 PM

We're still in a mess.

Analysis of the latest Illinois budget proceedings.

https://www.facebook.com/MarcTforMayor/posts/1239052896198932?notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&notif_id=1499874839212622

 


Thursday, May 25, 2017 5:09 PM

Press Conference Statement

Statement read to the press on 05/25/2017. Includes information about the discovery recount process and states that Marc is conceding the April 4th election. Also contains thanks to supporters and others.


Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:15 AM

Press Conference Today

Marc will hold a press conference today at 4:00 at Rosa Parks Commons, Normal, IL.

 


Monday, May 15, 2017 10:46 PM

An update on the recount

Summary of where we are at in the process.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:55 PM

Discovery Recount - Day 1

First day of the discovery recount is done. The majority of the ballots have been examined. A few hundred remain for tomorrow including and mail-in ballots. I appreciate the excellent work done by the everyone at the County Clerk's office. Once we finish with the discovery, we'll take some time to analyze the information and decide how to proceed. A huge, heartfelt thank you to the many people and volunteers who have been supporting this process.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:26 PM

WJBC 4-19 Interview

I was interviewed by Sam Wood on WJBC last week following the Fritzen news conference. This audio broadcast captures my initial comments.

Anyone who fact-checks the councilman's statements will see just how wrong he is. Normal is not a brand. The idea sets up the government as an entity along the lines of Nike or Coca-Cola whose interests must be protected above those of the citizens they are supposed to serve.

Instead, Normal is our home, and it is astounding that our public officials would use their power, position, and the Town's resources to denigrate one of its own residents. These upside-down priorities are exactly why I chose to run. The podcast was posted today.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:54 PM

Underpass Study Open House

Town of Normal open house on the underpass study--Thursday, 5-7 at City Hall. Come on out, hear the details, and tell them what you think!


Monday, April 24, 2017 7:24 PM

Latest email to supporters

Here is the latest email we sent out to Marc's supporters. Included are links to Marc's statement to the press about Jeff Fritzen's assertions and the Cities 92.9 afternoon show in which Benjamin Yount spoke on this topic.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:59 PM

The Recount Process

Details about the recount process. Thanks to all our supporters for their ongoing generosity and goodwill.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:41 AM

Recount and Donation Information

This is a newsletter we sent out to our supporters. Among the information in this newsletter are ways supporters can donate for the recount legal fees.


Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:28 PM

Patience

It's going to take some time before the absentee ballot totals can be released. Possibly as much as two weeks. The task is not as simple as just opening the mail and posting the tally. There are procedures to follow that protect the anonymity of the votes cast. I have every confidence in the county clerk's office to get the job done right. Rushing the process will not change the outcome. The votes are already there. It could, however, jeopardize the confidentiality of the ballots. Let's all wait patiently for the results.


Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:18 AM

Marc talks about the recent 1% sales tax increase

While voters rejected a tax increase to benefit Unit 5, the Town went on to impose a 1% sales tax increase. Marc talks about this dynamic and shows where those tax dollars actually went.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:57 PM

Marc's wife talks about the Big Book of Numbers

Here are a few of Tracy's thoughts on Marc and the Town of Normal's Big Book of Numbers! 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:53 PM

Marc interviewed on WMBD

Wednesday afternoon, 03/29/2017, WMBD shot an interview of Marc in front of the old Route 66 gas station.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:45 PM

Marc interviewed on Cities 92.9

Tuesday afternoon, 03/28/2017, Benjamin Yount from Cities 92.9 had Marc on The Big Show from 3:30-4:30.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:37 PM

Marc interviewed by Pantagraph editorial board

Tuesday morning, 03/28/2017, Marc was interviewed along with Chris Koos by the Pantagraph Editorial Board.


Monday, March 27, 2017 5:17 PM

Marc interviewed on WJBC

Monday morning, Scott Laughlin of WJBC interviewed Marc. A few highlights appear in this article, along with the full interview podcast. Check it out!


Monday, March 27, 2017 5:39 AM

Marc talks about TIF districts

What is a TIF district? Why is the current situation important to understand? In this video, Marc describes the way a TIF district works and explains why this situation is one reason he is running for Mayor.


Sunday, March 26, 2017 9:00 PM

Marc talks about the Town's debt

The Town of Normal is $94 million in debt. Marc talks about the accumulation of this debt and the current state, using a graph from the Town's 2016 Financial Trends Report.


Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:03 AM

Marc's thoughts on the Koos campaign flyer

Yesterday I received a Chris Koos campaign flyer in the mail. Here’s a few of my thoughts on what it contained. Feel free to share this...


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:44 PM

03/21/2017 Newsletter sent to friends and volunteers

This is the newsletter email Team Tiritilli sent out to the campaign friends and volunteers. Included in this newsletter:

  • Parade highlights
  • Request for election Letters to the Editor (deadline Friday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Information about the Town of Normal public comment policy
  • The upcoming All-Volunteer Meeting
  • The upcoming Election Night Watch Party


Monday, March 20, 2017 11:28 PM

Marc on the TIF District

What is a TIF district? Why is it so important to understand? TIFs are a controversial financing mechanism that the Town has relied on heavily for funding new projects in Uptown. See this item for a simple explanation of what a TIF is and why the community should be concerned about how the Town is handling it. 


Monday, March 20, 2017 10:54 PM

Team Tiritilli All-Volunteer Meeting

Are you interested in helping Marc and his team in the final days of the campaign? Please join us for an informational meeting at Normal Public Library, Community Room A on Thursday, March 23.


Monday, March 20, 2017 10:47 PM

Koos, Tiritilli spar over debt, underpass

The Pantagraph ran a great article about the WGLT and League of Women Voters debate between Chris Koos and Marc on March 2.


Monday, March 20, 2017 10:45 PM

WGLT Recording: Debate Between Chris Koos and Marc Tiritilli

The debate between Marc and Chris Koos is available on WGLT--they answer a series of questions posted by community members.


Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:59 PM

Steve Vogel comments on Normal's 45-day rule

Steve Vogel's perspective on Normal's public comment policy. His insight is correct in that Normal had to be nudged into this.

I started a discussion on this issue with Mark Peterson last fall and asked counsel to weigh in. Brian Day then referred the matter to the Attorney General's office. In the meantime, residents Craig Stimpert and Doug Fansler filed official Open Meeting Act complaints. Mr. Stimpert's was the one the AG just ruled on.

It is very clear from previous comments by members of the Town Council and by Mr. Day's strenuous defense of the 45-day rule to the AG that there was no interest in changing the policy despite its admittedly questionable legality. Mr. Koos stated he was "pretty annoyed" by Representative Andersson's proposed legislation to eliminate the practice altogether. It should also be noted that I requested to speak at the March 6 council meeting and was refused by Mr. Koos because of the 45-day rule, even though he knew he was going to call for changes that very night.

These are welcome changes that are being proposed, but even strong, persistent pressure from residents was not enough to move the current administration. It took the threat of legislation and an impending declaration of illegality before the need for change was grudgingly conceded. It will take even more work to bring Normal’s policy into line with the Attorney General’s recommendations, and as mayor, I would quickly implement such measures to allow residents to fully exercise their right to speak.

Read the article at:

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/opinion/vogel-normal-finding-proper-path-on-public-comment/article_04c9b71b-ffed-5a6d-92ca-b9b0fb636a43.html


Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 AM

IL AG declares Normal's 45-day gag rule violates Open Meetings Act

In a clear victory for the people of Normal, the Illinois Attorney General's office today declared the Normal Town Council's "45 Day Rule" to be in violation of the statewide Open Meetings Act. The rule barred citizens from speaking publicly at Council meetings more than once every 45 days.

Marc has been only one of many concerned citizens who have advocated against this unfair rule. Since before this campaign began, he has stood alongside community members who called for the Council to rescind the controversial policy.

"None of the council members, including the Mayor, were able to see that the policy stood in the way of the public's statutory right to speak at town meetings. The only reason my opponent called for a new ordinance is because of the pressure exerted by residents, the Attorney General, and Representative Andersson," Mr. Tiritilli said. "I am pleased that the right call has finally been made on this unfair rule. A key element of my campaign has been to make the Town's government more accessible to the residents."

You can read earlier comments from Normal Town Council Members here:

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/normal-seeks-ag-s-opinion-on-public-comment-policy/article_b8e0974d-cc8d-50e2-bf9b-4e6d947e6a1f.html


Monday, March 6, 2017 12:01 AM

Gag Rule - The people can prevail!

In a sudden reversal, the Town calls for an end to the 45-day gag rule!

Details in The Pantagraph.

 


Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:34 PM

New details on debt repayment issues

New details on Marc's plan to reduce the town's debt:

One of the biggest, most urgent issues the Town of Normal must address is the incredibly high debt load we now carry--$94 million. I have closely examined the current state of the town's finances and the town's actions over the last few years. Based on the town's own numbers, there is plenty of room for us to put into action a plan to accelerate the repayment of the debt, well beyond the current council's budget. Click the link above to read the details.


Friday, March 3, 2017 8:01 PM

Marc interviewed on Cities 92.9 The Morning Buzz

On March 2, Marc was interviewed by Tom Davis on The Morning Buzz, Cities 92.9. Check out the podcast! Marc's interview starts at minute 13:30.


Friday, March 3, 2017 7:31 PM

WGLT's recording and article about the March 2 debate

Marc did a fantastic job debating Chris Koos on March 2! The full debate recording is available on this webpage. Give it a listen and hear Marc's position on the financial issues in the Town of Normal.


Friday, March 3, 2017 7:29 PM

Pantagraph article about the March 2 debate

Marc did an amazing job articulating financial issues against Chris Koos. Check this out!

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/koos-tiritilli-spar-over-debt-underpass/article_1d8cef1b-3d9d-5a87-965e-99c9e349c078.html


Friday, March 3, 2017 7:12 PM

Candidate Open House

Come out and meet Marc!


The League of Women Voters of McLean County has invited the community to come out and meet local candidates in a fair style event on March 11. Candidates from select positions will be present to answer questions.

Come and go as your schedule allows from 9:30-11:30. The event will take place at Heartland Community College in the Heartland Community Commons Building. 


See this event for more information.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:08 PM

Marc debates Chris Koos

On Thursday, March 2, Marc will debate Chris Koos. The debate is hosted by WGLT and the League of Women Voters of McLean County. The debate will take place at ISU's University Galleries in Uptown Normal--Uptown Circle #103. Doors open at 5:30. Come early to get a seat.

The debate will be broadcast live on WGLT, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. This event is open to the public.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:55 PM

Marc interviewed live on Cities 92.9.

Thursday morning, March 2, during the 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. hour, Marc will be interviewed live on Cities 92.9 by Tom Davis of The Morning Buzz.

Check out the interview on The Morning Buzz podcast: https://cities929.podbean.com/


Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:15 PM

State bill challenges Normal comment policy

Inspired by the recent tug-of-war between the citizens of Normal and the current mayor and town council, an Illinois State Representative is "sponsoring a bill that would require public bodies to permit comments from any one constituent at least once per meeting."

In this Pantagraph article, Chris Koos maintains that the council will wait on a ruling from the Attorney General (AG) about the legality of this policy, and if they do not return a ruling, "We'll have to figure something out."

What the citizens of Normal want to know is what is there to "figure out"? If there is ANY question as to legality of the policy at all, and if it is apparently arbitrary, then why would the council and the mayor bother keeping it in place?

This 45-day rule can be overridden by the mayor, if he deems it appropriate to do so...and therefore this puts the control over who speaks in the council meetings squarely in his hands.

With election day quickly approaching, and the issue of transparency a key concern on the minds of voters, one wonders why Koos would not immediately jump in and change the policy post-haste. Instead, it seems some council members are defending it, or at least trying to shift attention away from it by indicating that it is really not such a big deal.

As the Pantagraph article points out, some council members don’t seem to see a problem: "...with one click, you can email the mayor and council all at once."

And, yet, emails are essentially a private conversation. But a public comment instantly becomes publicly accessible, a matter of public record. Why would the mayor and the council want to maintain this gag order over their citizenry? To keep opposing viewpoints out of the public record.

The policy produces this side effect: out of the 26 public meetings the council holds each year, a specific citizen could speak at no more than 9 of them.

I maintain that this is completely unacceptable. As mayor, I will immediately move to have this rule changed, regardless of whether the AG finds the policy legal. It clearly does not promote the spirit of the law, which is itself about the public's right to be heard.

When citizens' voices are stifled, anger and frustration follow. I am committed to actually listening to anyone who would come to me, not finding ways to stifle them.

--Marc


Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:59 PM

Come on out to the Debate!

If you have never heard Marc in a debate, you are in for a real treat! Come support Marc in his debate with Chris Koos.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:54 PM

Meet the Candidate

Come meet Marc!

Tuesday, February 28

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Normal Public Library, Community Room A

 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:21 PM

Correction

A few of the promotional cards I handed out today contained a misprint. The town's debt is over $1,700 per person, not $17,000. I apologize for the error. It has been corrected.

Onward!

--Marc


Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:32 PM

State Farm Candidate Forum on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Marc will be at the State Farm candidate forum. The event will be held at State Farm Corporate in the SA-3 auditorium. This informal sessionis for State Farm employees and will run from 11:30 - 12:30. Several municipal candidates for both Bloomington and Normal will be in attendance, including Marc. Hope to see you there!


Monday, February 13, 2017 4:38 PM

2017 Voter Guide

The McLean County League of Women Voters has just released their 2017 Voter Guide.

Check it out!

2017 Voter Guide


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 2:28 PM

Speaking out about the rail crossing study

Speaking to the Normal Town Council on February 6, 2017, regarding the options and criteria used in the town-funded $1.4 million rail crossing study.

The documentation provided to the council members listed project goals that included "iconic status," but not cost. While the council is hoping for grant money to pay for construction, the expensive study and further development south of the tracks are paid for with local taxpayer dollars.

A grant-funded funded project to build a lower-cost passenger overpass was ready to go and would have been completed last year. It was scrapped to pursue this study.

Note: Audio on this YouTube channel is out of sync. The source video was recorded that way.

 


Monday, February 6, 2017 9:57 PM

League of Women Voters of McLean County Candidate Open House

Come out and meet Marc!

The League of Women Voters of McLean County has invited the community to come out and meet local candidates in a fair style event on March 11. Candidates from select positions will be present to answer questions.

Come and go as your schedule allows from 9:30-11:30. The event will take place at Heartland Community College in the Heartland Community Commons Building. 

See this event for more information.



Sunday, February 5, 2017 4:48 PM

Yard signs are now available!

Yard signs are now available! Show your support for Marc's campaign by displaying a sign in your yard. Please contact us for your free yard sign!

We still have buttons, bumper stickers, and car magnets, too!

 


Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:04 PM

WGLT and League of Women Voters Debate

On Thursday, March 2, Marc will participate in a debate hosted by WGLT and the League of Women Voters McLean County. The debate will be broadcast live from ISU's University Galleries  at 6:00 p.m. The debate is open to the public. Please come out and support Marc in person!


Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:53 PM

State Farm Corporate Employee Candidate Forum

For employees of State Farm Corporate--please come out and show your support! Marc will attend a candidate forum at State Farm Corporate Headquarters in SA-3 auditorium on February 15, 11:30-12:30. All employees may attend to meet the candidates for local municipal elections. This event is not open to the public. Employees will have the opportunity to meet each candidate and to obtain campaign materials.


Monday, January 2, 2017 1:23 PM

Yard signs

Signs will be in soon. If you'd like one, please sign in on the CONTACT link. Thanks!


Thursday, December 1, 2016 9:09 PM

Contact the Council - Town of Normal Giving Away Tax Money To Portillos

Portillos to get a $1.8 million sales tax rebate from the Town of Normal.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:00 AM

Campaign is Officially Announced

Read about it in The Pantagraph.


Monday, November 21, 2016 8:37 PM

Comments at the November 21 council meeting

Marc presents his comments at the November 21 town council meeting, right after the Pledge of Allegiance.


Monday, November 21, 2016 1:38 PM

Taxes on the table at tonight's council meeting

Council is proposing a property tax increase to cover pension shortfalls.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:23 PM

Campaign Heads into Next Phase

Wrapping up petitions.

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