BLOOMINGTON - There's a growing number of pink flamingos visiting Bloomington's front yards - and they're symbols of protest against the city council's proposal to raise gas taxes - some of which will go to pay for a pink flamingo exhibit at the city's zoo.
In response, Bloomington's talk show station, Cities 92.9 FM, launched a flamingo sign campaign headed by host Ian Bayne.
"This campaign is just the beginning of a listener revolt here in central Illinois, to fight back against government oppression," said Bayne. "I have three words for this, yes we can."
Local city news critic Diane Benjamin has been reporting on the city council's budget hikes and how it will affect Bloomington residents' wallets.
"Today I got the last two [flamingoes] – but [Cities 92.9 FM has] ordered more! Show [Mayor Tari] Renner and the potted plants that you aren’t going to sit back and tolerate their abuse," she wrote.
Benjamin points to local media as conspirators in the city's latest hike, saying because the city buys ads in the Pantagraph and radio station WJBC, neither news source reports anything negative that's going on at city hall.
"Taxpayers, you paid to stifle political speech!" Benjamin said.