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The longest currently serving alderman in Bloomington said she wants four more years.

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David Sage said Tuesday he’s not running for re-election to the Bloomington City Council in 2019—the second alderman to decide against seeking another term.

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Bloomington aldermen have put a request for a new type of liquor license on ice over concerns the proposal was too broad.

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Green Top Grocery is asking the Bloomington City Council to create a new liquor license qualification that would enable customers who buy packaged beer or wine to drink on site.

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There are still 244 days until the next Bloomington City Council election, but three candidates have already announced plans to run.

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New Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason is one week into the job, meeting with elected officials and his department heads to get a lay of the land.

A local business owner said Wednesday she’s running for Bloomington City Council in 2019—at least the third candidate to announce with more than 250 days until the election.

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McLean County Board member Josh Barnett announced Tuesday he will run for Bloomington City Council in Ward 8.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said the bulk of the money to build a new sports complex would have to come from the private sector.

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Bloomington aldermen on Monday approved spending $610,000 to install a new elevator at Grossinger Motors Arena on a 5-3 vote.

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Grossinger Motors Arena needs a new elevator to comply with federal disability guidelines.

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A $43.6 million indoor-outdoor sports complex would make Bloomington-Normal an even bigger sports tourism destination and have a multigenerational impact on public health, a consultant told elected officials Monday night.

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Bloomington Alderman Jamie Mathy said he regrets cancellation of the special meeting last week to deal with a new version of a Welcoming City ordinance.

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Bloomington-Normal leaders will get their first look at a study Monday night that will help decide whether it makes economic sense to invest public money in a community multisport complex.

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The City of Bloomington is working with Illinois Wesleyan University to find a new purpose for the former Mennonite Hospital and Electrolux site.

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As the Bloomington City Council moved on from a twice-canceled vote on a controversial Welcoming City ordinance, local activists said Monday they’re looking for other ways—outside of policymaking—to protect local immigrants.

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Facing a lack of council support and opposition from local Welcoming City activists, Mayor Tari Renner canceled Monday's planned vote on Bloomington’s immigration ordinance.

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Bloomington alderman Diana Hauman has announced she will not seek a second term on the city council next year.

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As Bloomington prepares to hire a new city manager Monday night, aldermen are also expected to consider new limits on the mayor's power to put items on the council's agenda.

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After a hotly contested debate, Bloomington aldermen decided Monday to postpone a vote on new guidelines that would clarify when the city uses tax increment financing districts (TIFs).

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Tim Gleason from Decatur has been named Bloomington’s next city manager.

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A Bloomington alderman who owns rental property herself said she thinks the city should set some rules for landlords in hopes of reducing unsightly bulk waste being left on the curb.

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Aldermen signed off Monday on a broader scope for Bloomington’s Cultural Commission—a change that could help bring public art and other cultural programs to new parts of the city.

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Before Bloomington's three city manager finalists met with the public at city hall Tuesday, they met with the media to lay out their visions for the city.

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UPDATED 12:25 p.m. | District 87’s superintendent delivered a pointed message to Bloomington aldermen Tuesday night: Think twice before using property taxes to lure economic development.

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The City of Bloomington is inviting the public to meet the finalists for the job of city manager.

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Bloomington aldermen will discuss Tuesday when it’s appropriate for the city to use a tax incentive tool to stimulate economic development—and how to limit any harm done to District 87 schools.

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Two local pension board presidents are raising concerns about a proposal to consolidate hundreds of police and fire pension funds.

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Summertime is just around the corner, and that means busy parks, golf courses, and community swimming pools.

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Following passage in Normal, Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that a Welcoming City immigration ordinance could return to a Bloomington City Council agenda in June.

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