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Bees exiting a hive
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Jeff Henry of Bloomington is an urban beekeeper, hoping to reverse an alarming decline in pollinators like honeybees that threatens our global food supply.

Tree stump with a cone on top
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The death and removal of a once-healthy tree in Bloomington’s Founders' Grove has sparked a police referral and a complaint to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

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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.

bulk waste
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Bloomington is about to end its grade period for bulk waste collection.

City council members at a dais in the Center for the Performing Arts.
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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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Inside the Constitution Trail tunnel under Washington Street in Bloomington, young artist Eden Warner painted a giant letter “B” with lots of green trees.

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The Town of Normal's new city engineer is the assistant engineer in Bloomington.

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A semipro baseball team. A band performing at the Castle Theatre. A mom visiting to watch her son play college football. A family reunion. An author writing a book about historic Route 66.

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

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The City of Bloomington will host an open house Tuesday to get feedback on a plan to remove traffic signals and make Front Street friendlier to pedestrians.

A crowd of mourners of all ages.
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Friends and neighbors of two slain young people in Bloomington said they just do not understand how it came to this.

A bewildering maze of hollow plastic pipes charged with air that can keep balls aloft enchants children.
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UPDATED 3 p.m. | Back when the state budget crisis was just kicking off, the Department of Natural Resources announced more than $1 million in grant money for Bloomington-Normal museums and the Miller Park Zoo. That money never came, as Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers refused to compromise on a budget and years of standoff turned into years of cuts.

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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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We’ve seen again and again what can happen when the makeup of a city’s police force doesn’t match the diversity of its residents. Many cities are trying to hire officers of color.

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The City of Bloomington is beefing up its Public Works crews this week as it tries to clear curbs from the last free bulk-waste pickup until October.

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The Bloomington City Council narrowly passed a change to the liquor code Monday to prevent alcohol sales close to preschools and day cares.

a map of the intersection at Fairway and Empire in Bloomington
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The Bloomington City Council will consider a $4 million summer street resurfacing program at its meeting Monday evening.

John Butler in court
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A new court filing accuses the former Coliseum manager of using a secret internal document to run a multiyear fraud scheme and tricking the City of Bloomington into one last cash grab in the final weeks of his contract.

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Bloomington Police are on the verge of a wide rollout of body cameras.

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The City of Bloomington has a new finance chief.

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Kansas City is poised to become the smartest of smart cities in the next five years, according to the city employee leading that effort.

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Some of the worst road surfaces in Bloomington-Normal will get badly needed repairs this month, according to Bloomington's Public Works director.

Two men sit at a table and address the Unit Five School Board. They are Economic Development Council Director Kyle Ham and Rivian Automotive CEO RJ Scaringe
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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said he hopes to rebuild strained relationships with some elected officials in the Twin Cities.

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The City of Bloomington is taking measures to reduce the number of accidents at Frontage Road and Fairway Drive.

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Five aldermen who tried to remove the Welcoming City ordinance from the Bloomington council agenda probably did not break the law, according to a noted First Amendment and public access attorney in Illinois.

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Two potential draft Welcoming City ordinances are now available for the city of Bloomington. Mayor Tari Renner said he sees no problem with having both of them go to the City Council.

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The union that represents the City of Bloomington’s solid waste employees is lobbying aldermen not to outsource garbage collection to private companies.

Speakers hold signs and stand in front of Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington aldermen are asking to halt scheduled discussion of a Welcoming City ordinance, clouding the prospects for future public consideration.

A room of constituents listen to a man and woman from Bloomington City Council at a town hall meeting.
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Two Bloomington aldermen looking for feedback to close a nearly $3 million budget gap answered more questions than received input Tuesday about proposed staff options including privatizing solid waste collection.

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The City of Bloomington’s attorney asked prosecutors to give aldermen a closed-door “high-level briefing” on the Coliseum fraud case, only to be denied by the McLean County state’s attorney because such a meeting might violate the state’s Open Meetings law, GLT has learned.

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