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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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J.B. Pritzker opened a campaign office Thursday in Downtown Bloomington where he stood by his recent TV ad attacking Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Clay Wheeler has served with the Bloomington Police Department since 1991.
Clay Wheeler has served with the Bloomington Police Department since 1991.

Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler said Monday he plans to draft an immigration policy for his department that’s similar to the Welcoming ordinance Normal adopted last month.

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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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Bloomington Police would get an official reminder that their job is to enforce local and state laws—and not federal immigration law—under a proposed Welcoming City ordinance that aldermen will finally vote on Monday night.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Wednesday that President Trump’s new executive order to address his controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy may complicate things on Capitol Hill.

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A Bloomington-Normal child trauma expert says the mental and emotional scars that thousands of young children are facing as they are being separated from their families at the southern U.S. border will take time and effort to heal.

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Two Bloomington activists traveled to Texas on Sunday for a Father’s Day protest of the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the proposed ordinance has been released. You can read it here.

The Normal Town Council will take up a Welcoming City ordinance at its meeting on Monday.

Mayor Chris Koos said there might be some last-minute tweaks to the proposal, but the measure leans on the language in the town's Comprehensive Plan and Visioning Report.

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Alderman Karen Schmidt said she cannot support a Welcoming City ordinance at this time.

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One of the lead proponents of a Welcoming City ordinance says he wants to turn the public’s focus back to those who’d most be affected by it—undocumented immigrants whose daily lives are filled with fear about being deported.

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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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Groups seeking a Welcoming City ordinance in Bloomington are expressing concern at the level of communication between Bloomington Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

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.

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For some children of Indian workers in Bloomington-Normal, the future is uncertain at best.

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The Justice Department is again ramping up pressure on cities seeking public safety grants to prove they are cooperating with immigration authorities.

Officials on Wednesday sent letters to roughly two dozen jurisdictions warning that the department could use subpoena power to force them to provide documents showing they aren't withholding information about the immigration status of people in custody.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said he believes GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's promise to have a vote soon on immigration will be easy to keep. That promise was part of the deal to end a brief government shutdown this week.

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President Donald Trump has turned his Twitter torment on the Democrat in the room where immigration talks with lawmakers took a famously coarse turn.

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Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago has a history of welcoming immigrant students. Now it is trying to become a model in offering services to undocumented students.

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When this 21-year-old Illinois State University senior walks anywhere, he says he constantly looks around him to see if there are any law enforcement officers nearby.

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The Bloomington and Normal city councils will likely see a draft of dual ordinances that would stop local police from working with federal immigration authorities on deportation—even if Normal’s city manager says it’s bad public policy.

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Nearly 300 people—mostly supporters—turned out to a Bloomington City Council meeting Monday dealing with a proposed Welcoming City ordinance.

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The Bloomington City Council is moving its Dec. 18 meetings to a larger space due to the amount of public interest in the immigration ordinance topic it will be discussing.

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The advocacy group Illinois People’s Action again lobbied the Bloomington City Council on Monday for a so-called Welcoming Cities ordinance to protect immigrants.

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Unit 5 schools plan to pursue a property tax levy that will mean almost no change for the owner of an average home in the district.

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The number of illegal immigrants taken from the McLean County jail and sent to immigration detention centers has more than doubled in the past year, from 15 to 39.

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Anti-immigration voices are growing stronger around the U.S., and an advocate for tolerance and education said the best way to combat that kind of speech is by introducing immigrants to their neighbors.

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President Donald Trump’s reversal of the Obama-era executive order protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation has sparked debate in the Bloomington-Normal community.

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Local opponents of President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program for young immigrants turned up the volume Thursday, with new protests planned over the next few days.

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