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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.

Speakers hold signs and stand in front of Bloomington City Hall
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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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With the American flag flying in the background, a group of about 30 Illinois State University students demonstrated Monday in front of the Hovey Hall administration building to press university officials to make ISU an official "welcoming campus."

A man and a woman hold a sign reading Keep Families Together
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"We're fasting today for freedom, for mercy, for justice," declared the Rev. Jim Warren of First Christian Church as the sunlight cast a golden glow on him and others gathered outside Bloomington City Hall on Sunday.

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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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Valentine’s Day, primarily recognized as a day of love and appreciation, takes on a new meaning for couples living in fear of possible deportation.

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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 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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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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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.