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After the Town of Normal passed spending cuts and new fees to close a $3 million budget gap this year, it looks like next year’s budget will be deficit-free.

Normal Public Library
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After postponing plans for a new library, the Normal Public Library is now considering renovation.

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Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos addressed two Bloomington-Normal construction projects in the works while speaking on GLT’s Sound Ideas.

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Plans for the new trail side east project in uptown normal are taking longer than expected. But, Koos said staff are now reviewing plans for the multi use commercial building in Uptown.

Girls celebrating on soccer field
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Time continues to tick in a three month window to determine how or whether to proceed with a proposed multi sport complex in Bloomington Normal. That's how long, Mayor Chris Koos said last month would be the limit to decide.

Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas Tuesday, Koos said the Town has now met with a private developer.

"It was really at a high level, get to know them - they get to know us. So, no details came out of that. But, they are very interested in the project," said Koos.

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The Normal Fire Department will receive new fire trucks to replace two that suffered from fire damage and corrosion.

Three people pose for a picture in front of beer barrels
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Earl Kingman is the new Citizen of the Year in Normal.

Andy Netzer on a balcony overlooking the Lodge
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Morgan Anderson is a junior nursing major at Illinois State University. One of her dreams for senior year is to live at the Lodge—the massive apartment complex on Willow Street that, from the outside, looks like where multi-millionaires would spend the night after going skiing.

Kids high-five each other on the soccer field
Illinois Fusion Soccer Club

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday there is a second potential developer of a sports complex. He declined to say specifically who.

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The Bridgestone plant in Normal will add 30 new employees as part of a $12 million investment, the tiremaker announced Tuesday.

Two girls speak to the Normal Town Council
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The Town of Normal ended its fiscal year June 30, with reserves down by $1.8 million.

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

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The mayor of Normal said Tuesday he thinks a variety of initiatives can happen to address the impact of recent gun violence on Bloomington-Normal.

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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.

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The Normal Town Council passed an ordinance Monday requiring apartments and other multifamily residences to provide recycling options starting in August 2019.

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Bloomington-Normal city officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that may finally turn our online shopping into local tax revenue.

Wayne Aldrich
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A group of landlords has a problem with the Town of Normal's proposal requiring all multifamily dwelling owners to make recycling available on site.

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Don't be alarmed if you hear some strange voices Friday morning in Uptown Normal.

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.

Retiring City Engineer Gene Brown (center left) receives the congratulations of the Normal Council for his decades of service.
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The Town of Normal will test a program to turn a parking place or two into cafe tables and chairs for businesses.

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Normal's former city manager has retired, but he's still speaking out. And he has a warning.

A map of  Uptown with the TIF District highlighted.
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The mayor of Normal said the extension and enlargement of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district won't hurt schools and other taxing bodies.

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The Normal Town Council passed a Welcoming Community ordinance Monday that aims to create a new “check and balance” system for police interactions with immigration officials while still adhering to state and federal law.

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A new manufacturer is coming to town.

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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The Normal Town Council authorized new ownership Monday for the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal.

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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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The Town of Normal has established several landmark spots in Uptown Normal—first with the Normal Theater and Children’s Discovery Museum, and again with the roundabout.

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The Town of Normal has a happy surprise on its insurance premiums. Council members Monday will decide whether to approve a premium package 13 percent below last year's rates.

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As friends, staff, and Normal Town Council members gathered to congratulate retiring City Manager Mark Peterson on Thursday for his service, Mayor Chris Koos offered a little extra to Peterson's long career with the town.

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The mayor of Normal said he does not know whether the town will have to go through another round of budget cutting in a few years.

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