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GLT's Top Stories: Week Of Dec. 4-Dec. 8, 2017

Isabella Rodriguez
Mayor Tari Renner at a town hall meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at YWCA McLean County.

Here are the top stories we covered this week (Dec. 4 to Dec. 8, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.<--break->

Election Season Begins

Democratic women and a surge of Libertarians will run for office in McLean County. In McLean County, 11 of 13 races are contested, including at least three head-to-head primary matchups for County Board and several three-way races next November.

Read the story: Democratic Women, Libertarians To Challenge Incumbents On 2018 Ballots

Barickman Breaks With Rauner

State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, is open-minded about legalizing recreational marijuana. Barickman said he wants to meet with Democratic lawmakers in Springfield next year to push the measure forward.

Read the story: GOP's Barickman Wants To Work Jointly With Democrats On Marijuana Bill

Rallying Around Renner

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner held his first of three town hall meetings this month at the YWCA McLean County. More than 30 community members asked questions and shared their stories, showing that residents have different priorities for the city.

Read the story: Bloomington Residents Voice Concerns At Renner's First Town Hall

Paying For Pensions

Homeowners in Normal will see a nearly 6 percent increase on their property tax bill. The Town of Normal has an obligation to fund the police and fire pensions, and council members say property taxes are the most reliable source of revenue. 

Read the story: Normal Town Council Approves Property Tax Increase

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Baylee Steelman joined us in November 2016. She is a journalism major graduating in May 2018. She mainly covers Bloomington City and Normal Town Council meetings, Unit 5 School Board meetings, produces the weekend News In Review, and helps run GLT events. Baylee also produces and anchors at TV-10, Illinois State University's student TV news station.
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