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Joe Deacon

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Joe Deacon is a correspondent for WGLT. He started working for WGLT in 2019.

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Tari Renner
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Bloomington has officially declared a local emergency and adopted emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

David Paul and Dan
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State Rep. Dan Brady beat back his Republican primary challenger for a second time Tuesday, although by a smaller margin than he did two years ago.

Stan and Chemberly
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Several Town of Normal employees will get their semiannual cost of living raises, but Council Member Stan Nord says it’s a bad look for the town in the current economic climate.

Storage containers
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Normal Town Council member Kathleen Lorenz fears one of her colleague’s defiance of zoning regulations has set a “very, very bad precedent.”

Pam Reece
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The Town of Normal is proceeding with plans to halt water shutoffs and delay a scheduled utility and waste fee increase in response to potential economic ramifications from the coronavirus pandemic.

"As we know, this situation is going to have significant economic impact," City Manager Pam Reece said during Monday's Town Council meeting. "We just don't know to what extent."

Dan Donath speaks
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Crime went down slightly in Bloomington last year, but shootings remain a big issue for the police department.

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A contingency figure left out of the Town of Normal budget for the past three years has been reintroduced.

Parking garage
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Replacements for Bloomington’s O’Neil Pool and the Market Street parking garage appear to be on the horizon, with items related to both facilities included in the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year.  

Heartland Community College Board of Trustees
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The cost to study at Heartland Community College is going up for a third straight year.

Pam Reece listens
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Normal City Manager Pam Reece received a salary increase Monday, along with plenty of praise from Town Council members.

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Work on a new apartment complex near the Illinois State University campus could begin as soon as May, according to property owners.

Republican U.S. Senate candidates
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President Donald Trump is essentially unopposed in next month’s Republican primary, but Illinois voters still have some important decisions to make.

A new car wash that will replace a fast food restaurant near a busy Bloomington intersection has made plans to ease traffic concerns in the area.

Parasite cast celebrates
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Audiences at the Normal Theater gasped frequently last Thanksgiving weekend during showings of "Parasite."

Green Solution signage
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It may still be a while until recreational cannabis sales begin in Bloomington-Normal.

University Galleries exterior
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Illinois State University’s Uptown art gallery has a new five-year lease, but some Normal Town Council members aren’t pleased with the terms.

Green Solution signage
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Bloomington-Normal is one step closer to getting its first recreational cannabis retailer.

Transit buses
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Bloomington City Council members Donna Boelen and Jeff Crabill say they want to see specifics on how Connect Transit would spend possible increased funding from the city.

Transit bus in Uptown
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UPDATED 11:25 a.m. | The community panel tasked with helping Connect Transit secure financial sustainability will recommend soliciting a half-million dollar funding increase over two years from Bloomington and Normal to help address the service’s structural deficit.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday night he believes the city continues to make strides toward becoming a better place to live.

Luther Oaks
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The City of Bloomington is moving forward with a road improvement project linked to expansion of the Luther Oaks retirement community, but without universal City Council support.

Town Council meeting
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Normal Town Council member Stan Nord said he believes the town’s membership in the McLean County Chamber of Commerce could produce conflicts of interest.  

Jenn speaks at meeting
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After unanimously approving the property tax levy for the current fiscal year Monday, the Bloomington City Council started looking ahead to a final decision on recreational cannabis sales.

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Pizza, alcohol and gambling will be available at a longtime vacant Bloomington lot in the near future.

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Bloomington’s downtown arena will get a new hockey tenant following a one-season hiatus.

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Potential recreational cannabis businesses now know where in Normal they can and cannot locate.

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Thanks to expected modest economic growth, the City of Bloomington will hold property taxes steady again next year.

Council meeting
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The legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis remains such a hot-button issue that even a procedural step generated plenty of discussion at Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting.

Kathleen and Scott listen
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An intended stand on principle switched to a measure of practicality for Scott Preston during Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting, allowing plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision to move forward.

Bloomington cannabis task force
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Bloomington City Council members on Monday said the city should consider how it might regulate marijuana dispensaries through zoning as the council decides whether it will allow such businesses when recreational cannabis sales become legal in January.

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