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Joe Deacon

Correspondent

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

Ways to Connect

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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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As Normal begins to consider how it wants to approach the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, Town Council members hope to get public input from the business and law enforcement communities.

Donna Boelen
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One of the members appointed to Bloomington’s newly formed task force on legalized recreational marijuana sees an opportunity for the city to get input from the business, health and law enforcement communities.

Andrew Huhn presents
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An influx of tax dollars has helped produce a 10% increase in Normal’s year-end general fund balance, according to a mostly positive report presented to the Town Council on Monday.

Barry and Mark at the board meeting
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Just two days after Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel announced his intention to leave after the current school year, the district’s Board of Education is starting down the path toward find his successor.

Renner, Joni, and Jenn
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Despite some members voicing concerns it might slow the process, the Bloomington City Council on Monday approved a request to establish a task force in preparation for next year’s legalization of recreational marijuana use.

Rod Carew poses
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Nearly four years ago, baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew suffered a massive heart attack while golfing. He survived, but five months later doctors told him he would require a heart transplant.

Kroger
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Shoppers in Normal now will be able to order curbside pickup and home delivery of alcohol from large retailers.

Koos and Reece on the dais
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While noting that most municipalities continue to face financial challenges, Mayor Chris Koos says the Town of Normal is in “good shape.”

Laura and her son with a sign
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Laura Tepen of Bloomington has seen first-hand the conditions facing refugees along the southern U.S. border. In February, her family of five volunteered at a respite center in McAllen, Texas, where they helped feed and give clothes to people released from detention centers.

DrLupo playing
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On his 30th birthday two years ago, Ben Lupo decided to walk away from a six-figure salary with an Omaha insurance company and take a chance at becoming a professional gamer.

Connect Transit bus in Uptown
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UPDATED 7 a.m. | The Bloomington City Council doesn’t like Connect Transit’s planned fare increases, Olive route elimination, and board makeup. But it won’t reject the transit system’s budget as a way to force change.

Stan and Chemberly at the dais
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The Town of Normal appears headed into a lawsuit with one of its new council members over an unpaid sewer tap-on fee.

Martin and Connie posed together
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For nearly three decades, Martin Mongiello had the privilege of making meals for important people from across the country and around the world: heads of state, celebrities and even royalty.