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Student Reporter Isabella Rodriguez

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Residents on Bloomington's west side will be among the first to benefit from a traveling voter-registration drive on Connect Transit's new Community Bus.

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Bloomington residents had a lot to say to Tari Renner on Tuesday and tensions rose during the mayor’s first town hall meeting at the YWCA McLean County.

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Friday is World AIDS Day, and the McLean County Health Department is working to spread awareness.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly
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District 87 schools expect to see a slight dip in student enrollment next year, and changes at State Farm Insurance are one reason why, a district official said Wednesday.


Ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference.

The American Red Cross honored several Bloomington-Normal heroes this week at its annual Saluting Our Heroes breakfast. Red Cross Regional Chief Executive Officer Lynn Hruska said the honorees are regular people whose stories often go untold.

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Mid Central Community Action is calling for 200 Bloomington-Normal men to join together in support of domestic violence victims.

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District 87 schools in Bloomington estimate next year's tax levy at about $44.5 million, less than 1 percent higher than last year.

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Illinois State's Board of Trustees on Friday approved the university’s official operating budget of about $426 million for fiscal year already underway.

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The Normal Town Council approved up to $800,000 in tax breaks for a shopping center owner at Monday night's meeting.

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A local progressive group says it’s strange that some lawmakers are supporting bills aiming to weaken gun regulations in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

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The District 87 school board has approved a new budget.


Three months ago, aldermen told the Bloomington Public Library's board of trustees to plan for expansion at its current location just east of downtown.

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The Town of Normal could face some financial challenges in coming years.

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The state has not made its first general aid payment of the budget year to District 87. The missing money totals nearly $500,000.

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Waiting at a bus stop in the near future could be easier with the addition of new bus shelters in Bloomington-Normal.

Connect Transit made progress at Tuesday’s meeting with the plan to build 10 new shelters this fall. Community engagement sessions highlighted the public desire for shelters, benches, and additional sidewalk at bus stops in the area.

Connect Transit chose locations based on the number of riders at each bus stop location.

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A Connect Transit cut in services to some people with disabilities is getting some pushback.

Connect Transit recently eliminated tripper service to some edge-of-town housing. This had the effect of reducing the area the government mandates the system serve with Connect Mobility, a service for those with physical access challenges.

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The first day of a discovery recount for the Normal mayoral race revealed no dramatic change in the result.

Candidate Marc Tiritilli had requested a recount of a quarter of the precincts in the town after losing to incumbent Chris Koos by 11 votes. 6,336 voters went to the polls in the Mayoral race April 4, 2017.


Children's Home and Aid is asking Bloomington-Normal to "go blue" and show support as Child Abuse Awareness month begins. More than 1,600 children are reported as abused or neglected in McLean County and the agency offers preventative programs to help break the cycle.