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Alderman Amelia Buragas

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Bloomington aldermen gave little indication Monday whether they are likely to approve a 4-cent per gallon increase in a local gasoline tax during a committee of the whole meeting that included the topic.

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Bloomington City Council candidate Chip Frank said he wants the city to be more proactive about rebuilding its aging sewers, water mains, and streets.

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UPDATED 2:40 p.m. | Bloomington Alderman Amelia Buragas is one of 22 people who’ve applied for two vacant judgeships on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, officials said Tuesday.

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The death and removal of a once-healthy tree in Bloomington’s Founders' Grove has sparked a police referral and a complaint to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

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It’s the noon hour on a warm, sunny spring day in downtown Bloomington. Cars and buses move along Front Street. Delivery trucks unload their contents on side streets.

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UPDATED 1:45 p.m. | Bloomington aldermen signaled Monday they want the city to clamp down harder on landlords with chronic code violations in the wake of the Gettysburg Drive apartment fire.

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Bloomington aldermen butted heads again Monday over a proposal to build a new library and transit hub downtown, even as a local developer pitched his own competing vision for a catalyst project to revitalize the city’s central business district.

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Bloomington’s mayor says he’s convinced: A proposal to demolish an aging downtown parking garage and build a new library and transit center has some merit.

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Members of the Downtown Bloomington Task Force clashed Tuesday over a proposal to knock down the aging Market Street garage and replace it with a new library and transit center, weeks before the panel presents its final recommendations to aldermen.

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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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A new library. A new hotel. A new YWCA building.

Those are all possible big-picture projects as the Downtown Bloomington Task Force works to establish top priorities for the city’s next three to five years. 

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A task force looking for ways to reinvigorate downtown Bloomington is circling a bold idea—closing off a portion of Main Street and making it for pedestrians only.

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The city-owned arena in downtown Bloomington has new managers and a new name. Does it deserve a new chance to win over its critics?

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A proposed east-side Bloomington sewer project is contrasting the issue of suburban sprawl with the city's own 2015 comprehensive plan, which focuses on infill development.

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The Bloomington City Council is discussing lowering the speed limit on another road and the Mayor thinks it may be time to move forward on revised commission to address transportation issues.

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The city of Bloomington budget may increase by about three percent, but the increase comes with some cuts.  Council got a first look at the 600 page budget totaling $213.8 million during their meeting Monday evening.