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Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said he believes a one-time cash infusion and increase in staff time will bolster the city's economic development efforts.

Wide shot of the arena floor
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Over the next month, Bloomington city leaders will decide whether to keep or fire the company that runs Grossinger Motors Arena. It won’t be an easy decision.

Tari and Joni
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said he’s no fan of video gambling but may still veto the city’s newly extended moratorium on new machines.

Kim Bray at a meeting
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Bloomington will keep its moratorium on video gambling until after state legislators have made key decisions about sports betting and marijuana.

Tim Gleason
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Bloomington plans to spend $200,000 less on funding for the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and BN Advantage next year.

Eva Jones
McLean County Museum of History

Nearly a half-century ago, a woman named Eva Jones made history.

Amelia Buragas and Joni Painter
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Bloomington aldermen plan to vote next week on a proposal to extend the city’s yearlong moratorium on allowing new video gambling machines in the city.

City Hall
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The City of Bloomington has suspended its business registration program.

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The Bloomington Planning Commission on Wednesday passed concerns to the city council over housing density in areas just outside downtown.

Kroger
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Grocery chain Kroger has another year to complete infrastructure improvements at the Bloomington site where it had previously planned to build a $25.4 million store.

Billy Tyus
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Bloomington's new deputy city manager said he started looking to leave his hometown of Decatur once Tim Gleason left as city manager to take the same job in Bloomington last July.

Kroger
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Grocery chain Kroger is asking the city of Bloomington for more time to complete infrastructure improvements for a proposed new store that might never be built.

Man raising sign over his head next to woman clutching sign to her chest.
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Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday the Bloomington Police Department’s new policy on working with immigration officials is a good first step, but that he still wants a more permanent solution.

Pool entrance
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The Bloomington City Council adopted a new parks and recreation plan Monday night that could inform the city’s budget priorities for 2020 and beyond.

Miller Park
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Bloomington is expected to lay out a 15-year strategy for improving city parks and recreation.

Chip Frank
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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.

Tari Renner
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Cutting back may have helped Bloomington balance its budget, but Mayor Tari Renner says it’s going to take more than budget cuts to help grow the local economy.

Downtown signage
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Bloomington aldermen will vote Monday on a proposal to install close to three dozen wayfinding signs downtown.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said he's projecting a $500,000 budget surplus for the coming fiscal year which starts in May.

Billy Tyus
City of Bloomington

Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason’s former deputy city manager in Decatur is following him to Bloomington where he will serve in the same post.

 Julie Emig
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The Ward 4 resident looking to succeed Amelia Buragas on the Bloomington City Council said she would draw on her experience in education to build bridges between aldermen—and between the public and private sectors.

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UPDATED 5:45 p.m. | Bloomington City Council candidate Travis Wilson dropped out of the race Tuesday after acknowledging he hasn't lived in Ward 8 long enough to meet legal requirements.

Tim Gleason
City of Bloomington

Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason detailed plans of a staff reorganization to the city council on Monday night.

Travis Wilson
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A Bloomington city council hopeful wants the Bloomington Public Library to look for other ways to address its space needs.

Man at sewer
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Bloomington residents will see an additional $1.05 on their monthly water bills as insurance against water leaks.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington plans to beef up its public outreach to get feedback on how it should spend federal grants to help low and moderate-income families.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said a significant portion of the city council will be new after elections next April.

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Bloomington has joined the growing number of U.S. communities using police body cameras.

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Monday was the last day for candidates to file petitions for city and town council.

Three candidates filed Monday petitions for Bloomington City Council, making all four races contested.

Julia Emig filed for Ward 4. She is running against Don Frank. Both candidates are newcomers. Alderman Amelia Buragas announced Monday she would not seek re-election.

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Bloomington Alderman Amelia Buragas said she is not running for a second term. Buragas said job and family requirements are growing and she lacks the time to run again, but is pleased with her service.

 

I think we have covered a lot of ground. If nothing else, we managed to pass balanced budgets and that is something to be proud of and something that cities have to do. We were able to be financially responsible. At the same time, we were also able to invest in our community," said Buragas.

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