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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.

Eric Stock / WGLT

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
Eric Stock / WGLT

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

Man at sewer
Staff / WGLT

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

Bloomington City Hall
Eric Stock / WGLT

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.

Jeff Chiu / AP

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

Candidates File Petitions For City, Town Council

Nov 26, 2018
Staff / WGLT

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.

Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

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.

Bloomington City Hall
Eric Stock / WGLT

Days after Normal adopted a tax for short-term rentals such as Airbnb, Bloomington plans to do the same.

McLean County Government Center
WGLT file photo

Ten candidates have filed to run for city council seats in Bloomington and Normal as of Monday afternoon.

Josh Barnett
Josh Barnett Campaign

As the filing period begins for next spring's city council elections, one candidate says he won't be on the ballot.

Corin speaks to aldermen
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Bloomington will have two new playgrounds next fall: one benefitting children with special needs, the other serving Bloomington’s west side.

Harmony Park
Gametime Inc. and Harmony Park Project

Bloomington is getting its first playground for children with special needs.

Harmony Park
Gametime Inc. and Harmony Park Project

Bloomington is getting its first playground for children with special needs.

Steve Rasmussen
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Bloomington Assistant City Manager Steve Rasmussen has resigned, four months after ending a stint as acting city manager.

Zoo entrance
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington will add more parking and a concessions stand at Miller Park Zoo.

Commercial building at 1311 W. Olive St., Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

A commercial space that's been mostly vacant for years on Bloomington’s west side could become a new training site for low-income and at-risk women.

Bloomington Water Treatment Plant
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Bloomington city officials say merging the Public Works and Water departments will streamline services and save the city money. 

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Bloomington has new permitting rules and fees in place for boat docks at Lake Bloomington following council approval Monday night.  

Bloomington City Hall
Eric Stock / WGLT

Do you know how many businesses there are in Bloomington? The city doesn't either, but that could change soon.

Lake Bloomington
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington plans to implement a new permitting system for boat docks at Lake Bloomington to try to resolve issues with some dock owners that have been ongoing for years.

John Houseal speaks at podium
Breanna Grow / WGLT

After two years of review, Bloomington is ready to move forward with major updates to its zoning ordinance.

Firefighters at a burning apartment
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen took formal steps Monday night to discourage chronic housing code violations with more fines and a new classification for repeat offenders.

Commercial Packaging
City of Bloomington

Bloomington is offering a few perks to help a packaging company relocate from Normal.

Gettysburg Drive fire
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Bloomington is going after bad landlords.

Lynn Cannon speaks to aldermen
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena will likely never turn a profit, according to arena manager VenuWorks.

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