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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 4:25 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that a change to the city’s liquor laws could have unintended consequences on economic development.

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The Bloomington City Council narrowly passed a change to the liquor code Monday to prevent alcohol sales close to preschools and day cares.

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Community organizer Jenn Carillo said she wants more than to have people at the table listen to her. She wants a seat at the table.

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Bloomington aldermen balanced the new city budget without a significant increase in property taxes, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to do that again a year from now.

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The Bloomington City Council approved the fiscal year 2019 budget Monday after making spending cuts and raising fees to close a $2.9 million deficit.

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Alderman Karen Schmidt said she cannot support a Welcoming City ordinance at this time.

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A prominent community activist plans to run for Bloomington City Council next year.

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Bloomington aldermen reiterated their preference Monday that the city’s library expand in its current location rather than move to a new home.

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"We're fasting today for freedom, for mercy, for justice," declared the Rev. Jim Warren of First Christian Church as the sunlight cast a golden glow on him and others gathered outside Bloomington City Hall on Sunday.

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Local lawmakers met with the Bloomington City Council on Monday to discuss ways to fund future infrastructure projects and other priorities.

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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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The cost of trash collection for some Bloomington residents will increase in May.

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Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he was disappointed in what he called the city council’s indecisiveness on how to pay for a major renovation at O’Neil Pool and much-needed street repairs.

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Bloomington aldermen said Monday they might approve some sort of gas tax increase next week to pay for street repairs. But not the full 4 cents per gallon put forward by city staff.

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City leaders took two big steps this week toward luring new development—including two housing projects—along Washington Street just east of downtown Bloomington.

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Five aldermen who tried to remove the Welcoming City ordinance from the Bloomington council agenda probably did not break the law, according to a noted First Amendment and public access attorney in Illinois.

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Bloomington aldermen voted Monday to spend $20,000 to hire a recruitment firm to help find candidates to become the next city manager.

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Often chilly relations between some Bloomington aldermen and Mayor Tari Renner became even worse at Monday's council meeting.

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The City of Bloomington will continue to pick up garbage itself.

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The union that represents the City of Bloomington’s solid waste employees is lobbying aldermen not to outsource garbage collection to private companies.

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UPDATED 2:45 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he was “hugely skeptical” of privatizing garbage collection, a move some aldermen think would help close the city’s looming $3 million budget deficit.

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Three government bodies met jointly Tuesday night to nudge forward an ambitious plan to build a new library and transit center in downtown Bloomington, even as several officials noted a lack of public buy-in as one major hurdle to the effort.

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Three Bloomington aldermen on Tuesday heard a variety of ways to attack a looming budget deficit of nearly $3 million for the new fiscal year that starts May 1, including a suggestion to privatize solid waste collection.

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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 aldermen wanted to see some concrete ideas for how the city could close next year’s $3 million budget deficit. Now they’ve got them.

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Residents and visitors will see some changes in the city of Bloomington's aesthetics next year.

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Nearly 300 people—mostly supporters—turned out to a Bloomington City Council meeting Monday dealing with a proposed Welcoming City ordinance.

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Aldermen will vote Monday on a final design for downtown Bloomington’s new wayfinding signs, as well as a new concession area and more parking for Miller Park Zoo.

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The Bloomington City Council will talk about the controversial downtown catalyst project with the Bloomington Public Library and Connect Transit boards next month.

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