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The Bridgestone tire plant in Normal will shut down starting this weekend to avoid coronavirus-related problems, the company said in a news release Thursday.

Chris Koos
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Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said the town will enforce the restaurant and bar closure ordered by the governor because of the coronavirus.

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The coronavirus is affecting businesses in central Illinois even before the first actual case comes to the region.

Planning Commissioners meet
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Members of the Planning Commission in Normal expressed skepticism of Town Council member Stan Nord even as they unanimously suggested approval for a site plan for his property.

State Farm HQ building
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Bloomington-based State Farm is getting out of banking. The company on Thursday announced plans for U.S. Bank to take over existing deposits and credit card accounts.

Mural and Beaufort buildings
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Many factors influence how much rent the Town of Normal charges tenants of town-owned property, according to the mayor of Normal.

West Bloomington Revitalization Project
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The West Bloomington Revitalization Project wants to build the economy with teeny tiny loans.

Normal City Hall
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The head of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce said he disagrees with Normal Town Council member Stan Nord's view that "business and government should not be doing things together."

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal
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Additional coverage: You can also read or listen to a full Q&A with Advocate BroMenn President Colleen Kannaday, airing Friday on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital are changing hands. Urbana-based Carle will acquire BroMenn and Eureka.

Now hiring sign
Charles Krupa / AP

Bloomington Normal's unemployment rate dropped a full point from November of last year, down to 3.1%. But the Illinois Department of Employment Security also reports the size of the workforce was unchanged over the 12-month period at 93,500.

State estimates indicate 3,000 people were out of work and looking for a job in November 2019. That’s lower than for most months of the year.

big room with seated people and display screens.
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The new head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council promised regular updates on development efforts during a joint Bloomington City Council, Normal Town Council, and McLean County Board meeting Monday night.

Rivian Amazon van
Business Wire

The retail giant Amazon announced Thursday it plans to buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian as part of a larger effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

EDC President Sets Sights On Suburban Businesses

Aug 22, 2019
Patrick Hoban
WGLT file photo

The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council’s new CEO says his first plan of action is to work on business retention and expansion.

Pantagraph Owner Sees Growth In Digital

Aug 8, 2019
The Pantagraph building signage
Eric Stock / WGLT

The parent company of The Pantagraph reported Thursday increased digital subscriptions and advertisers in its third quarter.

RJ on stage
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If all goes as planned, in a few years Rivian will be one of McLean County’s largest employers. Around 1,000 employees at its Normal manufacturing plant will be cranking out Rivian electric vehicles and skateboard platforms for other automakers.

But for now, local unions say Rivian isn’t being a good neighbor.

Picture of an H2 hotel
Town of Normal

The Normal Planning Commission will take up a proposal for a new hotel in the Constitution Trail Center on the north side of town.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said he's in favor of better communication with student landlords.

Dietz said he will meet next month with apartment owners concerned the university is building up to 1,200 new student beds in a pod format.

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

How #MeToo Is Scaring Men From Mentoring Women

Feb 12, 2019
Kyle Ciani and Scott Jordan
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Women make up less than 5 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. That leaves most women to be mentored by the men who hold positions of power.

But in the era of #MeToo, some men are growing nervous about taking on a female mentee for fear of a sexual harassment or assault claim being filed against them should the mentorship go awry.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday that increased town incentives for the Trail East project in Uptown are worth the money.

State Farm HQ building
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

In spite of community worries over the number and average pay of State Farm employees in Bloomington-Normal, the company said the number of jobs is closing the year steady.

Normal City Hall
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The mayor of Normal acknowledges the development of new State Farm hubs across the south and west has changed the distribution of talent in the community.

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A bond rating agency said its outlook on Illinois Wesleyan University is negative and no longer stable. Enrollment grew this year at the liberal arts school in Bloomington. But, Moody's Investors Service says a legacy of falling enrollment and net tuition revenue at IWU will contribute to imbalanced operations as existing smaller class sizes cycle through the school.

Danny Kogan

Illinois State University’s College of Business hosted its 8th annual Startup Showcase this month, with 15 student entrepreneurs competing for cash prizes to advance their business plan.

We're Hiring paper form
Lynne Sladky / AP

Unemployment in Bloomington-Normal held steady at 3.6 percent last month compared to September 2017.

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The Normal Town Council will take up the $29 million Trail East project proposal Monday.

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State Farm Insurance is settling a class action conspiracy suit for $250 million. At stake if the matter Hale vs. State Farm had proceeded to trial was $10 billion.

Ken Teegarden / Flickr

A retirement savings program rolling out from the state treasurer's office has an early Bloomington participant.

Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Green Top Grocery has hired a new general manager as the co-op continues its turnaround effort.

“Incredibly amazing,” “brilliant” and “very gifted” are just a few ways an Illinois Wesleyan University professor described her three students who recently won a $5,000 grant to start up their business.

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