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Chris Koos

Chris Koos
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It’s hard right now. Central Illinois residents have removed themselves from many of their friends and familiar activities to prevent the spread of the virus. Yet cases are climbing again in McLean County as central Illinois moved from phase 3 to phase 4 of the state's Restore Illinois reopening plan.

Karyn and Chemberly
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Mayor Chris Koos said he plans to arrange a meeting with Black Lives Matter BloNo leadership so they can lay out any specific concerns with the Normal Police Department.

Target store entrance
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UPDATED 3:40 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said police in Bloomington-Normal have decided against issuing a curfew for now, following the extensive property damage done by looters at several businesses, but he said that could change if signs point to an escalation. 

Chris Koos at council chambers
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Normal Mayor Chris Koos has convened a group of business leaders, health care specialists, educators, bankers and others to explore ways to navigate the pandemic and prepare for reopening.

Diners sitting outside
WGLT file photo

Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday he plans to allow bars and restaurants to offer outdoor seating as the state moves toward the next phase of reopening near the end of the month.

Chris Koos
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UPDATED 12:30 p.m. | The Trump administration said Monday it will nominate Normal Mayor Chris Koos to serve on Amtrak's board of directors.

Uptown Normal
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Business and government leaders in McLean County say they are encouraged Gov. JB Pritzker's plan to reopen Illinois will give them a chance to open the local economy safely, but maybe not as swiftly as some had hoped.