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Downtown Bloomington
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Those who care about Bloomington’s history have a few more days to help shape what the city will do to preserve it.

City Hall
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Bloomington residents facing financial strain beacuse of COVID-19 now have another place to turn for help.

an old house with an antique ambulance driving up to it.
McLean County Museum of History

The influenza pandemic of 1918 claimed the lives of some 600,000 Americans and perhaps more than 50 million people worldwide. Bloomington-Normal also felt profound effects.

McLean County Museum of History Librarian and Archivist Bill Kemp said you could hardly think of a worse year for that flu disaster to happen.

GMA arena exterior
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Whenever it’s safe for people to gather again, those who run Bloomington’s Grossinger Motors Arena want to be ready.

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The Bloomington City Council heard presentations Monday night from several social service agencies addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as numerous citizens upset over last week’s vote against a possible direct aid program.

Curbside trash
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The City of Bloomington said pandemic-related workforce changes and different resident behaviors have caused brush and bulk waste to pile up at curbs around town. The public works department said in some parts of town the delay is a week or two.

Bloomington City Hall
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“The city is in a good position, but it’s not in a great position,” City Manager Tim Gleason said Monday night in terms of the city withstanding the economic impact of COVID-19.

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Bloomington City Council members signaled by a 5-4 vote Monday night they are not in favor of approving direct payments to people disadvantaged by the pandemic shutdown.

Sunnyside Park
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The mayor of Bloomington said Saturday evening he plans to issue an executive order expanding police power to ticket those who assemble in large numbers or who fail to abide by social distancing practices ordered by Gov. JB Pritzker to slow the flickering progress of the coronavirus through the population.

Dave Anderson
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An iconic city manager of Normal has died at the age of 82.

Downtown Bloomington
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The City of Bloomington’s next Community Preservation Plan may put more emphasis on the not-so-distant past and more visibly connect the dots between historic preservation and affordable housing.

The early 1900s saw an influx of racism and discrimination in the Midwest, from anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, and anti-African American sentiment, to race riots in Springfield, Chicago, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Ku Klux Klan became a force in central Illinois. Segregation grew in Bloomington-Normal and what had been a thriving black middle class was gradually destroyed.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner
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Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’d like to firm up plans this year for a new fire station that would cut down 911 response times in northeast Bloomington.

Normal Public Library podcast
Normal Public Library

If it seems like everybody is doing a podcast these days, it might almost be true. That includes governments.

As digital technology has made it cheap and easy to deliver anyone's message to the world, WGLT explores how municipalities and other public bodies are using podcasts to communicate with constituents in new ways and wonder if it's making a difference.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday night he believes the city continues to make strides toward becoming a better place to live.

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The Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commissions have announced their Martin Luther King Jr. award winners for the year. The commission chooses people who reflect the ideology of the late Dr. King.

Hole in the ceiling
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Bloomington city officials are traveling to North Carolina this week for the first gathering of a national initiative aimed at improving public health through housing.

Connect Transit
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The Illinois attorney general’s office is investigating a complaint related to Connect Transit and whether it’s violating state accessibility laws.

Field where first BNWRD plant was built
BNWRD

The Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District will have to spend $160 million-plus over the next couple decades. Businesses, homeowners and apartment owners in the Twin Cities will have to pay for it.

cute critter
City of Bloomington

The Miller Park Zoo has another cute dose of aww for visitors. Its red pandas have had three cubs. The litter has one male and two females, the first time the zoo in Bloomington has had panda cubs.

Red Pandas were once native to North America. There are fossils as far back as five million years. The zoo said their habitat today is in pockets of mountain areas above four thousand feet in China, Nepal, Burma, and Bhutan.

the county government complex
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McLean County government is in the early stages of talks to move more Bloomington city offices into the county government complex.

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Bloomington residents voiced their desires for what should occupy the 4.1 acre block that formerly housed Mennonite Hospital and Electrolux at 800 N. Main Street.

“Something that would be economically viable,” Tim Tilton said.

“Something that is respectful of the historic nature of the neighborhood,” Andy Birkey added.

Hooters exterior
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The Bloomington Liquor Commission approved three new liquor licenses Tuesday, including a tavern license for a restaurant going into the former Hooters location on Hershey Road.

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The City of Bloomington updated its online municipal code to be more accessible to residents.

IDOT Approves Changes To Route 9 Bike Lane Plan

Aug 7, 2019
Route 9 street sign
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Bloomington’s Public Works director said updates to the proposed Route 9 bike lane plan reduces the number of impacted parking spaces by nearly 200.

Jeff addresses the council
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Bloomington is still mulling over what to do with the city’s year-and-a-half long moratorium on new video gambling licenses. City council members agree they want video gambling to be limited in some way.

U.S. Route 150 and Illinois Route 9 signs
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The City of Bloomington has scheduled a public meeting to gather feedback on a proposal to add bike lanes along Illinois Route 9.

Transit bus in Uptown
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The Connect Transit board on Tuesday approved changes to the Pink route that officials say will soften the blow when the Olive route is eliminated next week.

Janet at the counter
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Janet Mariani needed a home for her first business—an ice cream shop. She chose Downtown Bloomington.

Old home
Bloomington-Normal Lost / Old House Society

Hoping to avoid losing any more historically significant buildings, the City of Bloomington has enacted a new review process to screen properties before an owner can demolish them.

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