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Janet at the counter
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

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.

Bloomington home rehabilitation project
City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington is looking to expand its homeowner rehabilitation program after seeing an increase in state funding.

crummy sidewalks
City of Bloomington

Students at Sheridan Elementary in Bloomington will soon have a safer route to school thanks to a $200,000 state grant that will fund new sidewalks.

A view of the creativity center building.
BCPA

The Friends of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts has announced a $5 million capital campaign to finish the Creativity Center across the street from the BCPA on Locust Street.

potholes
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Debate over gasoline tax increases to fund road repairs in Bloomington and Normal is more complex than the question of keeping the amount the same in both cities.

Workers with dog
McLean County Museum of History

At the tail end of the Civil War, there was another battle stirring in the City of Bloomington: the war on dogs.

Map of Hamilton Road
City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington will move one step closer Thursday to finally finishing off its east-west corridor in south Bloomington.

Front of Hyatt Place
Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Leaders with the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and BN Advantage are downplaying the impact of an expected $200,000 funding cut from the City of Bloomington.

snow plow
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Whenever a snowstorm hits, the first question most people have is, "When is my street getting plowed?"

Connect Transit buses
Staff / WGLT

As the federal government shutdown continues, Connect Transit is dipping into its reserves to continue operations.

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.

Amtrak
Eric Stock / WGLT

Life is about to get quieter for residents near one of the main rail lines that cuts through Bloomington.

Empty Trail
Mike McCurdy / WGLT

McLean County residents looking for outdoor recreational spaces and activities have a new online resource which compiles accessible greenways in the county.

A city council dais and a map of the proposed Bloomington Library expansion.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Bloomington Public Library and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department are asking the city council to make generational facility commitments.

Staff / WGLT

After turning off their lights earlier this month, State Farm’s iconic lettering on its former headquarters in downtown Bloomington is coming down.

Staff / WGLT

Former Bloomington City Manager David Hales might be on his way out at his new job in Joliet.

Bob Mahrt speaks at meeting
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Bloomington officials will answer questions about a proposed overhaul to the city's zoning code during two public sessions Wednesday afternoon.

Bees exiting a hive
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Jeff Henry of Bloomington is an urban beekeeper, hoping to reverse an alarming decline in pollinators like honeybees that threatens our global food supply.

Tree stump with a cone on top
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The death and removal of a once-healthy tree in Bloomington’s Founders' Grove has sparked a police referral and a complaint to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Eric Stock / WGLT

New Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason is one week into the job, meeting with elected officials and his department heads to get a lay of the land.

bulk waste
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Bloomington is about to end its grade period for bulk waste collection.

City council members at a dais in the Center for the Performing Arts.
Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Bloomington Alderman Jamie Mathy said he regrets cancellation of the special meeting last week to deal with a new version of a Welcoming City ordinance.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Inside the Constitution Trail tunnel under Washington Street in Bloomington, young artist Eden Warner painted a giant letter “B” with lots of green trees.

WGLT Staff

The Town of Normal's new city engineer is the assistant engineer in Bloomington.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

A semipro baseball team. A band performing at the Castle Theatre. A mom visiting to watch her son play college football. A family reunion. An author writing a book about historic Route 66.

Tim Gleason
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Tim Gleason from Decatur has been named Bloomington’s next city manager.

Staff / WGLT

The City of Bloomington will host an open house Tuesday to get feedback on a plan to remove traffic signals and make Front Street friendlier to pedestrians.

A crowd of mourners of all ages.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Friends and neighbors of two slain young people in Bloomington said they just do not understand how it came to this.

A bewildering maze of hollow plastic pipes charged with air that can keep balls aloft enchants children.
Children's Discovery Museum / Town of Normal

UPDATED 3 p.m. | Back when the state budget crisis was just kicking off, the Department of Natural Resources announced more than $1 million in grant money for Bloomington-Normal museums and the Miller Park Zoo. That money never came, as Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers refused to compromise on a budget and years of standoff turned into years of cuts.

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