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The Connect Transit board has approved the former Pantagraph building in downtown Bloomington as the preferred location for a new $18-20 million bus transfer center.

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City and county leaders in McLean County said Wednesday one of Gov. JB Pritzker's budget proposals is a bad idea.

The governor has proposed taking 10% of the income tax money it currently shares with cities, towns, and counties through the Local Government Distributive Fund.

The front of the newly rennovated Bloomington High School building
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The first tenants of the former Bloomington High School building in downtown Bloomington began moving in a couple of weeks ago, following a $17 million renovation that began in 2016 when Iceberg Development Group LLC of LeClaire, Iowa, purchased the historic structure.

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Bloomington Liquor Commissioner and Mayor Tari Renner issued a $600 fine against Joe’s Pub for a violation of Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive order banning indoor service to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is isolating at home after receiving a positive test for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Renner said he immediately sought a test after his son tested positive.

Renner told WGLT in an interview Tuesday evening he "sort of lost his voice" the day before Thanksgiving and had some upper respiratory symptoms six days later.

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The mayor of Bloomington said he will spend his waning months in office trying to revive a unified emergency telephone and dispatch service.

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Five additional bars and restaurants in Bloomington are accused of violating the state's COVID-19 ban on indoor service, city officials said Wednesday.

Tari Renner speaks
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UPDATED 8:25 p.m. | The owners of 12 bars in Bloomington will face possible suspension or revocation of their liquor licenses for allegedly defying the state's latest COVID restrictions.

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The dust has hardly settled from the last election and candidates already are preparing to file for the next one, the municipal consolidated contests next year.


A longtime public servant who fought against intolerance in Bloomington-Normal has died.

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Bloomington wants to improve diversity among city staff to better reflect the city's population.

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A political newcomer has announced a run for mayor of Bloomington. He is 29-year-old Nick McClintock, a radio technician for the Illinois Farm Bureau. He also has been a part-time producer and show host for various radio stations in Bloomington-Normal.

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Community groups demonstrated before Monday's Bloomington City Council meeting in an effort to revive efforts to pass a welcoming city ordinance.

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Running an entertainment venue is hard when you can't hold live events in-person. The City of Bloomington owns two: Grossinger Motors Arena and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Ferrero COVID testing site
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Candy maker Ferrero USA says the free COVID-19 testing site it set up outside its Bloomington plant is an effort to be proactive in its efforts to help the community contain the coronavirus.

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Two additional COVID-19 mobile testing sites are coming this week to Bloomington-Normal.

Protesters marching and holding signs outside the McLean County Jail.
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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage is speaking out for the first time about a proposed ordinance to regulate protests and other demonstrations on county property, now that the plan appears to have stalled.

Shelby Rapp
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What started out as a normal Saturday morning last month turned scary in Shelby Rapp’s east Bloomington neighborhood. She heard screaming coming from outside as she did laundry.

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The owner of a Bloomington bar accused of repeatedly violating COVID-19 safety rules has hired a well-known attorney who has been at the center of resistance to public health guidance statewide.

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Members of the City of Bloomington’s Human Relations Commission want a do-over on last month’s police divestment discussion

Downtown Bloomington
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The City of Bloomington moved Wednesday to suspend the operation of downtown shuttles, calling them a "public health and safety risk" due to COVID-19.

Normal City Hall
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The November election campaign season is just ramping up, but some candidates already are looking ahead to next year's municipal contests.

Like attorney AJ Zimmerman, who said Tuesday he's running for Normal Town Council.

Tari Renner
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UPDATED 11 a.m. | Both the Town of Normal and City of Bloomington have reminded bars and restaurants they risk losing their liquor licenses if they don't enforce mask requirements and capacity limits.

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The City of Bloomington and Town of Normal are working together to hire a consultant to help establish rules for deploying wireless technology all over the community in ways that do not become eyesores.

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Bloomington city staff will examine converting the Columbus Day holiday to one honoring indigenous people, with a majority of the city council indicating at least some support for researching the question during a Committee of the Whole session Monday night.

McLean County Government Center
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McLean County’s clerk says she is insulted by a complaint relayed by Bloomington’s city manager that some of her staff at the Government Center are not wearing their masks.

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The looming end to a statewide rent moratorium is not the only thing sparking financial fear. A ban on utility shutoffs can't last forever—and a lot of renters and homeowners are behind on their bills.

 Julie Emig
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The McLean County Museum of History has hired Julie Emig as its new executive director.

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.

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