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the county government complex
Staff / WGLT

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

Eric Stock / WGLT

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
Google Maps

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.

Eric Stock / WGLT

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

Route 9 street sign
Eric Stock / WGLT

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
Mary Cullen / WGLT

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
Eric Stock / WGLT

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
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

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
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.

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