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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner believes the Twin Cities may work toward a shared tax agreement following the next mayoral election.

Multicultural Leadership Program

A group of leadership learners is figuring out how to re-stock the workforce of an aging agency.

The Multicultural Leadership Program in Bloomington Normal just recently finished its mid-term presentations in which various teams tell how they are helping other not for profits with a challenge.

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The Bloomington Election Commission has dismissed one of the petition challenges to Mayor Tari Renner's candidacy.

The commission did toss out some of the signatures Kevin Gerrard had questioned, but not nearly enough to reduce the number of valid signatures below the legal threshold to remain on the ballot.

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Bloomington Alderman Scott Black has praised library staff, even though the property tax rate for the library portion of the levy increased slightly.

The rate for the entire city including the library fell slightly.

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Bloomington's five year parks plan would cost 21.2 million dollars if funded through the period.

But, in presenting the priority list to the city council, Parks and Rec Director Jay Tetzloff said nearly half the eggs go in one basket.

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A candidate for Bloomington mayor wants to sell the U.S. Cellular Coliseum and is willing to sell it for less than appraised value to "get out from under the yearly subsidy."  Robert Fike is a 58-year-old retired firefighter. He says the annual subsidy amounts to $900,000.  

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McLean County Prosecutors have now filed a formal charge of theft of government property against a former manager of U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

Back in July, Curtis Webb told GLT one of his goals was to be a good public steward of funds and to reduce the operating deficit at the venue.

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A frequent critic of the Bloomington Mayor and Council has filed a challenge to the nominating petitions of Mayor Tari Renner.

Kevin Gerrard's objection to Renner's candidacy will be heard Monday morning at the County Government Complex in downtown Bloomington in the Commission offices, according to Bloomington Election Commission Director Paul Shannon.

Radio Munson 12/1/16

Dec 1, 2016

Count Basie and Stacey Kent head this week’s Radio Munson playlist, along with the pairings of Slim and Slam, Supersax and LA Voices, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, plus a bonus roof-raiser from Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

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Waste collected in Bloomington will need a new destination in the near future.State regulators expect the McLean County landfill to run out of space next year.

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There will likely be a need for a run-off election for Bloomington mayor. 

Five candidates have filed petitions to run for mayor on the opening day of the period to be on the ballot for the April municipal contests. Today is the first day candidates can officially file for office.

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The announced candidate for Alderman in Bloomington's ninth ward says she sees a good dynamic among members at Council meetings and that Mayor Tari Renner runs a good meeting.

State Farm lawyer Kim Bray said she also has no particular problem with city operations.

Bloomington aldermen will be asked Monday night to approve a liquor license for Crawford's Corner Pub, 610 W. Chestnut Street.

The location is the former site of Beningoes Restaurant, a four-decade plus staple of the west-side neighborhood. The license would allow the new owners, Bob and Amy Crawford, to sell alcohol seven days a week, closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

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The Bloomington Election Commission reports an issue with a tabulator at St. John's Lutheran Church. 

Director Paul Shannon said the tabulator quit working and had to be replaced.

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The Central Illinois Regional Airport terminal has reopened after several hours.

The Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad determined a suspicious piece of carry on luggage was harmless.

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Every day for the past few months, a presidential candidate has visited Bloomington-Normal. But don’t be surprised if you missed the motorcade.

His name is James Matthew “Matt” Anderson of Mahomet, who commutes every day to Bloomington where he works as an attorney. Anderson is a registered write-in candidate for president in McLean County, an easier-than-it-sounds decision he made as a disgruntled voter.

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Interest in converting dilapidated downtown Bloomington buildings into a potential hotel and conference center could be renewed now that the city has bolstered the area as a Tax Increment Financing district. 

Fruin Not Running For Re-election

Oct 24, 2016
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Bloomington Alderman Jim Fruin recieved a standing ovation following his announcement that he will retire from representing Ward 9. Fruin made the announcement at Monday's council meeting. He said he'll finish up his term that ends in April.

Downtown TIF Up For A Vote

Oct 23, 2016
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A Tax Increment Financing District in downtown Bloomington could receive approval from the city council Monday.

Renner Re-establishing Cuban Sister Cities

Oct 19, 2016
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner flew south last week to reconnect with Caibarien, Cuba and Remedios, Cuba, which were originally established as Sister Cities to Bloomington and Normal in the early 2000s.  

No City Funding For Creativity Center

Oct 18, 2016
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A proposal to phase-in upgrades to the Creativity Center is receiving support from the Bloomington City Council. However, Aldermen want to use privately-raised money to pay for the project.

Alderman Amelia Buragas said she supports a resolution that says the council supports the Activity Center and will engage in a public-private partnership, but it doesn't commit city funds to it.

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Some Bloomington Aldermen want to work on improving sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure in the older parts of town before moving on to newer parts.

Creativity Center Could See $5.2 Million Update

Oct 16, 2016
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Bloomington Alderman will discuss a plan to use mostly private funds to renovate the Creativity Center, north of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, during a committee meeting Monday.

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There's another chapter in the controversial management history of Bloomington's downtown arena, the Coliseum.

VenuWorks has fired Curtis Webb, who had been serving as the arena's executive director since shortly after the Iowa-based firm secured management rights earlier this year. A statement released by the city indicates Webb used  a company debit card for personal purchases.

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The Law and Justice Center is expanding to increase support for people with mental health issues. The Bloomington City Council approved an agreement allowing city property to be used for the expansion. 

Retro Arcade Bar Could Open In Mid-November

Oct 10, 2016
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8 Bit Beercade, which currently has a location in Peoria, plans to open in mid-November pending the approval of a liquor license by the Bloomington City Council.

Bloomington Election Heating Up

Oct 1, 2016
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Bloomington Alderman Kevin Lower officially announced his bid for mayor at an event at Illinois Wesleyan University this morning. During his speech, Lower said Bloomington can improve.

Feldkamp Not Backing Down From Liquor Commission

Sep 27, 2016
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Bloomington Liquor Commission Member Sue Feldkamp addressed the city council Monday night in an effort to encourage a five-member commission over a one-member commission and to refuse to resign from her post. Feldkamp said she was told she could serve as long as she wanted.

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Morning and afternoon traffic jams on southbound Towanda-Barnes Road at Ireland Grove Road in Bloomington could soon be a thing of the past following the approval of a right-turn lane by the city council. Alderman Diana Hauman said the improvement will make the road more usable.

"I've been there, at various times, using that intersection, and it can be cumbersome. You wait for a while to get through the lights."

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The Bloomington City Council will consider renewing and updating an electric utility contract originally passed in 1965. If approved, Corn Belt Electric Cooperative would continue providing service in the community for an additional 20 years.

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