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Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
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Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo will meet privately with a group of Downtown Bloomington business owners Tuesday to discuss comments she made online about an incoming business.

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.

People getting on a bus
Connect Transit

Downtown Bloomington is one step closer to a new transit transfer center.

Putting the Cross in Cross-Pollination Painting
Angel Ambrose

The 10th annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show spotlights local artists’ impressions about Good Friday and their Christian faith. This year more than 60 artists will exhibit works centering on the idea that Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection accomplished something beautiful.

Sandy and Fred Groves
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An auto mechanic who's been fixing cars in downtown Bloomington for more than 50 years will soon be looking under the hood for the last time.

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If all goes as planned, the historic former home of State Farm in Downtown Bloomington will house offices, retail space, and at least one restaurant.

State Farm sign on building
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State Farm said Wednesday that it has found a buyer for its downtown Bloomington building.

Connect Transit bus
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A disability rights advocate said he wants to see more downtown Bloomington businesses improve accessibility for the disabled.

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The Bloomington Planning Commission on Wednesday passed concerns to the city council over housing density in areas just outside downtown.

Tari Renner
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Cutting back may have helped Bloomington balance its budget, but Mayor Tari Renner says it’s going to take more than budget cuts to help grow the local economy.

Downtown signage
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Bloomington aldermen will vote Monday on a proposal to install close to three dozen wayfinding signs downtown.

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

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The grand opening of Bakery & PickleEpiphany Farms Hospitality Group’s newest venture, is right around the corner. The private dinner club is unlike any other in Bloomington-Normal, transforming into a speakeasy-style bar after hours.

Bistro
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A first-time event in downtown Saturday celebrates 25 years since the city's first bar for the LGBTQ community opened.

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Aldermen are reacting to a multi-phased expansion concept presented this week to the Bloomington Public Library Board of Trustees.

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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.

Photos: Big Crowd At GLT Summer Concert

Jun 10, 2018
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A big crowd was rewarded with great weather Saturday at the annual GLT Summer Concert.

Steampunkers
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Cogs and Corsets: A Central Illinois Steampunk Happening is back for a second year of elaborate costuming, outrageous gadgetry and history—both real and imagined.

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The City of Bloomington is looking for feedback on a plan to remove traffic signals from two downtown intersections.

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It’s the noon hour on a warm, sunny spring day in downtown Bloomington. Cars and buses move along Front Street. Delivery trucks unload their contents on side streets.

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Bloomington officials will discuss this summer whether to try and acquire downtown's vacant Front N Center building through eminent domain, Mayor Tari Renner told GLT.

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A potential Connect Transit transfer center in Downtown Bloomington is still on the table.

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State Farm told City of Bloomington leaders Monday it plans to sell its newly vacated downtown building.

Lauren Lacy / McLean County Museum of History

Someone has poured a caustic liquid on a popular public artwork in downtown Bloomington.

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Three government bodies met jointly Tuesday night to nudge forward an ambitious plan to build a new library and transit center in downtown Bloomington, even as several officials noted a lack of public buy-in as one major hurdle to the effort.

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An architect and developer who made a surprise pitch last week for a downtown Bloomington hotel connected to Grossinger Motors Arena says the project may not require much city investment.

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Mayor Tari Renner of Bloomington said there are a lot of potential re-uses for the State Farm Fire building in the downtown area, including a new City Hall.

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For the first time in nearly a century, State Farm employees will soon be without a home in downtown Bloomington.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’s put a controversial joint meeting back on the calendar for next week, rejecting a push by some aldermen to forgo a deeper discussion on a proposed downtown library-transit project.

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A Bloomington developer made a surprise public pitch to aldermen Monday for a new downtown hotel and conference center, calling his public-private partnership the “solution” city leaders have been seeking.

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