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Passengers board a bus in Uptown Normal's transfer center.
Connect Transit

Bloomington-Normal's public bus system will get an additional $8 million for a planned downtown Bloomington transfer center.

Two people walking in downtown Bloomington
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Bloomington City Council members expressed a desire Monday to revive a three-year-old downtown revitalization plan now that a major component is off the table.

CVS downtown
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Downtown Bloomington will soon be losing its CVS store.

State Farm downtown
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State Farm has announced it has finalized the sale of its former headquarters in downtown Bloomington to a Rockford-based developer that plans to build upscale apartments at the site.

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The Connect Transit board Tuesday approved a contract to bring on four electric buses per year over the next three to four years.

State Farm downtown
Eric Stock / WGLT

The Historic Preservation Commission had been set to hold hearings on two historic landmark nominations for the downtown building State Farm is offloading.

But Mayor Tari Renner said those won’t be needed.

State Farm building exterior
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UPDATED 12:30 p.m. | State Farm announced Friday it's found another interested buyer for its downtown Bloomington building, potentially saving it from demolition.

Russel Francois in downtown Bloomington
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State Farm’s recent decision to demolish its former downtown Bloomington headquarters has left local officials scrambling to prevent an iconic community structure from disappearing.

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

Tari Renner at podium
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’ll do “everything I can” to find a solution that avoids the demolition of State Farm’s historic building in Downtown Bloomington.

Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
Breanna Grow / WGLT

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
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

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
Breanna Grow / WGLT

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
Eric Stock / WGLT

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.

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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
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

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

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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.

Downtown Bloomington
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

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.