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Election 2021

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It's an issue that doesn't get much play in political campaigns, but it could have major impacts on how Bloomington and Normal governments operate for decades to come.

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Business development and revenue generation are big parts of city government. Candidates for Bloomington City Council offer different ideas on how to achieve that.

Bloomington voters this spring will choose their first new mayor in eight years. The choice is between a low-key veteran city council member and two political newcomers with very different backgrounds. One of them will replace Tari Renner, who is not seeking a third term.

Unofficial results show Kelby Cumpston and Mollie Ward have won Tuesday's primary election for Bloomington's Ward 7 seat.

Photos Courtesy Facebook / Kelby for Ward 7, Mollie Ward For Bloomington City Council Ward 7, June Peterson-Middlebrooks, Coretta Jackson for Ward 7, Daniel Freburg

Five candidates are vying for the Ward 7 seat on the Bloomington City Council. But only two will appear on the ballot in the April 6 municipal election. This week, voters will determine who those finalists will be.

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A McLean County judge has removed from the ballot two Republican candidates in Normal Township races in the spring municipal election.

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Two candidates have withdrawn their candidacies for Unit 5 school board, following a challenge to their petitions.


A candidate for Normal Town Council participated in the events that became an insurrection and riot at the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

Bill Brady
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State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, who ran for governor three times and led Republicans in the Illinois Senate, has resigned.

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UPDATED 11:00 A.M. | Voters in the Unit 5 school district will have a lot of options when they decide who they want in charge of district policy next year.

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A number of newcomers are seeking more influence in education policy in Unit 5 schools amid a year in which the coronavirus has upended how children are trying to learn.

Misty Metroz
Misty Metroz

An educator with no political experience says she would bring servant leadership to Bloomington if she's elected mayor next year.

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Ken Chui

Sarah Grammer is seeking a second term as Normal Township supervisor as the Democratic party seeks to maintain power the party seized four years ago after decades of Republican control.

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Bloomington City Council member Mboka Mwilambwe says his experience and temperament make him the best choice to lead the city, starting next year.

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Mayor Chris Koos and challenger Marc Tiritilli both turned in their nominating petitions to the Town of Normal first thing Monday morning to set the stage for a rematch in the mayor’s race next April.

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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.

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Another Bloomington City Council member has decided against running for re-election in the spring.

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Nearly 100 people happy with the outcome of the presidential election attended a hastily-organized event Saturday in downtown Bloomington billed as, "You're Fired! A Community Farewell for 45."

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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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The first Bloomington mayoral candidate to emerge says he would lean into his business background to help the local economy navigate the pandemic.

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Bloomington City Council member Jamie Mathy has announced plans to seek a second term on the council next year.

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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre defended the county’s coronavirus response on Tuesday amid large spikes in COVID-19 cases on the Illinois State University campus, and suggested some of the criticism was politically motivated.

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Candidate Marc Tiritilli narrowly lost to Normal Mayor Chris Koos in 2017.

A group of civic leaders has formed a nonpartisan political action committee to recruit and support centrist candidates for the Bloomington and Normal city councils.

Mike Straza

A second candidate has emerged for Bloomington City Council's Ward 5, which includes neighborhoods just north of Veterans Parkway and Empire Street.

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Brad McMillan

A Bradley University professor and former congressional office manager has declared his candidacy for Normal Town Council.

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Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said Wednesday he will run for another term of office next year.

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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.

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Patrick Lawler

UPDATED 2:05 P.M. | A social studies teacher at Normal Community High School plans to run for Bloomington City Council.

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One candidate has already emerged in the race to succeed Scott Black on the Bloomington City Council.