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Running an entertainment venue is hard when you can't hold live events in-person. The City of Bloomington owns two: Grossinger Motors Arena and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

The Bloomington City Council gave the official OK Monday night for Grossinger Motors Arena to be used as a “universal” voting site for McLean County residents on Election Day on Nov. 3.

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The McLean County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved establishing Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington as an Election Day voting center where all registered voters can cast a ballot.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
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Bloomington could have an additional place where any registered voter from McLean County can vote on Election Day, if the city and county agree.

Volunteers packing backpacks while wearing masks
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An annual back-to-school party for thousands of children in Bloomington-Normal won't happen this year.

At least not in the same way.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and City Councilmember Jenn Carillo.
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stressed public safety remains the city’s top priority while pledging to improve law enforcement practices. City Council member Jenn Carrillo advocated for a complete overhaul of police departments.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
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UPDATED 12:10 p.m. | Bloomington officials said Friday they plan to terminate the city's agreement with VenuWorks, the Iowa-based firm that has been running the city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena since 2016.

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Whenever it’s safe for people to gather again, those who run Bloomington’s Grossinger Motors Arena want to be ready.

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Bloomington’s downtown arena will get a new hockey tenant following a one-season hiatus.

Lynn Cannon speaking at Bloomington City Council
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner told city council members on Monday he plans to have a list of members he’s seeking to appoint to a cannabis task force for approval next week.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
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Operating losses at the city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena were not as bad as expected for the fiscal year that ended on April 30.

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Spring is here. Flowers are blooming. Trees are budding. And ice skating is peaking.

Wait, what? Ice Skating? The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club is performing its annual celebration Saturday evening at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.

It's the seventh year for the annual show and the figure skating community has grown by leaps and bounds. Lena Chaudhury from the club said they now have 72 skaters, as young as three on up to people in their 60s.

Kim Bray and Tim Gleason
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The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved a contract with AFSCME Local 699 effectively ending the city’s sick-leave buyback program for employees.

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Bloomington aldermen Monday will consider a revised contract with the firm that runs Grossinger Motors Arena.

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Over the next month, Bloomington city leaders will decide whether to keep or fire the company that runs Grossinger Motors Arena. It won’t be an easy decision.

Photos: Bacon And Beer Festival Returns To Arena

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A big crowd turned out Saturday for the second year of the Bacon and Beer Festival at Grossinger Motors Arena.

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The Central Illinois Flying Aces won’t be returning next season to Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington, the junior hockey team announced Thursday.

League of Legends
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Zack Gilbert has been a video game fanatic as long as he can remember. 

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Bloomington-Normal is accustomed to hosting big softball, volleyball, and basketball tournaments. It can now add esports to the list.

Fans at the arena
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Grossinger Motors Arena could be losing its indoor football team.

Lynn Cannon speaks to aldermen
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The city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena will likely never turn a profit, according to arena manager VenuWorks.

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It’s been three years since Grossinger Motors Arena hosted basketball but that could be about to change.

Cherry Lawson and Tim Gleason
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Bloomington aldermen on Monday approved spending $610,000 to install a new elevator at Grossinger Motors Arena on a 5-3 vote.

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Grossinger Motors Arena needs a new elevator to comply with federal disability guidelines.

Fans at the arena
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The city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena lost $667,349 in the past year, its managers said Thursday, even as they touted the venue’s economic impact from tourism.

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An ongoing legal dispute will stop Bloomington’s indoor football team from playing its scheduled home games this spring at Grossinger Motors Arena, putting thousands of dollars at risk for the city-owned venue.

Police Officers and Fire Fighters face-off while playing the benefit hockey game
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Normally, police officers and firefighters work side by side to help keep the community safe. But on Saturday, "Guns" and "Hoses" competed against each other for a good cause.

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The mayor of Bloomington said Tuesday he's not satisfied with progress made by VenuWorks in improving operations at Grossinger Motors Arena.

John Butler in court
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The former manager of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum who’s accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bloomington taxpayers has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that he’s owed $67,175 in unpaid commissions.

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The Bloomington City Council will not allow VenuWorks to manage the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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