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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.

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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.

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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.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
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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.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
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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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It was two steps forward but one step back for the city of Bloomington’s downtown arena last week.

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This fall’s cancellation of five hockey games at Grossinger Motors Arena—caused by a long-delayed repair project—will cost the city-owned venue thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

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Newly released audits for the former U.S. Cellular Coliseum show the city was warned eight years ago that its finance department wasn’t providing adequate oversight over the arena’s records, due in part to staffing shortages.

(b) The City shall have the right at any lime, and from lime to time, to cause recognized independent auditors to audit all of the books of CIA relating to Revenues and Operating Expenses, including, without limitation, bank books, sales slips, cash regis
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There’s been a lot of finger-pointing since prosecutors announced that five former managers at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum were facing 111 criminal counts of theft, fraud, and money laundering.

ohn Butler, Jay Laesch, Kelly Klein, Bart Rogers, and Paul Grazar in court
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The alleged fraud scheme at the former U.S. Cellular Coliseum took advantage of a known blind spot in the City of Bloomington’s oversight of arena finances, exploiting a decade-long contract that many city leaders disliked from the very beginning, GLT has learned.

The BCPA and its front lawn.
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The company that now runs Bloomington’s downtown arena may soon be taking over the city's performing arts venue too.

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Joliet city council members say their new city manager never told them about a looming financial scandal in Bloomington.

Karen Schmidt
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Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem Karen Schmidt said Tuesday she thinks it's unfair to speculate whether aldermen bear blame for any factors that might have led to alleged theft of nearly a million dollars by the city's former arena management company.

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