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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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It’s typically in bad taste to blame the victim, but the investigation into mismanagement at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum begs the question: Why didn’t the city realize what was going on?

McLean County Sheriff's Department

The former managers of the now-renamed U.S. Cellular Coliseum are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the City of Bloomington through an elaborate scheme that skimmed off concession fees, over-billed for cleaning supplies, and disguised other charges.

Hockey player on skates
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Bloomington’s hockey team has a new name: the Central Illinois Flying Aces.

Hockey player on skates
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Bloomington’s hockey fans may need to buy some new jerseys this fall.

The Bloomington Thunder is considering changing its name for the new season that begins Oct. 7. An announcement could come as soon as next week, said chief operating officer Brendan Kelly.

One possible name is the Central Illinois Flying Aces. When asked about that name, Kelly declined to say if it was under consideration. However, the domain name was registered in Kelly's name on July 11, records show. A second team official is also listed on the domain registration.

Hockey player on skates
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The city-owned arena in downtown Bloomington has new managers and a new name. Does it deserve a new chance to win over its critics?