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Vacant Bloomington business storefront
Eric Stock / WGLT

A group of Bloomington residents is applauding the city council for listening to concerns about allowing liquor sales in their west Bloomington neighborhood.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Bloomington City Council members voted Tuesday to postpone any board and commission appointments until after they can have a public discussion about how those appointments are made.

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.

Chris Koos at a meeting
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Normal’s mayor and council members will see higher salaries beginning in 2021.

The council voted Monday night to raise the mayor’s salary from $18,000 to $32,000, and to raise council members’ salaries from $4,800 to $6,800.

Diana Hauman
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Diana Hauman is asking political players in the Twin Cities to keep local elections nonpartisan.

Man at sewer
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Bloomington residents will see an additional $1.05 on their monthly water bills as insurance against water leaks.

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Monday was the last day for candidates to file petitions for city and town council.

Three candidates filed Monday petitions for Bloomington City Council, making all four races contested.

Julia Emig filed for Ward 4. She is running against Don Frank. Both candidates are newcomers. Alderman Amelia Buragas announced Monday she would not seek re-election.

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Bloomington has new permitting rules and fees in place for boat docks at Lake Bloomington following council approval Monday night.  

Study To Gauge County Government Efficiency

Mar 18, 2016
Ralph Weisheit / Staff

The McLean County League of Women Voters has embarked on a study into local units of government to see if they're efficient, or duplicative.

McLean County Residents Fear Water Crisis

Feb 9, 2016
Judith Valente

McLean County residents who receive their water from Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen believe they will likely face a water shortage as well as water quality issues within the next decade. They are split, however, on whether drilling for a new well, tapping into an existing aquifer, or constructing another surface reservoir similar to those two lakes is the solution.

More Questions Than Answers Over Pollution

Dec 22, 2015
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington Aldermen are discussing a contamination problem in a four block area of Bloomington near the intersection of Linden and Emerson Streets. The source is a Freedom gas station, across from a child care facility, and within yards of Sugar Creek. As part of the consent agenda, the council was going to vote to prohibit water wells in the contaminated area, but Alderman Amelia Buragas, who represents the area, asked to table the issue. During GLT's Sound Ideas, Mayor Tari Renner says it was premature to have it on the consent agenda.

Bloomington Council Looking To Fund Downtown Police

Dec 22, 2015
Michael Hill / WGLT

Businesses serving alcohol in downtown Bloomington could begin footing the bill for extra police officers that patrol the area during peak hours. The Bloomington City Council is looking at five different proposals to bring in $130,000 for the Downtown Police Hireback Cost Recovery Program. Police Chief Brendan Heffner says the program started as a way make sure the rest of the city can stay safe.