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City and county leaders in McLean County said Wednesday one of Gov. JB Pritzker's budget proposals is a bad idea.

The governor has proposed taking 10% of the income tax money it currently shares with cities, towns, and counties through the Local Government Distributive Fund.

If Normal wants Restore Illinois restrictions enforced, it’s going to require a local ordinance, according to Normal Mayor Chris Koos. 

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Rivian has leased the Phoenix Investors warehouse in north Normal as part of its ramp-up to production.

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The mayor of Normal said he's had to eat his words from a couple weeks ago when he argued McLean County didn't need mitigation efforts that were as stiff as those in counties with higher COVID-19 testing positivity rates.

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The mayor of Normal and central Illinois lawmakers say the state should reconsider COVID-19 mitigation efforts set to go into effect on Wednesday.

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

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UPDATED 5:45 p.m. | The Town of Normal moved Friday to slow the alarming spread of COVID-19 among Illinois State University students by temporarily prohibiting large gatherings near campus and requiring bar and restaurant patrons to be seated.

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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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It’s hard right now. Central Illinois residents have removed themselves from many of their friends and familiar activities to prevent the spread of the virus. Yet cases are climbing again in McLean County as central Illinois moved from phase 3 to phase 4 of the state's Restore Illinois reopening plan.

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos offered a rebuttal to council member Stan Nord’s view of council involvement in appointments to boards and commissions during a WGLT interview Tuesday.

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Both Bloomington and Normal’s mayors agree: To address systemic racism in the Twin Cities, start by investing in young people of color. 

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Small-town officials in McLean County said they were all on board with the proposed Heart of Illinois multicounty regional reopening plan right up until a Peoria area official said they would go ahead even without approval from Gov. JB Pritzker

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The new owners of two video gambling businesses in Normal will need to apply for new liquor licenses after the town revoked the current permits.

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City councils in Bloomington and Normal will be considering emergency ordinances on Monday to help them more swiftly respond to COVID-19.

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Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said the town will enforce the restaurant and bar closure ordered by the governor because of the coronavirus.

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The mayor of Normal says 5G and other smart city technology developments will be the topic for the annual One Voice leadership trip to Washington, D.C.

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Many factors influence how much rent the Town of Normal charges tenants of town-owned property, according to the mayor of Normal.

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What happened when 65 Normal residents and town council members sat down to talk about how the town should plan for the next 15 years?

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The start of construction on the Trail East project in Uptown Normal has been delayed from this fall to next spring because of financing issues, Mayor Chris Koos said Tuesday.

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Normal Town Council members confronted their poor working relationship and the lack of trust between them head-on during a contentious retreat Friday.

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A close vote to ratify the previously approved plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision in Normal is a risky one for the town’s reputation, according to Mayor Chris Koos.

Normal Mayor Koos Stands Up For SNAP

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos is among more than 250 mayors who are standing up against the Trump administration’s plans to cut 3.1 million people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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U.S. mayors want to make sure the rollout of faster 5G wireless service doesn't clutter up their communities.

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos has sent a letter to Bloomington city leaders claiming that Normal Town Council member Stan Nord went “lone wolf” and discussed a merger of the two local fire departments and tried to recruit a Bloomington business to move into Uptown.

Koos and Reece on the dais
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While noting that most municipalities continue to face financial challenges, Mayor Chris Koos says the Town of Normal is in “good shape.”

Normal Mayor Chris Koos sits during a town council meeting.
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The Town of Normal recently brought in a government strategist to meet privately with the town council and administration.

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The mayor of Normal said regional efforts to pull together on economic development have never really happened.

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The Normal Town Council unanimously approved new rules for public comment Monday night, but not without resistance from its newest members.

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos said the town could be looking to revise its sign regulations because of those "Welcome Your Neighbor" signs that have popped up all over the Twin Cities.

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Normal Town Council member Stan Nord wasted no time bringing up one of his central campaign issues during his first council meeting.

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