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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.”

Speaker at a Normal council mtg
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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.

Stan, Chemberly, and Kevin
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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.

Woman at transit rally
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After opponents of recent changes at Connect Transit rallied below Uptown Station Monday night, Township Supervisor Sarah Grammer and Normal Mayor Chris Koos said their call and response has fallen silent.

Kathleen speaks
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Mayor Chris Koos struck an optimistic tone Wednesday that the Town Council won’t become too divisive following the election of two new members who beat his preferred candidates.

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Debate over gasoline tax increases to fund road repairs in Bloomington and Normal is more complex than the question of keeping the amount the same in both cities.

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Officials in Normal defended the Trail East project against public criticism Monday night, with the council unanimously approving two measures to keep the project moving forward.

Normal City Hall
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The mayor of Normal acknowledges the development of new State Farm hubs across the south and west has changed the distribution of talent in the community.

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.

Mural in Uptown
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The Town of Normal is ready to move forward with a $29.2 million development it says is right in line with a vision for Uptown laid out nearly two decades ago.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos and University President Larry Dietz flip the switch, lighting Uptown in ISU's colors.
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For the sixth year in a row, Illinois State University has kicked off Homecoming week with the Uptown tree lighting in partnership with the Town of Normal.

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Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos addressed two Bloomington-Normal construction projects in the works while speaking on GLT’s Sound Ideas.

Trail Side East

Plans for the new trail side east project in uptown normal are taking longer than expected. But, Koos said staff are now reviewing plans for the multi use commercial building in Uptown.

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The mayor of Normal said Tuesday there is a second potential developer of a sports complex. He declined to say specifically who.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and Normal Mayor Chris Koos marched in Saturday's Boston Pride Parade.

State Farm HQ building
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Mayor Chris Koos said State Farm's recent job restructuring will likely have its biggest impact locally on home values.

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The Normal Town Council authorized new ownership Monday for the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal.

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos said Monday he plans to take a leave of absence after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Chris Koos
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The mayor of Normal said he does not know whether the town will have to go through another round of budget cutting in a few years.

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos said Tuesday that he only wants to move forward on a Welcoming City ordinance if it can win support from at least five of seven Town Council members.

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Normal leaders are moving ahead with plans for a new five-story building on the northeast arc of Uptown circle, the next step in a dramatic reshaping of the town’s central business district.

Illinois Wesleyan University

The mayor of Normal said Thursday that the town won't react to the city of Bloomington's move to lower contributions to the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Chris Koos at a meeting
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A proposal in Bloomington that would impinge the ability of the mayor to control the council agenda is a fundamental change in Bloomington's form of government, according to the Town of Normal mayor. 

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The McLean County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of McLean County on Wednesday morning at the Illinois Wesleyan University Hansen Student Center.

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The Normal Town Council on Tuesday agreed, with one dissenting vote, to hire a recruitment firm to find its next city manager.

Current City Manager Mark Peterson announced his retirement last month, effective in March 2018. Council members have also worked with consultants Lyle Sumek Associates to distil the qualities they think are important for a city manager.

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The Town of Normal could face some financial challenges in coming years.

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Carl Teichman, a longtime community servant and Illinois Wesleyan University administrator, was named Normal’s 2017 Citizen of the Year on Thursday.

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Budget pressures faced by the Town of Normal could result in the leanest budget in a decade.

Train in Uptown Normal
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The biggest threat to Amtrak passenger rail service is probably a proposal in Congress to eliminate long-distance routes, according to Normal’s mayor.

Ron Blemler standing on bridge
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The mayor of Normal is praising a former Parks and Recreation director for his deep impact on the town.

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