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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.

Welcome Your Neighbots Sign
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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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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.

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Normal mayor Chris Koos has written a letter to Normal Township Supervisor Sarah Grammer accusing her of using "biased misleading rhetoric,"  and tearing down community partners as the latest step in an ongoing dispute over public transportation funding.

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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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A nearly 2-year dispute between the Town of Normal and town council candidate Stan Nord remained unresolved on the eve of Election Day.

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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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UPDATED 9:40 p.m. | A community arts group at Illinois State University plans to renovate and move in to the unfinished ground floor of the College Avenue parking deck in Uptown Normal.

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The Normal Town Council granted developer Bush Construction several variances on preliminary design plans for the Trail East building on Uptown Circle.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Normal Town Council members will decide Monday whether to boost the pay for the mayor and town council starting in 2021.

Chemberly during a meeting
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The Town of Normal has a new plan in place to get more residents’ input on Community Development Block Grant spending.

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos said the town might have cut too deep when it eliminated about 25 jobs to balance its budget last year.

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