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Mayor Tari Renner

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Four people have been issued $750 fines for allegedly violating the Town of Normal’s COVID-19 executive order prohibiting large gatherings near Illinois State University’s campus, officials said.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner joined WGLT's Sound Ideas on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. He discussed the current spike in COVID-19 cases and whether additional restrictions might be necessary locally.

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UPDATED 11 a.m. | Both the Town of Normal and City of Bloomington have reminded bars and restaurants they risk losing their liquor licenses if they don't enforce mask requirements and capacity limits.

McLean County Government Center
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McLean County’s clerk says she is insulted by a complaint relayed by Bloomington’s city manager that some of her staff at the Government Center are not wearing their masks.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said has asked the city’s police advisory board to hold a series of public hearings and bring back ideas for “possible reforms in our police department procedures.”

The Bloomington City Council meeting that was scheduled to take place virtually Monday night was rescheduled to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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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. 

Defund the Police sign
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Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo says her view of “defund police” is a lot more nuanced than the term implies—but now is the time for the discussion.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and City Councilmember Jenn Carillo.
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stressed public safety remains the city’s top priority while pledging to improve law enforcement practices. City Council member Jenn Carrillo advocated for a complete overhaul of police departments.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said he was pushed to the ground and a man tried to hit him with his fist near Kohl’s about 10:30 p.m. Monday. Renner said he had tried to engage a group of people in dialogue.

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With a unanimous vote, no public comment and little discussion beyond praise for city staff, the Bloomington City Council passed the city’s fiscal year 2021 budget Wednesday night.

Sunnyside Park
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The mayor of Bloomington said Saturday evening he plans to issue an executive order expanding police power to ticket those who assemble in large numbers or who fail to abide by social distancing practices ordered by Gov. JB Pritzker to slow the flickering progress of the coronavirus through the population.

McLean County Jail
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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage has said he does not plan to release inmates at the McLean County jail in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Bloomington City Council is nearing the finish line on next year's budget.

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Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’d like to firm up plans this year for a new fire station that would cut down 911 response times in northeast Bloomington.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday night he believes the city continues to make strides toward becoming a better place to live.

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Mayor Tari Renner said he doesn’t expect Bloomington City Council members to opt out of cannabis sales, but they likely won’t allow “cannabis cafes” with on-site consumption.

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Thanks to expected modest economic growth, the City of Bloomington will hold property taxes steady again next year.

Marijuana plant
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The list of Illinois cities saying "no" to marijuana sales keeps growing.

State Farm downtown
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The Historic Preservation Commission had been set to hold hearings on two historic landmark nominations for the downtown building State Farm is offloading.

But Mayor Tari Renner said those won’t be needed.

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Mayor Tari Renner said the city has received “a lot” of interest from dozens of potential business owners who are interested in opening a marijuana dispensary in Bloomington.

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Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’ll do “everything I can” to find a solution that avoids the demolition of State Farm’s historic building in Downtown Bloomington.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he opposes a plan to reject Connect Transit’s budget, calling it the “nuclear option that might blow up in our face.”

Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
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Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo will meet privately with a group of Downtown Bloomington business owners Tuesday to discuss comments she made online about an incoming business.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Wednesday that his comment about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas not behaving “like someone who is African-American” was a poor choice of words.

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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.

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Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit asked Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner to appoint a Connect Mobility rider and a fixed route-reliant rider to the Connect Transit board.

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Bloomington city officials say they don't know how a fire protection rate increase wasn't billed for 10 years.

Route 66 experience hub
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Route 66 enthusiasts can find a new way to connect with the historic highway.

Tari and Joni
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said he’s no fan of video gambling but may still veto the city’s newly extended moratorium on new machines.

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