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Mayor Tari Renner

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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.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said he thinks the governor should allow a limited amount of indoor dining starting now.

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Bloomington Liquor Commissioner and Mayor Tari Renner issued a $600 fine against Joe’s Pub for a violation of Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive order banning indoor service to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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The City of Bloomington is sending the fine money it has collected for COVID violations to District 87 to help families in need over the holidays.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is isolating at home after receiving a positive test for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Renner said he immediately sought a test after his son tested positive.

Renner told WGLT in an interview Tuesday evening he "sort of lost his voice" the day before Thanksgiving and had some upper respiratory symptoms six days later.

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UPDATED 8:25 p.m. | The owners of 12 bars in Bloomington will face possible suspension or revocation of their liquor licenses for allegedly defying the state's latest COVID restrictions.

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A political newcomer has announced a run for mayor of Bloomington. He is 29-year-old Nick McClintock, a radio technician for the Illinois Farm Bureau. He also has been a part-time producer and show host for various radio stations in Bloomington-Normal.

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The first Bloomington mayoral candidate to emerge says he would lean into his business background to help the local economy navigate the pandemic.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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