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McLean County government is expecting the busy spring legislative session in Springfield to help it chip away at road repairs and other infrastructure.

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The McLean County coroner said a nationwide increase in fatal falls isn’t just a sign of old age, it’s a call to take better care of our elders.

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Less than 48 hours after the latest fatal shooting in Bloomington, leaders of the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council signaled Thursday that reducing gun violence will become one of their priorities.

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A mental health triage center is on pace to open this spring in the building housing the McLean County Health Department on West Front Street in downtown Bloomington.

Bloomington Police have issued an arrest warrant for 39-year-old Toshiro Luttrell of Bloomington.

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McLean County Administrator Bill Wasson says the Center for Human Services' decision to stop taking new referrals to its psychiatric program could have a wide-ranging impact on some county services.

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Voters in McLean County Board District 10 do not have an easy task telling the candidates apart.

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McLean County residents looking for outdoor recreational spaces and activities have a new online resource which compiles accessible greenways in the county.

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Bloomington city officials said Monday an independent investigation into alleged ethics violations by city employee and McLean County clerk candidate Nikita Richards showed no wrongdoing.

McLean County Board candidates at the forum
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The idea of a nonpartisan commission to handle elections in McLean County divided candidates Tuesday at a forum hosted by GLT and the League of Women Voters of McLean County.

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The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) faced scrutiny after Illinois became one of 39 states hacked by the Russians in the 2016 election. ISBE said only voter rolls were hacked, and no ballots were tampered with.

The board’s IT Director Matt Emmons said Tuesday that’s why cybersecurity specialists are imperative.

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McLean County remains well positioned to overcome recent job losses at State Farm Insurance, according to a banker who's been crunching local economic development numbers for two decades.

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The League of Women Voters of McLean County has released a study concluding the McLean County Nursing Home is not sustainable under the current business model.

Two men sit at a table and address the Unit Five School Board. They are Economic Development Council Director Kyle Ham and Rivian Automotive CEO RJ Scaringe
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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said he hopes to rebuild strained relationships with some elected officials in the Twin Cities.

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Illinois Wesleyan University is hoping to boost the number of students it enrolls from McLean County by significantly raising financial awards for those students.

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This week in central Illinois, we’ve seen three straight days of snow, gloomy skies, and temperatures in the single digits. Doesn’t exactly sound like a perfect spot for a bunch of new solar farms, does it?

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McLean County Board Chair John McIntyre has named a blue ribbon panel to look at the McLean County Nursing Home.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals has given its OK to a wind farm in northeastern McLean County.

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Five nights of testimony over a proposed wind farm in northeastern McLean County were not enough.

A Houston-based energy company has filed an application for what could be McLean County's fourth wind farm.

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A solar power developer has filed applications for what would be the first three solar farms in McLean County.

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Emotional testimony swept through nights three and four of the McLean County Zoning Board hearings on a proposed wind farm project.

Thirteen years ago, the City of Bloomington bolted the joint emergency service dispatch operation known in McLean County as Metcom. That created years of hard feelings from other area governments over the abandoned agreement and the extra cost it created for taxpayers.

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Most of the roughly 100 towers for a proposed wind farm in the Chenoa, Gridley, and Lexington area will be 450 feet tall. That’s bigger than the average of even just a few years ago.

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A wind farm company has filed an application for a new field of wind towers from south of Chenoa to Lexington and southeast nearly to Colfax.

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Eleventh Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Bill Yoder will seek election for the resident circuit judge spot being vacated by Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald.

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Negotiations over tax incentives to bring a Canada-based Brandt Industries manufacturing plant to McLean County were unusual in that they included the Unit 5 school superintendent and the county board chair at the table, as well as economic development officials.

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The McLean County Board voted 16-1 on Tuesday for a proposed deal to bring a Canadian manufacturer to central Illinois in exchange for at least 300 jobs and a plant investment of more than $21 million.

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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre said Tuesday he is polling board members whether and how they think election functions should be combined between the clerk's office and the Bloomington Election Commission.

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McLean County's rural road system has been a positive for decades, with a solid network of paved county and township roads covering an area close to the size of the state of Rhode Island.

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