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Members of the McLean County Board of Health looked to health department administrators Wednesday night for reassurance the agency will be prepared for a potential surge in COVID-19 this winter.

Lea Cline and Paul Segobiano
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One of McLean County’s longest-serving elected officials is seeking a return to public office for one of the shortest stints possible.

Hannah Beer and David Scarpelli
Hannah Beer and McLean County Libertarian Party

An Illinois State University student who is running for McLean County Board defends the county's handling of the pandemic, but she suggested more could have been done to prevent a large spike in coronavirus cases when college students returned to campus in August.

The three candidates
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The election is fast approaching, and the McLean County Board District 5 race to represent part of the town of Normal has three candidates running amid the pandemic: Incumbent Republican John McIntyre, Democrat Rachael Lund, and Libertarian Jo Ann Litwiller.

A candidate running in a mostly rural McLean County Board district says he hopes people will consider voting for him, even if they’ve not historically supported Democrats.

The McLean County Board seat in District 4 representing central and northwest Normal is an opportunity for new representation. Longtime County Board member and retired Chief Circuit Judge William Caisley chose not to run again.

A McLean County Board incumbent says he's helped make county government more accessible, but his challengers say the county hasn't done enough.

Virtual County Board meeting
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McLean County government officials say their proposed 2021 budget has been able to withstand the financial hits caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carlo Robustelli
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McLean County Board member Carlo Robustelli has resigned, effective at the end of the month. Robustelli was not running for a new term anyway, but a new job prompted the early resignation.

Protesters marching and holding signs outside the McLean County Jail.
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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage is speaking out for the first time about a proposed ordinance to regulate protests and other demonstrations on county property, now that the plan appears to have stalled.

Lea and Jordan

Two candidates with ties to Bloomington-Normal’s higher education institutions are vying for a chance to represent downtown and the city’s west side on the McLean County Board.

 John McIntyre
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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre defended the county’s coronavirus response on Tuesday amid large spikes in COVID-19 cases on the Illinois State University campus, and suggested some of the criticism was politically motivated.

A proposal to regulate gatherings on county property -- which called for issuing organizers a fine if they don't provide advance notice of demonstrations and other events -- has stalled in a McLean County Board committee.

Health Committee meeting

Several Democrats on the McLean County Board are expressing concern that the community has “lost control” of COVID-19’s spread and raising questions about why the health department’s contact tracing program has not grown more quickly.

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McLean County Board members are raising a collective eyebrow at a proposed ordinance that would regulate public gatherings on county property.

Sign calling for mask compliance
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The McLean County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved establishing Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington as an Election Day voting center where all registered voters can cast a ballot.

Madigan at a podium
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Several McLean County Board and Bloomington City Council members are calling for Michael Madigan to step down as Illinois House speaker and leader of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

The crowding of the McLean County Jail, and its relationship to a COVID-19 outbreak there, took center stage at Tuesday’s county board justice committee meeting.

McLean County Board virtual meeting
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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre has delayed plans to have government committees resume meeting in person through the end of the current term in November. 

Reditus sign at COVID-19 testing site entrance

UPDATED 9:25 a.m. | A record 405 people were tested Monday at Bloomington’s drive-thru testing site, as McLean County officials expressed concerns about delayed results.

McLean County Government Center
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The City of Bloomington plans to move more city offices and its city council meetings to the McLean County Government Center by the end of the year.

McLean County Museum of History
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The McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington is getting a new roof as frequent leaks have caused interior damage.

McLean County Board virtual meeting
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Calls for racial justice took center stage at Tuesday's McLean County Board meeting.

Josh Barnett
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McLean County Board member Josh Barnett said the recent calls for racial justice are a reminder that the county must have its own house in order.

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After nearly two hours of discussion, McLean County Board members voted 12-8 Thursday night to table a resolution to implement the Restore Heart of Illinois plan

a zoom meeting grid
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The McLean County Board of Health neither endorsed nor rejected the 11-county Heart of Illinois plan to reopen businesses during the pandemic, but during a nearly three-hour meeting Thursday night members expressed reservations and pointed out unknowns.

McLean County Health Department
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McLean County's Board of Health is studying how the county health department will have to respond when businesses start to reopen during the pandemic.

McLean County Board
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McLean County Board members have started debating whether the county should begin reopening its economy ahead of Gov. JB Pritzker’s timetable, but it’s not clear the governing body has the authority to do so on its own.

John McIntyre and Camille Rodriguez
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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre has called a special meeting for May 28 to consider adopting a plan to reopen much of the county's economy on a faster timeline than the one Gov. JB Pritzker has implemented.

Chuck Erickson closeup
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A McLean County Board member wants to see the county go through with a regional reopening plan that many local leaders have abandoned.