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Josh Barnett
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As McLean County government looks to bring in an outside accounting expert to help resolve a bookkeeping dispute between its two financial officers, the County Board is holding out hope it can be done without additional cost.

Rebecca McNeil and Michelle Anderson
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Members of a McLean County government panel expressed frustration and confusion Monday over a public dispute between the county’s two elected financial officers, a spat which county officials claim has delayed bills getting paid on time and threatened to tarnish the county’s reputation.

McLean County Government Center
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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre has called a special meeting of the board’s Finance Committee on Monday in hopes of resolving what’s become a bitter public dispute between the county’s two primary financial officers.

Adelita Cruz and William Caisley at news conference
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McLean County Board member William Caisley announced Thursday he won’t be seeking a fifth term next year and instead will support a political newcomer for the Republican nomination in District 4 next spring.

McLean County Government Center
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McLean County's two leading fiscal officers remain locked in a dispute over the county's accounting practices.

McLean County Executive Committee
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McLean County officials are starting to explore how welcoming they may be for recreational marijuana sales when they become legal next year, even though the odds are slim the county would get a dispensary in an unincorporated area.

Susan Schafer speaking at McLean County Board.
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McLean County Board member Susan Schafer has announced she intends to seek a fourth term on the board next year.

The Republican Schafer has served District 9 on the County Board since she was first elected to a two-year term in 2010. She was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

District 9 includes parts of southeast and southwest Bloomington.

Michelle Anderson and Joe Lightcap
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McLean County could be seeking an independent auditor's advice on a change to the county's bookkeeping practices that several county officials said they didn't approve or even know about.

Lea Cline
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With over a year to go until Election Day 2020, at least one contested race is shaping up for McLean County Board.

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The new head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council promised regular updates on development efforts during a joint Bloomington City Council, Normal Town Council, and McLean County Board meeting Monday night.

Josh Barnett
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McLean County Board member Josh Barnett has announced he plans to seek a second term on the board next year.

Carlo Robustelli
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McLean County Board member Carlo Robustelli, a Bloomington Democrat, has announced he won’t be seeking a third term next year, while a political newcomer has announced his campaign for the seat.

“With a deep bench of energized, highly qualified progressives, I feel now is the best time to announce my intentions, and I look forward to supporting a fellow resident of District 8 for election to the County Board,” Robustelli said on Facebook.

McLean County Board
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McLean County Administrator Camille Rodriguez presented a $102.8 million budget proposal on Tuesday that would keep the property tax rate flat and give 1.5% pay raises to non-union staff.

the county government complex
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McLean County government is in the early stages of talks to move more Bloomington city offices into the county government complex.

Kathy Michael and Elizabeth Johnston
Eric Stock / WGLT

Several Democratic McLean County Board members questioned some of County Clerk Kathy Michael’s budget requests and voter projections during a heated Finance Committee meeting Wednesday, while the three-term Republican countered by suggesting Democrats were trying to relitigate the 2018 election.

Don Knapp and Jason Chambers
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People in Downs, Heyworth, and LeRoy have a new representative on the McLean County Board.

California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, discusses the lawsuit his office has filed against Purdue Pharma for its painkiller, Oxycontin.
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The federal judge overseeing more than 1,500 lawsuits filed by city and county governments against manufacturers, distributors and retailers over the opioid crisis has ordered the public release of data showing where prescription drugs were distributed nationally before 2013. 

Judge Dan Polster, who is based in Cleveland, issued the order Monday saying there is "clearly no basis" for shielding older data maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  

John McIntyre speaking at McLean County Board meeting
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McLean County plans to consider five candidates for its vacant County Board seat.

A dais with McLean County officials sitting.
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McLean County Board member Scott Murphy has resigned. In his resignation letter, Murphy said he's buying a house in Bloomington-Normal outside of his District 2 boundaries.

Bill Wasson
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Friday is the last day Bill Wasson reports to work after a nearly 34-year run in McLean County government, where he spent the last eight as its top administrator.

Bill Wasson holding street sign
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McLean County has adopted a social media policy, though County Board members exempted themselves from the new guidelines.

McLean County Executive Committee
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One of McLean County's new programs aimed to address mental health is a step closer to reality.

Brandt Industries employee doing maintenance work
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

McLean County has become the first government body to approve expanding an enterprise zone to enable Brandt Industries to get incentives for a planned building expansion.

Camille Rodriguez
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Camille Rodriguez is set to become McLean County’s first woman to serve as its top administrator.

Camille Rodriguez
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WGLT has learned the McLean County Executive Committee plans to forward County Health Department Director Camille Rodriguez to the full board for confirmation as its new County Administrator.

John McIntyre speaking at McLean County Board meeting
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Two of the three finalists which McLean County is considering for its county administrator position are internal candidates.

McLean County Board
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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntrye said a blue ribbon panel has recommended six candidates for the county to consider for its county administrator post.

Three county officials seated at a table in the county government complex.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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.

Woman holding a microphone in foreground with six women seated at a table
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McLean County’s median household income is almost $65,000, but panelists at a McLean County League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night said despite that, the problem of poverty is creating waiting lists for social service agencies and leaving some people without help.

McLean County Board
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McLean County Board chairman John McIntyre said Tuesday his idea for creating a blue ribbon advisory panel to assist in its search for a new county administrator is modeled after a similar volunteer board he created last year to help the county save its nursing home from financial ruin.

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