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The McLean County state’s attorney has given the County Board Finance Committee a legal opinion that effectively backs the Board and the County Treasurer in a dispute with the County Auditor.

McLean County Government Center
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Political candidates have begun filing petitions for ballot access in the primary election next March.

Jacob Beard
Jacob Beard

McLean County Board member Jacob Beard has announced he's running for re-election next year.

John McIntyre
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McLean County Board chair John McIntyre said Thursday he plans to run for re-election.

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Woodard campaign

There are now four people from three political parties who want the job of McLean County auditor in next year's elections.

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McLean County residents will see more spending on roads and behavioral health services after the County Board on Tuesday approved its $101.9 million budget for next year.

Chiko Russo
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Another Democrat has announced plans to run in McLean County Board District 8, which includes downtown Bloomington and much of the city's west side.

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McLean County is ramping up funding for mental health services as several new programs begin to take shape.

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A union group is proposing converting the McLean County-owned Fairview Building in Normal into senior housing.

Ryan "RJ" McCracken
McLean County Democrats

A Democrat with past ties to the Republican Party has announced a run for McLean County Board.

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The McLean County Democrats announced Friday their full slate of County Board candidates for the 2020 election, looking to chip away at the GOP’s 13-to-7 majority—or take control entirely.

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.

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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.
Eric Stock / WGLT

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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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