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McLean County Board virtual meeting
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A McLean County Board member says the county and Bloomington-Normal hospitals are administering COVID-19 vaccines as fast as they can, but distribution from the state has been inconsistent.

Exterior of Nursing Home
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The head of the McLean County Nursing Home says the state and the media are reporting incorrect COVID-19 data related to the facility in north Normal.

McLean County Board virtual meeting
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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre isn't counting on any federal stimulus money to provide COVID-19 relief, but said the county is well positioned to handle fiscal uncertainties the pandemic could bring next year.

County Board oath of office
Emily Bollinger

McLean County swore in three new County Board members and reelected John McIntyre as chairman during a special meeting on Monday.

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The McLean County Health Department is getting closer to its target of having enough contact tracers available to deal with the rise in novel coronavirus infections in Bloomington-Normal and around the region.

William Caisley and George Gordon seated at board meeting
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Two of McLean County's longest-serving elected officials are set to exit the stage.

John McIntyre sitting at desk
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The McLean County Board has approved keeping the property tax rate the same, as part of next year’s $104.5 million budget.

Jacob Beard and Val Laymon
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UPDATED 5:10 P.M. | Mail-in and provisional ballots have flipped the results in a closely contested McLean County Board race.

Jacob Beard and Val Laymon
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UPDATED 1:45 P.M. | It will be two weeks before the community knows the outcome of a contested McLean County Board race.

John McIntyre, Rachael Lund and Jo Ann Litwiller
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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre held on in a close battle for re-election while Republicans maintained slim leads in several close races in their hope to maintain a majority.

RJ, Charlie, and Derek
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McLean County Board District 3 takes in the western part of the county and portions of west and south Bloomington. Participating in a WGLT forum were Democrat RJ McCracken and Libertarian Derek Evans.

John McIntyre and Nikita Richards
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McLean County Democrats have their sights set on something that once seemed unimaginable -- gaining majority power on the county board.

County Board virtual meeting
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McLean County government is shifting its emergency loan program to distributing larger zero-interest, forgivable loans to small businesses struggling during the pandemic.

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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.