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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. 

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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
Josh Barnett Campaign

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

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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.

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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.

Chuck Erickson closeup
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McLean County Board member Chuck Erickson has his own proposal for the county to reopen.

McLean County Executive Committee virtual meeting
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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre got mixed reviews when he asked whether the county should formally back a proposal to create a subregion from Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan.

Patrick Hoban
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Managers of a new emergency loan program for McLean County businesses say the second round of federal aid through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) has, so far, muted response to the county's stimulus effort.

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Kiichiro Sato / AP

National debate over expanding mail-in ballot efforts has come to McLean County.

McLean County Board videoconference
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McLean County government leaders took an additional step Tuesday to streamline an emergency loan program that’s been retooled to help small businesses struggling because of the pandemic.

McLean County Executive Committee videoconference meeting
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A McLean County Board committee is eager to send money from a seldom-used loan program to businesses struggling because of COVID-19’s economic fallout.

McLean County Government Center
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A McLean County government panel has endorsed a proposal to delay interest penalties on late property tax bills due to the economic setbacks COVID-19 has caused many homeowners. 

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McLean County Board Finance Committee members Wednesday evening asked Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council Director Patrick Hoban to develop guidelines to repurpose money from a business creation fund to help existing businesses hit by pandemic-caused shutdowns.

Illinois State University student Hannah Beer defeated longtime Democratic McLean County Board member George Gordon in Tuesday’s primary election. Democrat Lea Cline won out over Nathan “Chiko” Russo in the only other contested primary for County Board.

Martin Health Center
Westminster Village

Concerns about the coronavirus prompted the two election authorities in McLean County to move several polling sites less than one week before the Illinois primary election.

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Longtime McLean County Board member George Gordon said he remains interested and engaged with public policy. He said he is running for another term to see certain projects through, such as the county's creation of several behavioral health initiatives.

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Tony Gutierrez / AP

McLean County is increasing its ransomware protection while facing sharp rises in insurance costs.

McLean County Board
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McLean County is exploring bringing partisan caucuses to county government to enable the political parties the formally meet to discuss their legislative priorities.

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McLean County plans to use a portion of revenue from a new sales tax on recreational cannabis to pay for mental health services, based on a plan the County Board adopted Tuesday.

McLean County Government Center
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McLean County administration is proposing maxing out its tax rates for recreational marijuana sales, as a starting point for discussions the county’s elected leaders plan to have in the coming weeks.

Jacob Beard
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McLean County has adopted new guidelines for marijuana businesses to operate in unincorporated areas of the county.

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