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Aerial image of subdivision in the background with message reading: Housing Blueprint: The Future of Housing in Illinois
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Housing Development Authority

Representatives who work for central Illinois social service agencies and nonprofit organizations say finding safe, affordable housing is not easy—but it's an even bigger challenge for someone who has special needs.

Census sign along Constitution Trail
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McLean County exceeds state and national averages in self-reporting to the U.S. Census based on a current snapshot of the 2020 headcount.

For Rent signage
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McLean County residents struggling financially because of COVID-19 could need up to $2.7 million in housing assistance in just the next three months—and a new community coalition says it’s got a plan to meet that challenge.

Two women standing side-by-side wearing 2020 Census t-shirts to promote making sure every McLean County resident is counted.
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Filling out the 2020 Census should be something people wear like a badge of honor, sort of like the “I Voted” stickers people sport after they’ve cast their ballots.

Cars on Veterans Parkway
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Decatur's top economic and community development official is coming to McLean County to guide its regional planning efforts.

Racial equity conference
Eric Stock / WGLT

Community planners used U.S. Census data to shed light on racial and ethnic disparities in McLean County during the Town of Normal's Daring Diversity racial equity conference.

MCRPC presents to board on the dais
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After surveying Connect Transit riders, the McLean County Regional Planning Commission is recommending the agency focus on catering to those who rely on the service.

Vasudha Gadhiraju

Vasudha Gadhiraju will be leaving the McLean County Regional Planning Commission to become director of innovation and technology for the Town of Normal.

Ford AI car
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An auto industry expert says communities like Bloomington-Normal should think of self-driving vehicles as problems-solvers, not just high-tech novelties of the future.

Bike Lane sign
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

A new study suggests that if Bloomington and Normal leaders want to create streets that are equally friendly to all types of users, they should start with Connect Transit routes.

Cindy Le / WGLT

The Town of Normal has a new plan in place to get more residents’ input on Community Development Block Grant spending.

Main Street in Normal
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Editor’s note: This story is part of a special episode of GLT’s Sound Ideas focused entirely on autonomous driving. It aired Nov. 21. Read more stories in the series.

Government planners believe autonomous vehicles can reshape communities in ways we’ve never seen before. But the fledgling technology creates a challenge for those planners because driverless cars still pose far more questions than answers. 

Greenways Website To Connect Residents To Nature

Oct 23, 2018
Empty Trail
Mike McCurdy / WGLT

McLean County residents looking for outdoor recreational spaces and activities have a new online resource which compiles accessible greenways in the county.

Students walk in the quad
Cindy Le / WGLT

Local officials are scratching their heads about why the state picked a chunk of Illinois State University’s campus as McLean County’s sole tract for a new tax incentive program designed to help low-income areas.

How A Smart City Fixes Problems Before They Happen

Apr 10, 2018
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Kansas City is poised to become the smartest of smart cities in the next five years, according to the city employee leading that effort.

McLean County Regional Planning Commission

A plan that's "very different" from any comprehensive plan the Town of Normal has adopted before would change, most noticeably, the community's layout, housing and transportation, according to two people instrumental in its development.

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Dividing Downtown Bloomington into three zoning areas—instead of only one—could increase the area's walkability, leading people to spend more time and maybe money there, according to Bloomington's community development director.

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Bloomington aldermen will again discuss and eventually vote on a budget amendment to strike a controversial sewer oversizing project on the city's far east side. 

Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

The walkable downtown of the past isn't an anachronism, it's a future model for economic development.

'Preposterous' Sewer Project Highlights Sprawl Issue

Apr 12, 2017
Staff / WGLT

A proposed east-side Bloomington sewer project is contrasting the issue of suburban sprawl with the city's own 2015 comprehensive plan, which focuses on infill development.

Transportation Planning Driven By Survey Results

Mar 22, 2017
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The Long Range Transportation survey conducted by the McLean County Regional Planning Commission (MCRPC)  late last year is providing direction for the organization's Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The eventual blueprint will help guide transportation planning in the county for the next two decades.

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The McLean County Regional Planning Commission (MCRPC) is trying to gaze into the future, with the help of area residents. The MCRPC has launched a survey asking people to answer questions while imagining conditions 30 years into the future. 

Illinois State University

The Millennial generation is having an effect on the planning for the Town of Normal's next comprehensive plan which would guide the town  for the next 20 years.  Millennials are currently the largest generation in the United States. In the Town of Normal, Millennials age 18-34 make up more than 50% of the population.


The world is reinventing itself from the bottom up according Bruce Katz. The Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution and author argues cities are the center of problem solving and innovation, where place rules over party, collaboration over conflict and evidence over dogma.

Planning For The Town's Next Plan

Sep 17, 2015
Brad Basham Photography / and Town of Normal

The Town of Normal is following its twin to the south and developing a new comprehensive plan. The plan, when finished, will guide the Town for the next two decades. The City adopted its plan, guided by the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, earlier this year. And the Town of Normal plan won’t be adopted until late 2016, leaving plenty of time for community and citizen input.