Mike Matejka 'Black Santa' Civil Rights Leader Merlin Kennedy Dies By Eric Stock • Oct 18, 2019 Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home One of Bloomington-Normal most notable civil rights leaders, Merlin Kennedy, has died. Laborers' Union Hall Mural Demolished But Not Forgotten By Charlie Schlenker & Katie Seelinger • Jul 22, 2019 McLean County Museum of History The old Laborers' Local 362 union hiring hall is being demolished this week. The building featured a mural created by Kari Sandhaas in the 1980s, which displayed Bloomington-Normal’s historical relationship with labor and unionizing. Council OKs Trail East Variances; NIOT Annual Report Follows Year Of 'Challenge And Change' By Breanna Grow • Feb 18, 2019 Farnsworth Group The Normal Town Council granted developer Bush Construction several variances on preliminary design plans for the Trail East building on Uptown Circle. McLean County Democrat: Pritzker Inauguration Set Nonpartisan Tone By Mary Cullen • Jan 14, 2019 Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo Despite having a Democratic majority in state politics, recently sworn in Gov. JB Pritzker used words of inclusion and bipartisanship in his first public address. Museum Exhibit Details McLean County Work History By Eric Stock • Aug 30, 2018 Cindy Le / WGLT From the railroad, to the farm. From insurance, to information technology. McLean County's workforce has changed many times over two centuries.