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Normal Town Council

Kathleen and Scott listen
Joe Deacon / WGLT

An intended stand on principle switched to a measure of practicality for Scott Preston during Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting, allowing plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision to move forward.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

As Normal begins to consider how it wants to approach the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, Town Council members hope to get public input from the business and law enforcement communities.

big room with seated people and display screens.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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.

Andrew Huhn presents
Joe Deacon / WGLT

An influx of tax dollars has helped produce a 10% increase in Normal’s year-end general fund balance, according to a mostly positive report presented to the Town Council on Monday.

Normal Town Council member Chemberly Cummings announced Friday she plans to challenge longtime incumbent state Rep. Dan Brady in the 105th House District.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on the $30 million mixed-use building that will rise on the northeast arc of Uptown circle. It is known as Trail East.

PGAV Planners

An analysis of the tax increment financing (TIF) district in Uptown Normal indicates the effort to spark development in the city center begun in 1999 has been a good value for taxpayers, according to a consultant.

Council members sit at a dais.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Normal Town Council has approved a development agreement with an Uptown business to create a two-story brewpub and rooftop dining establishment using the old Bill's Key and Lock shop property.

Brian Otto speaks to the council
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Normal Town Council on Monday approved more than $792,000 in late summer road repairs.

City Engineer Brian Otto said the town had considered using concrete instead of asphalt on Cottage Avenue between Gregory Street and Barton Drive, but the money didn't work out.

Kroger
Staff / WGLT

Shoppers in Normal now will be able to order curbside pickup and home delivery of alcohol from large retailers.

Pam Reece
Emma Shores / WGLT

Cities and towns across the state are studying how to get ready for the new year and legal cannabis. The Town of Normal might be one of the earlier adopters of regulation covering use and sale of recreational marijuana.

Chris Koos
Cindy Le / WGLT

Normal Mayor Chris Koos has sent a letter to Bloomington city leaders claiming that Normal Town Council member Stan Nord went “lone wolf” and discussed a merger of the two local fire departments and tried to recruit a Bloomington business to move into Uptown.

Koos and Reece on the dais
Joe Deacon / WGLT

While noting that most municipalities continue to face financial challenges, Mayor Chris Koos says the Town of Normal is in “good shape.”

Normal Mayor Chris Koos sits during a town council meeting.
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The Town of Normal recently brought in a government strategist to meet privately with the town council and administration.

Woman speaks to Normal council
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Normal Town Council members are continuing to get used to each other. Dynamics have shifted with the addition of two new members, Stan Nord and Karyn Smith.

screen with council agenda item.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Normal Town Council voted Monday to rename Mitsubishi Motorway for Rivian, which now owns the plant along that west-side road. It was a 4-2 vote.

Speaker at a Normal council mtg
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The Normal Town Council unanimously approved new rules for public comment Monday night, but not without resistance from its newest members.

Woman speaks to Normal council
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The Normal Town Council will consider making it easier for the public to comment at meetings of the council and other town boards and commissions.

Stan and Chemberly at the dais
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Town of Normal appears headed into a lawsuit with one of its new council members over an unpaid sewer tap-on fee.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

After sitting side-by-side on the dais for four years, Normal Town Council members Jeff Fritzen and R.C. McBride exited the council chambers together for the last time as elected officials Monday night.

Kathleen speaks
Sean Newgent / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos struck an optimistic tone Wednesday that the Town Council won’t become too divisive following the election of two new members who beat his preferred candidates.

RC, Dave, and Jill
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Two challengers who’ve criticized the direction of Uptown Normal redevelopment knocked off an incumbent Normal Town Council member Tuesday as they emerged as the top vote-getters in a crowded eight-way race.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

A nearly 2-year dispute between the Town of Normal and town council candidate Stan Nord remained unresolved on the eve of Election Day.

potholes
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Debate over gasoline tax increases to fund road repairs in Bloomington and Normal is more complex than the question of keeping the amount the same in both cities.

Candidates at a table
Amy Niebur / WGLT

When it comes to financial incentives for developers, candidates for Normal Town Council say who receives incentives is just as important as how much they receive.

Vasu speaks to council
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Vasu Gadhiraju knows when she says “affordable housing,” many people think about low-income housing.

Council at the meeting
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Normal will enact a 2 percent water fee increase as part of the annual budget council members approved Monday night.

Farnsworth Group

The Normal Town Council granted developer Bush Construction several variances on preliminary design plans for the Trail East building on Uptown Circle.

Pam Reece
Emma Shores / WGLT

Normal City Manager Pam Reece says the town’s efforts to tighten its belt last year have paid off.

Chairs and a table inside the new Colene Hoose addition
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Unit 5 board members joined Normal Town Council members for a tour of the new addition at Colene Hoose Elementary School on Tuesday night.

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