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Normal and other cities shouldn’t expect a full economic recovery until 1 to 3 years after a COVID vaccine becomes available, administrators told the Normal Town Council on Tuesday.

The Normal Town Council voted Wednesday to keep in place through Dec. 31 new rules limiting crowds near the Illinois State University campus in response to a spike in local COVID-19 cases, mostly among ISU students.

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Brad McMillan

A Bradley University professor and former congressional office manager has declared his candidacy for Normal Town Council.

Normal City Hall
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The November election campaign season is just ramping up, but some candidates already are looking ahead to next year's municipal contests.

Like attorney AJ Zimmerman, who said Tuesday he's running for Normal Town Council.

The Illinois Art Station’s plan to locate near Constitution Trail took a step forward, and the Normal Police officers’ union agreement was OK’d during Monday night’s Normal Town Council virtual meeting.

Normal’s potential rezoning of residential areas near One Normal Plaza won’t be publicly addressed until at least September when residents’ concerns can be made in person, town leaders said during Monday night’s city council meeting.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Normal’s revenue stream, but less than planners feared, thanks to some adjustments made this spring, the Town Council heard at Monday night’s meeting.

Connect Transit bus in Uptown
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Connect Transit General Manager Isaac Thorne says the service may need to use $9.1 million in federal assistance to offset a potential lack of state funding.

Thorne said Connect Transit has no assurance the Illinois Department of Transportation will be able to provide its normal 65% reimbursement of expenses after September. IDOT is the bus service’s largest funding source.

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Mayor Chris Koos said he plans to arrange a meeting with Black Lives Matter BloNo leadership so they can lay out any specific concerns with the Normal Police Department.

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Town of Normal

Town staff is asking the Normal Town Council to approve a speedy application for the state's Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure grant money to improve a deteriorating West College Avenue near the Rivian auto plant.

A special council meeting to consider the proposal is set for Monday evening.

While Normal residents will start seeing higher utility bills next month, a planned water rate increase has been delayed another three months.

After narrowly adopting an amendment proposed by Karyn Smith, the town council voted unanimously Monday night in favor of an ordinance implementing the previously approved water, sewer and waste collection fees. Smith’s amendment pushed the water fee increase to Oct. 1, while the other fee hikes will take effect July 1.

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Normal City Council member Chemberly Cummings took the opportunity Monday night to shed a light on the toll of racism, one night after looters ransacked several retail stores in town.

Cummings said earlier peaceful protests and the following civil unrest left some members of the community feeling courageous and hopeful and others worried and fearful.

Town of Normal

A decaying, unfinished industrial property in Normal could become viable again if a development agreement is approved with a Milwaukee-based firm.

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Town of Normal

The Normal Town Council on Monday approved spending nearly $250,000 to move more Uptown utilities underground, keeping on track a new brewpub and restaurant that will help offset about half the cost of that work.

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Projections made by the Town of Normal’s finance department anticipate a $10.4 million loss in the general fund, but officials say a strong fiscal position entering the pandemic will enable the town to get through the economic downturn.

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The new owners of two video gambling businesses in Normal will need to apply for new liquor licenses after the town revoked the current permits.

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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council thinks the full scope of a financial crisis from the COVID-19 outbreak may not be known for a few months.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal
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City councils in Bloomington and Normal will be considering emergency ordinances on Monday to help them more swiftly respond to COVID-19.

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An iconic city manager of Normal has died at the age of 82.

Stan and Chemberly
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Several Town of Normal employees will get their semiannual cost of living raises, but Council Member Stan Nord says it’s a bad look for the town in the current economic climate.

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Normal Town Council member Kathleen Lorenz fears one of her colleague’s defiance of zoning regulations has set a “very, very bad precedent.”

Pam Reece
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The Town of Normal is proceeding with plans to halt water shutoffs and delay a scheduled utility and waste fee increase in response to potential economic ramifications from the coronavirus pandemic.

"As we know, this situation is going to have significant economic impact," City Manager Pam Reece said during Monday's Town Council meeting. "We just don't know to what extent."

Planning Commissioners meet
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Members of the Planning Commission in Normal expressed skepticism of Town Council member Stan Nord even as they unanimously suggested approval for a site plan for his property.

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A contingency figure left out of the Town of Normal budget for the past three years has been reintroduced.

Containers set up at 2012 W. College Ave.
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Town of Normal officials contend town council member Stan Nord continues to expand a business on his property in defiance of town zoning rules.

Pam Reece listens
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Normal City Manager Pam Reece received a salary increase Monday, along with plenty of praise from Town Council members.

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Work on a new apartment complex near the Illinois State University campus could begin as soon as May, according to property owners.

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Town of Normal

Property owners who want to demolish three aging student apartments and build a new complex are expected to face opposition Monday when their plans go in front of the Normal Town Council.

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It may still be a while until recreational cannabis sales begin in Bloomington-Normal.

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Illinois State University’s Uptown art gallery has a new five-year lease, but some Normal Town Council members aren’t pleased with the terms.

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