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The Constitution Trail soon will connect a Route 66 landmark in Normal to a stretch of the historic road that winds north to Towanda as a bike path.

During its virtual meeting Monday, the Normal Town Council approved the Kelley Basin-Route 66 Trail Connection Project on a 6-1 vote. Council member Stan Nord was the only “no” vote.

Polling place in Normal
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In Normal, 2,000 more voters cast ballots Tuesday than have ever voted in a town election before. And yet, that's still just over 25% of registered voters.

It looks like that there won’t be any turnover on the Normal Town Council.

A Normal subdivision plagued by aging water mains and discolored water will see those pipes replaced two years ahead of schedule after the Normal Town Council voted Monday to begin the project next month.

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Normal Town Council candidates turn the question of pandemic recovery efforts into a litmus test on the past response to the pandemic, but don't say much about what should come next.

Candidates competing for three open seats on the Normal Town Council sparred Thursday over how best to handle town finances and infrastructure, future development, and whether divisive politics is tainting town governance.

Pantagraph Media hosted the forum, moderated by Central Illinois Editor Chris Coates. He asked candidates what they viewed as Normal’s recent successes, what policy ideas they’d bring to the table if elected, and how they’d prioritize infrastructure funding, among other questions.   

Normal City Hall
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The job of a Normal Town Council member doesn’t pay much. It comes with a lot of headaches. It takes a lot of work to listen to residents and translate that into policy. Yet nine people are running for election to three positions on April 6.

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Normal Town Council member Stan Nord has accused City Manager Pam Reece and Mayor Chris Koos of discriminating against him.

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The Illinois attorney general has ruled the Town of Normal should not have barred citizen comment on an issue back in 2019. It's the second such ruling in a month.

Marc Tritilli speaks
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The Illinois attorney general has ruled the Town of Normal violated the Open Meetings Act in mid-September 2019 by denying Marc Tiritilli the right to speak to the council about public transit because the topic was not on the agenda.

Tiritilli is now running for mayor and has criticized the administration for squelching opposing points of view.

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Much of the debate in the Normal Town Council and mayor's races has centered on taxes, debt and town essentials, including roads and water. But several town council candidates say town government also has a role in fostering diversity and inclusion.

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The nine candidates running for Normal Town Council split down the middle on the proper role of government in building the tax base and offering development incentives.

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It's an issue that doesn't get much play in political campaigns, but it could have major impacts on how Bloomington and Normal governments operate for decades to come.

The Normal Town Council on Monday night adopted a $138.2 million budget for fiscal year 2021 that begins next month.

The Normal Town Council on Monday night heard updates about this weekend’s train derailment and fires, including that specialized equipment should arrive Tuesday to transport debris.

UPDATED 10 a.m. | The Normal Liquor Commission on Monday voted 5-2 to fine a bar and restaurant about $4,000 for violating COVID-19 mitigation rules.

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The proposed budget for the Town of Normal is $138 million next year and an estimated $711 million over a five-year period.

A project that will create an affordable senior housing development in a renovated building near Fairview Park moved forward Monday, with the Normal Town Council’s support.   

During the virtual meeting, the council unanimously approved the amended site plan for 901-905 N. Main St., at what’s known as the old Fairview building.

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A candidate for Normal Town Council participated in the events that became an insurrection and riot at the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

The Normal Town Council on Monday OK’d spending about $150,000 on a three-year agreement with Midwest Fiber to continue the decades-old drop-box recycling program.

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Editor's note: The Joe's Station House hearing, initially set for Tuesday, has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at Normal City Hall.

The Town of Normal could soon issue its first penalties against a business for violating state COVID rules.

The Normal Town Council voted overwhelmingly Monday night to waive next year’s liquor license fees for certain businesses negatively affected by Restore Illinois’ pandemic closures and restrictions.

If Normal wants Restore Illinois restrictions enforced, it’s going to require a local ordinance, according to Normal Mayor Chris Koos. 

The Normal Town Council on Monday OK’d an estimated $13.1 million tax levy that, if formally approved after a Dec. 7 public hearing, is likely to keep the property tax rate flat at about 1.5%.

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The dust has hardly settled from the last election and candidates already are preparing to file for the next one, the municipal consolidated contests next year.

At the Normal Town Council’s Monday meeting, Mayor Chris Koos and others responded to a return to stricter crowd limits because of a surge in COVID-19 cases, with Koos saying despite mixed feelings about the metrics used to include Normal, he won't encourage anyone to violate the restrictions. 

Possible zoning changes for the One Normal Plaza area are on hold, with the Normal Town Council voting Monday to postpone hearings on the matter until COVID-restrictions loosen and allow in-person meetings.

Normal’s gas tax rate will double to 8 cents per gallon beginning Dec. 1, after narrowly passing during Monday night’s town council meeting in a 4-3 vote.

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Normal Town Council member Stan Nord objects so much to ordinances imposing fines for large gatherings during the pandemic that he is offering a way that he says will get around them.

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.

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