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Storage containers
Eric Stock / WGLT

Town of Normal staff has asked Town Council Member Stan Nord to halt development on his property in west Normal for a business until the town approves a site plan he has yet to submit.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday night he believes the city continues to make strides toward becoming a better place to live.

Screen at Normal council meeting
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Normal Town Council members and town staff agreed with an environmental group that the community needs better emergency plans for heat waves and polar vortexes.

Jacob Beard
Staff / WGLT

McLean County has adopted new guidelines for marijuana businesses to operate in unincorporated areas of the county.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Come November, Illinois voters will decide whether to change the state’s income tax structure from the current flat tax to a new progressive or graduated model.

Luther Oaks
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The City of Bloomington is moving forward with a road improvement project linked to expansion of the Luther Oaks retirement community, but without universal City Council support.

Pritzker speaks to media
John O'Connor / AP

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging he received, but did not act on, a lobbyist’s email seven years ago that referenced an alleged rape cover-up and illegal hiring practices.

Cars on Veterans Parkway
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The outlook is not good for the nation's cities if current trends continue.

Town Council meeting
Joe Deacon / WGLT

Normal Town Council member Stan Nord said he believes the town’s membership in the McLean County Chamber of Commerce could produce conflicts of interest.  

McLean County Government Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The head of emergency communications in McLean County said he's fed up with the phone company that has twice encountered long disruptions in service this year.

McLean County Board
Eric Stock / WGLT

The McLean County Board on Tuesday narrowly struck down proposals that would have enabled the county to opt-out of allowing marijuana sales in unincorporated areas of the county or could have allowed county residents to weigh in through an advisory referendum.

Bloomington City Council protest
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington City Council members say they welcome marijuana dispensaries in their city when recreational pot becomes legal Jan. 1, but they aren’t ready to embrace so-called cannabis cafes, saying they require more study.

a pie chart
Town of Normal

The Normal Town Council took the first step toward a new budget Monday night with the approval of a six-year Community Investment Plan.

Jenn speaks at meeting
Joe Deacon / WGLT

After unanimously approving the property tax levy for the current fiscal year Monday, the Bloomington City Council started looking ahead to a final decision on recreational cannabis sales.

Eric's Too Restaurant
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington will consider additional conditions on a restaurant that wants to sell alcohol on its outdoor patio.

Stan Nord
Megan McGowan / WGLT

What happened when 65 Normal residents and town council members sat down to talk about how the town should plan for the next 15 years?

State of Bloomington-Normal event
Eric Stock / WGLT

Government leaders in Bloomington-Normal will face some big issues in the new year. Some aren't unique to them, such as legal marijuana and the census, but others like public transportation and the Uptown underpass are.

A panel of people in a meeting
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The McLean County state’s attorney has given the County Board Finance Committee a legal opinion that effectively backs the Board and the County Treasurer in a dispute with the County Auditor.

Thanksgiving trinket
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Everyone has a holiday horror story. But it's not easy to keep controversy away from the holiday, not perhaps even advisable.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

Pizza, alcohol and gambling will be available at a longtime vacant Bloomington lot in the near future.

McLean County Government Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Political candidates have begun filing petitions for ballot access in the primary election next March.

Connect Transit
Staff / WGLT

The Illinois attorney general’s office is investigating a complaint related to Connect Transit and whether it’s violating state accessibility laws.

Kevin Woodard stands at podium.
Woodard campaign

There are now four people from three political parties who want the job of McLean County auditor in next year's elections.

man at podium speaking.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Chinese consul general in Chicago said talks to end the trade war are at a critical point. During a speech at Illinois State University, Zhao Jian said the world's two largest economies are interdependent.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

Potential recreational cannabis businesses now know where in Normal they can and cannot locate.

Underpass location
Staff / WGLT

Normal Public Works Director Wayne Aldrich said there is still a long complex road ahead before an underpass could connect Uptown and Uptown South.

Homes in Dimmitt's Grove neighborhood
Facebook/Dimmitt's Grove Neighborhood Association

Residents of Bloomington’s oldest neighborhood have taken several steps to embrace its history and diversity in a plan that city officials hope will be a model for other neighborhoods to follow.

Bill Brady
Seth Perlman, File / AP

Illinois lawmakers took some steps to address to government corruption this week, but they didn't take action on a bill state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and other Republicans were pushing.

Bloomington Planning Commission
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington’s Planning Commission is looking to make the city the first in Illinois to allow marijuana sold at dispensaries to be consumed on site, a so-called cannabis cafe.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

Thanks to expected modest economic growth, the City of Bloomington will hold property taxes steady again next year.

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