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Bridgestone plant in Normal
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A nine-year oversight means the City of Bloomington owes money to the Town of Normal.

McLean County Government Center
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A McLean County Board committee heard several recommendations Tuesday to reshape the county’s top governing body, while a member of the committee argued the county redistricting process lacks fair representation.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and City Councilmember Jenn Carillo.
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The Bloomington City Council will have a special meeting on Monday to talk about censuring council member Jenn Carrillo.

Tom Crumpler and Jim Fruin

It appears there won't be a recount in Bloomington's closest city council race.

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Republicans and Democrats are at odds over a sweeping election bill that seeks to reform voting, campaign finance, and ethics laws.

People gathered at election night watch party
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It's easy to see that the municipal election in Bloomington did not go well for progressives. The People First Coalition went 0-for-4 at the ballot box as more conservative and centrist candidates won.

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.

Adult Recreation Center
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Unlike most city and town council races Tuesday, township races were partisan. And in contests for Normal Township trustee, voters elected two Democrats and two Republicans.

SBE Director On Leave After Attempted Online Extortion, Agency Reports

Apr 6, 2021
The Illinois State Board of Elections office in Springfield
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One day before Tuesday’s consolidated election, the Illinois State Board of Elections executive director was placed on administrative leave after being the subject of an online extortion attempt, ISBE said in a news release. 

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The Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded $883,000 to McLean County to upgrade stretches of two roads to handle local truck traffic.

The grant money is the first installment on more than $7 million in improvements to County Highway 24 near the Tazewell County line and Meadows Road west of Chenoa in northern McLean County. In all, 19 lane miles will be improved to become designated truck routes.

Medici restaurant entrance

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.

Recycling cart
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A McLean County government panel doesn't want the county to help fund a drop-off recycling program.

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We’re nearing the end of a local election cycle unlike any other in recent history.

Rich and Judy Buchanan
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Former Bloomington Mayor Rich Buchanan, who spent more than four decades in public service and helped strengthen collaboration between the Twin Cities, died Tuesday. He was 81.

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Issues of diversity and equity are top of mind after a year of renewed calls for civil rights and social justice reform. Some of those conversations center on American schools -- what students are taught, how they're treated, and what their teachers look like.

Bloomington-Normal LGBTQ residents and allies told area legislators about their wants and needs Monday night at a virtual town hall to highlight issues still facing the community. They favor certain pieces of legislation, and say they're hoping for lawmaker support.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis sees a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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.

Many Illinois Republicans are calling for an independent redistricting process. This comes amid uncertainty when data from the U.S. Census Bureau will be available.

Renner, Painter and Carrillo
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You don’t have to look to Washington, D.C., to find policymakers who just don’t seem to get along politically or personally.

Voters cast their ballots
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A bill that would expand voting rights is on its way to the governor after passing the Illinois Senate on Thursday. It would increase vote-by-mail options and allow curbside voting permanently.

Change is on the way for Illinois police departments.

Koos and Tiritilli
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Tax rates are a campaign theme in most elections no matter the level of the contest. This year's race for mayor of Normal is no exception.

Illinois State University science laboratory

Illinois State University will get $4.2 million to improve science lab safety. The Capital Development Board has released the money for fume hood exhaust system renovation.

Next month, the Illinois House Redistricting Committee is set to hold a series of hearings to determine the direction the map redrawing process proceeds in. Lawmakers won't have census data until September, but are constitutionally required to complete the process by the end of June.

A health care bill spearheaded by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has passed out of the State House on a party line vote.

Woman speaks to Normal council
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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.

A bill requiring updated sex education standards in Illinois public schools has advanced out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on School Curriculum and Policies in the Illinois House. The vote fell along party lines.

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.

A Bloomington state senator's bill would allow businesses producing mead to sell to local breweries. Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from honey.