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McLean County Jail
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage has said he does not plan to release inmates at the McLean County jail in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Dave Anderson
Courtesy

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

Chris Koos
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Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said the town will enforce the restaurant and bar closure ordered by the governor because of the coronavirus.

Storage containers
Eric Stock / WGLT

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."

Sign outside polling place
Jacob DeGeal

Among the many uncertainties the coronavirus has created in central Illinois is election turnout.

"That is the question of the decade," said McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael.

Dan Donath speaks
Joe Deacon / WGLT

Crime went down slightly in Bloomington last year, but shootings remain a big issue for the police department.

Planning Commissioners meet
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Longtime McLean County Board member George Gordon said he remains interested and engaged with public policy. He said he is running for another term to see certain projects through, such as the county's creation of several behavioral health initiatives.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

McLean County Republican auditor candidate Trisha Malott said she wants to build relationships between the auditor's office and other county office holders and department heads.

Fairview Building
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County is negotiating with a laborers' group that wants to take over the vacant Fairview Building in Normal to turn it into affordable senior housing.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

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.
Eric Stock / WGLT

Town of Normal officials contend town council member Stan Nord continues to expand a business on his property in defiance of town zoning rules.

Parking garage
Cindy Le / WGLT

Replacements for Bloomington’s O’Neil Pool and the Market Street parking garage appear to be on the horizon, with items related to both facilities included in the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year.  

faulty desktop computer
Tony Gutierrez / AP

McLean County is increasing its ransomware protection while facing sharp rises in insurance costs.

McLean County Board
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County is exploring bringing partisan caucuses to county government to enable the political parties the formally meet to discuss their legislative priorities.

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor
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The head of Illinois Senate Republicans called it “irresponsible” to build a state budget based on revenue from a graduated income tax that voters haven't considered yet.

Antennae on a rooftop
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The mayor of Normal says 5G and other smart city technology developments will be the topic for the annual One Voice leadership trip to Washington, D.C.

Carlo Robustelli
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

McLean County plans to use a portion of revenue from a new sales tax on recreational cannabis to pay for mental health services, based on a plan the County Board adopted Tuesday.

federal prison entrance
David Zalubowski / AP

The head of the McLean County Republican party said she was disappointed to see President Donald Trump commute former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on Tuesday.

voting booths
Kiichiro Sato / AP

A crowded field in the Democratic race for president could gave Illinois a rare chance to influence the race for the White House, according to a political consultant who has been working on primary campaigns in the state for decades.

Pam Reece listens
Joe Deacon / WGLT

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

Republican U.S. Senate candidates
Joe Deacon / WGLT

President Donald Trump is essentially unopposed in next month’s Republican primary, but Illinois voters still have some important decisions to make.

Dan and David
Megan McGowan / WGLT

Republican David Paul Blumenshine is casting himself as the true fiscal conservative in his second bid to unseat longtime legislator Dan Brady.

A new car wash that will replace a fast food restaurant near a busy Bloomington intersection has made plans to ease traffic concerns in the area.

Mural and Beaufort buildings
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Many factors influence how much rent the Town of Normal charges tenants of town-owned property, according to the mayor of Normal.

Green Solution signage
Megan McGowan / WGLT

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

University Galleries exterior
Staff / WGLT

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.

Larry Dietz speaks
Eric Stock / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker visited Illinois State University on Thursday to announce the long-awaited Fine Arts Complex renovation is finally going to happen.

public works trucks parked at garage
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The city of Bloomington has named a new public works director and created a new position that officials say won't cost the city more money.

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