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the county government complex
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McLean County government is in the early stages of talks to move more Bloomington city offices into the county government complex.

Brian Otto speaks to the council
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The Normal Town Council on Monday approved more than $792,000 in late summer road repairs.

City Engineer Brian Otto said the town had considered using concrete instead of asphalt on Cottage Avenue between Gregory Street and Barton Drive, but the money didn't work out.

Jason Barickman
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said a new law to prevent further trauma to some sexual assault victims might not be enough.

The Bloomington Republican said the YWCA in Bloomington told him several McLean County women who reported sexual assaults when they went to the hospital for treatment ended up getting arrested because they had outstanding warrants. He said the problem does not happen often, but there have been incidents statewide.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington said the problem of violent rhetoric in American politics spans both parties.

Kathy Michael and Elizabeth Johnston
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Several Democratic McLean County Board members questioned some of County Clerk Kathy Michael’s budget requests and voter projections during a heated Finance Committee meeting Wednesday, while the three-term Republican countered by suggesting Democrats were trying to relitigate the 2018 election.

presidential straw poll
McLean County Democrats

McLean County Democrats are enthusiastic about the 2020 election but still not sure who they want on the ballot in the presidential race, according to a party official who organized a straw poll at the county fair.

Updated 11:55 a.m. | A Bloomington-Normal real estate broker has thrown his hat in the ring once again in the race to unseat Republican state Rep. Dan Brady in 2020.

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Riccardo Rosselló, the Governor of Puerto Rico, resigned this week after 12 days of protests and demonstrations. Puerto Ricans had already displayed dissatisfaction over the lack of government performance during Hurricanes Maria and Irma, but the tipping point was Rosselló’s chat room transcripts, which were recently published. The transcripts included hateful comments towards women, the working class, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized groups in Puerto Rico that were made by Rosselló and members of his small governing clique.

Koos and Reece on the dais
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While noting that most municipalities continue to face financial challenges, Mayor Chris Koos says the Town of Normal is in “good shape.”

Laura and her son with a sign
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Laura Tepen of Bloomington has seen first-hand the conditions facing refugees along the southern U.S. border. In February, her family of five volunteered at a respite center in McAllen, Texas, where they helped feed and give clothes to people released from detention centers.

Kinzinger with media
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Twenty years ago, Adam Kinzinger was a college kid navigating the politics of the McLean County Board, pushing for fiscal discipline, evening meeting times, and merging the Bloomington Election Commission into the county clerk’s office.

U.S. Route 150 and Illinois Route 9 signs
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The City of Bloomington has scheduled a public meeting to gather feedback on a proposal to add bike lanes along Illinois Route 9.

Chiko Russo speaking at Bloomington City Council
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Bloomington City Council members want more clearly defined conditions and enforcement measures before deciding whether to approve a liquor license that would enable a convenience store to reopen under new ownership on the city’s southwest side.

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A Bloomington convenience store wanting to reopen under new ownership will have to limit its hours and make other accommodations to get a liquor license.

Kim Bray at a meeting
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With the City of Bloomington’s budget situation much improved, City Council member Kim Bray says it could be time to move ahead with improvements at Bloomington Public Library.

International Documentary on Climate Change Educates B-N

Jul 3, 2019
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Internationally-known documentary maker and environmentalist Renee Scheltema said "Normal is Over."

Woman speaks to Normal council
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Normal Town Council members are continuing to get used to each other. Dynamics have shifted with the addition of two new members, Stan Nord and Karyn Smith.

screen with council agenda item.
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The Normal Town Council voted Monday to rename Mitsubishi Motorway for Rivian, which now owns the plant along that west-side road. It was a 4-2 vote.

Rivian plant exterior
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The Bloomington-Normal driving public might have to get used to a new name for a prominent road.

Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
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Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a WGLT series on government's use of social media. Part 1 was about how government and public safety agencies are using social media.

John Fermon at Bloomington Police headquarters
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Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a WGLT series on government's use of social media. Coming Wednesday: WGLT examines how governments respond when social media creates controversy. 

Social media has become such a dominant force in much of our lives that it’s become nearly impossible to avoid.

Connect Transit bus
Connect Transit

The Bloomington City Council has passed a wait-and-see resolution concerning Connect Transit and the recent public campaign to undo a route cut and fare increases.

Bloomington City Hall
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington could soon be tipping its hand in how much its willing to help Connect Transit's on-demand service for elderly riders and those with disabilities.

Heartland Community College
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The Heartland Community College board on Tuesday approved a tentative $32 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.

A dais with McLean County officials sitting.
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McLean County Board member Scott Murphy has resigned. In his resignation letter, Murphy said he's buying a house in Bloomington-Normal outside of his District 2 boundaries.

PEORIA -- Updated paperwork was filed for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's congressional campaign committee earlier this month - but the Peoria Republican says he was just making a tweak to what's in the record.

Keith at debate
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All this talk of bipartisanship in the Illinois legislature is a bit overblown, according to a veteran state lawmaker who opposed much of the legislation that Gov. J.B Pritzker and Democratic leaders pushed through in what some political observers have called an historic legislative session.

Woman speaks to Normal council
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The Normal Town Council will consider making it easier for the public to comment at meetings of the council and other town boards and commissions.

people try to lock a door in a classroom
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A measure aimed at making classrooms safer in the event of a school shooting is gaining speed in the Illinois General Assembly.

Bill Wasson holding street sign
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County has adopted a social media policy, though County Board members exempted themselves from the new guidelines.

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