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Politics and Government

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
Flickr/Creative Commons/JimShoreThanksgiving

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.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

The zoning amendment that will go before the Normal Town Council for consideration Nov. 18 would allow cannabis-related businesses to locate in the town — with restrictions.

Fairview Building
Eric Stock / WGLT

A union group is proposing converting the McLean County-owned Fairview Building in Normal into senior housing.

Stan Nord speaking at Normal Town Council
Eric Stock / WGLT

The Normal Town Council on Monday narrowly approved a draft proposal that would keep the property tax levy flat for next year after several members said they could support a one-year hiatus from accelerated payments to fully fund the town’s police and fire pensions by 2040.

Uptown before development.
WGLT / Staff

If the past is prologue, there is disagreement on what the past means for Uptown Normal.

A recent report on the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in Normal drew praise from some council members who have seen the area go from dumpy and run down to a vibrant district. The report went to the council without a chance for members to read it beforehand because the TIF administrator was still finishing it up.

Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

Town of Normal staff estimate increased retirement contributions could cost the owner of the typical home an extra $37 in property taxes next year.

Trisha Malott speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

McLean County Republican leaders say it’s time to address the “troubled auditor’s office.” They think Trisha Malott is the answer.

Speakers at the conference
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Council meeting
Joe Deacon / WGLT

The legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis remains such a hot-button issue that even a procedural step generated plenty of discussion at Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting.

Vacant warehouse, 216 E. Grove St., Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

The City of Bloomington is expected to formally bring zoning into its marijuana conversation on Monday night.

Barickman on the Senate floor
senatorbarickman.com

State Sen. Jason Barickman said he's not sure how a proposal to consolidate municipal fire and police pension fund assets will play out next week in Springfield. The General Assembly convenes Oct. 28-30 for its fall veto session.

Chris Koos
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A close vote to ratify the previously approved plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision in Normal is a risky one for the town’s reputation, according to Mayor Chris Koos.

Keith Sommer speaks
Staff / WGLT

A Central Illinois lawmaker said he’s encouraged by first steps taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the its director’s pledge to “re-focus on safety.”

Kathleen and Scott listen
Joe Deacon / WGLT

An intended stand on principle switched to a measure of practicality for Scott Preston during Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting, allowing plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision to move forward.

Bloomington cannabis task force
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington City Council members on Monday said the city should consider how it might regulate marijuana dispensaries through zoning as the council decides whether it will allow such businesses when recreational cannabis sales become legal in January.

Inside Illinois Capitol building
Seth Perlman / AP

A Bloomington architect is taking her passion for historic architecture to one of the state's most iconic structures: the Illinois Capitol building.

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