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Politics and Government

Koos and Reece on the dais
Joe Deacon / WGLT

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
Joe Deacon / WGLT

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
Matt Rourke / AP

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
Eric Stock / WGLT

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
Eric Stock / WGLT

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.

Eric Stock / WGLT

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
Ryan Denham / WGLT

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
Breanna Grow / WGLT

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.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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
Ryan Denham / WGLT

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

Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
Breanna Grow / WGLT

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
Eric Stock / WGLT

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
Staff / WGLT

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.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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
Cindy Le / WGLT

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
Mary Cullen / WGLT

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.

Stan and Chemberly at the dais
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Town of Normal appears headed into a lawsuit with one of its new council members over an unpaid sewer tap-on fee.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said he went public against Gov. JB Pritzker's bill on legalizing recreational use of marijuana even though he knows it will make it more difficult to get a compromise bill.

Bloomington City Council chambers
Eric Stock / WGLT

One of the first orders of business for the newly sworn in Bloomington City Council members will be to decide how they wish to be identified.

Two elected officials standing outside a post office
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

GOP Rep. Darin LaHood says President Trump's strategy of blocking his staff members from testifying before Congress will not work.

a wall of campaign signs.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A year ago, Erik Rankin took over as Chair of the McLean County Democratic Party. In that time, Democrats have added County Board seats, elected city council members that have party values and built party infrastructure. 

Town Council chambers
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Democrats challenged state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Normal, during a sparsely attended town hall meeting Tuesday about a proposal for a graduated income tax.

Londrigan with a crowd of people and signs
Dirksen Londrigan campaign

Only five months after she lost an election for the U.S. House, Springfield Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announced Thursday she is running for Congress again in the 13th District.

gavin and allie hug dameca
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

High school youth activists in the Twin Cities are focusing this year on reducing local gun violence.

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