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Stan and Chemberly at the dais
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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High school youth activists in the Twin Cities are focusing this year on reducing local gun violence.

potholes
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Debate over gasoline tax increases to fund road repairs in Bloomington and Normal is more complex than the question of keeping the amount the same in both cities.

City Hall
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Bloomington aldermen gave little indication Monday whether they are likely to approve a 4-cent per gallon increase in a local gasoline tax during a committee of the whole meeting that included the topic.

Renato Mariotti speaks
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CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said those who oppose President Trump should not count on a special prosecutor's report or Congress to get rid of the president.

Surgeon hands practice using instruments
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Neurosurgeon Ann Stroink of Bloomington said she makes a trip to Washington nearly every month. She's a volunteer advocate for her professional groups, not a professional lobbyist.

City Hall
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The City of Bloomington has suspended its business registration program.

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The Bloomington Planning Commission on Wednesday passed concerns to the city council over housing density in areas just outside downtown.

There is a mystery at the heart of Illinois government. Statehouse reporters have been in private discussions about it for weeks. After internal deliberations here at public radio, we thought it was finally time to go public.

West view of the U.S. Capitol
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With paychecks for federal workers in Bloomington-Normal still lagging, the Central Illinois Regional Airport has opened a food pantry and support center.

The Pritzker Agenda

Jan 11, 2019

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office next week on the heels of the most decisive election victory in a generation. And he’ll be working to pass his agenda through the biggest Democratic majorities in the General Assembly since the 1960s.

That raises a question: What precisely does that agenda consist of? 

On his way out of office, Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering a few pointers to the Illinois Republican Party. He also touts what he views as the main achievements of his administration. 

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday that increased town incentives for the Trail East project in Uptown are worth the money.

Barickman and his sons
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said Friday that Bruce Rauner never fully grasped the job and responsibility of governor.

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Illinois State University is banding together with 130 other public institutions to collaborate on new best practices to keep students in school through graduation.

Diana Hauman
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Diana Hauman is asking political players in the Twin Cities to keep local elections nonpartisan.

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Illinois State University is planning to expand the University Farm by 80 acres.

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The mayor of Normal said he hopes Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker broadens his transition team looking at state infrastructure needs.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said a significant portion of the city council will be new after elections next April.

Rivian Automotive

Illinois lawmakers are among those stakeholders trying to figure out how to best position the state to get economic opportunities, but also how to take a common sense approach to regulation, and public safety while moving toward people sharing the road with autonomous vehicles.

State Representative Tom Demmer (R) represents the 90th district in north central Illinois. He's a co sponsor of the early legislation already made law on this topic. Demmer said the debate is not particularly partisan, but it IS complicated.

Illinois state senators approved a measure Wednesday aimed at helping immigrants who are victims of criminal activity. It was vetoed earlier this year by Governor Bruce Rauner.


An aerial view of land at Hovey and Shepard Roads in Normal.
Town of Normal

The Town of Normal is preparing the next phase of its plan to relocate its fire stations.

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The proposed tax levy for the town of Normal could lower the property tax rate by about 1 percent. Town staff have suggested the dollar value of the levy stay the same from last year at nearly $13 million.

Town of Normal

The new owner of a run down old fraternity house in Normal wants to build an addition and make improvements. But the proposal for what would become a sorority house at Hovey and Kingsley requires a special use permit and a variance for fewer parking spaces than the town usually requires.

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