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The Illinois attorney general has ruled against McLean County's attempt to hold closed sessions of the county board Finance Committee to talk about the salaries of the coroner and auditor.

Days before the election, a leading motorcycle group is rescinding its endorsement of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Thousands of residents traveled from across the heartland to southern Illinois Saturday to hear and see President Donald Trump.

Trump rallied for incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bost. Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) and State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) also spoke at the rally, endorsing the Republican Party for the midterm elections before Trump arrived.

Trump began his speech by addressing the shooting in Pittsburg, Pennslyvania in a synagogue that left 11 people dead.

Erin Cetindag and Delaney Flattery stopped by the Sangamon County building to vote early on a recent Saturday. The two college students were home in Springfield on break from schools out-of-state.

"That was the most fun test I’ve ever taken," laughed Cetindag, a senior at American University.

"We turned it in and got stickers," Flattery, a senior at Butler University added.

When asked about the gender diversity of the candidates they just voted for, both noticed something.

The upcoming general election will decide whether Republican Bruce Rauner gets another term as Illinois governor or if the voters will choose to go with Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

But there’s one outcome of the election we already know for certain: Illinois will continue its experiment with amateur politicians running state government.

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Bloomington Normal's bus system could have a downtown Bloomington transfer center in about five years.

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Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker has donated $15 million more to his campaign for Illinois governor, pushing his self-financing total to $161.5 million.

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President Donald Trump is stopping in southern Illinois to support Republican Rep. Mike Bost's re-election bid.

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Federal administration immigration policies will soon start to hurt the agriculture sector in a big way, according to the head of the National Immigrant Justice Center.

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The Bloomington Public Library and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department are asking the city council to make generational facility commitments.

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Normal Town Council member Jeff Fritzen said Monday he won't run for another term.

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Bloomington city officials said Monday an independent investigation into alleged ethics violations by city employee and McLean County clerk candidate Nikita Richards showed no wrongdoing.

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Illinois State University plans to replace the lower bowl seating and add ADA compliant seats, box seating locations and a suite in Redbird Arena.

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The Normal Town Council will take up the $29 million Trail East project proposal Monday.

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Former Bloomington City Manager David Hales might be on his way out at his new job in Joliet.

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Student protests following the Valentine’s Day mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have not ebbed.

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The idea of a nonpartisan commission to handle elections in McLean County divided candidates Tuesday at a forum hosted by GLT and the League of Women Voters of McLean County.

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The city of Bloomington will sell 3 acres of land at Sunnyside Park to the Boys and Girls Club for $1.

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Bloomington aldermen on Monday will consider an agreement to sell three acres to the local Boys and Girls Club for $1.

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The Labor Day parade in Bloomington had some unusual elements this year.

When it comes to state spending, Illinois politicians are giving voters what they want. That’s the problem.

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Bloomington residents would pay about $1 more on their monthly water bills as insurance against leaks, based on a proposal the City Council reviewed on Monday night.

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Illinois settlement patterns did a lot to shape the early politics of the state and remain a force today, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Political Scientist Jim Simeone.

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A second candidate has announced a run for Bloomington's Ward 8 on the southeast side.

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After a divisive primary, Republicans worried they would not be able to come together in time to make the governor's race competitive.

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The fight over whether the Bloomington Election Commission should be dissolved turned a bit more cordial Friday as those on opposite sides of the issue agreed in court to quickly swap evidence in hopes of meeting a fast-approaching deadline.

Republicans held their annual rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Wednesday with a message of party unity.  Bruce Rauner still holds the top office in state government. But as he pushes for re-election, he’s trying to appease conservatives who feel betrayed and whose support he needs to win a second term.   

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A recent study co-authored by an Illinois State University professor finds that college-aged adults who were helicopter parented are less likely to get involved in politics than their non-helicopter parented counterparts.

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The longest currently serving alderman in Bloomington said she wants four more years.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is spending millions of his own dollars to help fellow Republicans in the November election.

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