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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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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.

Pritzker at Normal event
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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.

A city council dais and a map of the proposed Bloomington Library expansion.
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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.

Nikita Richards
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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.

People inside the arena
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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.

Allie Beam, Elli Diggins, and Gavin Cunningham of BN Youth Activists
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Student protests following the Valentine’s Day mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have not ebbed.

McLean County Board candidates at the forum
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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.

Tony speaks to the council
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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.

Sharon Chung gives out candy
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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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