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Normal Town Council member Kathleen Lorenz said she's running for a second term next April.

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Time continues to tick in a three month window to determine how or whether to proceed with a proposed multi sport complex in Bloomington Normal. That's how long, Mayor Chris Koos said last month would be the limit to decide.

Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas Tuesday, Koos said the Town has now met with a private developer.

"It was really at a high level, get to know them - they get to know us. So, no details came out of that. But, they are very interested in the project," said Koos.

Sheriff speaks at a podium
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The McLean County Sheriff’s Department rolled out a new program Wednesday to tackle the county's opioid epidemic that's taken 78 lives since 2015.

Homecoming parade at ISU
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Illinois State University leaders said projections show enrollment will be just fine in the fall term.

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It's been 10 years since Illinois went smoke-free in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

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Farmers across the nation have expressed concern about economic hardship created by Trump tariffs and retaliation by other nations against U.S. agricultural products.

Cherry Lawson and Tim Gleason
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Bloomington aldermen on Monday approved spending $610,000 to install a new elevator at Grossinger Motors Arena on a 5-3 vote.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Grossinger Motors Arena needs a new elevator to comply with federal disability guidelines.

Senator Jason Barickman on the Senate floor.
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks President Trump did not acknowledge what a ruthless dictator Vladimir Putin is and where Putin's self-interest lies.

This is part of our election-year series, Money Machines, looking at campaign spending in the 2018 election. The first article can be found here.

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UPDATED 12:50 p.m. | The Democrat looking to unseat state Rep. Keith Sommer is closing the fundraising gap as both candidates head into the thick of campaign season.

Digital Age Accelerates Cultural Globalization

Jul 17, 2018
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The digital age has aided globalization of popular culture, according to Illinois State University professor Lane Crothers

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Illinois Fusion Soccer Club

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday there is a second potential developer of a sports complex. He declined to say specifically who.

Erik Rankin
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The McLean County Board decided Tuesday to put two advisory referenda on the fall ballot.

Helsinki Summit
Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

President Donald Trump has been taking heat from both sides of the aisle following his news conference in Helsinki on Monday in which he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Two girls speak to the Normal Town Council
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Town of Normal ended its fiscal year June 30, with reserves down by $1.8 million.

City council members at a dais in the Center for the Performing Arts.
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Bloomington Alderman Jamie Mathy said he regrets cancellation of the special meeting last week to deal with a new version of a Welcoming City ordinance.

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United Soybean Board / Flickr

The Illinois Farm Bureau is calling for the Trump administration to go to the bargaining table with China over tariffs.

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | A well-known nonpartisan analyst says the race is tightening between U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

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J.B. Pritzker opened a campaign office Thursday in Downtown Bloomington where he stood by his recent TV ad attacking Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Democrats are trying to flip several Congressional seats in Illinois this fall. That’s put some Republicans in a tricky spot when it comes to questions about President Donald Trump.

Seth Perlman / AP

A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

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McLean County voters outside Bloomington won't have a say in whether the county’s and city’s election offices should merge.

Alex Brandon / AP

For all his lengthy record as a federal judge, the new Supreme Court nominee might still be a mystery on social issues.

Electrolux site
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The City of Bloomington is working with Illinois Wesleyan University to find a new purpose for the former Mennonite Hospital and Electrolux site.

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As the Bloomington City Council moved on from a twice-canceled vote on a controversial Welcoming City ordinance, local activists said Monday they’re looking for other ways—outside of policymaking—to protect local immigrants.

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Facing a lack of council support and opposition from local Welcoming City activists, Mayor Tari Renner canceled Monday's planned vote on Bloomington’s immigration ordinance.

Chris Koos
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The mayor of Normal said Tuesday he thinks a variety of initiatives can happen to address the impact of recent gun violence on Bloomington-Normal.

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Leaders in Normal said they hope new stream bank management practices approved by the council will encourage other entities to adopt the same methods to prevent erosion and create buffer zones of natural foliage.

Dietz Pleased With State Budget

Jun 4, 2018
Homecoming parade at ISU
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The new state budget includes $1.3 million in additional money for Illinois State University.

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