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Outgoing Bloomington City Manager David Hales pleaded with the city council during a work session Monday to not get bogged down in details of the new budget.

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McLean County's rural road system has been a positive for decades, with a solid network of paved county and township roads covering an area close to the size of the state of Rhode Island.

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A Democratic candidate for McLean County clerk is arguing for a countywide election commission.

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After years of falling prices for solar power panels, costs have begun rising.

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Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to Capitol Hill this week, and a central Illinois congressman said it was an emotional moment for him.

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Joliet city council members say their new city manager never told them about a looming financial scandal in Bloomington.

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Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem Karen Schmidt said Tuesday she thinks it's unfair to speculate whether aldermen bear blame for any factors that might have led to alleged theft of nearly a million dollars by the city's former arena management company.

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The state has restored funding for one of the programs Children's Home and Aid cut two years ago, the Butterfly Project.

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said a looming state election cycle could hold new budget negotiations hostage.

A Google map showing the layout of the nursing home.
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The future of the McLean County Nursing Home is in question.

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Next year's proposed budget for McLean County government is $327,000 less than last year.

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The Normal Town Council is hoping to downsize its payroll because of revenue losses.

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After 16 years in the job, state Rep. Dan Brady said he wants another term.

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The Town of Normal wants to cut its payroll because of revenue losses. Staff are recommending the town offer early retirement incentives to 18 people.

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Two new candidates have announced election plans to try to replace retiring State Rep. Bill Mitchell of Forsyth.

Piatt County Board Chair Randy Keith said he will run for state representative as a Republican in the 101st Illinois House District that covers portions of McLean, Champaign, Piatt, Macon, and DeWitt counties.

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McLean County government must cut up to 25 people from its workforce, County Administrator Bill Wasson said Monday during a Board Finance Committee meeting.

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Four people want to succeed McLean County Board member Rich Buchanan—and three of them are former Bloomington City Council or mayoral candidates.

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At least two significant demonstrations were sparked Tuesday in Bloomington-Normal after President Donald Trump's decision to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University's Board of Trustees must vote again on the contract employing President Larry Dietz.

When the board approved the contract Aug. 6, it turns out four of them weren't trustees at all.

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The Bloomington City Council has created a downtown section for its Community Development Department.

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The business manager for Unit 5 said Wednesday he has never faced more uncertainty concerning school funding during his time with the district.

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A congressman who represents Chicago's northwest suburbs condemned the uproar of violence and hatred displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Now that Republican efforts to scuttle Obamacare have failed, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday he is hopeful a bipartisan reform measure can emerge.

The Illinois Democrat said he trusts GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to help come up with health care reform.

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Wednesday she will fight proposed Trump administration cuts to agriculture.

During comments to reporters at the Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, the Illinois Democrat singled out crop insurance as something that needs to be preserved.

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Both U.S. senators from Illinois are criticizing remarks by McLean County Republican Party Chairman Chuck Erickson.

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Heartland Community College campus extensions in Logan and Livingston counties could gain more courses in different fields of study.

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Unit 5 officials are pleased after the McLean County Board on Tuesday changed a couple of polling place locations in Normal to get them out of schools.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner's proposal to hire an aide does not appear to have solid majority support among aldermen.

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A Blue Lives Matter rally outside Bloomington City Hall on Monday evening drew about 15 people.

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The final draft of a police citizen review board may leave advocates on both sides of the issue feeling like they have lost something.

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