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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said it’s "ridiculous” to suggest local governments will ever fully defund police, but he supports the discussion of how to better redirect some police resources.

McLean County Government Center
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The City of Bloomington plans to move more city offices and its city council meetings to the McLean County Government Center by the end of the year.

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Bloomington City Council members expressed a desire Monday to revive a three-year-old downtown revitalization plan now that a major component is off the table.

Curbside trash
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The City of Bloomington said pandemic-related workforce changes and different resident behaviors have caused brush and bulk waste to pile up at curbs around town. The public works department said in some parts of town the delay is a week or two.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal
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City councils in Bloomington and Normal will be considering emergency ordinances on Monday to help them more swiftly respond to COVID-19.

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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said he plans to close offices at city hall and the McLean County Government Center to the public from Wednesday through May 1 as part of an executive order he plans to issue Tuesday in response to the coronavirus.

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The city of Bloomington has named a new public works director and created a new position that officials say won't cost the city more money.

When the McLean County Regional Planning Commission recently finished its national search for a new director, it found the leader it wanted pretty close to home.

Dawn Cook and Tim Gleason leading video presentation
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Emergency managers told business, school and government leaders in Bloomington-Normal on Tuesday that collaboration and communication are key when responding to a disaster.

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Bloomington's city council is expected to formally adopt a policy regulating cannabis businesses on Monday night, about two weeks before recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Illinois.

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Bloomington Public Library officials say they don't have a firm dollar amount they are willing to spend on a planned expansion, but they say it will be scaled down from previous plans the city has rejected.

Bloomington City Council chambers
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The City of Bloomington plans to hold the line on property taxes next year, assuming the city sees modest economic growth.

Dan Donath and Connie his wife pinning his new badge
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Dan Donath, a 25-year veteran of the Bloomington Police Department, was named the city's next police chief during an announcement Wednesday at City Hall.

"He was the obvious choice," City Manager Tim Gleason said.

Donath, 50, joined BPD in 1994 and most recently served as assistant chief. He was co-interim chief during the search process for a new chief. Former Chief Clay Wheeler retired in June.

Dan Donath and Bill Colbrook
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason has scheduled a Wednesday morning news conference at city hall where he plans to announce his pick to become the city's next police chief.

Jamie Mathy and Donna Boelen
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Bloomington plans to start taking applications for video gambling licenses in mid-September, after agreeing to lift a moratorium that was intended to curtail an explosion of gambling in the city.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington city staff believes it's come up with a plan to expand video gambling that will meet city council approval.

Gleason chats with a woman
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said he's proud of the work he and the city council has accomplished in his first year on the job.

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A candidate for Bloomington’s police chief position says he was treated unfairly when the city mishandled his application. The city says the accident did not place him at any disadvantage.

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A Bloomington convenience store wanting to reopen under new ownership will have to limit its hours and make other accommodations to get a liquor license.

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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason has announced a five-member committee will assist him in his search for a new police chief.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington could soon be tipping its hand in how much its willing to help Connect Transit's on-demand service for elderly riders and those with disabilities.

Dan Donath and Greg Scott
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason has named two interim police chiefs who will split time while he conducts a national search for a new chief.

Man at podium
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Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit asked Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner to appoint a Connect Mobility rider and a fixed route-reliant rider to the Connect Transit board.

Kim Bray and Tim Gleason
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The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved a contract with AFSCME Local 699 effectively ending the city’s sick-leave buyback program for employees.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington city officials are looking to take additional steps to limit pension spiking, by further curtailing the city’s sick-leave buyback program.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
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Bloomington aldermen Monday will consider a revised contract with the firm that runs Grossinger Motors Arena.

Tim Gleason
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Bloomington aldermen passed the city’s $227.5 million spending plan Monday night, the largest on record, according to staff.

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Bloomington is looking to boost spending 8 percent in the next budget year, with a major emphasis on what the city officials say are long overdue capital projects.

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Bloomington may have a moratorium on new video gaming machines, but the city will collect a $500 annual fee on existing machines beginning May 1.

Bruce Meeks addresses council
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The Bloomington City Council narrowly passed a higher local motor fuel tax Monday night.

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