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Uptown One building
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A black box theater, a temporary post office location, and a long list of restaurants are among the many options considered to fill the vacant first-floor space at One Uptown—or the “missing tooth in a beautiful smile,” as the developer puts it.

The Camelback Bridge in Normal on Friday, March 20, 2020.
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UPDATED 5:35 p.m. | Virginia Avenue in Normal is closed at Camelback Bridge due to a collapse of a decorative timber truss.

Dave Anderson
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An iconic city manager of Normal has died at the age of 82.

Chris Koos
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Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said the town will enforce the restaurant and bar closure ordered by the governor because of the coronavirus.

Stan and Chemberly
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Several Town of Normal employees will get their semiannual cost of living raises, but Council Member Stan Nord says it’s a bad look for the town in the current economic climate.

Pam Reece
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The Town of Normal is proceeding with plans to halt water shutoffs and delay a scheduled utility and waste fee increase in response to potential economic ramifications from the coronavirus pandemic.

"As we know, this situation is going to have significant economic impact," City Manager Pam Reece said during Monday's Town Council meeting. "We just don't know to what extent."

Two women standing side-by-side wearing 2020 Census t-shirts to promote making sure every McLean County resident is counted.
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Filling out the 2020 Census should be something people wear like a badge of honor, sort of like the “I Voted” stickers people sport after they’ve cast their ballots.

Antennae on a rooftop
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The mayor of Normal says 5G and other smart city technology developments will be the topic for the annual One Voice leadership trip to Washington, D.C.

Mural and Beaufort buildings
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Many factors influence how much rent the Town of Normal charges tenants of town-owned property, according to the mayor of Normal.

Ron Batory
Eric Stock / WGLT

The head of the Federal Railroad Administration took to a train ride to Uptown Station to see the facility that's getting $13 million for an underpass.

Normal Public Library podcast
Normal Public Library

If it seems like everybody is doing a podcast these days, it might almost be true. That includes governments.

As digital technology has made it cheap and easy to deliver anyone's message to the world, WGLT explores how municipalities and other public bodies are using podcasts to communicate with constituents in new ways and wonder if it's making a difference.

Green Solution signage
Megan McGowan / WGLT

It may still be a while until recreational cannabis sales begin in Bloomington-Normal.

University Galleries exterior
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Illinois State University’s Uptown art gallery has a new five-year lease, but some Normal Town Council members aren’t pleased with the terms.

Green Solution signage
Megan McGowan / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal is one step closer to getting its first recreational cannabis retailer.

Andrew speaks
Eric Stock / WGLT

Town of Normal staff is presenting a largely status quo budget for the coming year.

Normal City Hall
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The head of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce said he disagrees with Normal Town Council member Stan Nord's view that "business and government should not be doing things together."

City of Bloomington

The Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commissions have announced their Martin Luther King Jr. award winners for the year. The commission chooses people who reflect the ideology of the late Dr. King.

Connect Transit
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The Illinois attorney general’s office is investigating a complaint related to Connect Transit and whether it’s violating state accessibility laws.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

Potential recreational cannabis businesses now know where in Normal they can and cannot locate.

Underpass location
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Normal Public Works Director Wayne Aldrich said there is still a long complex road ahead before an underpass could connect Uptown and Uptown South.

Constitution Trail
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Town of Normal officials are seeking public feedback to update the 2009 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Uptown before development.
WGLT / Staff

If the past is prologue, there is disagreement on what the past means for Uptown Normal.

A recent report on the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in Normal drew praise from some council members who have seen the area go from dumpy and run down to a vibrant district. The report went to the council without a chance for members to read it beforehand because the TIF administrator was still finishing it up.

Normal City Hall
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Town of Normal staff estimate increased retirement contributions could cost the owner of the typical home an extra $37 in property taxes next year.

Chris Koos
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A close vote to ratify the previously approved plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision in Normal is a risky one for the town’s reputation, according to Mayor Chris Koos.

Field where first BNWRD plant was built
BNWRD

The Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District will have to spend $160 million-plus over the next couple decades. Businesses, homeowners and apartment owners in the Twin Cities will have to pay for it.

Miltonette Craig speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Town of Normal is in the middle of its first annual Daring Diversity: A Racial Equity Summit. Day 1 of the conference included speakers who defined and traced the roots of racism.

Recycling cart
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On Monday night, Illinois State University student Davey Rivers complained to the Normal Town Council that First Site still hadn’t put a recycling bin outside his apartment—what he called “blatant disregard” for the town’s new ordinance requiring the landlord to do that.

Andrew Huhn presents
Joe Deacon / WGLT

An influx of tax dollars has helped produce a 10% increase in Normal’s year-end general fund balance, according to a mostly positive report presented to the Town Council on Monday.

Alan Beaman with his mother
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A former Bloomington man exonerated of murder charges is entitled to a jury trial on his claims that three retired Normal police officers played a significant role in his wrongful conviction, according to arguments by his lawyers Wednesday to the Fourth District Appellate Court.

Two electric scooters parked on a sidewalk
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The Town of Normal is pulling back on a pilot project to allow E-scooters into the community. Talks with Illinois State University and a scooter company began in January, but town planner Mercy Davison said that is now on hold.

University communities around the country have been targeted by E-scooter companies who see an audience for the motorized vehicles. But Davison said that after looking into the ordinances of other communities in Illinois, the town found that scooters would not be a possibility anytime soon.

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