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Field where first BNWRD plant was built
BNWRD

The Bloomington 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. The change has been a long time coming, according to Randy Stein, the Director of the district (BNWRD).

Miltonette Craig speaks
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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
Davey Rivers / Courtesy

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
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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
Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

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
Tim Evanson / Flickr

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.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on the $30 million mixed-use building that will rise on the northeast arc of Uptown circle. It is known as Trail East.

PGAV Planners

An analysis of the tax increment financing (TIF) district in Uptown Normal indicates the effort to spark development in the city center begun in 1999 has been a good value for taxpayers, according to a consultant.

Brian Otto speaks to the council
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Normal Town Council on Monday approved more than $792,000 in late summer road repairs.

City Engineer Brian Otto said the town had considered using concrete instead of asphalt on Cottage Avenue between Gregory Street and Barton Drive, but the money didn't work out.

Pam Reece
Emma Shores / WGLT

Cities and towns across the state are studying how to get ready for the new year and legal cannabis. The Town of Normal might be one of the earlier adopters of regulation covering use and sale of recreational marijuana.

Recycling cart
Staff / WGLT

After years of lobbying and waiting, Illinois State University students will finally have access to recycling at their off-campus apartments starting next month.

Turns out, the timing is still not great.

Rivian plant exterior
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal driving public might have to get used to a new name for a prominent road.

Transit bus in Uptown
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Connect Transit board on Tuesday approved changes to the Pink route that officials say will soften the blow when the Olive route is eliminated next week.

Stan and Chemberly at the dais
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The unpaid bill at the center of a legal dispute between the Town of Normal and council member Stan Nord has apparently been paid.

Vasudha Gadhiraju
MCRPC

Vasudha Gadhiraju will be leaving the McLean County Regional Planning Commission to become director of innovation and technology for the Town of Normal.

Stan and Chemberly at the dais
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Town of Normal appears headed into a lawsuit with one of its new council members over an unpaid sewer tap-on fee.

Welcome Your Neighbots Sign
courtesy of Drew Schneider

Normal Mayor Chris Koos said the town could be looking to revise its sign regulations because of those "Welcome Your Neighbor" signs that have popped up all over the Twin Cities.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling for the federal government to adopt its own Tobacco 21 law.

Uptown Mural
Staff / WGLT

Thirteen of the artists who created the Uptown Normal mural have filed a federal lawsuit to stop the Town of Normal and a developer from demolishing their work.

Rivian plant exterior
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Work is underway on the $1.3 million first phase of a major office remodel at the Rivian plant in Normal.

Picture of an H2 hotel
Town of Normal

The Normal Planning Commission will take up a proposal for a new hotel in the Constitution Trail Center on the north side of town.

Chief at a podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Crime rates are at their lowest in the Town of Normal since data was first collected and reported 23 years ago in 1996.

Maxwell Park in west Normal will get a renovated disc golf course and a bigger dog park thanks to a $400,000 state grant.

Alan Beaman and mother
Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

An Illinois Supreme Court opinion released Thursday reverses the 4th Appellate Court’s dismissal of a claim alleging conspiracy and malicious prosecution against three former Normal Police officers in a 1993 murder case.

Two electric scooters parked on a sidewalk
Tim Evanson / Flickr

The Town of Normal is considering an electric scooter program.

Connect Transit buses
Staff / WGLT

As the federal government shutdown continues, Connect Transit is dipping into its reserves to continue operations.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday that increased town incentives for the Trail East project in Uptown are worth the money.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Town of Normal has 30 days to designate three properties at the Trail East project site as historic or continue with already approved demolition plans.

Eric Hanson
Town of Normal

The Town of Normal has selected a new assistant city manager.  

Eric Hanson was appointed to fill the role previously held by now City Manager Pam Reece.

In a statement from the town, Reece said Normal is “extremely fortunate” to have Hanson. She said his past local government work will assist the town in achieving its goals.

Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

The mayor of Normal acknowledges the development of new State Farm hubs across the south and west has changed the distribution of talent in the community.

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