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Polling place in Normal
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In Normal, 2,000 more voters cast ballots Tuesday than have ever voted in a town election before. And yet, that's still just over 25% of registered voters.

Medici restaurant entrance

Normal Town Council candidates turn the question of pandemic recovery efforts into a litmus test on the past response to the pandemic, but don't say much about what should come next.

Normal City Hall
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The job of a Normal Town Council member doesn’t pay much. It comes with a lot of headaches. It takes a lot of work to listen to residents and translate that into policy. Yet nine people are running for election to three positions on April 6.

Koos and Tiritilli
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Tax rates are a campaign theme in most elections no matter the level of the contest. This year's race for mayor of Normal is no exception.

Chris and Marc

Marc Tiritilli used two recent Illinois attorney general rulings against the Town of Normal’s previous public comment policy to accuse Mayor Chris Koos of a “failure of leadership” during a virtual debate in the mayor’s race on Tuesday.

Marc Tritilli speaks
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The Illinois attorney general has ruled the Town of Normal violated the Open Meetings Act in mid-September 2019 by denying Marc Tiritilli the right to speak to the council about public transit because the topic was not on the agenda.

Tiritilli is now running for mayor and has criticized the administration for squelching opposing points of view.

Normal Township Activity and Recreation Center

Quarantine made for some extra time, and some used it to start a new hobby or develop an existing one. Some Normal Township Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) members spent their time crafting a Quarantine Quilt.

Quilting group leader Mary Wuhrmann said the 4-by-5 foot quilt’s center square represents the COVID-19 virus, but the surrounding squares represent our homes.


Chris and Marc

This story is about debt, specifically Town of Normal debt; what’s healthy and what’s not. It’s a campaign issue in this year’s mayoral and city council contests.

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More train horns are likely to be heard in Normal over the coming weeks, as crews work to repair damage caused by this month's train derailment.

Governor Pritzker
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City and county leaders in McLean County said Wednesday one of Gov. JB Pritzker's budget proposals is a bad idea.

The governor has proposed taking 10% of the income tax money it currently shares with cities, towns, and counties through the Local Government Distributive Fund.

A bar and restaurant in Normal faces a $1,750 fine for violating COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Joe's Station House, located at the Shoppes at College Hills, refused to halt indoor service when Gov. JB Pritzker's executive orders called for that measure. There were three violations -- two in November and one in December, according to a complaint against the business.

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Fifty businesses have received grants totaling $450,000 from the Town of Normal’s Small Business Relief Program to assist with COVID-19 impacts.

The town had 67 businesses apply for grant. In total they asked for more than $700,000 in assistance-- more than $300,000 than what Normal had to award.

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The proposed budget for the Town of Normal is $138 million next year and an estimated $711 million over a five-year period.

Rendering of a proposed apartment building.
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A union-backed development group is moving forward with a $9 million affordable senior housing project that would use the old TB Sanatorium in Normal.

Rivian sign and plant photo
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Rivian has leased the Phoenix Investors warehouse in north Normal as part of its ramp-up to production.

Bloomington City Hall
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The mayor of Bloomington said he will spend his waning months in office trying to revive a unified emergency telephone and dispatch service.

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The Town of Normal is using federal funds to launch a Small Business Relief Program that will offer companies with 50 or fewer full-time employees up to $15,000 in grants.

The town has received $450,000 from the Local CURE Economic Support program that uses federal dollars allocated to Illinois through the CARES Act. The City of Bloomington has a similar program.

Chris Koos
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The mayor of Normal said he's had to eat his words from a couple weeks ago when he argued McLean County didn't need mitigation efforts that were as stiff as those in counties with higher COVID-19 testing positivity rates.

Tim Evanson

The dust has hardly settled from the last election and candidates already are preparing to file for the next one, the municipal consolidated contests next year.

Normal Police HQ
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Four people have been issued $750 fines for allegedly violating the Town of Normal’s COVID-19 executive order prohibiting large gatherings near Illinois State University’s campus, officials said.

Normal theater exterior
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After being closed for six months due to the pandemic, the Normal Theater will reopen for in-person film screenings starting Oct. 1.

Town of Normal sign
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The Town of Normal is using some of its federal COVID relief for housing assistance.

Koos and Dietz at an event
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UPDATED 5:45 p.m. | The Town of Normal moved Friday to slow the alarming spread of COVID-19 among Illinois State University students by temporarily prohibiting large gatherings near campus and requiring bar and restaurant patrons to be seated.

Brad McMillan portait
Brad McMillan

A Bradley University professor and former congressional office manager has declared his candidacy for Normal Town Council.

Chris Koos
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Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said Wednesday he will run for another term of office next year.

Normal City Hall
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The November election campaign season is just ramping up, but some candidates already are looking ahead to next year's municipal contests.

Like attorney AJ Zimmerman, who said Tuesday he's running for Normal Town Council.

Small cell node
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The City of Bloomington and Town of Normal are working together to hire a consultant to help establish rules for deploying wireless technology all over the community in ways that do not become eyesores.

In a virtual meeting on Tuesday night, the Normal Human Relations Commission heard a presentation from Prairie State Legal Services about fair housing issues.

Attorney Emily Petri outlined the protections guaranteed to renters and homebuyers under the federal Fair Housing Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and local ordinances.

Designed to protect people from unfair housing practices, the laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of characteristics like race, religion, sexual orientation, family status, and disability.

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The looming end to a statewide rent moratorium is not the only thing sparking financial fear. A ban on utility shutoffs can't last forever—and a lot of renters and homeowners are behind on their bills.

Chris Koos
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It’s hard right now. Central Illinois residents have removed themselves from many of their friends and familiar activities to prevent the spread of the virus. Yet cases are climbing again in McLean County as central Illinois moved from phase 3 to phase 4 of the state's Restore Illinois reopening plan.