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Bus in Uptown Normal
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Illinois State University students, faculty and staff are at risk of losing universal access to Connect Transit bus service starting in January.

First Student buses
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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.

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.

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The Connect Transit board is expected to delay a 25-cent fare increase that's scheduled for Jan. 1.

Aerial view of Fort Jesse and Veterans
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Police said Thursday they have found the other vehicle apparently involved in the second fatal incident on Veterans Parkway in just six weeks, as questions resurfaced about pedestrian safety on one of Bloomington-Normal’s busiest roads.

Rodney Davis and Dan Brady
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The Town of Normal’s original grant application for the Uptown underpass included a long list of benefits—including enhanced safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and even children’s museum visitors—and also a willingness to put millions in local funding toward the project.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said he's not sure how a proposal to consolidate municipal fire and police pension fund assets will play out next week in Springfield. The General Assembly convenes Oct. 28-30 for its fall veto session.

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As Normal begins to consider how it wants to approach the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, Town Council members hope to get public input from the business and law enforcement communities.

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Some Bloomington-Normal community members are criticizing Connect Transit for purchasing electric buses. The transportation agency at the time said by using state and federal grants, the buses will be paid for with “no local funding.”

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.

Brian Otto speaks to the council
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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.

Joni Painter and Tari Renner
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Bloomington City Council members on Monday rejected two of Mayor Tari Renner’s appointments to the city’s transportation commission, amid claims the city should try harder to place applicants on the boards they requested to serve.

Person on a high-wheeler bike
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The term "scorcher" took on new meaning at Bloomington's David Davis Mansion Saturday.

Gas station terminal
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An economist predicts Illinois' 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike will cause many Illinoisans to drive less, even if we haven't changed our habits just yet.

screen with council agenda item.
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The Normal Town Council voted Monday to rename Mitsubishi Motorway for Rivian, which now owns the plant along that west-side road. It was a 4-2 vote.

Rivian plant exterior
Ryan Denham / WGLT

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

April drives a bus
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Unit 5 is trying to recruit more bus drivers for next school year by showing them that it’s not as intimidating as it looks.

Connect Transit bus
Connect Transit

The Bloomington City Council has passed a wait-and-see resolution concerning Connect Transit and the recent public campaign to undo a route cut and fare increases.

Illinoisans can now get driver’s licenses and state ID cards that comply with Real ID, the strict federal security requirements that will soon be needed for air travel.

Two electric scooters parked on a sidewalk
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The Town of Normal is considering an electric scooter program.

West view of the U.S. Capitol
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With paychecks for federal workers in Bloomington-Normal still lagging, the Central Illinois Regional Airport has opened a food pantry and support center.

Connect Transit

Bloomington Normal's bus system could have a downtown Bloomington transfer center in about five years.

A picture of Nick Moran standing next to a wall.
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The Normal Town Council has appointed a Commerce Bank vice president to the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority board.

Billboard for safety campaign
Bike BloNo

A local bicycle advocacy group aims to humanize bicyclists you may pass on the road, as a reminder to obey the rules of the road.

a map of the intersection at Fairway and Empire in Bloomington
City of Bloomington

The Bloomington City Council will consider a $4 million summer street resurfacing program at its meeting Monday evening.

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Some of the worst road surfaces in Bloomington-Normal will get badly needed repairs this month, according to Bloomington's Public Works director.

A person sits in a car
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State Farm Insurance is announcing an auto rate decrease for Illinois. The Bloomington-based company says the average decline for Illinois rate payers will be 2.9 percent.

Passengers board a bus in Uptown Normal's transfer center.
Connect Transit

The Illinois Department of Transportation is giving Bloomington-Normal's bus system $250,000.

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The Trump administration's offer to address the DACA problem of childhood immigrants comes with too steep a price tag for many Democrats.

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