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Curtis Webb
McLean County Jail

A former manager of the city-owned arena, once considered “a rising star,” was sentenced Monday to 24 months conditional discharge for stealing public funds—a punishment less serious than that requested by the state.

Joe Olson on ice rink
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The City of Bloomington has announced it’s changing the name of Pepsi Ice Center and renaming its rink after Joe Olson, the man largely seen as the father of the Bloomington-Normal hockey community.

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.

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.

Wide shot of the arena floor
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Over the next month, Bloomington city leaders will decide whether to keep or fire the company that runs Grossinger Motors Arena. It won’t be an easy decision.

Lynn Cannon speaks to aldermen
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena will likely never turn a profit, according to arena manager VenuWorks.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
Staff / WGLT

It’s been three years since Grossinger Motors Arena hosted basketball but that could be about to change.

Fans at the arena
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena lost $667,349 in the past year, its managers said Thursday, even as they touted the venue’s economic impact from tourism.

City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington has named a new manager for the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

A retired VenuWorks executive who served as interim director of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts said he was going to evaluate operations and look at whether the city should renovate the Creativity Center building that is also part of the downtown Cultural District. But there are no reports or recommendations on paper.

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The mayor of Bloomington said Tuesday he's not satisfied with progress made by VenuWorks in improving operations at Grossinger Motors Arena.

John Butler in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The former manager of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum who’s accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bloomington taxpayers has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that he’s owed $67,175 in unpaid commissions.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council will not allow VenuWorks to manage the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen were curious but cautious Monday night on whether the Grossinger Motors Arena management company should also take over the city’s performing arts venue.

ohn Butler, Jay Laesch, Kelly Klein, Bart Rogers, and Paul Grazar in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The alleged fraud scheme at the former U.S. Cellular Coliseum took advantage of a known blind spot in the City of Bloomington’s oversight of arena finances, exploiting a decade-long contract that many city leaders disliked from the very beginning, GLT has learned.

The BCPA and its front lawn.
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The company that now runs Bloomington’s downtown arena may soon be taking over the city's performing arts venue too.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The Bloomington city council proposed a balanced budget for the next fiscal year Monday night. City Manager David Hales said if it wasn't for the anticipated sales tax revenue for FY 2017, the council wouldn't have been able to collaborate with Connect Transit, and enter into a revenue sharing agreement with McLean County for mental health. Hales said the council has to make a continued effort for long-term financial planning.

VenuWorks To Start At Coliseum Friday

Mar 28, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

A three month management contract with VenuWorks for the U.S. Cellular Coliseum was approved by the Bloomington City Council Monday after they heard the details from the company and city staff at a work session and regular meeting. The company will receive a $114 thousand per year management fee as well as a portion of money made from concessions, sales, and naming rights.