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Election 2019

GLT's coverage of the municipal election on April 2, 2019. Voters will elect members of the Bloomington City Council and Normal Town Council.

Learn more about the candidates with our 2019 Voter Guide.

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One year into the job, the chair of the McLean County GOP says she’s focused on building up her party’s ground game to push back against newly energized Democrats.

Jenn celebrates
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A well-known community organizer unseated a five-term incumbent in Tuesday’s election, meaning four new faces will be joining the Bloomington City Council next month.

GLT's Charlie Schlenker recaps the April 2 municipal elections, which unseated two incumbents (R.C. McBride and Karen Schmidt) on Bloomington-Normal city councils. This aired Wednesday on GLT's Sound Ideas.

Kathleen speaks
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Mayor Chris Koos struck an optimistic tone Wednesday that the Town Council won’t become too divisive following the election of two new members who beat his preferred candidates.

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Local election authorities weren’t expecting a big turnout Tuesday. And they didn’t get one.

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Six incumbents won re-election to the Unit 5 school board Tuesday, with two recent appointees fending off a challenge from a former district employee.

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Two challengers who’ve criticized the direction of Uptown Normal redevelopment knocked off an incumbent Normal Town Council member Tuesday as they emerged as the top vote-getters in a crowded eight-way race.

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Central Illinois voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose who they want to represent them on city councils, school boards, community college boards, and other elected bodies.

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A nearly 2-year dispute between the Town of Normal and town council candidate Stan Nord remained unresolved on the eve of Election Day.

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Voter turnout has been light so far in McLean County, based on early and mail-in voting before Tuesday's municipal elections.

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Two candidates for a seat on the Heartland Community College Board both said they want to be careful to keep property taxes as low as possible, as did a third who is running uncontested.

Unit 5 school board candidates
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With six of seven Unit 5 school board seats up for election this year, there are four current members guaranteed to remain seated.

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Empty buildings. Aging infrastructure. An arena losing money. What can the city do to revitalize Downtown Bloomington?

Candidates for city council took on the question at a GLT and League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night.

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Debate over gasoline tax increases to fund road repairs in Bloomington and Normal is more complex than the question of keeping the amount the same in both cities.

Kelly, LaNell, and Amy
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Illinois schools rely on at least 68 percent of funding from property tax dollars, according to the state board of education. And the lion's share of property taxes feed into local schools.

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When it comes to financial incentives for developers, candidates for Normal Town Council say who receives incentives is just as important as how much they receive.

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ISU President Larry Dietz said campus leaders will meet soon with McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael about improving election service for the April municipal contests.

Candidate Questionnaire: Stan Nord

Mar 5, 2019
Stan Nord
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These responses were submitted by Stan Nord, a candidate for Normal Town Council. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

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Bloomington will keep its moratorium on video gambling until after state legislators have made key decisions about sports betting and marijuana.

Candidate Questionnaire: Georgene Chissell

Feb 25, 2019
 Georgene Chissell
Ryan Denham / WGLT

These responses were submitted by Georgene Chissell, a candidate for Bloomington City Council in Ward 2. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: Don 'Chip' Frank

Feb 25, 2019
Chip Frank
Ryan Denham / WGLT

These responses were submitted by Don "Chip" Frank, a candidate for Bloomington City Council in Ward 4. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: Jeff Crabill

Feb 25, 2019
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These responses were submitted by Jeff Crabill, a candidate for Bloomington City Council in Ward 8. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: Jenn Carrillo

Feb 25, 2019
Jenn Carrillo
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

These responses were submitted by Jenn Carrillo, a candidate for Bloomington City Council in Ward 6. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: Julie Emig

Feb 25, 2019
 Julie Emig
Ryan Denham / WGLT

These responses were submitted by Julie Emig, a candidate for Bloomington City Council in Ward 4. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: R.C. McBride

Feb 25, 2019
Normal Town Council member R.C. McBride
R.C. McBride

These responses were submitted by R.C. McBride, an incumbent candidate for Normal Town Council. McBride is also GLT's general manager.

Candidate Questionnaire: Dave Shields

Feb 25, 2019
Normal Town Council candidate Dave Shields
Dave Shields for Normal Town Council

These responses were submitted by Dave Shields, a candidate for Normal Town Council. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: Pat Turner

Feb 25, 2019
Pat Turner
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These responses were submitted by Pat Turner, a candidate for Normal Town Council. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: Karyn Smith

Feb 25, 2019
Karyn Smith
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These responses were submitted by Karyn Smith, a candidate for Normal Town Council. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: Kathleen Lorenz

Feb 25, 2019
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Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

These responses were submitted by Kathleen Lorenz, an incumbent candidate for Normal Town Council. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

Candidate Questionnaire: Alex Campbell

Feb 25, 2019
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Cindy Le / WGLT

These responses were submitted by Alex Campbell, a candidate for Normal Town Council. The questionnaire was prepared by GLT in partnership with the League of Women Voters of McLean County. See more candidate responses.

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