Election 2019 | WGLT

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.

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Unit 5 school board candidates
Mary Cullen / WGLT

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

Candidates at a table
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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.

potholes
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

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.

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.

Candidates at a table
Amy Niebur / WGLT

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.

Staff / WGLT

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
Eric Stock / WGLT

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.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

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
Jeff sitting in studio
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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
Eric Stock / WGLT

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: Kathleen Lorenz

Feb 25, 2019
Picture of a woman sitting at a microphone.
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
Alex speaks
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.

Candidate Questionnaire: Karen Schmidt

Feb 25, 2019
Karen Schmidt
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

These responses were submitted by Karen Schmidt, 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: Donna Boelen

Feb 25, 2019
Donna Boelen
Ryan Denham / WGLT

These responses were submitted by Donna Boelen, 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.

Chip Frank
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Bloomington City Council candidate Chip Frank said he wants the city to be more proactive about rebuilding its aging sewers, water mains, and streets.

 Julie Emig
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Ward 4 resident looking to succeed Amelia Buragas on the Bloomington City Council said she would draw on her experience in education to build bridges between aldermen—and between the public and private sectors.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

One Normal Town Council candidate said he is looking forward to future development projects in Normal, including an updated library.

Eric Stock / WGLT

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. | Bloomington City Council candidate Travis Wilson dropped out of the race Tuesday after acknowledging he hasn't lived in Ward 8 long enough to meet legal requirements.

Chris Koos at a meeting
Staff / WGLT

Normal’s mayor and council members will see higher salaries beginning in 2021.

The council voted Monday night to raise the mayor’s salary from $18,000 to $32,000, and to raise council members’ salaries from $4,800 to $6,800.

Diana Hauman
Staff / WGLT

Diana Hauman is asking political players in the Twin Cities to keep local elections nonpartisan.

Alex speaks
Cindy Le / WGLT

An Illinois State University student is running for Normal Town Council.

Junior marketing major Alex Campbell announced his candidacy to a crowd of students in an ISU classroom Monday night.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said a significant portion of the city council will be new after elections next April.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

After noticing what he calls a lack of student impact on local government, an Illinois State University student announced his candidacy for Normal Town Council.

Alex Campbell is a junior marketing major. He said the Town of Normal has historically missed a student perspective and voice on the council.

Campbell said his input would provide a voice for university student residents.

Staff / WGLT

Monday was the last day for candidates to file petitions for city and town council.

Three candidates filed Monday petitions for Bloomington City Council, making all four races contested.

Julia Emig filed for Ward 4. She is running against Don Frank. Both candidates are newcomers. Alderman Amelia Buragas announced Monday she would not seek re-election.

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