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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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Candidate Questionnaire: Karen Schmidt

Feb 25, 2019
Karen Schmidt
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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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Bloomington Alderman Amelia Buragas said she is not running for a second term. Buragas said job and family requirements are growing and she lacks the time to run again, but is pleased with her service.


I think we have covered a lot of ground. If nothing else, we managed to pass balanced budgets and that is something to be proud of and something that cities have to do. We were able to be financially responsible. At the same time, we were also able to invest in our community," said Buragas.

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Joel Studebaker For Normal Council / Facebook

One of the candidates running for Normal Town Council wants to see a different approach to economic development.

Josh Barnett
Josh Barnett Campaign

As the filing period begins for next spring's city council elections, one candidate says he won't be on the ballot.

Donna Boelen
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The Bloomington City Council will be losing one of its most fiscally conservative aldermen next spring when David Sage steps down after three terms.

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Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A second candidate has announced a run for Bloomington's Ward 8 on the southeast side.

A photo of karen Schmidt in the WGLT studio.
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The longest currently serving alderman in Bloomington said she wants four more years.

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David Sage said Tuesday he’s not running for re-election to the Bloomington City Council in 2019—the second alderman to decide against seeking another term.

Picture of a woman sitting at a microphone.
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Normal Town Council member Kathleen Lorenz said she's running for a second term next April.

 Georgene Chissell
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There are still 244 days until the next Bloomington City Council election, but three candidates have already announced plans to run.

A local business owner said Wednesday she’s running for Bloomington City Council in 2019—at least the third candidate to announce with more than 250 days until the election.

Josh Barnett
Josh Barnett Campaign

McLean County Board member Josh Barnett announced Tuesday he will run for Bloomington City Council in Ward 8.

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Community organizer Jenn Carillo said she wants more than to have people at the table listen to her. She wants a seat at the table.