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Election 2021 - WGLT Voter Guide

WGLT is committed to helping you become an informed voter ahead of the April 6 local election.

How To Vote

League of Women Voters Candidate Surveys

See the responses from local candidates to questions from the League of Women Voters of McLean County:

Bloomington Mayoral Candidates

Current Mayor Tari Renner is not seeking a third term.

Here is some of our coverage of the race:

You can watch WGLT's Bloomington mayoral candidates forum below, or read our recap.

Normal Mayoral Candidates

This is a rematch of the 2017 mayoral election.

Here is some of our coverage of the race:

You can watch WGLT's Normal mayoral candidates forum March 9 below, or read our recap.

Bloomington City Council

You can use the city’s map to find out in which ward you live.

Ward 1

Ward 3

Ward 5

Ward 7

Ward 9

Here is our coverage of these races:

Normal Town Council

Voters will select three candidates for at-large (townside) seats on the council.

Here is our coverage of these races:

Unit 5 School Board

Here is WGLT's overview of the race between six candidates vying for three open seats, with no incumbents in the race. You can look up your congressional township on the McLean County GIS website.

24N-2E (one seat)

23N-2E (up to two seats)

24N-3E (up to two seats)

District 87 School Board

There are four seats up for election.

  • Brigette Beasley Gibson (i)
  • Chuck Irwin (i)
  • Elizabeth Fox Anvick (i)
  • Fitzgerald Samedy

Heartland Community College Board

WGLT hosted a forum for board candidates on March 18. You can watch video below, or read our recap.

Candidates for the two 6-year terms:

  • Joshua Crockett (Bloomington)
  • Rebecca L. Ropp (Normal)
  • Catrina Parker (Bloomington)
  • Jodie Slothower (Normal)
  • Cynthia Pulley (Downs)

And candidates for the one 2-year slot, filling the reminder of Gregg Chadwicks’ term:

  • Cecelia Long (Bloomington)
  • Jim Drew (Lincoln)

Ways to Connect

UPDATED 12:30 p.m. | District 87 school board candidate Jon Reed has formally withdrawn from the race, election officials said Tuesday.

A District 87 school board candidate apparently suspended his campaign Friday after his history of posting racist and misogynist content to social media came to light.

Crowd holding signs at Uptown Normal rally
WGLT file photo

Much of the debate in the Normal Town Council and mayor's races has centered on taxes, debt and town essentials, including roads and water. But several town council candidates say town government also has a role in fostering diversity and inclusion.

Marc Tritilli speaks
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Normal Mayor Chris Koos and his challenger, Marc Tiritilli, disagree on what’s the most important issue facing the community. During a WGLT debate this week, Koos argued that it’s COVID-19. Tiritilli said “COVID is a crisis, but it’s not the most important issue facing the community. The most important is division. That subsumes all of the other issues.”

Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

The nine candidates running for Normal Town Council split down the middle on the proper role of government in building the tax base and offering development incentives.

Rivian plant from the sky

Rivian continues to ramp up hiring as the start of production approaches in June. The electric vehicle maker will begin manufacturing vans, trucks, and SUVs over the summer and early autumn.

The union that represents Bloomington Police officers has made two big-dollar campaign contributions to city council candidates, in the latest sign that local police reform efforts may hinge in part on the outcome of the April 6 election.

Bloomington mayoral candidates stand at podiums
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The three candidates for Bloomington mayor agree that the economic recovery from the pandemic will demand a lot of attention if they’re elected. They have different views of what the city government’s role should be in supporting that recovery.

Now Hiring sign
Nam Y. Huh / AP

The candidates running for mayor and city council in Bloomington mostly praise what city government has done so far in providing relief to residents and small businesses.

Chris and Marc

This story is about debt, specifically Town of Normal debt; what’s healthy and what’s not. It’s a campaign issue in this year’s mayoral and city council contests.

police car in front of Walmart
WGLT file photo

It's an issue that doesn't get much play in political campaigns, but it could have major impacts on how Bloomington and Normal governments operate for decades to come.

WGLT File Photo

Business development and revenue generation are big parts of city government. Candidates for Bloomington City Council offer different ideas on how to achieve that.

Bloomington voters this spring will choose their first new mayor in eight years. The choice is between a low-key veteran city council member and two political newcomers with very different backgrounds. One of them will replace Tari Renner, who is not seeking a third term.

Unofficial results show Kelby Cumpston and Mollie Ward have won Tuesday's primary election for Bloomington's Ward 7 seat.

Photos Courtesy Facebook / Kelby for Ward 7, Mollie Ward For Bloomington City Council Ward 7, June Peterson-Middlebrooks, Coretta Jackson for Ward 7, Daniel Freburg

Five candidates are vying for the Ward 7 seat on the Bloomington City Council. But only two will appear on the ballot in the April 6 municipal election. This week, voters will determine who those finalists will be.

Vote sign
Ken Chui

A McLean County judge has removed from the ballot two Republican candidates in Normal Township races in the spring municipal election.

Kingsley Junior High School
Google Maps

Two candidates have withdrawn their candidacies for Unit 5 school board, following a challenge to their petitions.


A candidate for Normal Town Council participated in the events that became an insurrection and riot at the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

Bill Brady
Seth Perlman / AP

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, who ran for governor three times and led Republicans in the Illinois Senate, has resigned.

Kingsley Junior High School
Google Maps

UPDATED 11:00 A.M. | Voters in the Unit 5 school district will have a lot of options when they decide who they want in charge of district policy next year.

Chiddix Junior High School front entrance
WGLT file photo

A number of newcomers are seeking more influence in education policy in Unit 5 schools amid a year in which the coronavirus has upended how children are trying to learn.

Misty Metroz
Misty Metroz

An educator with no political experience says she would bring servant leadership to Bloomington if she's elected mayor next year.

Vote sign
Ken Chui

Sarah Grammer is seeking a second term as Normal Township supervisor as the Democratic party seeks to maintain power the party seized four years ago after decades of Republican control.

Mboka Mwilambwe
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington City Council member Mboka Mwilambwe says his experience and temperament make him the best choice to lead the city, starting next year.

Koos and Tiritilli
Cristian Jaramillio / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos and challenger Marc Tiritilli both turned in their nominating petitions to the Town of Normal first thing Monday morning to set the stage for a rematch in the mayor’s race next April.

Tim Evanson

The dust has hardly settled from the last election and candidates already are preparing to file for the next one, the municipal consolidated contests next year.

Mboka Mwilambwe
Staff / WGLT

Another Bloomington City Council member has decided against running for re-election in the spring.

Keith Moldovan holds a sign
Willis Kern / WGLT

Nearly 100 people happy with the outcome of the presidential election attended a hastily-organized event Saturday in downtown Bloomington billed as, "You're Fired! A Community Farewell for 45."

McClintock, Nick

A political newcomer has announced a run for mayor of Bloomington. He is 29-year-old Nick McClintock, a radio technician for the Illinois Farm Bureau. He also has been a part-time producer and show host for various radio stations in Bloomington-Normal.

Mike Straza

The first Bloomington mayoral candidate to emerge says he would lean into his business background to help the local economy navigate the pandemic.