Here are the top stories we covered this week (Dec. 4 to Dec. 8, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.
Election Season Begins
Democratic women and a surge of Libertarians will run for office in McLean County. In McLean County, 11 of 13 races are contested, including at least three head-to-head primary matchups for County Board and several three-way races next November.
Barickman Breaks With Rauner
State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, is open-minded about legalizing recreational marijuana. Barickman said he wants to meet with Democratic lawmakers in Springfield next year to push the measure forward.
Rallying Around Renner
Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner held his first of three town hall meetings this month at the YWCA McLean County. More than 30 community members asked questions and shared their stories, showing that residents have different priorities for the city.
Read the story: Bloomington Residents Voice Concerns At Renner's First Town Hall
Paying For Pensions
Homeowners in Normal will see a nearly 6 percent increase on their property tax bill. The Town of Normal has an obligation to fund the police and fire pensions, and council members say property taxes are the most reliable source of revenue.
Read the story: Normal Town Council Approves Property Tax Increase
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