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Three government bodies met jointly Tuesday night to nudge forward an ambitious plan to build a new library and transit center in downtown Bloomington, even as several officials noted a lack of public buy-in as one major hurdle to the effort.

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Three Bloomington aldermen on Tuesday heard a variety of ways to attack a looming budget deficit of nearly $3 million for the new fiscal year that starts May 1, including a suggestion to privatize solid waste collection.

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Bloomington aldermen butted heads again Monday over a proposal to build a new library and transit hub downtown, even as a local developer pitched his own competing vision for a catalyst project to revitalize the city’s central business district.

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Bloomington aldermen wanted to see some concrete ideas for how the city could close next year’s $3 million budget deficit. Now they’ve got them.

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Residents and visitors will see some changes in the city of Bloomington's aesthetics next year.

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Nearly 300 people—mostly supporters—turned out to a Bloomington City Council meeting Monday dealing with a proposed Welcoming City ordinance.

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Aldermen will vote Monday on a final design for downtown Bloomington’s new wayfinding signs, as well as a new concession area and more parking for Miller Park Zoo.

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The Bloomington City Council will talk about the controversial downtown catalyst project with the Bloomington Public Library and Connect Transit boards next month.

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The Bloomington Public Library will use a small increase in property taxes for future improvements.

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The Bloomington City Council is moving its Dec. 18 meetings to a larger space due to the amount of public interest in the immigration ordinance topic it will be discussing.

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The mayor of Normal said Thursday that the town won't react to the city of Bloomington's move to lower contributions to the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Bloomington aldermen say they’d rather evenly split the cost of supporting a new small-business development center at Illinois Wesleyan University rather than picking up most of the tab.

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For a guy who claims he’s not a politician, Rich Buchanan sure made his mark in the political arena over the years in McLean County.

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The advocacy group Illinois People’s Action again lobbied the Bloomington City Council on Monday for a so-called Welcoming Cities ordinance to protect immigrants.

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A proposal in Bloomington that would impinge the ability of the mayor to control the council agenda is a fundamental change in Bloomington's form of government, according to the Town of Normal mayor. 

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The Bloomington City Council met for nearly three hours Monday talking about, among other things, how to use its time better.

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Despite an admonishment letter from council to the mayor and a new proposal that would remove mayoral power, Bloomington's interim City Manager Steve Rasmussen doesn't think the council is any more fractious than usual.

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There's a move to weaken the power of the office of Mayor in Bloomington.

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The Bloomington City Council will not allow VenuWorks to manage the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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There is no “appetite” from the Bloomington City Council to increase property taxes to help close a project $3 million budget deficit next year, an alderman told GLT on Monday.

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Staring at a projected $3 million deficit next year, Bloomington aldermen will meet Saturday for a daylong retreat focused largely on right-sizing the city’s budget amid flattening revenues.

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Steve Rasmussen is expected to be named interim city manager at a special Bloomington City Council meeting on Thursday.

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Mayor Tari Renner conceded Tuesday he has “serious communication issues” to work out with the Bloomington aldermen who publicly admonished him, even as he called one of them a “bully” and said that some don’t understand the city’s form of government.

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The Bloomington City Council on Monday pumped the brakes on a project to expand the intersection of Towanda Barnes and Ireland Grove roads.

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Most Bloomington aldermen say they’re disappointed in Mayor Tari Renner's recent behavior.

Near the end of Monday night's meeting, Ward 8 Alderman Diana Hauman read from a statement and delivered a letter admonishing Renner. The letter was signed by Hauman and Aldermen David Sage, Jamie Mathy, Mboka Mwilambwe, Joni Painter, and Karen Schmidt. Aldermen Scott Black, Amelia Buragas, and Kim Bray did not sign it.

PDF: Read the letter from aldermen to Renner

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The clock is ticking down to the time Bloomington City Manager David Hales leaves, and the Bloomington City Council has not yet chosen an interim for the post, in spite of two executive sessions on the topic.

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Outgoing Bloomington City Manager David Hales pleaded with the city council during a work session Monday to not get bogged down in details of the new budget.

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Seven Bloomington residents—including several downtown and west-side leaders—have been picked for a new civilian board to advise the police chief.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said he’s troubled by what he sees as increasingly hostile conduct aimed at elected officials, blaming local media for not doing more to debunk critics who he thinks will scare off others from running for public office.

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Bloomington aldermen signaled support Monday for a major overhaul to how the city’s elected officials spend taxpayer money on travel, meals, and other reimbursable expenses.

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