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After a hotly contested debate, Bloomington aldermen decided Monday to postpone a vote on new guidelines that would clarify when the city uses tax increment financing districts (TIFs).

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Tim Gleason from Decatur has been named Bloomington’s next city manager.

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A Bloomington alderman who owns rental property herself said she thinks the city should set some rules for landlords in hopes of reducing unsightly bulk waste being left on the curb.

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Aldermen signed off Monday on a broader scope for Bloomington’s Cultural Commission—a change that could help bring public art and other cultural programs to new parts of the city.

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Before Bloomington's three city manager finalists met with the public at city hall Tuesday, they met with the media to lay out their visions for the city.

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UPDATED 12:25 p.m. | District 87’s superintendent delivered a pointed message to Bloomington aldermen Tuesday night: Think twice before using property taxes to lure economic development.

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The City of Bloomington is inviting the public to meet the finalists for the job of city manager.

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Bloomington aldermen will discuss Tuesday when it’s appropriate for the city to use a tax incentive tool to stimulate economic development—and how to limit any harm done to District 87 schools.

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Two local pension board presidents are raising concerns about a proposal to consolidate hundreds of police and fire pension funds.

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Summertime is just around the corner, and that means busy parks, golf courses, and community swimming pools.

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Following passage in Normal, Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that a Welcoming City immigration ordinance could return to a Bloomington City Council agenda in June.

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A plan to build a bigger Boys & Girls Club building at a city-owned, west-side park won a warm reception from Bloomington aldermen Monday night.

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The Bloomington City Council will hear about a plan Monday night to allow the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal to erect a new, larger building at a west-side park.

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It’s the noon hour on a warm, sunny spring day in downtown Bloomington. Cars and buses move along Front Street. Delivery trucks unload their contents on side streets.

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UPDATED 4:25 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that a change to the city’s liquor laws could have unintended consequences on economic development.

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The Bloomington City Council narrowly passed a change to the liquor code Monday to prevent alcohol sales close to preschools and day cares.

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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.

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Bloomington aldermen balanced the new city budget without a significant increase in property taxes, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to do that again a year from now.

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The Bloomington City Council approved the fiscal year 2019 budget Monday after making spending cuts and raising fees to close a $2.9 million deficit.

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Alderman Karen Schmidt said she cannot support a Welcoming City ordinance at this time.

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A prominent community activist plans to run for Bloomington City Council next year.

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Bloomington aldermen reiterated their preference Monday that the city’s library expand in its current location rather than move to a new home.

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"We're fasting today for freedom, for mercy, for justice," declared the Rev. Jim Warren of First Christian Church as the sunlight cast a golden glow on him and others gathered outside Bloomington City Hall on Sunday.

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Local lawmakers met with the Bloomington City Council on Monday to discuss ways to fund future infrastructure projects and other priorities.

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UPDATED 1:45 p.m. | Bloomington aldermen signaled Monday they want the city to clamp down harder on landlords with chronic code violations in the wake of the Gettysburg Drive apartment fire.

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The cost of trash collection for some Bloomington residents will increase in May.

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Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he was disappointed in what he called the city council’s indecisiveness on how to pay for a major renovation at O’Neil Pool and much-needed street repairs.

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Bloomington aldermen said Monday they might approve some sort of gas tax increase next week to pay for street repairs. But not the full 4 cents per gallon put forward by city staff.

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City leaders took two big steps this week toward luring new development—including two housing projects—along Washington Street just east of downtown Bloomington.

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Five aldermen who tried to remove the Welcoming City ordinance from the Bloomington council agenda probably did not break the law, according to a noted First Amendment and public access attorney in Illinois.

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