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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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The city of Bloomington is losing its top planning and zoning official.

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There’s been a lot of finger-pointing since prosecutors announced that five former managers at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum were facing 111 criminal counts of theft, fraud, and money laundering.

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The five defendants in the U.S. Cellular Coliseum case pleaded not guilty Friday to more than 100 counts of fraud, theft, and money laundering.

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Joliet city council members say their new city manager never told them about a looming financial scandal in Bloomington.

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Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem Karen Schmidt said Tuesday she thinks it's unfair to speculate whether aldermen bear blame for any factors that might have led to alleged theft of nearly a million dollars by the city's former arena management company.

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Connect Transit plans to hire its interim general manager as its next general manager.

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Proponents of a new Bloomington Public Library combined with a Connect Transit transfer center have a hurdle to overcome—a previous council consensus.

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Four people want to succeed McLean County Board member Rich Buchanan—and three of them are former Bloomington City Council or mayoral candidates.

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Bloomington-Normal bars and restaurants aren’t the only ones happy to see the college students back in town.

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The governing body in Topeka, Kansas, has hired someone other than Bloomington City Manager David Hales.

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Area car repair shops have been in high gear this summer, in part, because of many of 240 miles of residential streets in Bloomington are in such bad shape. Many rate a three on a 10-scale with 10 as the best.

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If you think the condition of Bloomington city streets is going to improve any time soon, you would be wrong.

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The City of Bloomington's Public Works director and members of the Historic Preservation Commission have reached a compromise on a draft revision of the city's Brick Streets Master Plan.

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A longtime public servant has come to the end of his community activism. Rich Buchanan has resigned his McLean County Board seat for health reasons.

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Dividing Downtown Bloomington into three zoning areas—instead of only one—could increase the area's walkability, leading people to spend more time and maybe money there, according to Bloomington's community development director.

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The final draft of a police citizen review board may leave advocates on both sides of the issue feeling like they have lost something.

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Some members of Bloomington's Downtown Task Force expressed support Tuesday for installing new parking meters in the central business district, as the committee worked to prioritize suggestions for downtown improvements.

Ward 1 Alderman Jamie Mathy said Bloomington and Normal are the only major cities in Illinois he has seen that do not have parking meters.

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Another special meeting Monday on a proposed Bloomington police citizen review board drew more than 100 people who gave, at times, heated input to aldermen.

Five Bloomington City Council members delayed a scheduled vote on Monday to hear more from Police Chief Brendan Heffner.

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After a fierce battle over bicycle lanes for Washington Street, the final chapter in the process Monday was anticlimactic.

Opponents scarcely showed up, and the Bloomington City Council gave unanimous approval, 9-0.

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The Bloomington City Council may vote on a civilian review board at their July 10 meeting, but action could also be delayed, according to a Bloomington Alderman.

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The percentage of McLean County solid waste diverted to recycling and away from the landfill has pushed past a goal set in 2007.  

Coliseum Naming Rights Sold for $850,000

Jun 22, 2017
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The Coliseum in Bloomington will now be called the Grossinger Motors Arena. Facility manager VenuWorks has sold Grossinger Motors naming rights for the stadium. The $175,000  per year contract will last five years. Company owner Caroline Grossinger said she's excited.

"You know, investing in a facility is an enormous investment, but when we did that we did that with the thought that we're here to stay. We're here to build that community and the overall communities around us," said Grossinger.

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A solid majority on the Bloomington City Council favors creating a citizen review board for police complaints.

There's less certainty about one provision community groups are pushing. Alderman Joni Painter said during a council work session it is an absolute no go for her.

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The Bloomington City Council has given a clear signal to the Library Board as it considers a new or expanded library; stay in the current location. 

Bloomington Planning Commission Signs Off On Bike Lanes

Jun 15, 2017
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The Bloomington Planning Commission supports bike lanes along Washington Street. Residents testified on both sides of the amendment to the Bloomington bike plan during a public hearing.

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The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts’ new season was booked under a mandate from City Manager David Hales to generate more money as the center faces a half-million dollar deficit.

Unit Five Questions Proposed Low Income Housing Location

Jun 13, 2017
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Unit Five Schools has helped postpone a decision on a low-income housing development in southwest Bloomington. The city council is asking for a financial impact study.

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It's been six months since the city of Bloomington came up with a plan to address safety concerns for bar patrons and police officers trying to handle as many as 1,600 people pouring into the streets on busy weekends.  The solution appears to be having the desired effect but so far, it comes with a price tag of $80,000 because police officers used for the additional downtown detail are considered "hire backs," and not part of the regular schedule, therefore they are paid time-and-a-half.

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