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City Manager Mark Peterson

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Normal's former city manager has retired, but he's still speaking out. And he has a warning.

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As friends, staff, and Normal Town Council members gathered to congratulate retiring City Manager Mark Peterson on Thursday for his service, Mayor Chris Koos offered a little extra to Peterson's long career with the town.

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The Town of Normal is likely to make major cuts and fee increases.

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Normal Town Council members could take their first step Tuesday toward another development in Uptown Normal, as they vote whether to begin negotiations with an Iowa company that wants to build a $29.2 million mixed-use building on the northeast arc of the circle.

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The Bloomington and Normal city councils will likely see a draft of dual ordinances that would stop local police from working with federal immigration authorities on deportation—even if Normal’s city manager says it’s bad public policy.

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As Bloomington’s new civilian police advisory board gets to work, a similar group in the Town of Normal will also be taking shape in 2018.

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The executive director of the McLean County Museum of History will leave that position to take over the Town of Normal’s Children’s Discovery Museum and Cultural Arts Department.

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The director of the Town of Normal’s cultural arts department and Children’s Discovery Museum is leaving for a new position with Advocate Health Care.

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The Town of Normal has installed pedestrian signs at the crossings of the Constitution Trail on Locust, Willow, Lincoln, Shelbourne and Raab.

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The Normal Town Council is hoping to downsize its payroll because of revenue losses.

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The Normal Town Council on Tuesday agreed, with one dissenting vote, to hire a recruitment firm to find its next city manager.

Current City Manager Mark Peterson announced his retirement last month, effective in March 2018. Council members have also worked with consultants Lyle Sumek Associates to distil the qualities they think are important for a city manager.

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Frustrated by years of gridlock and bad decisions in Springfield, a panel of experts said Thursday that local governments, nonprofits, and business leaders may need to go their own way and rebuild their starved social service network using community resources.

Ralph Weisheit

When the Normal Town Council meets in closed-door session Friday to discuss the process for hiring its next city manager, they'll be joined by an outside consultant.

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Normal City Manager Mark Peterson said Tuesday he still loves his job. He still finds it fun. He still has projects he wants to accomplish. Yet Peterson is retiring in eight months.

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Normal City Manager Mark Peterson announced Monday he plans to retire in March, ending a three-decade career with the town.

Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
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Last week when lawmakers finally passed a state budget, their counterparts in local government cheered.

A day or two later, mayors and city managers across the state got the bad news—that the hard-fought budget package included a sales tax surprise that will further strain municipalities.

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Residents in the Town of Normal will see a slight hike in their water bill next month. 

The council approved a two percent increase for the water rate in a 4-3 vote Monday night with council members Kevin McCarthy, Scott Preston, and Kathleen Lorenz voting "no." 

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The Town of Normal will be filling in gaps of the sidewalk system close to Illinois State University. 

The Town Council has approved using over $270,000 of Motor Fuel Tax Funds for sidewalk improvements on Beech Street, Fell Avenue, and University Street. 

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The $1.8 million tax rebate to developers of a popular Chicago-based restaurant is high, but reasonable for one projected to bring in $8 million in annual sales. 

Ralph Weisheit

The Mayor of Normal says the City Manager met almost all of his goals last year. And the ones Mark Peterson did not achieve had to do with government mandates getting in the way. Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas, Mayor Chris Koos said Peterson is at the top of his game.

Ralph Weisheit

An ad-hoc committee of elected officials from the Town of Normal and the City of Bloomington is still working on developing a sales tax sharing agreement.

Melissa Schoper

The Normal Town Council approved design revisions to the proposed One Uptown Circle structure Monday night. The new mixed use development will be located next to the Hyatt Place in Uptown Normal. 

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Mitsubishi Motors North America has sold its plant in Normal to an industrial reclamation firm.

Maynards Industries is a Detroit-based company that will take possession of the plant in June.

Mitsubishi says it does not know Maynards' plans for the site and equipment, but are aware they are in discussions with various parties.

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The Main Street corridor from Olive Street in Bloomington to College Avenue in Normal is the subject of only two TIGER Grant applications being submitted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). It's the only project involving road construction. 

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner calls the multi-modal aspects of the application "exciting." Town of Normal Manger  Mark Peterson said the economic benefits are a "game changer."

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Even though the public price tag to create a new building on Uptown Circle is high, the Mayor of Normal said it's worth it to fill the so-called hole in the ground.

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The Normal Town Council is supporting a $10 million bond to finish funding the new Fire Department Headquarters next to Illinois State University and pay their portion of the property development next to Hyatt Place. The bond will also be used for additional projects, pending council approval.

Normal Looking At 'Status Quo' Budget

Jan 14, 2016
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Next year's budget for the Town of Normal won't look much different from this year. The Town Council is working on the spending plan. City Manager Mark Peterson says the proposal is "a little higher, but, really, no major difference in basic operations."

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The Normal Town Council is giving the green light to a six year community investment plan. The proposal includes 119 capital projects that add up to $56 million, but those projects do not include a soccer complex or indoor recreation center.

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The Town of Normal is preparing a property tax levy, which will be brought before council members next month.