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Someone has poured a caustic liquid on a popular public artwork in downtown Bloomington.

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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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An architect and developer who made a surprise pitch last week for a downtown Bloomington hotel connected to Grossinger Motors Arena says the project may not require much city investment.

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Mayor Tari Renner of Bloomington said there are a lot of potential re-uses for the State Farm Fire building in the downtown area, including a new City Hall.

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For the first time in nearly a century, State Farm employees will soon be without a home in downtown Bloomington.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’s put a controversial joint meeting back on the calendar for next week, rejecting a push by some aldermen to forgo a deeper discussion on a proposed downtown library-transit project.

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A Bloomington developer made a surprise public pitch to aldermen Monday for a new downtown hotel and conference center, calling his public-private partnership the “solution” city leaders have been seeking.

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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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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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Around 100 people circled around the courthouse square in downtown Bloomington on Monday to show support for victims of domestic violence.

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The committee tasked with coming up with designs, sizes, and attractions to be featured on wayfinding signs in downtown Bloomington seems to have found its way with a new approach that'll seek more public input.

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Bloomington’s mayor says he’s convinced: A proposal to demolish an aging downtown parking garage and build a new library and transit center has some merit.

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Members of the Downtown Bloomington Task Force clashed Tuesday over a proposal to knock down the aging Market Street garage and replace it with a new library and transit center, weeks before the panel presents its final recommendations to aldermen.

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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.

Bloomington’s Downtown Signage Committee is already back at work, looking to develop a new design for wayfinding signs that will get a warmer reception from aldermen.

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The most famous red door in Bloomington-Normal will be closing for the last time next month.

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Three months ago, aldermen told the Bloomington Public Library's board of trustees to plan for expansion at its current location just east of downtown.

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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.

Downtown Bloomington may not “Dream Big” after all.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Sept. 4-8, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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Looking for a big “catalyst” project to lure more people to downtown Bloomington, members of a city task force expressed support Tuesday for a plan to knock down an old parking garage and build a new library and public transit transfer center in its place.

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A new library. A new hotel. A new YWCA building.

Those are all possible big-picture projects as the Downtown Bloomington Task Force works to establish top priorities for the city’s next three to five years. 

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What at first sounds like a zombie attack is actually a chance for the whole family to get creative with a parlor game that's been around for over 100 years.

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The Bloomington City Council has created a downtown section for its Community Development Department.

Downtown Task Force Wants More Time Before Making Recommendations

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Bloomington's Downtown Task Force Committee wants permission to miss its Aug. 31 deadline to present its initial recommendations to the Bloomington City Council.

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As the new Radisson in north Normal opens its doors this month to guests, the hotel will face increasing competition in a Twin City market that may already have more rooms than it needs.

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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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A task force looking for ways to reinvigorate downtown Bloomington is circling a bold idea—closing off a portion of Main Street and making it for pedestrians only.

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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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Editors note: This article is part of a series of interviews with newly elected council members in Bloomington and Normal. Ward 1 Alderman Jamie Mathy was interviewed May 25. 

A new downtown task force is setting priorities. The group has three more meetings before an initial report is due on Aug. 31. 

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