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Mayor Tari Renner

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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 Bloomington police detective who has worked with YWCA McLean County’s Stepping Stones program for sexual assault survivors said he will no longer help with its trainings in part because of the YWCA’s support for a citizen-led police advisory board.

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Bloomington officials will discuss this summer whether to try and acquire downtown's vacant Front N Center building through eminent domain, Mayor Tari Renner told GLT.

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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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Wednesday marks the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

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The Keep Families Together coalition continued its rally in the Bloomington City Council chambers Monday after breaking a 24-hour fast.

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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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Two potential draft Welcoming City ordinances are now available for the city of Bloomington. Mayor Tari Renner said he sees no problem with having both of them go to the City Council.

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The City of Bloomington’s attorney asked prosecutors to give aldermen a closed-door “high-level briefing” on the Coliseum fraud case, only to be denied by the McLean County state’s attorney because such a meeting might violate the state’s Open Meetings law, GLT has learned.

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UPDATED 2:45 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he was “hugely skeptical” of privatizing garbage collection, a move some aldermen think would help close the city’s looming $3 million budget deficit.

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

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Another manufacturer is considering a move into McLean County.

A company that makes prosthetic limbs met with Bloomington city officials last week about opening a manufacturing site here, said Mayor Tari Renner.

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Bloomington residents had a lot to say to Tari Renner on Tuesday and tensions rose during the mayor’s first town hall meeting at the YWCA McLean County.

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An Illinois State University political science professor says a Bloomington alderman's proposal to reduce the mayor's agenda-setting power is a disservice to the city.

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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 Mayor Tari Renner will seek public input at three town hall meetings in December.

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

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The McLean County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of McLean County on Wednesday morning at the Illinois Wesleyan University Hansen Student Center.

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Aldermen seeking more information about the use of city credit cards were told about an unintentional “oversight” related to the booking of Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner’s trip to Japan, newly released emails show.

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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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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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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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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that the allegations against the former managers of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum were “not at all surprising” to him and that trying to extract more detailed financial information from those managers was like “dealing with a Soviet Gulag.”

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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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