Mayor Tari Renner

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Bloomington aldermen will again discuss and eventually vote on a budget amendment to strike a controversial sewer oversizing project on the city's far east side. 

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A citizen review board for police will not be a slam dunk in Bloomington, if early council discussion is a guide.

Several Aldermen said they wanted to learn more about the options during a work session on the issue. A couple want to move ahead and have staff draft an ordinance. Alderman David Sage said he sees no case for the panel.

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Parking lots in the northeast part of Downtown Bloomington purchased by the city may not remain as parking lots for long. 

"The Frontier lots are critical and they're critical to economic development and frankly, from the stand point of the city, control over the property," said Mayor Tari Renner during Sound Ideas. "We're finding, obviously with the Front 'n' Center building, if you don't have control of the property there are limitations in how you can operate." 

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Mayor Tari Renner won a second term Tuesday over conservative challenger Kevin Lower, as incumbents also held on in three wards across the city.

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The Bloomington City Council is discussing lowering the speed limit on another road and the Mayor thinks it may be time to move forward on revised commission to address transportation issues.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner has named two new members of the Liquor Commission.

They are Realtor Jack Bataoel and Lindsay Powell, who works in Marketing at Growmark.

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Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday as primary voters chose which two candidates for Bloomington mayor will advance to the ballot on April 4.

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Bloomington and Normal are headed for a showdown over a 30 year old agreement that shares tax revenue from the west side of town.

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The Bloomington City Council is acting to build new sewer lines in a part of the city lacking full service. Mayor Tari Renner said the city sewer system is in bad shape.

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A Bloomington mayoral candidate thinks there's room in the budget to fund priorities such as infrastructure and public safety by cutting amenities.  Ward 1 Alderman and candidate for mayor Kevin Lower also is cool on raising fees or taxes during what he repeatedly called a recession. 

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The announced candidate for Alderman in Bloomington's ninth ward says she sees a good dynamic among members at Council meetings and that Mayor Tari Renner runs a good meeting.

State Farm lawyer Kim Bray said she also has no particular problem with city operations.

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Interest in converting dilapidated downtown Bloomington buildings into a potential hotel and conference center could be renewed now that the city has bolstered the area as a Tax Increment Financing district. 

Renner Re-establishing Cuban Sister Cities

Oct 19, 2016
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner flew south last week to reconnect with Caibarien, Cuba and Remedios, Cuba, which were originally established as Sister Cities to Bloomington and Normal in the early 2000s.  

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner agrees with some council members who say that the city should focus on older neighborhoods before newer parts of town when it comes to sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure. Aldermen met Monday to discuss the five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

Feldkamp Not Backing Down From Liquor Commission

Sep 27, 2016
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Bloomington Liquor Commission Member Sue Feldkamp addressed the city council Monday night in an effort to encourage a five-member commission over a one-member commission and to refuse to resign from her post. Feldkamp said she was told she could serve as long as she wanted.

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Although much of the focus is on the November election, potential candidates have begun circulating petitions for next year's municipal contests.

Among them is Bloomington Alderman Diana Hauman who has announced a run for Mayor against incumbent Tari Renner.

The Mayoral race in Bloomington could turn into a three-way contest. Radio host Ian Bayne is passing petitions.

Bayne said his vision of the city is a place "that is a little more lively, and one where businesses and people make a little bit more money and government makes a little less money."

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The Mayor of Bloomington objects to one of the campaign planks of his prospective opponent in the April election.

Alderman Diana Hauman asserts the city does not have a strategic plan  for the future of the city, especially in economic development. Hauman says the city is working project by project. 

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State Police are investigating past Coliseum operations in Bloomington.

A city news release indicated concerns arose several months ago involving the previous operator and the city brought in state police at that time.

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Bloomington Alderman Diana Hauman is running for Mayor.

Hauman said she prefers to say she is not running against Mayor Tari Renner, who appointed her, so much as she is running for the City of Bloomington in April of 2017.

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New super-high-speed internet, phone and cable service planned for Bloomington will not extend to the residents of the city's west side -- at least not in the near future.

MetroNet, an Indiana-based service provider, had promised in April to install a fiber optic network throughout the city. 

Renner Announces Re-election Bid

Aug 24, 2016
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The sounds of Connect Transit buses and workers going to lunch in downtown Bloomington were drowned out by a crowd of people in front of the Route 66 Visitor's Center. More than 50 supporters of Mayor Tari Renner weathered the humidity and wind to hear the announcement that he is running for re-election in 2017.

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Bloomington's mayor is telling supporters he'll formally launch a re-election bid next week.

Tari Renner is sending supporters emails saying he'll officially announce his third run for mayor August 24th during a noon event at the Route 66 visitors center in downtown Bloomington.

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City of Bloomington officials are mulling over two new proposals for a downtown hotel, following last month's collapse of a plan to locate an upscale hotel and conference center near the coliseum. Both proposals come from developer Jeff Giebelhausen, who's been working with the city for more than a year to redevelop a dilapidated building and the Commerce Bank facility.

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Bloomington's Mayor is painting a picture of a failed downtown  hotel and conference center proposal as a process that is working.  A consultant has recommended against moving forward because the developer partnership has not put $40-million dollars in financing into place.

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City officials could get their first detailed peek into plans for a downtown hotel during a meeting next week. Bloomington alderman Karen Schmidt, whose ward serves downtown, said during Sound Ideas, the project could prove to be a major impetus in reviving the central business district.

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During a Bloomington council discussion of a complete streets policy, 4th Ward Alderman Amelia Buragas introduced two related resolutions. She said the resolutions to add transparency to a traffic committee and to hire a traffic engineer would complement a complete streets ordinance.

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The process to find a new Bloomington City Manager could begin shortly after the next municipal election. Voters will go the polls to elect a mayor and some aldermen April 4, 2017.

Aldermen voted 8-1 during their meeting Monday evening to give City Manager David Hales an 18 month extension from the current expiration date of January 11, 2017, along with a 2.3 percent pay increase. 

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The mayor of Bloomington is already praising the new Coliseum management firm. Tari Renner said VenuWorks is a breath of fresh air compared to the previous firm, Central Illinois Arena Management.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner agrees the community does not need eight publicly-owned golf courses. But, during GLT's Sound Ideas, Renner declined to advocate shutting down one or two city owned courses altogether.

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