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About 10 residents expressed opposition Monday as the Normal Town Council voted to increase property taxes next year.

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Bloomington aldermen say they’d rather evenly split the cost of supporting a new small-business development center at Illinois Wesleyan University rather than picking up most of the tab.

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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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Homeowners in Normal will likely see an increase in their property taxes next year.

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The proposed tax levy for the Town of Normal could go up close to 7 percent. Town staff said in documents prepared for Monday's council meeting that most of the $841,000 increase would go to rises in pension costs.

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The Normal Town Council approved up to $800,000 in tax breaks for a shopping center owner at Monday night's meeting.

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Should Normal give away $800,000 in tax breaks to a shopping center owner so that the town can reap $4.8 million in projected new tax revenue?

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The Normal Town Council toured the new fire department headquarters Monday prior to its regular meeting at City Hall.

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

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The Town of Normal wants to cut its payroll because of revenue losses. Staff are recommending the town offer early retirement incentives to 18 people.

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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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The Town of Normal could face some financial challenges in coming years.

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Just a month after Bloomington’s aldermen created a new police advisory board, the Normal Town Council heard recommendations Monday for improving how its officers interact with people of color.

Normal Sewer Rate Plan Passes Without Dissent

Aug 7, 2017
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Hoping to start proactive work on Normal's aging sewer system, the Town Council voted Monday to more than double the sewer rate paid by residents over the next five years.

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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.

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OSF HealthCare is planning to open a new medical building in north Normal in the Constitution Trail Centre.

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The Unit 5 school board and Normal Town Council plan a rare joint meeting Wednesday to share information and possibly set up a new liaison committee.

Normal Council Approves Insurance Changes

Jul 18, 2017
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The Normal Town Council has approved a new insurance package for workers.

The plan approved Monday will remove a $50 deductible and increase benefits. Deputy City Manager Pam Reece said it will encourage employees to participate in the town wellness program. 

"We just don't want employees to become complacent. So it made sense to us to bump up the wellness incentive. Really, if you look at it, it applies as a penalty. Because, if you don't participate, then you pay more towards your insurance," said Reece.

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The owners of the Hyatt hotel in Uptown Normal have withdrawn their request for a tax break that the Normal Town Council was expected to vote on Monday night.