Politics and Government

Judith Valente

By the time Jenn Carrillo crossed into the U.S. illegally from Mexico,  her family had already tried for years to to obtain legal status.

The family's original petition was filed in 1996. That application is still pending.

"We still haven't heard back from that petition. I can look it up and track it and see where it is in the stack," Carrillo, who came here at age 10, said on GLT's Sound Ideas.

"For a lot of us, there is no legal remedy."

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"Even though I don't have documents, this is my country and I will do whatever to defend it," said a 30-year-old undocumented immigrant who wants to be called Victor because he fears being deported under new Trump administration policies.

GLT is proud to partner with the League of Women Voters McLean County to bring our community a series of candidate forums for Bloomington and Normal mayoral candidates, Bloomington city council candidates and Town of Normal council candidates.

Each forum will be broadcast live from ISU's University Galleries at 6 p.m. on the date scheduled and will be rebroadcast the following day on GLT's Sound Ideas at noon. These forums are open to the public.

Here is a quick recap from the first forum, featuring the Bloomington mayoral candidates:

GLT is proud to partner with the League of Women Voters McLean County to bring our community a series of candidate forums for Bloomington and Normal mayoral candidates, Bloomington city council candidates and Town of Normal council candidates.

Each forum will be broadcast live from ISU's University Galleries at 6 p.m. on the date scheduled and will be rebroadcast the following day on GLT's Sound Ideas at noon. These forums are open to the public.

Here is a quick recap from the first forum, featuring the Bloomington mayoral candidates:

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A new business coming to the Twin Cities is looking to build a partnership with District 87.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is still concerned that a growing number of people are leaving the state.

During a stop in Normal Wednesday, Rauner said lower property taxes and more jobs could help keep people in Illinois. 

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The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees approved a small tuition increase Tuesday night. 

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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 first of two Democrats to announce a formal campaign for governor says he wants a "new deal" for Illinois. Ameya Pawar visited Normal and talked about his vision for the state in a Sound Ideas interview.

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A redesign of truck routes in Bloomington probably won't change where commercial haulers go all that much. Aldermen signaled in a work session Monday night they want to keep the current case-by-case restriction policy, for now.

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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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Frequent drivers through Bloomington will soon see a wider Linden Street from Locust to Empire.

The City Council Monday night approved expanding the street to stretch across 30 feet compared to its current 26.

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A State Senator from Evanston is telling McLean County Democrats they can't allow millionaires to buy the government and use it against the middle class. 

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The Normal Public Library Board and staff, Town of Normal officials, and citizens providing input are all considering a library that could be one of the most environmentally friendly in the nation.  However, a Normal Town  Council member says it all depends on the cost.

Town of Normal

The Town of Normal is providing more detailed guidance to consultants studying a proposed pedestrian railroad crossing at Uptown Station. 

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At least one social service director is beginning to wonder if social service agencies are caught in the middle of the state budget crisis or if the agencies are in the cross hairs.

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Grassroots organizations are popping up in many places trying to oppose the agenda of President Donald Trump. 

Not In Our Town Rally Stresses Unity

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Many Twin Cities residents and politicians are voicing their concern over President Donald Trump's immigration order. 

More than 1,100 people filled the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday night for a community solidarity rally sponsored by Not In Our Town.

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Bloomington's city manager thinks "you have to look at the reality" when it comes to some of the proposals being floated by candidates running for mayor. 

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The newest member of the Heartland Community College Board of Trustees said she is a life long learner ready to give back to her alma mater.

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A large group of Bloomington residents are upset with the City Council's decision to unanimously approve a lease from Mid-Central Community Action for the property at 828 W. Jefferson Street to serve as a community house.

Alexis Shpall Wolstein

In  what may be a new era of so called "alternative facts" and much talked about fake news, a librarian at Illinois State University is working to document involvement by Bloomington Normal residents at women's marches across the country.

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Several groups of students at Normal Community High School are working on a project to promote positivity under President Donald Trump's administration.

NCHS Senior Ryan Watkins said he is leading his classmates in making a video based on kindness and acceptance within the school and community.

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Television personality Dr. Marc Lamont Hill spent time answering questions from a group of Illinois State University students before speaking at the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner Friday night.

Hill is a distinguished professor of African American studies at Morehouse College and host of BET News and VH1 Live.

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Two Illinois State University political scientists agree that Trump will be a President like none other. They also both agree the incoming President is "thin skinned" and that the world needs to get ready for a "new abnormal."

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Bloomington's Finance Director said the City is working efficiently to fund the Police and Fire pension plans.

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Among the Springfield-area women traveling to Washington D. C. to take part in the women's march Saturday is the sister of a U. S. Representative that serves part of McLean County.

The rally is set for Saturday, the day after Donald Trump is sworn in as president.  Organizers say while it's a protest, it will also be used to send a message to the new administration. 

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Bloomington City Council members will see a presentation on the status of FY 2017 during the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night.

City Finance Director Patti-Lynn Silva will also talk about what the city can expect with budget balances when the fiscal year ends on April 30. 

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During a Bloomington mayoral forum, one candidate said he didn't have to fight against the current mayor, while another candidate said he was ready to fight for Bloomington residents. 

Four of the five candidates spoke at the McLean County Republican Party's breakfast Monday morning. 

Candidate Kevin Lower said even though he disagrees with Mayor Tari Renner's ideals, he doesn't think the candidates need to fight each other. Ian Bayne said candidates need to fight for residents to survive.

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People in the Twin Cities may notice more signs popping up, but they aren't promoting political candidates.

The welcome signs are printed in three languages with the same message: No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor. 

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