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Politics and Government

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For a guy who claims he’s not a politician, Rich Buchanan sure made his mark in the political arena over the years in McLean County.

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The advocacy group Illinois People’s Action again lobbied the Bloomington City Council on Monday for a so-called Welcoming Cities ordinance to protect immigrants.

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Candidates for next year’s elections began filing their petitions Monday, setting up at least two contested races for longtime Republican state lawmakers and another one for McLean County Board.

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Embattled Republican Roy Moore’s alleged behavior toward teenage girls “disqualifies him” from serving in the Senate, U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said during a Bloomington visit.

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Voters will get their first look Monday at which candidates are planning to run in 2018 for several key races in McLean County, as the window to file nominating petitions opens.

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A sexual harassment lawsuit that derailed the political career of former state Treasurer Dan Rutherford has been dismissed in federal court in Chicago.

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The McLean County Board on Tuesday approved next year’s leaner budget, shedding staff to help offset lost revenue caused by the long-awaited state budget agreement.

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AT&T and other mobile phone providers are pushing legislation they say will ease congestion on their networks. But some towns and cities across Illinois are worried it’s really a power grab.

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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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Despite an admonishment letter from council to the mayor and a new proposal that would remove mayoral power, Bloomington's interim City Manager Steve Rasmussen doesn't think the council is any more fractious than usual.

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Facebook is facing tough questions in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Did Russians use social media to sway the election? Why is there so much fake news? Why isn’t Facebook more transparent?

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The House on Thursday passed a sweeping Republican tax bill cutting taxes for corporations and many people, putting GOP leaders closer to delivering to President Donald Trump a crucial legislative achievement after nearly a year of failures.

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Graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are worried that the Republican tax reform plan could make their education more expensive.

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State Rep. Dan Brady said the unusually high number of veto overrides this fall was the result of lobbying by other elected officials pushing the legislation, not necessarily an indication of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s declining power among his fellow Republicans.

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The Bloomington City Council will not allow VenuWorks to manage the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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Illinois Wesleyan University’s president said Thursday that a plan to tax college endowments as part of a larger tax overhaul would unfairly harm private schools and make them less affordable.

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Based on accomplishments and temperament over the past 10 months, two faculty members from Illinois State University's Department of Politics and Government are giving President Trump a "D minus" and an "Incomplete."

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Illinois’ Democratic senators on Thursday blasted dueling Republican tax reform bills, saying tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy come at the expense of middle-class taxpayers.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday narrowly escaped having one of his vetoes overridden.

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

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There is no “appetite” from the Bloomington City Council to increase property taxes to help close a project $3 million budget deficit next year, an alderman told GLT on Monday.

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Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan on Saturday picked up the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democrat for whom she’s worked as a fundraiser in the past.

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An inspector general is required to consider ethical complaints at the Illinois State Capitol. But the state has failed to hire one for two years, resulting in a backlog of 27 complaints.

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Staring at a projected $3 million deficit next year, Bloomington aldermen will meet Saturday for a daylong retreat focused largely on right-sizing the city’s budget amid flattening revenues.

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Former Democratic congressional candidate Ben Webb announced Wednesday he’s now planning a run against state Rep. Dan Brady in the 105th House District in 2018.

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A legislative activist has testified that a Chicago state senator sexually harassed her while she worked with him on a piece of legislation.

A state representative from the Chicago suburbs says she’ll challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in next year’s Republican primary.

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Former Bloomington alderman Rob Fazzini said Friday he's exploring a run for McLean County Board in the east side district currently represented by the county’s Republican Party chair.

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The Illinois House has soundly rejected a ban on gun modifications known as "bump stocks" that speed firing and were used in the Las Vegas massacre.

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