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The Illinois House dealt a series of rebukes to Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday.

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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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The Bloomington City Council on Monday pumped the brakes on a project to expand the intersection of Towanda Barnes and Ireland Grove roads.

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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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Illinois state lawmakers are on their way back to Springfield.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has made his long awaited announcement that he is seeking re-election.

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Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker said Thursday he knows the difference between running a business and running government and is experienced in both, unlike the two other wealthy businessmen—Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump—who’ve struggled in their transition to public office.

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A congressman for central Illinois is watching the Senate carefully, as two senators introduce a new proposal to reform the Affordable Care Act.

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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre said Tuesday he is polling board members whether and how they think election functions should be combined between the clerk's office and the Bloomington Election Commission.

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Seven Bloomington residents—including several downtown and west-side leaders—have been picked for a new civilian board to advise the police chief.

A lawyer from southern Illinois is leading the money race among Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th Congressional District next year.

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A report released Monday says Illinois’ poor credit rating should be blamed on “governance weakness,” not the state’s economy.

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Newly released audits for the former U.S. Cellular Coliseum show the city was warned eight years ago that its finance department wasn’t providing adequate oversight over the arena’s records, due in part to staffing shortages.

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Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar said Thursday he's ending his bid for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor because he doesn't have enough money.

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The city of Bloomington is losing its top planning and zoning official.

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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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When you’re running for elected office, you need to get people to sign your nominating petitions to get on the ballot. It can be a slog, with every waking moment pestering shoppers leaving grocery stores or asking your neighbors for their John Hancock.

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Bloomington aldermen signaled support Monday for a major overhaul to how the city’s elected officials spend taxpayer money on travel, meals, and other reimbursable expenses.

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Bloomington aldermen were curious but cautious Monday night on whether the Grossinger Motors Arena management company should also take over the city’s performing arts venue.

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There’s been a lot of finger-pointing since prosecutors announced that five former managers at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum were facing 111 criminal counts of theft, fraud, and money laundering.

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There is a growing bipartisan chorus of calls to take a step in the direction of regulating guns in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, including two lawmakers from Central Illinois.

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Back in office after a five-week medical leave of absence, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is changing the format for his Friday open houses.

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Donald Trump ran for president touting his outsider status and record as the leader of a vast real estate empire. He promised to apply business expertise to government.

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The alleged fraud scheme at the former U.S. Cellular Coliseum took advantage of a known blind spot in the City of Bloomington’s oversight of arena finances, exploiting a decade-long contract that many city leaders disliked from the very beginning, GLT has learned.

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

Rauner Explains Signing Abortion Bill

Sep 28, 2017
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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he understands the moral objections to abortion but signed into law expanded coverage for them because he believes all women should have the same health care options.

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When Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner returns from his medical leave of absence Sunday, he’ll face an even longer to-do list than the one he temporarily set aside four weeks ago.

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