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A Bloomington-Normal teacher announced Tuesday he’s pulling out of the Democratic race for the 13th Congressional District.

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Members of the Downtown Bloomington Task Force clashed Tuesday over a proposal to knock down the aging Market Street garage and replace it with a new library and transit center, weeks before the panel presents its final recommendations to aldermen.

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Most Bloomington homeowners will see a $6.06 increase in their monthly utility bills starting next May.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that athletes who are protesting during the National Anthem are insulting the country.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped in Lexington on Saturday during his annual Route 66 motorcycle ride from the Chicago area to Springfield.

Bloomington’s Downtown Signage Committee is already back at work, looking to develop a new design for wayfinding signs that will get a warmer reception from aldermen.

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State Sen. Kwame Raoul is running for Illinois attorney general next year, becoming the second Democratic state lawmaker to throw his hat in the ring.

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Bloomington needs a new city manager.

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A member of the Bloomington Planning Commission was sworn in Tuesday to fill the McLean County Board seat previously held by Rich Buchanan.

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

A majority of Bloomington aldermen say they favor increasing storm and sanitary sewer rates all at once next year instead of spreading the hikes over several years.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term.

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An open house about plans to widen an east-side Bloomington intersection at Towanda Barnes and Ireland Grove roads drew heat from residents Wednesday night.

A former sheriff’s deputy announced plans Wednesday to run for McLean County Board’s District 9, as Republicans try to seize the seat being vacated by Democrat Erik Rankin.

Downtown Bloomington may not “Dream Big” after all.

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There has been another high-level departure from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

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Democrat Jill Blair made it official Thursday, announcing her candidacy for the Illinois House’s 88th District, setting up state Rep. Keith Sommer’s first contested general election in a decade.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday she plans to end the Obama administration’s rules for investigating allegations of sexual violence on campus.

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Labor Day is typically seen as a turning point in an election year, the time when regular voters start paying attention. But for the 2018 election—still more than a year away—that adage about Labor Day may need to be updated.

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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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Democrat Erik Rankin announced Tuesday he won't seek re-election to the McLean County Board in 2018.

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Looking for a big “catalyst” project to lure more people to downtown Bloomington, members of a city task force expressed support Tuesday for a plan to knock down an old parking garage and build a new library and public transit transfer center in its place.

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Illinois spent $14 million on planning for state universities' construction projects that have been mothballed.

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A wide-reaching overhaul of the way Illinois funds schools has been signed into law.

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Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker stopped in Bloomington on Thursday to pick up a big union endorsement and lay out his plan for creating jobs in Illinois.

A Bloomington woman is planning to run for the Illinois House next year, setting up state Rep. Keith Sommer’s first contested general election in a decade.

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The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.

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The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a plan limiting the role local and state police in Illinois can play in cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Illinois Senate To Take Up School Funding Overhaul

Aug 29, 2017
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The Illinois Senate on Tuesday is expected to take up a school funding overhaul that will increase aid to all of the state's more than 800 districts.

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