Politics and Government

Two-year Underpass Study Could Move Forward

Oct 2, 2016
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Normal Town Council members will consider a $1.4 million engineering study for the proposed underpass at Uptown Station. Funding for the study was approved as part of the town's budget for this year.

Bloomington Election Heating Up

Oct 1, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

Bloomington Alderman Kevin Lower officially announced his bid for mayor at an event at Illinois Wesleyan University this morning. During his speech, Lower said Bloomington can improve.

Feldkamp Not Backing Down From Liquor Commission

Sep 27, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

Bloomington Liquor Commission Member Sue Feldkamp addressed the city council Monday night in an effort to encourage a five-member commission over a one-member commission and to refuse to resign from her post. Feldkamp said she was told she could serve as long as she wanted.

Michael Hill / WGLT

Morning and afternoon traffic jams on southbound Towanda-Barnes Road at Ireland Grove Road in Bloomington could soon be a thing of the past following the approval of a right-turn lane by the city council. Alderman Diana Hauman said the improvement will make the road more usable.

"I've been there, at various times, using that intersection, and it can be cumbersome. You wait for a while to get through the lights."

Mike Miletich / WGLT

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day and several local organizations are working to spread the word about registration opportunities. YWCA McLean County will lead the effort with Not In Our Town, League of Women Voters, NAACP, and many other organizations and volunteers to hold registration drives throughout the community. 

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council will consider renewing and updating an electric utility contract originally passed in 1965. If approved, Corn Belt Electric Cooperative would continue providing service in the community for an additional 20 years.

Michael Hill / WGLT

Bloomington could spend as much as $8.6 million per year, over a five-year period, on roads, sidewalks, traffic signals and other infrastructure pending the approval of a Capital Improvement Plan. If approved, the plan would nearly double current spending levels.

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Normal Town Council members will be asked to consider a redevelopment agreement for two buildings at a military orphanage that opened in 1869 and closed in 1979. 

City of Bloomington

The Bloomington City Council will meet in a work session to begin discussing long-term plans for infrastructure in the city, as part of a pending five-year Capital Improvement Plan. 

Bloomington Council Discusses Financing and Debt

Sep 12, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council could spend at least 18 hours putting together a five-year Capital Improvement Plan, including at least eight at meetings scheduled through next March. Aldermen heard a presentation from Finance Director Patti-Lynn Silva to focus on multiple financing and debt policies for the city.

Alderman Mboka Mwilambwe said he's concerned a short-term plan to take on more debt could be affected by future economic downturn.

Nora Dukowitz / City of Bloomington

Bloomington Finance Director Patti-Lynn Silva will help the City Council take the next step in developing a five-year Capital Improvement Plan. The CIP could include plans for roads, sewers, sidewalks, and other infrastructure.

Zagster

Zagster will provide a bike sharing program in Normal, which could be fully operational in 4 to 6 weeks. The Town of Normal will provide the majority of funding for the service, with sponsorship from Advocate Bromenn Medical Center.

Normal Council To Consider Bike Sharing

Sep 5, 2016
Zagster

The Twin Cities could have a bike sharing program soon. Normal Town Council members will vote on a contract with Zagster, which provides the service for small towns and universities.

David Gill

David Gill's fourth bid for Congress almost didn't happen. The Bloomington emergency room physician had turned in more than 11,600 petition signatures to the Illinois Board of Elections to run as an independent in Illinois' winding 13th district.

Jamie Mathy Running For Bloomington Alderman

Aug 31, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

Downtown business owner Jamie Mathy is running for alderman of Bloomington's Ward 1. His campaign is focusing on education, neighborhood unity and economic development. 

Normal Library Board Evaluating Architects

Aug 30, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

Members of the Normal Library Board of Trustees are in the process of choosing an architectural firm for a planned library south of Uptown Circle. During a joint meeting with the Normal Town Council, Engberg Anderson Architects, OPN Architects and HGA presented their qualifications for designing the facility. 

Renner Announces Re-election Bid

Aug 24, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

The sounds of Connect Transit buses and workers going to lunch in downtown Bloomington were drowned out by a crowd of people in front of the Route 66 Visitor's Center. More than 50 supporters of Mayor Tari Renner weathered the humidity and wind to hear the announcement that he is running for re-election in 2017.

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The Bloomington City Council has agreed to move forward with an October 10 public hearing for a Tax Increment Financing district in downtown. 

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Illinois prisons officials say six employees who were assaulted by five inmates have been released from the hospital.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson says the workers suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident yesterday at Pontiac Correctional Center.

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At Monday's meeting of the Bloomington City Council, Aldermen will vote on a formal rejection of the downtown hotel proposal brought forward by developer Jeff Giebelhausen.

Michael Hill / WGLT

A life insurance company asked to participate in a series of statewide task force meetings with the Illinois State Treasurer said in a statement they were given less than a day’s notice to respond to the invite.

Josh Barnett

New McLean County Board member Josh Barnett said he has already met with all the committee chairs on the board.

Barnett was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ben Owens.

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Senator Dick Durbin has some ideas for what Hillary Clinton should address if she becomes president in January. Democrat Dick Durbin said she should consider addressing a few priorities.

Bloomington Aldermen To Discuss Downtown

Aug 14, 2016
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington Aldermen will meet as a committee to learn more about the hotel proposal that was rejected by city officials last month.

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The Normal Town Council will be asked to vote on changing the town's ordinance on cannabis possession to align with a state law passed last month.

Michael Hill / WGLT

Community leaders and government officials in McLean County are receiving praise for their improvements to resources for people suffering from mental illness in the Twin Cities and surrounding communities. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said the area is moving in the right direction.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis and Democratic State Treasurer Michael Frerichs are barnstorming across Illinois Universities in a bipartisan effort to improve college savings programs.

Among the ideas the two promote is allowing employers to take a tax credit for up to five thousand dollars per worker per year used to pay off student debt.

Society of Jesus

  When Father Mauricio Gaborit hears vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine break into Spanish or speak movingly about the poor, he says he is watching the flowering of seeds planted decades earlier in Kaine at a small Catholic mission in Honduras.

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