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UPDATED 12:50 p.m. | The Democrat looking to unseat state Rep. Keith Sommer is closing the fundraising gap as both candidates head into the thick of campaign season.

Digital Age Accelerates Cultural Globalization

Jul 17, 2018
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The digital age has aided globalization of popular culture, according to Illinois State University professor Lane Crothers

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Illinois Fusion Soccer Club

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday there is a second potential developer of a sports complex. He declined to say specifically who.

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The McLean County Board decided Tuesday to put two advisory referenda on the fall ballot.

Helsinki Summit
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President Donald Trump has been taking heat from both sides of the aisle following his news conference in Helsinki on Monday in which he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Two girls speak to the Normal Town Council
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The Town of Normal ended its fiscal year June 30, with reserves down by $1.8 million.

City council members at a dais in the Center for the Performing Arts.
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Bloomington Alderman Jamie Mathy said he regrets cancellation of the special meeting last week to deal with a new version of a Welcoming City ordinance.

A combine harvesting a field of soybeans
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The Illinois Farm Bureau is calling for the Trump administration to go to the bargaining table with China over tariffs.

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | A well-known nonpartisan analyst says the race is tightening between U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

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J.B. Pritzker opened a campaign office Thursday in Downtown Bloomington where he stood by his recent TV ad attacking Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Democrats are trying to flip several Congressional seats in Illinois this fall. That’s put some Republicans in a tricky spot when it comes to questions about President Donald Trump.

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A Chicago lawmaker has been named interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

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McLean County voters outside Bloomington won't have a say in whether the county’s and city’s election offices should merge.

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For all his lengthy record as a federal judge, the new Supreme Court nominee might still be a mystery on social issues.

Electrolux site
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The City of Bloomington is working with Illinois Wesleyan University to find a new purpose for the former Mennonite Hospital and Electrolux site.

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As the Bloomington City Council moved on from a twice-canceled vote on a controversial Welcoming City ordinance, local activists said Monday they’re looking for other ways—outside of policymaking—to protect local immigrants.

Man raising sign over his head next to woman clutching sign to her chest.
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Facing a lack of council support and opposition from local Welcoming City activists, Mayor Tari Renner canceled Monday's planned vote on Bloomington’s immigration ordinance.

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The mayor of Normal said Tuesday he thinks a variety of initiatives can happen to address the impact of recent gun violence on Bloomington-Normal.

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Leaders in Normal said they hope new stream bank management practices approved by the council will encourage other entities to adopt the same methods to prevent erosion and create buffer zones of natural foliage.

Dietz Pleased With State Budget

Jun 4, 2018
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The new state budget includes $1.3 million in additional money for Illinois State University.

A bewildering maze of hollow plastic pipes charged with air that can keep balls aloft enchants children.
Children's Discovery Museum / Town of Normal

UPDATED 3 p.m. | Back when the state budget crisis was just kicking off, the Department of Natural Resources announced more than $1 million in grant money for Bloomington-Normal museums and the Miller Park Zoo. That money never came, as Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers refused to compromise on a budget and years of standoff turned into years of cuts.

City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington is inviting the public to meet the finalists for the job of city manager.

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The Illinois State University administration is recommending no increase in room and board rates for the next school year. And the proposal going to trustees on Friday includes a 3.75 percent increase in tuition.

A map of  Uptown with the TIF District highlighted.
Town of Normal

The mayor of Normal said the extension and enlargement of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district won't hurt schools and other taxing bodies.

Speakers hold signs and stand in front of Bloomington City Hall
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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the proposed ordinance has been released. You can read it here.

The Normal Town Council will take up a Welcoming City ordinance at its meeting on Monday.

Mayor Chris Koos said there might be some last-minute tweaks to the proposal, but the measure leans on the language in the town's Comprehensive Plan and Visioning Report.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

One of the keys to minimizing financial losses at the McLean County Nursing Home will be forming partnerships with hospitals.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz told lawmakers Thursday that money is being wasted on the old College of Fine Arts building.

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The Bloomington City Council approved the fiscal year 2019 budget Monday after making spending cuts and raising fees to close a $2.9 million deficit.

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The potential contest to become the next McLean County Republican Party chair has evaporated.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Home health care workers are paid close to poverty wages in many parts of the country. And that's a problem, according to Illinois State University sociologist Chris Wellin.

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