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Emotional testimony swept through nights three and four of the McLean County Zoning Board hearings on a proposed wind farm project.

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The McLean County Board Land Use Committee on Friday afternoon stripped significant language out of a proposed 20-year solid waste management plan.

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There is some behind-the-scenes skirmishing over the future of the McLean County Nursing Home, but the County Board has now agreed to hire a consultant to look at the future of the facility.

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The dark underbelly of corruption is exposed in a new book from two Illinois State University professors.

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Residents and visitors will see some changes in the city of Bloomington's aesthetics next year.

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Nearly 300 people—mostly supporters—turned out to a Bloomington City Council meeting Monday dealing with a proposed Welcoming City ordinance.

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Extreme rhetoric has turned political discussions in America ugly. But Illinois State University professor Joseph Zompetti believes there's hope for future discourse.

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The Bloomington Public Library will use a small increase in property taxes for future improvements.

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Eleventh Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Bill Yoder will seek election for the resident circuit judge spot being vacated by Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald.

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Illinois is now in year four of fairly low farm income and no turnaround is in sight, according to Farm Bureau Chief Economist Mike Doherty.

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The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. There are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

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About 10 residents expressed opposition Monday as the Normal Town Council voted to increase property taxes next year.

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The head of the ACLU of Illinois says racially imbalanced police enforcement is a problem statewide.

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Incoming Chestnut Health Systems CEO Dave Sharar said his organization faces new challenges.

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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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An Egyptian Muslim and former exchange student at Heartland Community College said he is disillusioned by mixed messages he's receiving from the United States.

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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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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood is praising the House version of the GOP tax plan he voted for last week.

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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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The McLean County Board voted 16-1 on Tuesday for a proposed deal to bring a Canadian manufacturer to central Illinois in exchange for at least 300 jobs and a plant investment of more than $21 million.

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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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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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The Trump administration is not just changing the civil liberties landscape in well publicized ways such as the Muslim ban and efforts to deport so-called bad hombres.

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The proposed tax levy for the Town of Normal could go up close to 7 percent. Town staff said in documents prepared for Monday's council meeting that most of the $841,000 increase would go to rises in pension costs.

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The revival of a decades dormant campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment is drawing an opposition campaign from what some call a hate group.

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The clock is ticking down to the time Bloomington City Manager David Hales leaves, and the Bloomington City Council has not yet chosen an interim for the post, in spite of two executive sessions on the topic.

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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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Outgoing Bloomington City Manager David Hales pleaded with the city council during a work session Monday to not get bogged down in details of the new budget.

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McLean County's rural road system has been a positive for decades, with a solid network of paved county and township roads covering an area close to the size of the state of Rhode Island.

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