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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.

A Democratic candidate for McLean County clerk is arguing for a countywide election commission.

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After years of falling prices for solar power panels, costs have begun rising.

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Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to Capitol Hill this week, and a central Illinois congressman said it was an emotional moment for him.

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Joliet city council members say their new city manager never told them about a looming financial scandal in Bloomington.

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Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem Karen Schmidt said Tuesday she thinks it's unfair to speculate whether aldermen bear blame for any factors that might have led to alleged theft of nearly a million dollars by the city's former arena management company.

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The state has restored funding for one of the programs Children's Home and Aid cut two years ago, the Butterfly Project.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said a looming state election cycle could hold new budget negotiations hostage.

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The future of the McLean County Nursing Home is in question.

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Next year's proposed budget for McLean County government is $327,000 less than last year.

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

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After 16 years in the job, state Rep. Dan Brady said he wants another term.

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The Town of Normal wants to cut its payroll because of revenue losses. Staff are recommending the town offer early retirement incentives to 18 people.

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Two new candidates have announced election plans to try to replace retiring State Rep. Bill Mitchell of Forsyth.

Piatt County Board Chair Randy Keith said he will run for state representative as a Republican in the 101st Illinois House District that covers portions of McLean, Champaign, Piatt, Macon, and DeWitt counties.

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McLean County government must cut up to 25 people from its workforce, County Administrator Bill Wasson said Monday during a Board Finance Committee meeting.

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Four people want to succeed McLean County Board member Rich Buchanan—and three of them are former Bloomington City Council or mayoral candidates.

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At least two significant demonstrations were sparked Tuesday in Bloomington-Normal after President Donald Trump's decision to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

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Illinois State University's Board of Trustees must vote again on the contract employing President Larry Dietz.

When the board approved the contract Aug. 6, it turns out four of them weren't trustees at all.

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The Bloomington City Council has created a downtown section for its Community Development Department.

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The business manager for Unit 5 said Wednesday he has never faced more uncertainty concerning school funding during his time with the district.

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