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Retiring City Engineer Gene Brown (center left) receives the congratulations of the Normal Council for his decades of service.
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The Town of Normal will test a program to turn a parking place or two into cafe tables and chairs for businesses.

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Normal's former city manager has retired, but he's still speaking out. And he has a warning.

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

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The Normal Town Council passed a Welcoming Community ordinance Monday that aims to create a new “check and balance” system for police interactions with immigration officials while still adhering to state and federal law.

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A new manufacturer is coming to town.

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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.

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The Normal Town Council authorized new ownership Monday for the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal.

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Kansas City is poised to become the smartest of smart cities in the next five years, according to the city employee leading that effort.

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The Town of Normal has established several landmark spots in Uptown Normal—first with the Normal Theater and Children’s Discovery Museum, and again with the roundabout.

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The Town of Normal has a happy surprise on its insurance premiums. Council members Monday will decide whether to approve a premium package 13 percent below last year's rates.

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As friends, staff, and Normal Town Council members gathered to congratulate retiring City Manager Mark Peterson on Thursday for his service, Mayor Chris Koos offered a little extra to Peterson's long career with the town.

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The mayor of Normal said he does not know whether the town will have to go through another round of budget cutting in a few years.

Two men sit at a table and address the Unit Five School Board. They are Economic Development Council Director Kyle Ham and Rivian Automotive CEO RJ Scaringe
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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said he hopes to rebuild strained relationships with some elected officials in the Twin Cities.

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A major transition is now underway in the Town of Normal, with retiring City Manager Mark Peterson turning the keys over to his top deputy and now successor, Pam Reece.

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The Town of Normal plans to hire an outside firm to conduct a deeper study into the feasibility and potential economic impact of building a new multisport complex.

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Pamela Reece was named the Town of Normal’s next city manager on Tuesday, becoming just the third person to serve in that job and the first woman to hold the position in either Twin City local governments.

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The Town of Normal is likely to make major cuts and fee increases.

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The Bloomington and Normal city councils will likely see a draft of dual ordinances that would stop local police from working with federal immigration authorities on deportation—even if Normal’s city manager says it’s bad public policy.

Thirteen years ago, the City of Bloomington bolted the joint emergency service dispatch operation known in McLean County as Metcom. That created years of hard feelings from other area governments over the abandoned agreement and the extra cost it created for taxpayers.

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At a time when government fails to address the big problems—gun violence, racial injustice, economic inequality—the contributions of individual difference-makers are even more worthy of recognition.

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The Normal Town Council at its next meeting may review a proposal for what's being called a "major economic development initiative" in Uptown Normal. 

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As Bloomington’s new civilian police advisory board gets to work, a similar group in the Town of Normal will also be taking shape in 2018.

Train in Uptown Normal
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The new year will be a bit quieter for Normal residents who live near the train tracks.

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The executive director of the McLean County Museum of History will leave that position to take over the Town of Normal’s Children’s Discovery Museum and Cultural Arts Department.

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There are 9,000 fewer workers in Bloomington-Normal than there were seven years ago, according to Economist Mike Doherty of the Illinois Farm Bureau.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Dec. 4 to Dec. 8, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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The mayor of Normal said Thursday that the town won't react to the city of Bloomington's move to lower contributions to the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Bloomington aldermen say they’d rather evenly split the cost of supporting a new small-business development center at Illinois Wesleyan University rather than picking up most of the tab.

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A proposal in Bloomington that would impinge the ability of the mayor to control the council agenda is a fundamental change in Bloomington's form of government, according to the Town of Normal mayor. 

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Unit 5 schools plan to pursue a property tax levy that will mean almost no change for the owner of an average home in the district.

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