Town of Normal

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A new mobility program in the community has “great potential,” according to the Town of Normal Mayor. Bike Share 309, operated by Zagster, launched on Monday. Zagster provides bike share services to small and medium sized populations across the nation.

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The two candidates for Normal Township supervisor have opposing views on making the public assistance program more efficient.

Township duties are to determine the value of property for taxation, to take care of roads not maintained by other government entities, and to distribute welfare to the local poor who are not eligible for other public aid.

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Normal Town Council candidates said they find the idea of combining the Bloomington and Normal public libraries an intriguing one.

At a GLT candidates forum held at ISU's University Galleries, candidate Chemberly Cummings embraced a question about merging library services rather than building a new library in Uptown South in Normal and an expansion in downtown Bloomington.

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A Facebook group called "Bloomington Deserves Better Than Kevin Lower" is attacking the mayoral candidate for a 3-year-old response to an alleged racist post on a page titled the Marcus Garvey Society.

On the page was a comment suggesting that "if African Americans really wanted to escape racism, it might be time for them to move to the land of the ancestors."

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The Normal town council has altered some public comment rules and retained others.  Following an Illinois Attorney General's Office ruling that a 45 day wait between comments violated the Open Meetings Act, council agreed to waive any wait time. 

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An online auction of equipment formerly part of the Mitsubishi manufacturing plant is being organized by Maynard's Industries for Rivian Automotive.

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The Normal Town Council will consider a new public comment policy to replace one the Illinois Attorney General has called illegal.

The Town currently prevents members of the public from addressing the council more than once every 45 days.

The Public Access Counselor for the Attorney General's Office said that violates the Open Meetings Act.

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Gordman's Stores has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced liquidation plans for its stores including the one in Normal in the Shoppes at College Hills in Normal.

The century old Nebraska department store chain is the latest victim in a climate that has seen customers shift to the internet.

Macy's has also gone through that trend and announced the closure of its store in Bloomington. The Gordman's in Normal is one of the anchor stores in the Shoppes at College Hills.
   

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The Town of Normal lifted its boil order early Saturday evening. Officials said testing showed that the town's water quality was not compromised in the wake of a water main break late Thursday.

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The Town of Normal is saying five to seven million gallons of water spilled in that overnight water main break.

"About a two-day supply, it looks like," said Dan Irvin, spokesman for the town.

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Epiphany Catholic School is dealing with a "huge mess."

Epiphany Principal Mike Lootens said the water from a main break overnight in Normal was gushing up six or seven feet high and then running straight downhill into the school.

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All water users in the Town of Normal are being told to boil their water before drinking it.

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The Town of Normal later this month may loosen its rules on public comment at council meetings. During Sound Ideas, Mayor Chris Koos elaborated on his proposal to end the 45-day limit on individual appearances, and expanding the total time for comment per meeting from 10 to 20 minutes.

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Members of the Normal Town Council say the City of Bloomington needs to reconsider their move to terminate the Metro Zone agreement in order to regain trust. 

During Monday night's meeting, Mayor Chris Koos said the contract isn't terminated yet because both municipalities need to negotiate before any changes are made.

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GLT News has learned the McLean County State's Attorney has asked the Illinois Attorney General's office for an opinion on Bloomington's closed-door Metro Zone meeting. 

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The two candidates for mayor of Normal talked about the current dispute with Bloomington over the 30-year-old Metro Zone agreement, as well as other issues at the WGLT-McLean County League of Women Voters Candidate Forum at University Galleries on Thursday night.

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At a City Hall news conference, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said his counterpart in Normal threatened to sue the city two-and-a-half years ago over possible action on the Metro Zone.

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The City of Bloomington has officially ended its participation in the Metro Zone with the Town of Normal.

Aldermen voted 7-2 Monday night to approve the move toward a new process of joint collaboration within the Twin Cities. 

Connect Transit General Manager Accepts New Position

Feb 24, 2017
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Connect Transit's general manager is resigning after six years with the transit system. 

During Andrew Johnson's tenure, he led this system through rebranding efforts and comprehensive route restructuring, implemented in August of last year. 

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Bloomington Alderman Diana Hauman is breaking with Mayor Tari Renner over the Metro Zone agreement.

Renner supports dissolving the partnership with Normal covering taxes, services, and infrastructure on the west side of town.

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The Bloomington and Normal dispute over the Metro Zone agreement on tax revenue and infrastructure sharing is not necessarily a black eye for the community.

That's according to Kyle Ham, the head of the Economic Development Council.

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Bloomington and Normal are headed for a showdown over a 30 year old agreement that shares tax revenue from the west side of town.

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Frequent drivers through Bloomington will soon see a wider Linden Street from Locust to Empire.

The City Council Monday night approved expanding the street to stretch across 30 feet compared to its current 26.

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The Normal Public Library Board and staff, Town of Normal officials, and citizens providing input are all considering a library that could be one of the most environmentally friendly in the nation.  However, a Normal Town  Council member says it all depends on the cost.

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One of the most beautiful places in Bloomington-Normal during a snowfall is the Constitution Trail. The Trail consists of former converted railroad lines and other designated right of way and totals around 50 noncontiguous miles.  The multi-use path turned 25 years old in 2015. All of the photos in this gallery are from the Connie Link/Allers Shelter area, commonly referred to as the "Y." 

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A parking ban is in effect in both Bloomington and Normal.

In Normal, the ban is for all cars parked on the street. In Bloomington, major roads and secondary streets, those designated as snow routes, and Downtown get top priority. They are plowed and salted. As a second priority, residential streets get plowed. Salting for the most part is limited to intersections and hills.

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The Appellate Prosecutor's Office has declined to file charges against Normal Town Council member Scott Preston for inaccurate travel expense reimbursement reports.

McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers had referred the matter to a special prosecutor because of his relationship with Preston and his former tenure on the Council.

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The Children's Discovery Museum in Normal has a new head who wants to lead the organization onward, and, perhaps, upward.  

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The Libertarian Party of McLean County has three candidates running for Normal Township Trustee in April.

This is a further sign the November election season has prompted greater grass roots involvement in politics. In many past cycles such positions were hard to fill. This year, Democrats are running some candidates for Township offices as well as the candidates fielded by the Republican Party.

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Normal residents will see Division Street reconstruction in the Spring. The Town Council has approved a $190,557 contract for Roe Construction to repair the road and sidewalk on Division Street between Lee and Adelaide streets. 

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