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Don't be alarmed if you hear some strange voices Friday morning in Uptown Normal.

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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Merry Ann's Diner in Uptown Normal has closed.

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.

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The cost of saving a row of historic buildings in Uptown Normal may come into play when the Town Council reviews a design concept for the Trail East project next month.

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The Children's Discovery Museum (CDM) in Uptown Normal has unveiled a new look.

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Normal leaders are moving ahead with plans for a new five-story building on the northeast arc of Uptown circle, the next step in a dramatic reshaping of the town’s central business district.

An architect's drawing of a five-story building with green space and parking proposed for Uptown Normal.
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Normal Town Council members on Tuesday vowed to try to preserve three historic buildings as they consider plans for a five-story, $29 million structure with retail, offices, and apartments along Constitution Boulevard in Uptown Normal.

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Normal Town Council members could get an earful Tuesday night as they decide whether to take the first step toward another building project in Uptown Normal—a proposal that some community members say threatens the central business district’s history and charm.

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Normal Town Council members could take their first step Tuesday toward another development in Uptown Normal, as they vote whether to begin negotiations with an Iowa company that wants to build a $29.2 million mixed-use building on the northeast arc of the circle.

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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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A plan that's "very different" from any comprehensive plan the Town of Normal has adopted before would change, most noticeably, the community's layout, housing and transportation, according to two people instrumental in its development.

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Activists rallied in Uptown Normal and the Illinois State University Quad on Saturday to call on Illinois lawmakers to support the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Delicious corn. Great blues. GLT swag. And about a hundred really cute dogs.

GLT Datebook: Corn + Blues = Festival Fun

Aug 26, 2017
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The Sweet Corn Blues Festival rounds out the summer season this weekend in Uptown Normal, with live blues and more fresh sweet corn than you can shake a stick at ... if shaking sticks at corn is your thing.

Ralph Weisheit

When the Normal Town Council meets in closed-door session Friday to discuss the process for hiring its next city manager, they'll be joined by an outside consultant.

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An anchor of Uptown Normal is closing. Owners say they are shutting down the Garlic Press Market Cafe.

Owner Sarah Bushnell McManus said the adjoining gift store will remain open. But McManus says about 15 people will lose their jobs in September when the cafe ends a 12-year run.

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As the new Radisson in north Normal opens its doors this month to guests, the hotel will face increasing competition in a Twin City market that may already have more rooms than it needs.

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The owners of the Hyatt hotel in Uptown Normal have withdrawn their request for a tax break that the Normal Town Council was expected to vote on Monday night.

Normal Council Okays Underpass Option

Jun 19, 2017
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The Normal Town Council has approved an underpass option between Uptown and Uptown South. 

Council member Kevin McCarthy said he supports the construction of the underpass. He said he hopes the project will allow a safe way for people to cross the railroad tracks.

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The Town of Normal Council is expected to sign off on an option for pedestrians and people on bikes to traverse railroad tracks bisecting Uptown.

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While the Town of Normal has narrowed choices to connect Uptown Normal with future development south of the railroad tracks, construction of an underpass could still be years out. 

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Donors to the American Red Cross for Central Illinois can check "dining with a World Series champion" off their bucket list.

Retired Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross spoke at the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal Tuesday night for the 24th annual "Evening With Stars" event. More than 1,000 people got to hear Ross' perspective of Game 7 of the World Series.

Ross said he is beyond grateful for his life in professional baseball. He said one of the most difficult parts of being a major league baseball player is being away from family.

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As Saint Patrick's Day approaches, a watering hole in Uptown Normal has made a list of the top Irish pubs in the nation.

Foursquare reports Maggie Miley's Irish Pub came in at 19 on the top 25 based on users likes, saves, tip sentiment, and its "proprietary hotness" score. Maggie Miley's owner Tyler Holloway said he's pleased.

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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.

Construction Progress On One Uptown

Jan 20, 2017
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Construction of One Uptown on the circle in Uptown Normal is progressing with workers assembling the steel skeleton. A town official said construction is on schedule. 

The five story building will include Town of Normal offices on the second floor, 21 apartments, and a basement parking garage. A first floor restaurant has yet to be determined. 

The $14 million building could be complete as early as October of 2017. 

 

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A Bloomington High School Science Teacher said he believes the Town of Normal is heading down an unsustainable path.

Marc Tiritilli has filed petitions to run for Mayor against incumbent Chris Koos.

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Bloomington has been on the right track, even when it has been on the wrong track over the last several decades as it has struggled to preserve and revive its downtown.

That's according to Urban Historian Alan Lessoff of Illinois State University. Lessoff is the fall arts and sciences lecturer Thursday evening at the Bone Student Center.

Ralph Weisheit

The Mayor of Normal says the City Manager met almost all of his goals last year. And the ones Mark Peterson did not achieve had to do with government mandates getting in the way. Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas, Mayor Chris Koos said Peterson is at the top of his game.

Underpass Study Will Be A 'Public, Dynamic Process'

Oct 3, 2016
Town of Normal

The Normal Town Council approved an engineering study that will examine the proposed underpass at Uptown Station more closely. The study will cost the town over $1.4 million and take about two years. City Manager Mark Peterson said people will be able to be actively involved in the study.

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