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Baylee Steelman / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council will not allow VenuWorks to manage the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen were curious but cautious Monday night on whether the Grossinger Motors Arena management company should also take over the city’s performing arts venue.

David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The alleged fraud scheme at the former U.S. Cellular Coliseum took advantage of a known blind spot in the City of Bloomington’s oversight of arena finances, exploiting a decade-long contract that many city leaders disliked from the very beginning, GLT has learned.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The company that now runs Bloomington’s downtown arena may soon be taking over the city's performing arts venue too.

Ralph Weisheit

The Bloomington city council proposed a balanced budget for the next fiscal year Monday night. City Manager David Hales said if it wasn't for the anticipated sales tax revenue for FY 2017, the council wouldn't have been able to collaborate with Connect Transit, and enter into a revenue sharing agreement with McLean County for mental health. Hales said the council has to make a continued effort for long-term financial planning.

VenuWorks To Start At Coliseum Friday

Mar 28, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

A three month management contract with VenuWorks for the U.S. Cellular Coliseum was approved by the Bloomington City Council Monday after they heard the details from the company and city staff at a work session and regular meeting. The company will receive a $114 thousand per year management fee as well as a portion of money made from concessions, sales, and naming rights.