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Welcoming City Ordinance

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Following passage in Normal, Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that a Welcoming City immigration ordinance could return to a Bloomington City Council agenda in June.

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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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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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Alderman Karen Schmidt said she cannot support a Welcoming City ordinance at this time.

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The Keep Families Together coalition continued its rally in the Bloomington City Council chambers Monday after breaking a 24-hour fast.

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With the American flag flying in the background, a group of about 30 Illinois State University students demonstrated Monday in front of the Hovey Hall administration building to press university officials to make ISU an official "welcoming campus."

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"We're fasting today for freedom, for mercy, for justice," declared the Rev. Jim Warren of First Christian Church as the sunlight cast a golden glow on him and others gathered outside Bloomington City Hall on Sunday.

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One of the lead proponents of a Welcoming City ordinance says he wants to turn the public’s focus back to those who’d most be affected by it—undocumented immigrants whose daily lives are filled with fear about being deported.

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Normal Mayor Chris Koos said Tuesday that he only wants to move forward on a Welcoming City ordinance if it can win support from at least five of seven Town Council members.

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A change in the way Bloomington-Normal approaches the establishment of a Welcoming City ordinance may be what the Twin Cities need to truly make immigrants feel welcome.

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Five aldermen who tried to remove the Welcoming City ordinance from the Bloomington council agenda probably did not break the law, according to a noted First Amendment and public access attorney in Illinois.

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Often chilly relations between some Bloomington aldermen and Mayor Tari Renner became even worse at Monday's council meeting.

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Two potential draft Welcoming City ordinances are now available for the city of Bloomington. Mayor Tari Renner said he sees no problem with having both of them go to the City Council.

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Groups seeking a Welcoming City ordinance in Bloomington are expressing concern at the level of communication between Bloomington Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

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Bloomington aldermen are asking to halt scheduled discussion of a Welcoming City ordinance, clouding the prospects for future public consideration.

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UPDATED 2:45 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he was “hugely skeptical” of privatizing garbage collection, a move some aldermen think would help close the city’s looming $3 million budget deficit.

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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.

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The Bloomington City Council is moving its Dec. 18 meetings to a larger space due to the amount of public interest in the immigration ordinance topic it will be discussing.