No clear consensus has emerged among members of the McLean County League of Women Voters as to whether Bloomington should change from a ward system to one in which three of its eight council members are elected at large. The League met last night to gauge whether a plurality of its members supports a modified ward system. The question will be on the ballot this March. League members who favor change say electing some members at large will enable those aldermen to focus on broader citywide issues, expand the pool of candidates and give voters wider representation. Opponents argue the proposal will lead to a two tier system that gives more clout to at large members and results in a government that is less diverse and less responsive to neighborhood issues. A subcommittee of the League has been studying the issue for several months. The League's board will meet next Tuesday (February 11) to decide whether the organization takes a formal stand on the ballot question.
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