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NORMAL, Ill.- Less than two weeks out from the municipal election there are some things that you might want to know. There are two election commissions, and the County Clerk handles all elections except the Bloomington Municipal one because there is a separate commission called the Bloomington Election Commission.    “People go, ‘Why is that? […]

NORMAL, Ill.-  Mayor Chris Koos will be trying to hold the mayoral seat against second-time challenger Marc Tiritilli. Koos has served as mayor for 18 years and he said his strong points in this election are his track record and a positive relationship with Illinois State University. “He [Tiritilli] has publicly said a couple of […]

NORMAL, Ill.- A Normal resident says he sees a shortcoming in the Normal Town Council. Karl Sila says the council is dominated by the current mayor, Chris Koos, and the Town manager Pamela Reece. Sila was part of a protest at Koos’ bike shop, a protest in regards to the Coronavirus shut downs. Sila says […]

NORMAL, Ill.- The Normal Town Council approved a contract of more than $350,000, and approved the reappointments of various commissions Monday night. The $356,662 contract to George Gildner Inc. is a Sump Pump Discharge and Storm Sewer Improvements Project. This was among the Omnibus Agenda, and was unanimously approved. One item that was pulled for […]

Photo courtesy to Facebook BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- The Bloomington-Normal Branch of the NAACP began planning for a “Meet The Candidates’ Forum” for District 87 and Unit 5 over one week ago. In the midst of planning the forum, some social media posts surfaced regarding school board candidate, Jon Reed. Reed is now a former candidate. “Jon […]

Photo courtesy to ISU NORMAL, Ill.- Illinois State University is being recognized nationally as one of 231 institutions in the country designated as a Voter Friendly Campus. The designation is awarded by the Voter Friendly Campus initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in […]

NORMAL, Ill.- The Normal Town Council voted on the Operating and Capital Investment Budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year Monday night. While  most council members appeared in favor of the $138.2 million budget, council member Stand Nord had several questions about what the money would be spent on. “Would we also be proceeding forward with […]

NORMAL, Ill.- The Normal Fire Department Investigation Team has concluded the investigation into the origin and cause of the fire that heavily damaged or destroyed 12 apartments at the Sugar Creek Apartments at 606 S. Linden Street. Fire investigators have determined the cause of the fire was accidental and was related to repair work being […]

Photo courtesy to Jackie Gunderson Facebook page BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- Equality has been the focus of most conversations this past year, but what about equity? This is one of Bloomington Mayoral Candidate Jackie Gunderson’s top priorities. Gunderson has a background in special education, and is the director of the Penguin Project of McLean County which is […]