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Election 2021

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Nineteen votes led Tom Crumpler to victory this municipal election. Crumpler won Ward 9 against opponent Jim Fruin. “It felt really great, you know. I went into the election you know really not having any experience in Bloomington city government. Just really wanting to have the opportunity to serve the community. I […]

Photo courtesy Jenn Carrillo Facebook page  BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-During the April 12 council meeting, Mayor-elect Mboka Mwilambwe said council member Jenn Carrillo’s behavior is “unbecoming” of a council member. The behavior Mwilambwe was referencing was a social media post that stated, “I look forward to making Sheila Montney‘s and Nick Becker‘s life a living hell for […]

Photo courtesy to McLean County Clerk website BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Last week’s municipal elections saw numerous tightly-contested races, partly thanks to increased voter turnout. Turnout saw a slight increase from 2017, bumping up from 18% to 20%. While the increase isn’t anything astonishing, more voters may have led to closer races. One of the closest […]

Photo courtesy to Mboka Mwilambwe Facebook page BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-The Bloomington mayor’s race falls into that 5% margin at this time for a discovery recall, however, Mike Straza has already conceded to Mayor-elect Miboka Mwilambwe so a discovery recall in that race is highly unlikely, according to Bloomington Election Commission’s Tim Mitchell. The results show Mike […]

Updated at 10:05 p.m. NORMAL, Ill.- Steady voting in Normal precincts slow to steady in the county, very similar to the 2017 election which saw an 18% turnout county-wide.   McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael said some precincts are running a little bit higher in turnout than 2017 but other precincts, like at Bone, precincts 8 and […]

NORMAL, Ill.- Rebecca Ropp was elected to the Heartland Community College board in 2014. She has served as the board’s scribe, and has helped push many decisions to support the college. One initiative she looks to improve upon is the agricultural programs. “I am very excited and passionate about the agricultural programs, that we are […]

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- A longtime Bloomington resident and father of seven, Nick Becker, is running for the Ward 5 seat in the upcoming Municipal Elections.  Becker has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and has been a Bloomington resident for 15 years. He says his family is part of the reason for what inspired […]

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- A long-time Bloomington city council member said it is a big leap for a regular citizen to go into being an alderman. “It’s a big learning curve. So I think going from regular citizen to a mayoral position is an even bigger leap,” said Mboka Mwilambwe, who is running for Bloomington mayor in […]

NORMAL, Ill.- Joshua Crockett is a graduate who looks to come back and help improve the college that gave him so much. Crockett is running  for Heartland Community College’s board. If elected, he plans to expand access to the college. “I want to help expand access to education, to expand the offerings of the college […]

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- An alderman wrapping up his first term in office seeks re-election for Bloomington Ward 1.   Jaime Mathy began his road in government after opening a bakery with his wife in 2005. Mathy and his wife became aware of the Downtown Bloomington Association and got involved.  The association is known for promoting commerce […]