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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 […]

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- A member of the Bloomington Planning Commission is putting her best foot forward to run for Ward 3. Over twenty years ago, Sheila Montney moved to Bloomington by herself with only her dogs to keep her company, and she has never looked back. Originally from a small town in Arkansas, Montney grew up […]

Photo Courtesy of McLean County Health Department Facebook Page.  NORMAL, Ill. – As vaccine eligibility expands, many are struggling to get appointments while the Non-English-speaking population is facing double the challenges.    According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 87.2% of administered vaccine doses have gone to White residents in McLean County. IDPH also reports only 3.91% Black or African-American, 2.59% Asian, and 2.29% Hispanic or Latino […]

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.- Normal’s Planning Commission chair is seeking a Normal Town Council member spot. Town of Normal Council Member Kevin McCarthy says his understanding of municipal government and feels financially that the town of Normal is in good hands if the people choose McCarthy for the upcoming race.  McCarthy says his understanding of municipal government and his financial strategies 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 previous alderman that served almost two decades is now seeking re-election for Bloomington Ward 9.   Jim Fruin is a real estate agent and a retired State Farm employee. Fruin explains how his experience has led him to seek re-election.   “The primary reason is that others have encouraged me to, in the last election cycle. Due to this election […]

NORMAL, Ill. – A recently retired Illinois State University professor is now running for Bloomington Ward 9.   At ISU, Thomas Crumpler prepared students to be elementary teachers with a focus on reading and literacy. He also directed an endowed literacy center for eight years at ISU.  Crumpler retired as a professor in December of 2020 after working in the College of Education for 22 […]

NORMAL, Ill. – A candidate running for Normal Town Council believes the local, state, and federal governments are all at a crossroads. David Paul Blumenshine has thrown his hat in the ring to build Normal in his vision. He describes government across the country as being “in limbo,” and sees a limited government as what […]