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Watch now: West Bloomington homeless encampment symptom of larger trend

BLOOMINGTON — Ronnie Morris didn't set out to live on a vacant concrete slab wedged between a gas station, a hotel and a creek on the city's west side. But Morris, 40, took to the streets after losing a job, running out of money to pay rent and failing to secure a spot in local shelters operating at reduced capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said.
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Watch now: A 2nd weekend of music fills downtown Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — There's just something about live music outdoors in the summer, said Terry Koch, 64, who came to downtown Bloomington for Saturdays on the Square. "It's a gorgeous day just to come out and listen to music and get out of the house," said Koch, of Bloomington. Music reverberated...
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Wildlife cases of West Nile Virus reported in McLean County

The McLean County Health Department has reported cases of West Nile Virus among wildlife in the area. A mosquito pool from the 61705 area, west of Bloomington, has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. A dead bird collected from the 61761 area also tested positive for WNV. Residents of...
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Normal to consider economic incentive package

NORMAL — A new standardized incentive plan to attract economic development in Bloomington-Normal is up for consideration Monday night. The Normal Town Council will weigh its options on approving the package, which would help businesses looking to move into the Bloomington-Normal enterprise zone. “The idea is there is a collaborative...
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One Normal Plaza zoning amendment returns for public hearing

NORMAL — A potential zoning change to the One Normal Plaza Planned Unit Development is back for a public hearing after a year of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. With in-person meetings resuming, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the zoning amendment at 5 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers on the fourth floor of Uptown Station.
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LETTER: Bloomington needs tarp on trash trucks

I am 11 years old and am a Boy Scout in Troop 938 sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. I am a conservationist that loves fishing, and the outdoors. My troop participates in the Adopt-A-Highway program and we’re very aware of litter/trash. I am concerned about the amount of...

City brings back mask policy

BLOOMINGTON – Following the latest CDC guidance, the City of Bloomington is reinstituting a mask policy. “The only change is the return of masks when employees are moving through hallways and to other buildings,” said City Manager Tim Gleason. “When people are in their own work spaces, they can remove their masks.”
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Bloomington calendar: Events coming up

1. Bloomington, IL- Elegant Bridal Expo- Winter Edition 2022; 2. Theatre for Young Audiences – A Summer’s Winter Tale; 3. Maroon 5 Ticket Giveaway; 4. Free Art at the Market - Color! with Alyssa Archibald; 5. Cultural Fest - Music In The Partk - Non-Food Vendor & Booths;

COVID positivity rate rises above 4% in McLean County

BLOOMINGTON (HOI) – McLean County’s test positivity rate for COVID-19 is surging higher, the county’s health department reported Friday, amid increasing worries about the highly contagious delta variant and as leaders consider reinstating COVID safety measures. Daily data show the test positivity rate rose to 4.2% for the seven-day period...

Illinois Supreme Court: Alan Beaman Can Sue Town Of Normal, Police

The Illinois Supreme Court has again overruled the appeals court in Alan Beaman’s attempt to sue the Town of Normal and three police officers for malicious prosecution. In a 4-2 ruling, the justices have sent the case back to McLean County Circuit Court for trial, seven years after it was first filed in 2014.