Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn made a quick stop at Illinois State University Thursday afternoon during a trip downstate as part of his campaign for Illinois Attorney General.Quinn said he’ll be “a strong voice” for university and college students if elected on November 6.
On Monday night the Bloomington City Council held a special session, which included discussions on waste management plans and the search for a permanent city manager. First, council members retracted the idea of outsourcing the city’s solid waste program, instead directing City staff to explore a combination of changes to current program fees and services.
A long night of meetings for Bloomington’s City Council ended on Monday with a heated argument between several aldermen and Mayor Tari Renner over the decision to table a proposed ‘Welcoming City Ordinance’.
On Monday, Normal Town Council members voted six to one to approve the Ecology Action Center’s “20-Year Materials Recovery and Resource Management Plan” to guide waste management for the Town of Normal, the City of Bloomington and McLean County.
Ward 1 Alderman Jamie Mathy and Ward 8 Alderman Diana Hauman told constituents they’ll have to make some tough choices to shore up a $2.9M budget deficit, including possible changes to the city’s solid waste service. The two aldermen met with about 30 residents at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday evening at the Breckenridge HOA Clubhouse in Bloomington.
Normal Mayor Chris Koos announced Deputy City Manager Pamela Reece will be the next Town of Normal City Manager. Reece will succeed Mark Peterson, who is set to retire at the end of March. Koos said the Town Council unanimously chose Reece from among 49 applicants for the position in a closed executive session last week.
Bloomington city officials presented ideas to shore up a projected $2.9M budget deficit for FY2019 at the council regular session meeting, 7:00 p.m. Monday at City Hall.Interim City Manager Steve Rasmussen outlined a possible budget scenario, which included cutting services and generating new revenue to make up the deficit. Department heads were on hand to present additional details and answer questions.
On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, The Normal Town Council discussed issues including the Uptown Normal development project and funding for BN Advantage. The Council also held a closed executive session to discuss the search for a new city manager. Peterson plans to retire in March after 30 years with the Town of Normal.
The 2016 Presidential Election yielded surprising results in McLean County. While the county went to current President Donald Trump with a 1.4% win over Clinton, 6.1% of the vote went to Libertarian Candidate, Gary Johnson. Libertarian votes in McLean County were the second highest in the state, with nearby Tazewell, Livingston, Dewitt and Piatt counties also voting between 5-6% for Johnson. The Libertarian candidate received 3.8% of the state vote.
In a town hall meeting hosted by Alderman Sage, Alderman Black, and Alderwoman Schmidt at the BCPA on Tuesday January 9th, the aldermen presented a short presentation on the 2019 budget deficit of $2.9 million. The cause of the budget gap is operational costs, which do not include new staff requests, capital repair for existing facilities or new bond projects.