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Family Reunion Picnic Brings Together GLBT Community

A good time was had by all at the Annual Family Reunion Picnic, held Sunday afternoon at the Underwood Park in Normal. Sponsored by the Advocacy Council for Human Rights, the Family Reunion Picnic is a way for the GLBT community of Bloomington-Normal to get together and enjoy themselves over food and conversation. The inclusive … Continue reading

Normal Promotes Community-Wide Sustainability Plan

In a work session of the Normal Town Council, held last week on July 11th, councilmembers discussed implementation of the Community-Wide Sustainability Plan and 2035 Report. For this plan and similar reports, there is a resource page with links to reports on the Normal Planning and Zoning Division. The momentum for this plan is years … Continue reading

BloNo Demonstrates in Solidarity with WEEK/WHOI Workers

EAST PEORIA – A group of Bloomington-Normal residents carpooled to East Peoria Friday evening to demonstrate in solidarity with AFTRA broadcast workers who are in a labor struggle with their corporate management at WEEK/WHOI-TV. Collective bargaining negotiations between the WEEK/WHOI workers and management stalled in February around the issue of outsourcing of local news to … Continue reading

Walking Tour Explores Bloomington’s History

BLOOMINGTON – July 13, 2011 – Over fifty people participated Wednesday evening in a walking social history tour of Bloomington, hosted by the Common Action Free School. Bill Kemp, Greg Koos, and Mike Matejka led the engaging tour, speaking of Bloomington history as it related to important landmarks, buildings, and communities. Some of the topics … Continue reading

Workers Across Illinois Picket for Collective Bargaining Rights

Thousands of Illinois state workers in AFSCME set up picket lines across the state to protest Governor Quinn’s breaking of their union collective bargaining agreement. Governor Quinn refuses to pay state employees the wages agreed to and signed under contract by both parties. Illinois AFSCME Council 31 compares recent attacks upon their collective bargaining agreement … Continue reading

Bloomington Considers Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

During a work session of the Bloomington City Council, city alderpersons discussed accepting four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations from the town of Normal, acquired as part of a federal grant application under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The town of Normal was rewarded $488,500 in February to purchase EV charging stations. The momentum … Continue reading

Public Pressure Keeps Bus Line Running

BLOOMINGTON – At the July 11th Bloomington city council meeting, the Bloomington-Normal Public Transportation System (BNPTS) requested a grant of $50,000 from the city of Bloomington to run the Teal (J) bus route for the upcoming year. The BNPTS board was also granted $50,000 from the city of Normal. David Anderson, BNPTS interim manager, spoke … Continue reading

Images of Peaceful Protest

BLOOMINGTON – Twenty-five BloNo residents came out in the rain on Thursday, July 7th to protest the continuing U.S. wars and occupations. Organized by the Bloomington-Normal Citizens for Peace and Justice, the protest demands a real end to the wars and that the money saved be spent on education, health care and jobs.

“The Take” Screens in Bloomington

Common Action Free School is screening this film on worker power in Argentina, this Saturday, July 9th, 6 pm at the Market Street community space at 1002 W. Market Street, Bloomington.

Bike Lane Proposed for Main Street Corridor

BLOOMINGTON – A workshop, hosted by the Main Street Transportation Improvement Feasibility Study, was held on June 30 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts to solicit ideas from the public on how to improve transportation on the Main Street corridor. The Main Street Feasibility Study is designed to engage the public to reach … Continue reading