Monday, July 16, 2018

Governor Rauner To Sign New Gun Law

It will soon be easier for a judge to take someone's gun away. Governor Rauner is due in Chicago later this morning (10:30 a.m.) to sign a new law that allows a family member or local law enforcement agency to ask a judge to issue an emergency order of protection to seize someone's guns. Lawmakers approved the plan last spring, they said the idea was to make sure people who are known to be a threat don't have access to a firearm. 

Bloomington Cancels Tax Incentive For Local Kroger Store

The city of Bloomington is canceling a tax sweetener to get a local Kroger store to move a few blocks. The Bloomington Pantagraph reported on Friday that the city voided a tax agreement with developers to build a new store in Bloomington, just a few blocks down from where Kroger is currently located in the town of Normal. The paper says city officials consider the project dead. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Thanks to you, our inaugural Seats for Soldier raised more than $7-thousand for Hope for the Warriors during a 36-hour live broadcast from the Corn Crib Thursday and Friday. Each donation was represented by a small American flag being place upright in a seat at the ballpark. More than 1400 seats were draped in red, white and blue. Seats for Soldiers was presented by Sam Leman Ford
With the indictment of 12 Russians in the ongoing 2016 election probe, Illinois gets at least some reassurance. State elections leaders had always suspected Russian interference. They now know it was a programming error that allowed Russian hackers in. Going forward, they'll use at least $6.6 million dollars in federal funds to put all 108 election groups statewide onto a new, secure computer platform; the Illinois Century Network.

Bloomington's Incentive Agreement for Kroger is Terminated

Bloomington city officials have pulled the plug on an economic incentive agreement for Kroger's planned new store on College Avenue on the northeast side. The Pantagraph reports that Kroger insists they will build a Marketplace-style store that has been on hold while the company analyzes how it would best fit into the chain's real estate plans.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

No Welcoming Ordinance

There will be no Welcoming City Ordinance in Bloomington after Mayor Tari Renner canceled the special meeting Monday morning citing no support on the council for the ordinance. Renner, instead, is asking that Police Chief Clay Wheeler develop and widely disseminate detailed policies and procedures regarding BPD interactions with ICE and wants these policies and procedures to speak  to the concerns of individuals who may fear reporting crimes.

The Fresh Market Closing

The Fresh Market is closing more than a dozen stores, including its location in Normal.  Liquidation sales are expected to begin today, but it's unclear when the closing date will be.  A company spokesman called the stores selected for closure "underperforming."