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Candidate Forum
Bloomington Ward 4 Primary

This forum will broadcast live on WGLT on Tuesday, February 17. It will be moderated by Mike McCurdy as five candidates (Amelia Buragas, Chip Frank,Jeremy Kelly, Dan Metz - write-in - and Ron Schultz) vie to replace Ward 4 Alderman Judy Stearns who is stepping down. It will be rebroadcast at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18.

The Ward 4 Primary will be held on Tuesday, February 24, with early voting beginning on Monday, February 9. Two candidates will advance to the Consolidated Election on April 7. Residents of Bloomington Ward 4 belong to precincts 1, 9, 22, 24, 27 and 28. LOOK for mailed notices of different polling place assignments for primary election only.

Our Next Meeting
Tuesday February, 24, 2015

Californians Would Be Jealous: Water in McLean County
Report from Water Resources Study Committee

7:00 to 8:45 p.m.

Community Room, Normal Public Library
206 W College Ave, Normal
Please click here for directions.

Water shortages and the fear of "water wars" certainly rank high on the list of international environmental concerns, as well as in the American Southwest and even in parts of Illinois as urban areas continue to grow and climate change accelerates.

Several decades ago, the McLean County League did a water conservation study, prompted by the serious drought that afflicted this region in the late 1980s. However, the focus of that study was rather narrow and recently the League reasoned that it was time to examine the broader questions related to the adequacy of regional water supplies, as well as to water quality issues.

With all this in mind, our League study committee (Becky Anderson, Roger Elm, Gretchen Monti, Anne Nadakavukaren and Meredith and Juergen Schroeer) set out to learn as much as they could about the existing situation regarding water resources in our county and the readiness of our municipalities to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The results of their conversations, observations, and investigations will be presented at this meeting.

Please click here for the full report.

Redistricting Works

Last month, CHANGE Illinois released “Redistricting Reformed,” a brief paper summarizing events in California and Arizona where nonpartisan, transparent redistricting became a reality. Working with CHANGE Illinois, national redistricting experts Nicholas Stephanopoulos (University of Chicago Law School) & Ruth Greenwood (Chicago Lawyers’ Committee) led a team which culled academic literature and data down to accessible key points. Follow the link to read:

Follow the link to read: http://www.changeil.org/blog/redistricting-reformed/

Links to Events of Interest

Save the Date
Saturday, March 7, 2015

Annual International Women's Day Breakfast

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
              Doors Open at 8:30 a.m.
Place:  Uptown Normal Mariott

The guest speaker with be Dr. Mudita Dave speaking on "Women’s Health Across Cultures: Mind, Body, and Spirit." The co-presenters of the event are Soroptimist International Bloomington-Normal and League of Women Voters of McLean County.

Please click here for more information.

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

Time:  5:30 p.m.
Place:  Uptown Holiday Inn & Suites Bloomington Airport

More information will be coming soon.