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Liquor Commission Grants License To New Owners Of Buffalo Wild Wings

Although their regular meeting in Council Chambers on the fourth floor of Uptown Station had no items up for discussion Tuesday, Normal Town Council members, in their capacity as Normal Local Liquor Commission, did address a request to approve a license application for a business which recently changed ownership. The Council session was held Tuesday as a result of Monday’s Federal Holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wingmen V, LLC, doing business as Buffalo Wild Wings, 603 S. Main St., applied for a Class D All Liquor on premises license. The license application the restaurant ownership submitted was approved by a unanimous Commission vote.
Although the restaurant has been in operation for nearly a year and a half, the fact there has been a change in ownership, under Town statute, required the former owner to turn their license into the Town, and for the new owners to apply for a new license.
Omnibus Agenda Items Approved: Omnibus agenda items approved by the Council included:
• Approval of minutes of the regular meeting on Jan. 3,, 2017.
• Approval of Town of Normal expenditures as of Jan. 11, 2017.
• A resolution waiving the formal bidding process and authorizing the purchase of various vehicles for Normal Police Department through the State of Illinois and Illinois Sheriff’s Association joint purchasing contracts in the amount of $268,500.
• A resolution authorizing a supplemental contract under the existing continuing service agreement with Bloomington-based The Farnsworth Group to provide a topographical survey in portions of the Uptown 2.0 redevelopment area south of the Union Pacific railroad tracks in an amount not to exceed $35,500.
• A resolution approving the executive session meeting minutes of Sept. 19, 2016 and authorizing the release of those minutes.
• A resolution conditionally reapproving a final plat for The Lofts northend PUD.
• A resolution conditionally reapproving a final development plan for The Lofts northend PUD.
• An ordinance amending Section 15.6-19(C) of the Town Zoning Code concerning permitted uses in an M-1 Restricted Manufacturing District – Brewery Taproom.

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Recording Secretary:  Judith A. LaCasse

At the regular meeting of the McLean County Board on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the Board approved a Collective Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME Local 537 for the County Highway Department.
The Board also approved an amendment to the Amended and Restated Lease with the Public Building Commission and a contract with the Public Building Commission for Operation and Maintenance.
The Board approved an Amendment to an Agreement between the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and the County of McLean for services provided through the McLean County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Seeds from Soldier’ and Sailors’ Days “Turn Up” in Normal Food Forest
by University of Illinois Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Staff for Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties
On a blustery, spitting day in November, volunteers were completing winter preparation work at the Refuge Food Forest at One Normal Plaza Park. The day’s plan called for caging and wrapping young trees, but dropping temperatures made the nimble work difficult. Instead, volunteers donned gloves and weeded beds, and in turn, made a surprising discovery.
The food forest was planted on the grounds of the former Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School (ISSCS) in May of 2015. The primary crop includes 500 berry canes and 300 nut shrubs. The installation also includes rhubarb, asparagus, and herbs; plus apple, pear, peach, fig, persimmon, and paw paw trees, along with countless other native prairie plants.
These are perennial food producing crops for the public to enjoy year-after-year. Therefore, it came as a surprise when turnip seed heads were discovered in a bed of black currants. The seeds likely lay dormant for decades, according to U of I Extension Local Foods System and Small Farms Educator, Bill Davison. Other “volunteer” plants had previously indicated that there might have been a garden, or perhaps the ISSCS farm, on the site now occupied by the Food Forest, though construction debris has also periodically turned up in the site’s rich, black soil.
Davison will grow out the seeds in test plots and at the Unity Community Center in the 2017 season, and then distribute additional seed to libraries in Normal and Eureka and curious growers. Of particular interest, says Davison, is whether the variety is one that is no longer commercially available.
According to Ruthie Cobb, of the ISSCS Historical Society, in an interview on WGLT Radio, the ISSCS was the first publicly funded child welfare institution in the state of Illinois and operated from the 1860s to 1970s. The Refuge Food Forest site is in fact not, far from where the ISSCS farms and 4-H garden space were located. The children at the home helped harvest and prepare the crops to feed up to 700 residents in the 1930s.
In 2017, the site will be an inviting space for community members to harvest and experience flavors of fresh fruit from a sustainably managed plot for free. Though most of the produce is not yet harvestable until June, this year mushroom logs will be available on the site for early spring harvest.
The Refuge Food Forest was co-funded by the Town of Normal and University of Illinois Extension. To volunteer at the Refuge Food Forest and keep up to date on what is ready for harvest, join the discussion group on Facebook, or contact Reid Young, University of Illinois Extension Program Coordinator, Master Naturalists, and Local Foods and Small Farms at (309) 663-8306 or by email

Irish Heritage Society hosting The Turas February 18 at the K of C
The Irish Heritage Society is hosting an evening of Irish music by The Turas, a well-known Celtic band in the area.
The event will be held on Saturday February 18th at 7 p.m. at the K of C’s Hall 1706 R.T. Dunn Drive, Bloomington. Cost is $15 for members/$20 for guests. Contact: 309-828-1637

‘Steady as She Goes’ by Amy Wolfe on display at Heartland Community College art gallery
The Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College will feature Steady as She Goes, works by Amy Wolfe. The exhibit is on display now through Friday, March 3. An artist reception takes place Thursday, February 16 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the gallery.
Found object and mixed media assemblages abound in Wolfe’s exhibit. Composed of man-made and natural objects with painted and drawn elements, these works reflect her exploration of “the nature of the everyday” found in her backyard, the bike trail and the local park.
From gathering scrap wood, metal, bark and branches, to drawing inked patterns and imagery, Wolfe finds meditative qualities in her observation and process. She states, “In this ritual of finding objects and finding my composition, of growth and decay and of chance and intuition, I find balance for myself.”
Wolfe is an artist and art teacher at Bent Elementary School in Bloomington. With visiting artist Juan Chavez, she directed fifth graders and local artists in the making of a Found Object Collaborative Mural at Bent in 2016.
She works and exhibits locally at Three Square Studio and is a lead member of the Downtown Bloomington Association Artists. Her works have been exhibited at the Central Illinois Artists Organization in Peoria, McLean County Art Center in Bloomington and Illinois State’s University Galleries in Normal.
Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Illinois State and a master’s degree in education from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She is currently completing a master’s in art education at Illinois State.

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Rachel Bowden, Steven Taylor named Distinguished Professors
Professor of Biology Rachel Bowden and Professor of Marketing Steven Taylor have been named Distinguished Professors by the Office of the Provost. They will be honored at the annual Founders Day Convocation on February 16.
Bowden began her career at Illinois State in 2003 in the School of Biological Sciences, becoming a full professor in 2013. During her tenure at Illinois State she received both the University Research Initiative and University Teaching Initiative Awards in 2007.  She was named Outstanding College Researcher in 2011 and Outstanding University Researcher in 2013.
Bowden is committed to the teaching mission of the university and teaches courses spanning from freshman to graduate student levels. She frequently provides research and publication opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. She has mentored 12 M.S. and Ph.D. students, 15 undergraduate students, and has co-authored over 25 papers with graduate and undergraduate students.
Taylor began his career at Illinois State in 1992, becoming a full professor in 2001. He has received national recognition for his scholarly research in the areas of service marketing, marketing implications for higher education, and in digital piracy.
He has completed over 82 refereed or invited journal articles and book chapters with articles appearing in top marketing journals. His work has been cited over 21,800 times, including researchers from more than 20 countries worldwide. Taylor is also recognized as an exceptional teacher, having won the University Teaching Initiative Award in 1997 and the college Outstanding Teacher award in 2001. In 1995, he received the University Research Initiative Award. In 1997 and 2011, he received the college Outstanding Research Award. In 2013, he received the University Outstanding Research Award. He was the inaugural Hinderliter Chair in the College of Business from 2012-13.

Alan Lessoff named University Professor
Alan Lessoff has been named a University Professor by the Office of the Provost. He will be honored at the annual Founders Day Convocation at 2 p.m. February 16 in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.
Lessoff joined Illinois State University in 2000 becoming professor in 2004. In the areas of urban history and U.S. history during the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, Lessoff has written, co-written, or edited six books. He is also the author of 17 academic articles and chapters as well as nearly 50 book reviews and review essays. Two of his books have won awards. His non-refereed publications are numerous.

ISU Board of Trustees approves memorial bench, honors members
The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University met January 13 in the Bone Student Center. At the meeting, the Board gave approvals for the naming of a bench in honor of Ben Allison, and approved funds to revamp heating and fire systems on campus.
It was the final quarterly meeting for several long-serving Board members. Trustee Rocky Donahue and President Larry Dietz honored the three departing Board members, Jay D. Bergman, Anne Davis, and Betty Kinser, whose terms expire mid-January. Board member Bob Dobski, whose partial term also expires in January, will remain on the Board.
The Board approved the naming of a campus bench in memory of Illinois State student Ben Allison. The bench will be located on the Redbird Plaza, which is currently under construction near Fell Hall. Allison, who died two years ago while he was a student, worked for the student radio station WZND. Deb Lesser, an emeritus advisor for the radio station and a driving force behind the resolution to name the bench, attended the meeting along with Allison’s parents.
The Board also approved the renewal of an agreement with Aetna Student Health for the University’s student health and accident insurance. The renewal agreement covers the 2017-2018 policy year. The student health insurance rates remain the same as those charged for the 2016-2017 policy year, with no fee increase, at $249 for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters and $187 for summer 2018.
Trustees approved a $510,000 project to upgrade the existing fire alarm system in the Science Laboratory Building, which houses all of the Chemistry Department’s laboratories and most of the School of Biological Sciences’ labs. The current system is original to the building, which opened in 1997. The project will include replacement of smoke detectors, audible alarms, and the system’s main panel. The work, which will be completed during the coming summer months, will bring the alarm system into compliance with current building and life safety codes. Money for the project will come from general revenue operating funds.
Trustees also authorized a $1.2 million project to renovate the Julian Hall Data Center. The work will include upgrades to the data center’s mechanical, HVAC, and fire suppression systems. Lighting and power upgrades and the installation of new security cameras will also be completed. The climate control system improvements are necessary because of the high heat output from the center’s data servers and other equipment, and the sensitivity of that equipment to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Money for the improvement project comes from general revenue operating funds.

Notice Of Road Postings
The McLean County Highways & Township Roads will be posted for the Spring Weight Limit period beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The posting period may last until April 15, 2017 depending upon the condition of the roads. The County’s Oil and Chip roads are posted for 8-Ton gross weight limit, and the County’s Hot Mix roads are posted for 10-Ton gross weight limit.
Depending upon road conditions, necessity, and size of loads, the Township Highway Commissioners and the County Highway Department may issue written permits. Again, this year the McLean County Sheriffs Department will be patrolling the County and Township roads for weight limit violators.
The County and Townships appreciate the cooperation shown the last several years in complying with the Spring Weight Limit. The road posting and your cooperation have worked together to prevent our roads from being damaged, and saving tax dollars.

YWCA Labyrinth Client Art Show On First Friday
 On Friday, February 3, YWCA Labyrinth will host a client art show at Inside Out Art: Accessible Art Gallery and Cooperative at 200 West Monroe Street, #102, as part of Downtown Bloomington Associations’ First Friday.
Through the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Mirza Arts and Culture grant, YWCA Labyrinth began art therapy classes two years ago. During these classes, Labyrinth clients learn various art skills as a way to heal from trauma, from both their personal lives and from being in the jail/prison system. A staff counselor is available to help them process what they learn. The classes teach clients another way to cope with stress, build self-esteem, meet positive people and expand on knowledge of sober activities. Volunteers who are experts in their area (landscape painting, poetry, photography) teach each art class.
“I never thought I could paint something this good,” said one participant. “I learned something in all of the classes…and I now have something to hang up that I’m proud of.”
“This is the second time we facilitated the series,” said Kristin Manzi, director of YWCA Labyrinth. “The art program has increased our client’s self-esteem, self-efficacy and has decreased depression.”
For more information about YWCA Labyrinth, the client art show or its programs, please visit or call Kristin at (309) 831-6491.

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Thursday, Jan. 19 • 7:00 PM
After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction. (1984) PG / 105 min.

Fri. & Sun, Jan. 20 & 22 • 7:00 PM
A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. Written & directed by Barry Jenkins. R / 110 min.

The Eyes Of My Mother
Fri. & Sat., Jan. 20 & 21 • 10 PM
Francisca (Kika Magalhaes) has been unfazed by death from an early age because her mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, imbued her with a thorough understanding of the human anatomy. When tragedy shatters her family’s idyllic life in the countryside, her deep trauma gradually awakens some unique curiosities. As she grows up, her desire to connect with the world around her takes a distinctly dark form. R / 77 min.

The Angry Birds Movie
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Saturday, Jan. 21 • 1:00 PM
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and Bomb the volatile have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. PG / 97 min. Enjoy free movies at the Normal Theater! Each month there will be a movie shown at 1 pm with doors opening at 12:30 pm. Moviegoers are encouraged to dress up or bring an item that relates to the movie. For more details visit
Miss Hokusai

Saturday, Jan. 21 • 7:00 PM
In Japanese with English subtitles; the English language version will screen at 7pm on January 15th. From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale. PG-13 / 90 min. & 22


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Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commissions Announce MLK Award Winners
The Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commissions have named the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award winners. Congratulations to the recipients!
Adult Human Relations Award:    Kevin Jones (Bloomington) and Mary Aplington (Normal)
Youth “I Have a Dream” Award:     Anniah Watson (Bloomington) and Sujith Molakala (Normal)
The 41st Annual Martin Luther King Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, January 14 at Bone Student Center of Illinois State University.
Kevin Jones works with the Bloomington Regional Alternative School where he has been at the forefront of implementing innovative restorative justice practices, helping students work through conflict and bring them more deeply into the surrounding community. His work with restorative justice permeates outside the classroom where it continues to inspire others to seek understanding and act without judgment. Additionally, he has volunteered once a month for the past twenty years with Camp Take-A-Break, providing support for adopted children at risk of losing their adoption placement.
Mary Aplington has been a counselor in Bloomington Schools for 19 years and has helped coordinate the Back to School Alliance, a community commitment to ensure children have necessary school supplies and support services. Mary co-founded Promise and Potential, was instrumental in starting the BJHS Ambassador Program, and was a founding member of the BJHS Promise Council, which she is currently expanding. Mary currently serves on the Board of Directors of For A Better Tomorrow and is the co-chair of Youth Global Citizen (YGC), a youth leadership program designed to create the next generation of leaders in our community.
Anniah Watson, a student at Normal Community West High School, has the heart of a servant leader and is committed to dispelling negative stereotypes. She has been instrumental in leading the Helping Youth Progress and Excel (H.Y.P.E) program, has emerged as a leader within the Not In Our School chapter, and is the co-founder of a not-for-profit, “Book4U”, a mobile book service that supplies free college text books to low-income students. Her volunteer efforts extend to several local organizations committed to addressing the effects of discrimination, including Home Sweet Home Mission, Midwest Food Pantry, and the YWCA.
Sujith Molakala, a student at Normal Community High School, has a passion for service and helping others. He is a member of Class Board and National Honor Society, a peer tutor, and enjoys participating in Future Business Leaders of America events. Recently, Sujith spearheaded an effort to extend the Little Free Pantry to Normal Community High School, helping neighbors connect to raise awareness and address food insecurity in our community. Sujith has been involved with the McLean County Indian Association, was recognized for his volunteer work at OSF Hospital, and helped coordinate food drives for the Home Sweet Home Mission.
Saturday’s event included the awards presentation and featured broadcast journalism pioneer Monica Pearson, who in 1975 became the first minority and first woman to anchor the evening news in Atlanta, Georgia

Illinois Soybean Farmers Harvest Record Crop
Illinois has regained the title of top soybean-producing state, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) data recently released.  The crop production annual summary from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) ranked Illinois as producing nearly 593 million bushels of soybeans in 2016, up from 544 million bushels in 2015. The average yield was 59 bushels per acre, up three bushels from last year. The 2016 crop was harvested from 10.05 million acres, up from 9.7 million acres last year. Illinois has been ranked in the top two soybean-producing state spots for the past five years.
“We are excited to regain the title as top soybean-producing state,” says Daryl Cates, soybean farmer from Columbia, Ill., and ISA chairman. “We have some of the best producers in the nation. This could not be possible without the 43,000 growers in the state who continue to adapt new practices and methods that preserve soil and grow high-quality beans to reach top yields.”
Cates says ISA strives to be a go-to resource for farmers who are looking for new research, sustainability and technology that they can adopt on their own farms.
“For ISA, creating yield-boosting opportunities for soybean farmers is a priority,” says John Longley, soybean farmer from Aledo, Ill., and ISA Production and Outreach Committee chair. “By educating producers through articles, webinars and events such as our Soybean Summits and the ISA Yield Challenge, we are able to offer resources to farmers to become the most knowledgeable, sustainable and profitable soybean growers in the world.”
ISA also works on what happens after soybeans are harvested, through several market development projects.
“Knowing that we are the top soybean-producing state is about more than the high yields our producers achieve,” says Craig Ratajczyk, ISA CEO. “This also is about our customer service. At ISA, our focus now is getting the product out efficiently to market and creating demand for our soybeans. We recognize that market access is vital and work collaboratively to ensure that.”
Sixty percent of the soybeans grown in Illinois are exported each year with a value estimated at $3 billion. ISA works to build relationships in these markets by hosting approximately 30 trade teams a year and visiting companies overseas.  ISA representatives also work closely with state agencies and national groups to promote soy from Illinois, as well as tout the strategic advantage of rail, road and waterways that many other states do not have.
Illinois farmers are well on the way to ISA’s goal to utilize 600 million bushels of soybeans by the year 2020. To learn more about ISA projects and the checkoff, visit

Kent Cook to Present Faculty Recital Jan. 29
Illinois Wesleyan University Professor of Piano Kent Cook will present a concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
Exploring music from Germany and Spain, Cook will present works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Padre Antonio Soler and Joaquín Turina. Cook said he is especially excited to introduce the Turina sonata to the Illinois Wesleyan community because it is largely unknown in the United States.
Cook is also head of the School of Music’s keyboard department. He earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and received a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Germany. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Cook has performed in many venues throughout both the U.S. and Europe, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, England and Italy. In addition to his solo performances, Cook has recorded music with lyric tenor Justin Vickers. Cook is also a member of the Jackson Trio with oboist Roger Roe and violist Michael Isaac Strauss.


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