It's Tari Renner and Kevin Lower. Voters in Bloomington whittled the five candidates running for mayor down to two. Renner got the most votes, nearly four thousand. Lower took 14-hundred votes. Ian Bayne, Bob Fike, and Diana Hauman filled out the rest of the field. Voters will decide between Lower and Renner in April.
Forecasters are out in the fields in central Illinois today. The National Weather service is looking to get more information on the storms that rolled through last night. A tornado hit near Washburn. But it's the storm that cut across Ottawa that's getting most of the headlines. At least one person is dead there. Police say a tornado hit the city's nursing home.
The heavy lifting in Springfield likely comes today. The Illinois Senate yesterday moved a few pieces of the so-called 'grand bargain' forward. Senators voted for a gambling expansion, local government consolidation, and a purchasing reform package. They voted down a pension reform piece. A new vote on pensions and a vote on the plan's tax increases should come later today.
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