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BloNo winter parking bans: Avoid tickets

Winter weather is here. Parking bans are put in place when snowplow crews need to clear the streets. Know the policy on parking bans and avoid getting a ticket.

Town of Normal

Parking bans
The Public Works Department often issues parking bans when two or more inches of snow have accumulated. When a parking ban is issued:

  • No parked cars are permitted on any streets
  • Cars must be moved to a driveway, garage or parking lot
  • Normal Police may ticket cars for not complying

When a parking ban is in effect, information is distributed to:

Where to park
If you do not have a driveway or garage, you may park for free in the parking lots of the Town's parks, including but not limited to:

  • Anderson Park
  • Fairview Park
  • Maxwell Park
  • Rosa Parks Commons
  • Shepard Park
  • Underwood Park


City of Bloomington

Parking bans
The Director of Public works issues snow bans between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on any day of the week. Residents have four hours from the announcement of the ban to remove vehicles from snow routes and the downtown district.

Parking bans are announced in the following ways:

Where to park
Parking ban areas are marked throughout the City. If you live in an area that has issued a ban and have limited off-street parking, you are encouraged to utilize space in City parking decks.

See more information on downtown parking availability.

Free tax filing at Heartland Community College

Have your taxes filed confidentially, fast and free by trained volunteers from the Bloomington-Normal VITA Foundation.

File at Heartland Community College
Place: Workforce Development Center
Room: 3602
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

No appointment necessary. Services offered on a first come, first served basis through April 15.

Service eligibility

Services are free to:

  • Married taxpayers with a combined income of less than $55,000
  • Single taxpayers with dependents and an income of less than $55,000
  • Single taxpayers with no dependents and an income of less than $35,000

What to bring

Bring the following documents with you:

  • All W-2’s and 1099s (if any)
  • Social Security Carss or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers for all family members
  • Health insurance information for all individuals on the tax return
  • Copy of last year’s tax return if available
  • Bank account number and routing number to direct deposit your refund
  • Valid photo ID

More information and service locations can be found at bnfreetaxservices.org.

Normal Readiness Center Dedication

The Normal Readiness Center on the Heartland Community College campus is officially open.

Dedication of the center took place at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, December 14.

The 56,000 square-foot facility houses the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the Illinois Army National Guard. The brigade includes search and extraction teams, chemical, nuclear and biological decontamination units, military police, firefighters and communications units. Twenty-two full-time and approximately 200 part-time service members will work out of the Readiness Center.

The center broke ground in March of 2013 and is a public-public partnership between the Illinois Army National Guard and Heartland Community College. The location was ideal for the guard because of easy access to major interstates and an airport.

Heartland will share 18,000 square feet of the facility with the guard. HCC will use the space during the week for law enforcement training, traffic safety school, truck driver training, first-responder training and continuing education classes.

In a news release, Heartland President Rob Widmer describes the partnership as a win-win. “The readiness center is a great addition to campus," he said. "This ... partnership affords the college use of additional classrooms and parking for students and provides the Army National Guard the opportunity to access existing campus classroom, meeting and fitness resources.”

Portions of this story courtesy of The Pantagraph.