Sarah Nardi

Sarah Nardi previously worked for the Chicago Reader covering Arts & Culture. She joined WGLT as a correspondent in 2020.

Neighbors of the Rivian plant in Normal are concerned a proposed expansion could threaten the area’s rural tranquility.

The electric automaker has plans to expand onto a 380-acre parcel of land on the west side of Rivian Motorway, across the road from the existing plant. The parcel is currently zoned agricultural and would be reclassified as manufacturing if approved by the Town of Normal. 

It looks like that there won’t be any turnover on the Normal Town Council.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Grow, Sarah and Murph are joined by Sean Sherman, founder of The Sioux Chef, an organization that highlights Native American cuisine and indigenous food systems. Sherman is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, and grew up in the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

The three candidates for Bloomington mayor agree on the importance of supporting small businesses and encouraging economic development. But they are starkly divided over how recreational cannabis should figure in the city’s economic future.