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Former Bloomington Mayor Rich Buchanan has died


BLOOMINGTON (WJBC and WEEK) - Former Bloomington Mayor Rich Buchanan has died.

He was 81. and suffered from Alzheimers in recent years.

Buchanan served two terms as mayor from 1977 to 1985. Before that, Buchanan was elected to two terms as alderman.

His public service wasn't over after he leaving city government. Buchanan was elected to the McLean County Board.

Buchanan served on the transportation committee with current County Board Vice Chairman Jim Soeldner, who said Buchanan was a "common sense individual" who used his sense of humor to bring levity to tense situations.

Buchanan's wife Judy remains active in the community as a member of the Connect Transit Board of Trustees.

The Buchanans were named "history makers" by the McLean County Museum of History in 2019.

Bloomington has lost two of its former mayors in recent months. In February, Bloomington's first woman mayor Judy Markowitz died from Alzheimer's complications. She was 82.

Howard Packowitz

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