Just About Normal is a weblog written by Normal Town Councilmember Adam Nielsen for the purposes of sharing information, ideas, and opinions about local government policy and for soliciting feedback from citizens, taxpayers, and community stakeholders.
Nielsen was recently re-elected to a third term. He is an strong supporter of Uptown Normal redevelopment and proud of his involvement in the Children’s Discovery Museum having served three years as President of the CDM Foundation Board of Directors.
As a member of the Baseball Committee, and in partnership with Heartland Community College leaders, Nielsen helped attract professional baseball to Normal. Construction will begin soon on a new privately owned and operated multi-purpose stadium on the Heartland campus. A Frontier League team will begin play in the 2010 season.
Over his eight years on the council, Nielsen has worked to strengthen relationships with Illinois State University and Unit 5 schools. He has fought to keep the Town’s share of the property tax low and supported initiatives to improve financial reporting and capital budgeting, enhance the appearance of new construction, bolster code enforcement, and create paramedics service.
Nielsen was the first councilmember in either Normal or Bloomington to go on the record in support of clean indoor air.
Nielsen serves as the Town Council’s representative on the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Married to Dayna and the father of Benjamin and Rebekah, Nielsen coaches youth baseball, plays in the Men’s Senior Baseball League and watches a lot of soccer. A 1986 graduate of the University of Illinois, Nielsen is a former journalist who is employed as director of national legislation and policy development at Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington.