Question: The mayor of Bloomington once said, “Gangs threaten our city’s reputation if something cannot be done.” What year was it? (a) 2005; (b) 2003; (c) 1999; (d) 1953.
Answer: Yes, it was (d) 1953. Mark B. Hayes was Bloomington mayor then. Gangs, and the subsequent quelling of them, have been an issue in Bloomington-Normal for more than 60 years.