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With weeks to go until the midterm election, Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan rallied her base during a recent stop in Bloomington-Normal.

Corn Belt truck
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Corn Belt Energy has dispatched crews to the southeastern United States to help restore power to thousands in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

Steve Hancock, Corn Belt's vice president of electric distribution, said two four-man crews are currently working in Youngsville, North Carolina, about 30 miles northeast of Raleigh.

He said Corn Belt crews will be working in two-week shifts to assist local energy cooperatives and will move to other impacted areas once power in restored.

Nearly 1,700 McLean County voters have already cast their ballots for the midterm election—a heavy turnout for early voting with three weeks to go before Election Day.

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The Normal Town Council will take up the $29 million Trail East project proposal Monday.

Rhys Lovell directs Bob Kinsella and Connie Blick
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

It was the door slam heard around the world.

When Nora, the protagonist of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” walked out on her husband, her children, and the sham of a life she’d been leading, the closing of the door ended the play, but opened greater opportunities for women in theater to play a rich, dynamic character.

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Former Bloomington City Manager David Hales might be on his way out at his new job in Joliet.

Monica Hesse
The Washington Post

The new gender columnist for The Washington Post says the Kavanaugh hearings showed we are in a desperately important time to be asking questions about what it means to be a woman and a man.

Sally Dyck speaks at podium
United Methodist Church

It's a difficult time in the United States for a lot of big tent mainline religious denominations who have members across the wide breadth of the political spectrum.

Brad Dearing and volunteer fire cleanup
Eric Stock / WGLT

It was only a matter of days before Dearing Country Farms in rural Danvers was back in operation and owner Brad Dearing was back teaching at University High in Normal after an overnight fire Sept. 16 destroyed the home he built for his family in rural Danvers nearly 15 years ago.

Dan Brady and Ben Webb
Cindy Le / WGLT

Candidates for the 105th Illinois House District set public education funding as a top priority during a GLT debate Wednesday night at Illinois State's University Galleries.

Protesters outside BCPA hold signs
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Stand Up for Social Justice held a vigil Tuesday night to support victims of sexual assault.

Fall leaves on ground
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The season is changing, and that means there's a new seasonal to-do list for anyone with a green thumb.

Heartland Community College students meet mini therapy horses during their campus visit Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Move over, therapy dogs. Heartland Community College is bringing in mini therapy horses.

The Normal college hosted mini therapy horses from the organization MiniVisits on Tuesday.

Keith Sommer speaks into mic
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Voters are accustomed to politicians who love to self-promote—the ones who call press conferences to brag about all the bills they’ve introduced, who give impassioned floor speeches ahead of a controversial vote, who blitz the media with press releases about their positions.

Eric Lichtenberger
NPR ILLINOIS 91.9 UIS

lllinois has historically ranked second in the nation when it comes to high school graduates leaving the state to go to college. But there's good news for a certain set of students who opt to stay.

Mike Pence at a podium
Susan Walsh / AP

Vice President Mike Pence will make a stop in Springfield this week, raising money for incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

West Bloomington Revitalization Project
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Anyone looking to start or expand a business in west Bloomington can get financial help from a new microloan program.

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Heartland Community College President Keith Cornille is putting his money where his feet are.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos and University President Larry Dietz flip the switch, lighting Uptown in ISU's colors.
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

For the sixth year in a row, Illinois State University has kicked off Homecoming week with the Uptown tree lighting in partnership with the Town of Normal.

A flatscape of land from the air, vibrantly colored.
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Noted Midwestern landscape artist Harold Gregor of Bloomington has died. He was 89.

Bob Mahrt speaks at meeting
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Bloomington officials will answer questions about a proposed overhaul to the city's zoning code during two public sessions Wednesday afternoon.

Melinda Fischer
GoRedbirds.com

Illinois State softball coach Melinda Fischer will have a national award named in her honor.

Fantastic Negrito performing at the Ohana Festival on Sept. 30, 2018, in Dana Point, CA.
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We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.

Milk Carton Kids (Joey Ryan, left and Kenneth Pattengale, right) performing at the American Honors and Awards show on Sept. 12, 2018.
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Since 1992, GLT’s Acousticity has explored the world of “flexible folk,” with a distinctive mix of bluegrass, Celtic and songwriter music. Here are Acousticity host Bruce Bergethon’s Top 20 songs for October, via a Spotify playlist.

Yingying Zhang smiling for a photo.
AP / AP

The University of Illinois is dedicating a garden to a 26-year-old Chinese scholar who authorities say was kidnapped near campus and killed last year.

Yingying Zhang disappeared June 9, 2017, after she arrived at the university in central Illinois. Former graduate student Brendt Christensen has been charged with her abduction and death. Authorities have not found her body.

Bloomington City Hall
Eric Stock / WGLT

Do you know how many businesses there are in Bloomington? The city doesn't either, but that could change soon.

Photos: Iron & Wine Perform at Castle Theatre

Oct 6, 2018
Iron & Wine performs
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter who performs as Iron & Wine entertained a local crowd Friday night at the Castle Theatre in downtown Bloomington.

Keith Knight
Keith Knight

Award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight's focus on racial profiling, police brutality, and race relations have many pegging him as a social activist.

Lake Bloomington
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington plans to implement a new permitting system for boat docks at Lake Bloomington to try to resolve issues with some dock owners that have been ongoing for years.

Lesley Wexler
U of I College of Law

Fourteen professors or instructors from the University of Illinois College of Law signed a letter opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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