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Adriana Martinez in studio
Mary Cullen / WGLT

In a time when immigrants are painted as illegal invaders and something to be feared, Adriana Martinez studies how music ties American and Mexican culture together.

Dan Goodman / AP

At the top of kids list this Halloween, or the parents who raid the candy haul, is chocolate.

Danny Kogan

Illinois State University’s College of Business hosted its 8th annual Startup Showcase this month, with 15 student entrepreneurs competing for cash prizes to advance their business plan.

Brandon DaZ (Right) with Futuristic.
Ryan Kindig

A hip-hop artist with roots in Bloomington said he wanted to dig into an emotion on his latest EP not often expressed in rap music. Nor by men … at least in public.

Amtrak
Eric Stock / WGLT

Life is about to get quieter for residents near one of the main rail lines that cuts through Bloomington.

The Peoria City Council has voted to eliminate 22 firefighter and 16 police positions as part of a move to close a $6 million budget hole.

The council also voted to reduce the city's community development department.

The Journal Star reports the personnel cuts would result in a $3 million savings. Additional revenue sources will need to be approved.

Christmas trees
The Baby Fold

Silver bells have a double meaning at The Baby Fold's Festival of Trees this year. The organization is celebrating 25 years of the popular holiday fundraiser. 

Groovement performing at the Caloundra Music Festival in Queensland, Australia.
Martin Schmidt

Groovement describes its sound as “what you’d hear if Led Zeppelin caught a Soul Train with Grouplove and they threw a party while headin’ down the tracks to Motown.” The six-man funk-rock outfit based in Fayetteville, Ark., makes a stop at Jazz UpFront in Bloomington on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Child creating art
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A new grant to the Children's Discovery Museum has allowed it to throw open the doors to let the kids go out and about to find new artistic experiences and spark a little creativity.

Kathy Michael speaks
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

UPDATED 3:20 p.m. | The McLean County clerk’s Facebook page has been taken down for “reconstruction” as county officials work on a new social media policy.

Unit 5 school board meets
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Unit 5 is looking to replace its current student information system with a new platform district officials say will make life easier for students, parents and teachers.

Midwest Food Bank website

The Midwest Food Bank will send a semi-truck next week to provide relief supplies for victims of the Camp Fire in Northern California.

State Farm tents in wildfire area
Daniel Losk from State Farm / Twitter

Nearly 3,000 home and auto claims were filed with State Farm as a result of the wildfires in California as of Wednesday morning.

Staff / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority will look for possible tenants to occupy Central Illinois Regional Airport’s old terminal building.

Corin speaks to aldermen
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Bloomington will have two new playgrounds next fall: one benefitting children with special needs, the other serving Bloomington’s west side.

McLean County farmland auction
Eric Stock / WGLT

Two Bloomington homeless shelters and Illinois Wesleyan University will share in an $11.6 million gift. It comes from the sale of prime farmland in McLean County.

Power pole
Ameren

Ameren Illinois has won approval from state regulators to begin construction next year on a $21 million transmission line project that will stretch across McLean County.

Interior of Green Top
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

With a successful fundraising campaign keeping the doors open, Green Top Grocery will turn its attention to the busy holiday season.

Bruce Rauner (left) and JB Pritzker (right)
AP / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker will make a joint appearance at the state's Bicentennial celebration Dec. 3.

Authorities say a 20-year-old man has been arrested following the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy in Decatur.

Harmony Park
Gametime Inc. and Harmony Park Project

Bloomington is getting its first playground for children with special needs.

Moon in concert
Moon

The Chicago-based progressive, atmospheric prog-rock band Moon has reference points that include Superchunk, Radiohead, Rush, and even the now Bloomington-based punkers Poster Children.

Childsplay performs
Childsplay / Facebook

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 November, via a Spotify playlist.

Jesse White speaks
Pritzker Transition Team

Less than a week after losing her election for McLean County clerk, Nikita Richards will join Gov.-elect JB Pritzker's transition team.

Pabts on a shelf
Ivan Moreno / AP

Pabst Brewing Company and MillerCoors are heading to trial to settle a contract dispute in which Pabst accuses the brewing giant of trying to undermine its competitor by breaking a contract to make their products.

Stove hat
Seth Perlman / AP

A state House committee plans a hearing to consider questions surrounding the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Eric Stock / WGLT

After every election, the focus is on the winners, their thoughts about the campaign and goals for the office. But every election also has candidates who lose, despite fighting just as hard as those who won.

Lee Ann Womack
Ebru Yildiz / Shore Fire Media

Lee Ann Womack’s 2017 album “The Lonely, The Lonesome, And Gone” turns to darker themes than her critically acclaimed 2014 release “The Way I’m Livin’.”  And those darker lyrics are often accompanied by a swampy blues not heard on a lot of country music today.

Education officials pose at museum
Mary Cullen / WGLT

The National Science Foundation awarded a combined $4.6 million grant to Heartland Community College, Illinois State, and Illinois Wesleyan universities to bolster STEM studies.

Woodbury Park
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington has converted some greenspace into a new neighborhood park that it will dedicate Friday.

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