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Alleged robber
Bloomington Police

Bloomington Police on Wednesday reminded businesses to make sure their video surveillance systems are working properly, as investigators look for the "Business Bandit" suspected in at least seven armed robberies.

Richard Vogel / AP Photo

Illinois’ new governor JB Pritzker has said he wants to legalize, tax, and regulate the sale of recreational marijuana. That move would complicate life for University leaders around Illinois and in Bloomington-Normal.

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WGLT

A federal lawsuit has been filed by a woman who claims LaSalle County sheriff's deputies violated her civil rights when they forcibly stripped her following a 2017 arrest.

The attorney for Zandrea Askew says three female deputies stripped the ex-U.S. Marine sergeant on Jan. 20, 2017.

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WGLT

Federal prosecutors in Illinois say a Texas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison on child pornography charges involving more than 40 girls in eight states, including 28 in central Illinois.

Prosecutors said Tuesday 36-year-old Mark P. Barnwell of Whitehouse, Texas, was sentenced on Jan. 9.

Authorities say he used false Facebook profiles to contact girls and advertise modeling opportunities. Prosecutors say Barnwell directed the girls to send him sexually explicit photos and threatened to post the nude photos online if they failed to send more.

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Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Heartland Community College is considering a possible tuition and fees increase starting next fall.

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Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

McLean County’s median household income is almost $65,000, but panelists at a McLean County League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night said despite that, the problem of poverty is creating waiting lists for social service agencies and leaving some people without help.

McLean County Board
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County Board chairman John McIntyre said Tuesday his idea for creating a blue ribbon advisory panel to assist in its search for a new county administrator is modeled after a similar volunteer board he created last year to help the county save its nursing home from financial ruin.

State Farm building
Staff / WGLT

A new report says that insurance companies will have to be more proactive—and pay more—to find and retain employees amid a “talent crisis” for the industry.

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Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The leader of the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors says the government shutdown has little impact on local home loan programs.

flu vaccine
David Goldman / AP

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital are the latest medical facilities to enact visitor restrictions because of a rise in flu cases.

Advocate officials released a statement Tuesday that visitors younger than 18 will not be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice. The hospitals are only allowing two visitors in any patient room at a time, and they are telling anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue to avoid trying to visit patients.

Jon Morgan
Illinois Department of Corrections

Former Gov. Bruce Rauner has reduced the 75-year prison sentence for a 38-year-old man convicted in 1996 of fatally shooting his grandparents in Lincoln.

C.J. Chenier
Karen Murphy / Chicago Blues News

CJ Chenier is known as “The Crown Prince of Zydeco.” But the son of the man known as “The King of Zydeco” said the music he plays isn’t technically zydeco.

Tari Renner
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Cutting back may have helped Bloomington balance its budget, but Mayor Tari Renner says it’s going to take more than budget cuts to help grow the local economy.

JB Pritzker
Vishesh Anand / Illinois Public Media

It was a good day to be a Democrat in Illinois as Gov. J.B. Pritzker was sworn in on Monday along with a diverse group of statewide office holders.

O'Hare Airport
Nam Y. Huh / AP

An Illinois Wesleyan University economics professor wonders how long federal employees will continue to work without paychecks as the longest government shutdown in history has surpassed three weeks.

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WGLT

Bloomington and Normal police say they continue to investigate a Bloomington man who is accused of sexually assaulting two women.

McLean County prosecutors have charged Matthew M. Price, 32, with aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault.

Normal Police said the first incident was reported on Dec. 5 involving a female victim over age 60, triggering the aggravated criminal sexual assault charge. On Dec. 10, Bloomington Police received a sexual assault complaint from a separate victim.

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo

Despite having a Democratic majority in state politics, recently sworn in Gov. JB Pritzker used words of inclusion and bipartisanship in his first public address.

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McLean County Health Department

The head of McLean County’s restaurant inspection program says the state’s new method of tracking violations could make it harder for the public to quickly understand a business' food safety performance.

Illinois State University

In one of Bruce Rauner’s final acts as governor, his office announced Friday it has released $9.6 million to pay for deferred maintenance for Illinois State University’s fine arts center complex.

Brandt Industries
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Brandt Industries is adding more jobs at its new agriculture manufacturing plant north of Normal, but a manager there said hiring has been slowed by the challenge of finding qualified workers.

Downtown signage
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen will vote Monday on a proposal to install close to three dozen wayfinding signs downtown.

Grand jury transcript
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The prosecutor had just finished a long Q&A with his chief witness—the lead investigator in the Coliseum fraud case. Step by step, the Illinois State Police special agent alleged how the Coliseum’s managers skimmed and stole over $750,000 from the City of Bloomington.

Al Bowman at podium
Illinois State University

McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre said Friday he has formed what he’s calling a blue ribbon stakeholder advisory panel to assist the County Board in its search for a new administrator.

Connect Transit buses
Staff / WGLT

As the federal government shutdown continues, Connect Transit is dipping into its reserves to continue operations.

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Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The future of art is currently on view at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal.

Dave Simonett, at the piano, with Trampled By Turtles
David McClister

Dave Simonett of Duluth, Minnesota-based Trampled By Turtles is a talented musician, vocalist, and songwriter. He’s also got some game as a collector of vinyl.

Naomi Oreskes
Kayana Szymczak

A science historian says climate change deniers are trying to sow confusion and mistrust about science in much the same way the tobacco industry did for decades.

Pat Vickerman
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois State University is 90 percent of the way toward its $150 million fundraising goal.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The John Wesley Powell Audubon Society participated in last month's 119th annual Christmas Bird Count.

Cardinal Court
Illinois State University

Illinois State University is looking for a development partner on a major student housing project that would add up to 1,200 on-campus beds.

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