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Connie de veer with her book
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The life of an actor is no easy road, with ample demands that can tax the hardiest of artists. But help is at hand from a new book from a Bloomington-Normal pair who saw the need for practical advice that leads to lasting positive change for actors.

Lynn Cannon speaks to aldermen
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena will likely never turn a profit, according to arena manager VenuWorks.

Authorities have released few details following the death of a man Monday night along Interstate 55 near Lexington.

Customers and staff outside Green Top with produce
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Green Top Grocery must raise at least $300,000 this fall or risk closing its doors.

Oakland Elementary students run around the gym
Eric Stock / WGLT

Students at one Bloomington grade school are getting a healthy start to the day.

Flu vaccine
Ted S. Warren, File / AP

This year's flu vaccine is now available at the McLean County Health Department, and health officials hope it's more effective than last year's.

Two men and a woman in the center with a microphone sitting as panelists
Photo courtesty of Lee Milner, Illinois News Broadcasters Association

Two years after the Illinois Supreme Court decided to permanently allow cameras and microphones in courthouses, only half of counties statewide have actually implemented broadcast trial coverage.

An online fundraising effort has been launched for a rural McLean County farming family which lost their home in a fire early Sunday.

Mass Dispensing Exercise
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County was hit with an anthrax scare in an emergency simulation that played out at Redbird Arena on Friday.

Normal Fire Department
Facebook / Normal Fire Department

Fire investigators in Normal believe a recalled dehumidifier was to blame for a fire that heavily damaged a basement at a home last week.

Jason Barickman speaks
Staff / WGLT

A day after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “unorthodox” speech in Chicago, state Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks the Republican incumbent needed a campaign reset and could still win in November.

Bruce Rauner at a podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A humbled Gov. Bruce Rauner is promising a different kind of governor in a second term.

doors to a big room opening in the middle of the windowed expanse
Cindy Le / WGLT

Bloomington High School has cut the ribbon for its fine arts wing expansion and renovation.

Delta airplanes on runway
Charles Krupa / AP

Central Illinois travelers looking for a nonstop flight to Detroit will have to spend some time in the car first.

WGLT

Editor’s Note: Town Council member R.C. McBride is also GLT’s General Manager.

Alan Beaman with his mother
Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday from a man trying to sue the police for wrongfully convicting him.

Illinois State University
WGLT

Illinois State University has received a federal grant to install a new microscope lab.

David Butler on a mic
Ryan Denham / WGLT

It’ll be a bench-clearing fall for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Firefighters enter a home
Normal Fire Department / Facebook

Three people were hospitalized following a basement fire in Normal on Thursday morning.

Photo of woman in hall
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

"I just wanted to spend time with family and friends, trying to figure out what kind of relationship could happen if I put a camera between us."

Jeni B. with performing partner Andrew Brucker
Kevin Schertz

Bloomington native Jenny Bratcher-Crafton, a.k.a. "Jeni-B.," has an opera and musical theater background. But debilitating health issues sidelined the music career of this talented vocalist and songwriter just over a decade ago.

ISU students walk through plaza
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois’ public universities have finished tallying up their student bodies for the new school year, and once again it’s a mix of winners and losers.

ohn Butler, Jay Laesch, Kelly Klein, Bart Rogers, and Paul Grazar in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

It’s been a year since five former U.S. Cellular Coliseum officials were charged with 111 criminal counts—accused of a running a brazen multiyear fraud scheme that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bloomington taxpayers.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

After hearing substitute teachers’ concerns, Unit 5 officials want them to join the conversation.

District 87 School Board
Eric Stock / WGLT

District 87 school board members were treated at their regular meeting on Wednesday night to a parade of students and educators who came to thank them for completion of two of the biggest renovations Bloomington High School has seen in years.

Vaping
Nam Y. Huh / AP

A Bloomington vaping store owner is concerned the federal government's efforts to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to minors is just the latest step in taking them off the market altogether.

Imagine Air rendering
Children's Discovery Museum

Kids will learn about the power of wind through a new exhibit at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Milik Yarbrough
GoRedbirds.com

Illinois State senior basketball player Milik Yarbrough has been suspended indefinitely from the team for violation of team rules.

The Pere Marquette hotel in Peoria.
Peoria Public Radio

A bankruptcy auction of two Peoria hotels was called off after the effort attracted no bidders.

The Robber Barons, left to right: Andrew Moody, Eric Fisher, Rob WIlls, Matt Garrison, Kevin Loeske
Lisa Schneider

Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

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