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Kathy Michael speaks
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The McLean County clerk’s Facebook page has been taken down for “reconstruction” as county officials work on a new social media policy.

Rivian signage
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Two years ago when Bloomington-Normal first met Rivian, it looked like a one-man band. R.J. Scaringe was seemingly the face, the brains, and the extent of the operation.

Not anymore.

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.

Tim Moore
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Bloomington High School is starting a pilot program to help students better connect with their teachers in ways to help them stay on track with their academics.

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.

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

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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 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)

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

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
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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 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.

United Way of McLean County
United Way of McLean County

United Way of McLean County has narrowed its focus for next year as funding to the agency has dwindled.

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
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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.

Intrail, left to right, Micheal Hill, Trefan Owen, Tommy O'Donnell, John Ganser.
Scott Harrison

Two instrumental, improvisational bands have become two of the bigger musical draws in the Twin Cities over the past couple years.

Jay Laesch walks
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One of the five Coliseum defendants who prosecutors described as a “middle man” in a scheme to secretly pocket over $100,000 in cash pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to cooperate with authorities.

McLean County Democratic Watch Party
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Even though Democrats have taken back control of the U.S. House, a political scientist at Illinois State University says there were several key storylines that didn't pan out on Election Day.

Shayna and Nikita hug
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

It was said to be another Year of the Woman. Following Tuesday’s midterm election, that prediction came true as more women were elected to public office across the U.S. than ever before.

Betsy speaks
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UPDATED 4:05 p.m. | Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan conceded Wednesday in her closely watched race against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis after it became clear his 2,700-vote lead would hold.

Rodney Davis speaks
Jaclyn Driscoll / IPR

Republican Rep. Rodney Davis has won a fourth term representing the 13th Congressional District. But this time, he'll be in the minority party in the House.