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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.

WGLT/Ryan Denham

Weeks after another anchor-store closure at Eastland Mall, Bloomington-Normal business leaders are grappling with the future of retail.

Driveway hold in the ground
Eric Stock / WGLT

Turns out there’s still some life left in a long dispute over a dead tree.

Lynn Fulton at a podium speaking
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal YMCA and Easterseals on Tuesday announced an anonymous $4 million gift they hope will spur enough other donations to break ground on their new shared facility.

Hurriance Florence
NOAA / AP

The American Red Cross is sending seven volunteers from Central Illinois, including one from Normal, to assist with hurricane relief in the East Coast's midsection.

Gavel and GLT logo
WGLT

A former Hudson police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against her former boss and the village, claiming they discriminated and retaliated against her.

Sandra Zielinski
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Kindred spirits gather in a neighborhood bar in Philly and get something stronger than a shot of whiskey. It's a place where everybody knows your name. But do they know your heart?

Ben Luginbuhl poses in his classroom
Mary Cullen / WGLT

A music and choir teacher from Unit 5 is one of 10 nominated to be the 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Tony speaks to the council
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The city of Bloomington will sell 3 acres of land at Sunnyside Park to the Boys and Girls Club for $1.

The dedication of the 93-foot tall Tower of Voices
Keith Srakocic / AP

Two Central Illinois companies have played a role in the opening of the new Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

Aerial view of ISU quad
Illinois State University

In some settings, trees are ubiquitous. In fact, it's hard to see the trees for the forest. But some trees earn more respect than others.

Police Car
WGLT

Bloomington Police are reminding drivers to lock their cars following a rash of vehicle thefts.

Illinois State University
WGLT

Illinois State University has maintained its standing among the top 100 public colleges in the United States, despite a slight drop in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Durbin and Richards at ISU
Ryan Denham / WGLT

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin took a break from Supreme Court fights and White House crises Monday to endorse Democratic candidate for McLean County clerk Nikita Richards.

Rauner and Janus in D.C.
Andrew Harnik / AP

If you’re wondering how teachers unions will survive after the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, consider Bloomington’s District 87 as a test case.

Bees exiting a hive
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Jeff Henry of Bloomington is an urban beekeeper, hoping to reverse an alarming decline in pollinators like honeybees that threatens our global food supply.

Erik Nelson at Eclipse Studios
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Music industry experts have predicted the demise of the traditional recording studio for nearly two decades.

Sunnyside Park
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen on Monday will consider an agreement to sell three acres to the local Boys and Girls Club for $1.

Bloomington Public Library
WGLT

Bloomington Public Library's Bookmobile saw little activity when it was stationed at Miller Park a few years ago.

Community Players / Facebook

Community Players in Bloomington begins its 97th season this weekend with "Peter and the Starcatchers."

Don Shandrow / Coalescence Theater Project

The Coalescence Theater Project is a new institution in the Twin Cities with some stalwart names attached.

The Record Company on stage
Amy Harris / Invision/AP

We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.

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