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Voting machine
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Early voting for the midterm election starts Thursday. Voters in McLean County can head to the polls beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Dick Durbin
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are renewing their call for an FBI investigation into sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Garbage at a landfill
Ecology Action Center

After 10 years of careful monitoring, the McLean County Landfill is expected to reach capacity and close Sunday.

“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” performance
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered

Bloomington Central Catholic High School grad Ryan Latham said succeeding as a session musician and on-call live performer in Nashville is all about saying "yes."

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaking to supporters after being sworn into office on December 5, 2016.
AP

Three women in Illinois government studying sexual harassment and gender equity say a solution would be to elect women to half of all political offices in the state.

The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel issued a report Wednesday recommending measures for political parties to combat sexual harassment and make politics fairer for women.

Jessica Lynn
Illinois State University

Jessica Lynn is an advocate and activist for the transgender community. She is a Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador with Indiana University and a Stonewall School Role Model, and founded The Butterfly Project.

Fans at the arena
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Grossinger Motors Arena could be losing its indoor football team.

Frontier airplane on runway
Central Illinois Regional Airport / Facebook

Frontier Airlines is officially back in business at Central Illinois Regional Airport.

Tim Hunt
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Concerts from long, long ago are more than just memories for scholar and poet Tim Hunt. 

Gabe Cripe
Eric Stock / WGLT

An advocate for sexual assault victims said the latest social media movement is changing the conversation about abuse survivors.

Clay Wheeler and Dan Donath
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler has promoted a sergeant to his old job overseeing the Office of Professional Standards.

Luke Bryan performs
John Salangsang / Invision/AP

Illinois State University’s fundraising campaign is getting some help from country singer Luke Bryan.

Police Car Lights
WGLT

Bloomington Police were out in force Tuesday morning on the city's west side after someone was shot.

Bradon McDaniel
Eric Stock / WGLT

An Illinois State University professor is sounding an alarm that parents' overuse of technology could be leading to social and emotional problems in their young children.

Metra train pulling in at La Salle street station.
AP / AP

Illinois State Police will be out this week issuing tickets and handing out safety literature in a bid to bring down numbers of railroad-crossing deaths in the state.

A greater emphasis on the problem in Illinois comes during U.S. Rail Safety Week this week.

Commercial Packaging
City of Bloomington

Bloomington is offering a few perks to help a packaging company relocate from Normal.

bulk waste
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Bloomington's new twice-a-year free bulk waste collection makes its fall debut next week.

Bloomington Police
Eric Stock / WGLT

A five-hour police standoff in Bloomington ended Sunday with a 3-year-old boy being safely retrieved from a barricaded home and a man being taken into custody.

Police Car Lights
WGLT

McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis has released the name of one of three people who were killed in a fiery crash that shut down Interstate 39 north of Normal early Wednesday.

Gettysburg Drive fire
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Bloomington is going after bad landlords.

Suspect walks down hallway
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police are looking for the public's help finding the man who tried to rob a hotel at gunpoint.

Darin LaHood and Mike Swartz
Eric Stock / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be taken seriously, but he isn’t ready to see them derail the judge’s confirmation.

Brett Kavanaugh
Alex Brandon / AP

The family of Christine Blasey Ford—including relatives from Bloomington-Normal—are defending her integrity and honesty in a new letter released ahead of her possible testimony about allegations she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Martin Ross
Eric Stock / WGLT

Stakeholders from nonprofits, health care, government, education and more have been invited to a food summit in Bloomington next week.

JB Pritzker and Bruce Rauner
AP

The candidates for Illinois governor clashed Thursday over taxes during their first televised debate.

Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois' flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than middle-class and low-income households. But he won't say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature.

Rodney Davis speaks at podium
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal’s transit system will receive a $6 million federal grant to buy electric buses and support construction of a new downtown transfer center, officials announced Thursday.

Dietz delivers speech from podium
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz on Thursday announced new scholarships that could keep high schoolers from leaving the state, as he called on lawmakers to revamp the way they fund higher education.

Country Financial
Steve Fast / Country Financial

Country Financial has named attorney Jim Jacobs of Bloomington its new chief executive officer, replacing Kurt Bock who is retiring in January after seven years as CEO.

AP/Seth Perlman

Failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln's ownership of a stovepipe hat were kept secret for years by the nonprofit group that owns the hat.

PATRICK SISON / AP

Illinois has been awarded a $43.5 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the Illinois portion is part of more than $1 billion the agency distributed to all states as part of its five-point opioid strategy.

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