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Normal Public Library
Staff / WGLT

After postponing plans for a new library, the Normal Public Library is now considering renovation.

fentanyl
Rick Bowmer / AP

Medical professionals in Illinois now have to undergo training on how to safely prescribe opioids.

Memorial Stadium in Champaign
Stephen Haas / AP

Mark your calendars: Illinois State football will take on the University of Illinois in Champaign in 2020.

Judy and Jeff pose outside GLT
Ryan Denham / WGLT

If you're looking for the federal government to fix the American health care system, Jeff Bauer says you're looking in the wrong place.

Gavel and GLT logo
WGLT

A former Peoria police officer who was fired for inappropriate social media use says the posts were protected under the First Amendment.

Dr. Joshua Li and Clooney
Animal Emergency Clinic

Pet owners in McLean County who need a veterinarian in an emergency might soon have to take their furry friend to Urbana after hours.

NBA player goes for a layup
David Tulis / AP

UPDATED 11:15 a.m. | State Farm has secured naming rights for another sports venue.

Josh Kaufmann
Josh Kaufmann

A group that trains teachers to be policy advocates is pushing Springfield for ways to encourage more minorities to enter the profession.

GLT staff and students inside our tent
Cindy Le / WGLT

GLT was a proud co-presenter for last weekend’s Sweet Corn Blues Festival in Uptown Normal, where blues and delicious corn on the cob came together for a beautiful combination.

barricades
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington is implementing fines starting at $250 for anyone who tries to remove a traffic control device.

Mark Daniel
Staff / WGLT

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district has about a year and a half until a referendum becomes necessary to maintain the current quality of education.

Dan Brady at an event
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

One of Springfield’s top Republican negotiators on higher education said freeing up more money for financial aid might look easy compared to the coming debate over a new funding formula for state universities.

Donna Boelen
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council will be losing one of its most fiscally conservative aldermen next spring when David Sage steps down after three terms.

Donald Trump in the Oval Office
Evan Vucci / AP

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert on Monday applauded the preliminary trade deal the U.S. has reached with Mexico.

Man speaks to Bloomington City Council
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington residents would pay about $1 more on their monthly water bills as insurance against leaks, based on a proposal the City Council reviewed on Monday night.

Roger W. / Flickr

Illinois settlement patterns did a lot to shape the early politics of the state and remain a force today, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Political Scientist Jim Simeone.

Illinois Commitment logo
University of Illinois

The University of Illinois on Monday announced a new financial aid program designed to make enrollment at its Urbana-Champaign campus more affordable for middle-class students.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The grand opening of Bakery & PickleEpiphany Farms Hospitality Group’s newest venture, is right around the corner. The private dinner club is unlike any other in Bloomington-Normal, transforming into a speakeasy-style bar after hours.

Peter Rankaitis and Lisa Thompson
Project Oz

The man who created the nonprofit Project Oz is retiring as its executive director after 45 years with the youth services agency.

I Voted stickers on a roll
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Opponents of a referendum asking to dissolve the Bloomington Election Commission made it nearly halfway to their goal Monday as they argued that hundreds of signatures collected to put it on November’s ballot were invalid.

Kurt Bock
Country Financial

Country Financial has announced Chief Executive Officer Kurt Bock is retiring, effective Jan. 31, 2019.

Bock has served as CEO since 2012 after leaving Horizon Hobby where he had been as its chief operating officer from 2008 to 2012.

Country credited Bock for guiding the company through increased “digital capabilities, customer centricity and employee development,” according to a news release.

Veternarian administering check-up on cat
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Illinois county officials have about four months to figure out details of the rabies vaccination effort for cats.

Legislation signed into law this month by Gov. Bruce Rauner amended Illinois' Animal Control Act. Beginning in January, cat owners must vaccinate their cats for rabies and keep them updated from the age of 4 months. The second rabies shot must be done within one year of the first vaccination.

Tree with oak wilt at ISU
Patrick Murphy / WGLT

If you see a tree with yellowing leaves and it’s missing branches in the center, it could be an oak in trouble.

Bruce Rauner at a podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a vetoed bill that would have given public school teachers an annual minimum salary of $40,000 over the next five years.

Jeanna talks about the pantry
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois State University students started their second week of classes Monday. By now they’ve got a place to stay, a bag full of books, and a jam-packed schedule of classes, work, and extracurriculars.

St. Mary's Catholic School
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois' new Invest in Kids program has helped pay tuition for some students to attend private schools in Bloomington and throughout the state this year, but the program’s long-term impact remains unclear.

India
Aijaz Rahi / AP

Tragedy on the other side of the world hits close to home for hundreds of Bloomington-Normal residents.

Allison Seys and Michael Collins
Allison Seys

A new campaign to get drunk drivers off the road hits close to home for a former Illinois State University student.

Tim Gleason
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

It didn’t take Tim Gleason long to see an inefficiency in the way the Bloomington City Council schedules meetings.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was in Bloomington-Normal on Thursday to witness a demonstration of Advocate BroMenn’s telehealth system.

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