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Charlie Schlenker

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GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his family.

Tony's Tacos storefront
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Bloomington-Normal tends to get excited whenever a new chain restaurant opens. But this fall there are several locally opened restauranteurs who are opening their doors to customers.

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

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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.

Bloomington Police have arrested a Wisconsin man in connection with a shooting in Green Bay.

ISU students on a sidewalk
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Illinois State University’s freshman class grew by 10 percent this fall as recruiters fought off out-of-state competition and uncertainty about the state budget.

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State Farm Insurance is settling a class action conspiracy suit for $250 million. At stake if the matter Hale vs. State Farm had proceeded to trial was $10 billion.

Sharon Chung gives out candy
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The Labor Day parade in Bloomington had some unusual elements this year.

IWU President Eric Jensen sits in a GLT studio in front of a microphone.
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Illinois Wesleyan University has its largest freshmen class in at least five years.

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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.

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The Catholic bishop of Peoria is expressing sorrow at the results of an investigation showing about 1,000 Pennsylvania children were abused over decades by 300 priests.

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A second candidate has announced a run for Bloomington's Ward 8 on the southeast side.

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After a divisive primary, Republicans worried they would not be able to come together in time to make the governor's race competitive.

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Editor's note: This is Part 4 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

A photo of karen Schmidt in the WGLT studio.
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The longest currently serving alderman in Bloomington said she wants four more years.

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Five people have filed applications to become McLean County's top prosecutor. They include four current or former assistant prosecutors in the office.

Picture of a woman sitting at a microphone.
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Normal Town Council member Kathleen Lorenz said she's running for a second term next April.

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Photo courtesy of Fusion Soccer Club

Time continues to tick in a three month window to determine how or whether to proceed with a proposed multi sport complex in Bloomington Normal. That's how long, Mayor Chris Koos said last month would be the limit to decide.

Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas Tuesday, Koos said the Town has now met with a private developer.

"It was really at a high level, get to know them - they get to know us. So, no details came out of that. But, they are very interested in the project," said Koos.

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Fire Investigators say they do not have an immediate cause of the fire that caused extensive damage to the Qik n EZ convenience store on east Vernon Avenue in Normal Tuesday morning.

The business will be closed for an undetermined amount of time, according to the Fire Department.

Unit 5 district offices
Staff / WGLT

The Unit Five School Board has picked a new board member to replace Joe Cleary. Cleary took a job out of state.

New Board member Kelly Pyle is an academic advisor at Illinois State University and a former head of Clinical Experiences in Audiology at the University. 

The BCPA and its front lawn.
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

New fine arts acts and more children's programming are part of the lineup of the new season at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

A Secret Garden Offers Healing To The Wounded

Aug 3, 2018
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Prairie Fire Theatre goes gothic this year with an erie production of "The Secret Garden," based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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In the studio to talk more about small farms producing food grown and generally consumed in central Illinois is Bill Davison. As the local food systems and small farms educator with the University of Illinois Extension, Davison works with hundreds of small organic farms in Illinois and the Midwest.

Homecoming parade at ISU
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Illinois State University leaders said projections show enrollment will be just fine in the fall term.

Two people shaking hands in front of a table with other people sitting.
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Illinois State University posted its second highest fundraising year on record last budget year.

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Earl Kingman is the new Citizen of the Year in Normal.

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Program supervisors at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal will no longer be responsible for screening their own volunteers.

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McLean County Board member Josh Barnett announced Tuesday he will run for Bloomington City Council in Ward 8.

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Farmers across the nation have expressed concern about economic hardship created by Trump tariffs and retaliation by other nations against U.S. agricultural products.

GLT Datebook: Brats and Bags Fundraiser Returns To Bloomington

Jul 23, 2018
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Nothing feels more Midwestern than playing bags while enjoying a brat and a cold beer on a summer night.

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